Off Beat Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

In Rio de Janeiro, off-the-beaten-path restaurants are often well worth seeking out. While there are some excellent restaurants in Rio that are firmly established on the tourist trail, at these harder-to-find spots you'll really get something special.

Our number one pick, Aprazivel, sits high on a hillside in Santa Teresa, well off the main bar and restaurant strip. Expect the taxi driver to have to ask for directions several times, but the views, and the top-notch food, are well worth the effort.

In Botafogo, it would be all too easy to pass Miam Miam without even registering that it's a restaurant, but this dinky little spot is one of the best places to eat in the city, and it won't blow the budget sky high either. Do make reservations if you want to avoid disappointment.

Getting even further off the beaten track, the wildlife-rich neighborhood of Vargem Grande is increasingly renowned for its classy culinary options, and Skunna is one of the best of the bunch.


Rua Aprazível 62
Santa Teresa

expert pick

Miam Miam

user rating

Rua General Goes Monteiro 34

Style and substance... read more


Estrada dos Bandeirantes 23363
Vargem Grande

Superior Seafood at Skunna... read more


Rua Barros Alarção 476
Pedra de Guaratiba

Superior Seafood and Stunning Views... read more

Restaurante Quinta da Boa Vista

Parque Quinta da Boa Vista
São Cristóvão

Lunchtime Luxury... read more

Beco das Sardinhas

Rua Miguel Couto

Happy Hour at Sardine Alley... read more


Largo das Neves 13

Santa Teresa's Tasty Secret... read more


Rua Barao do Flamengo
loja 35D

Flavors of Peru... read more


Rua Professor Júlio Lohman 132
Alto do Joá

Deliciously Decadent Fondues... read more


Rua General Polidoro, 29

Traditional Indian fare... read more
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