European Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

Generations of Italian, French, German and, of course, Portuguese settlers have had a marked influence on Rio's culinary scene and good Rio de Janeiro European restaurants are not hard to find.

Visitors to Rio can treat themselves to top-notch French cuisine at our number one pick, Olympe, where chef Claude Troisgros has won countless awards, while travelers on a tighter budget can enjoy buffet and a-la-carte meals at 66 Bistro, where Claude Troisgros' son Thomas heads up the kitchen.

Rio de Janeiro is also awash with opportunities to enjoy Italian food, with Fasano Al Mar and Gero, both owned by the Italian restaurant and hotel empire Fasano, both offering excellent options for luxury dining.

While pizza is plentiful in the city, it is often disappointing. One exception to the rule is Capricciosa, a chain with several branches across the city. The Ipanema branch, with its glass front, is a favourite spot with the local chic elite.

An altogether more relaxed affair can be found up in the hills of Santa Teresa, where Mike's Haus offers traditional German food and beers in an informal setting. The Apfel Strudel with ice cream is delicious.


Rua Custódio Serrão, 62
Jardim Botânico

Top-notch French food... read more

66 Bistro

Avenida Alexandrino Ferreira 66
Jardim Botânico

Gourmet dining, affordable pricing... read more

expert pick

Gero Rio

Rua Anibal de Mendonça 157

Fine Italian dining... read more

Le Pré-Catelan

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Av. Atlântica, 4240
Sofitel Rio Palace

Rio's finest French food?... read more

Fasano Al Mar

Avenida Viera Souto 80

Five star landmark, Italian hotspot... read more

Mike's Haus

Rua Almirante Alexandrino 1458
Loja A

Bavarian Hilltop Hideaway... read more


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Rua Aristides Espínola, 19

Traditional Portuguese cuisine... read more


Avenida Atlântica, 1702
Copacabana Palace

Elegant Italian Restaurant at the Copacabana Palace... read more

Capricciosa Pizza

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Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 134

A cut above the rest... read more

A Polonesa

R. Hilário de Gouveia, 116

Polish Food in Brazil... read more
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