Rio de Janeiro Restaurants

Whatever your taste and whatever your budget, Rio de Janeiro restaurants have something to tempt you. The city's diverse dining scene runs the gamut from all you can eat meat feasts to fresh-from-the-sea fish and seafood and wonderfully exotic fruit and vegetables.

Visitors with a travel budget that's as healthy as their appetite can take their pick from an ever-increasing number of genuinely impressive restaurants, many of which are located in the wealthy beach neighborhoods of Ipanema and Leblon. However, out number one pick, Bar do Arnaudo, is wonderfully affordable to all, and offers delicious Northeastern dishes in absolutely mammoth portions. Just don't think about the calorie count.

Budget travelers in Rio will find there is plenty of opportunity to fill up on quality food without blowing the travel budget, and should be on the look out for 'rodizio' restaurants - which offer all you can eat for a set price. Most rodizios are either meat-based or pizza and pasta-based, and range from cheap and cheerful to chic and super-expensive.

Rio de Janeiro is famous for its churrascarias - grilled meat restaurants - where, For a set price, waiters will deliver slice after slice of every type of meat you could dream of until you can simply eat no more. While this might sound like any vegetarian's worst nightmare, that's not necessarily the case. The price at churrasco restaurants also includes as much as you can eat from a vast buffet, which at the better restaurants will include everything from pasta and rice dishes to salads and sushi. Porcao is an excellent Churrascaria with several branches across the city, and the Flamengo Branch, Porcao Rio's, has fantastic views of Sugar Loaf mountain. Meanwhile, Carretao is a good quality option for those with an eye on the budget.

While Brazil is undoubtedly a nation of carnivores, Rio is a very body-conscious city, and consequently vegetarians can take dine very well at any of the 'natural' restaurants that put an emphasis on fresh, organic and largely meat-free ingredients.

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Bar do Arnaudo

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Rua Almirante Alexandrino 316, loja B

Hearty portions, friendly welcome... read more

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Espirito Santa

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Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264
Santa Teresa

Excellent pan-Brazilian cuisine... read more


Rua Custódio Serrão, 62
Jardim Botânico

Top-notch French food... read more

Capricciosa Pizza

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Rua Vinícius de Moraes, 134

A cut above the rest... read more


Av. Infante Dom Henrique s/n
Parque do Flamengo

Restaurante Vegetariano Social Clube

Rua Cde Bernadotte, 26

Lifeline for Vegetarians... read more

66 Bistro

Avenida Alexandrino Ferreira 66
Jardim Botânico

Gourmet dining, affordable pricing... read more


Avenida Atlântica, 1702
Copacabana Palace

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


Rua Almirante Alexandrino
432, Santa Teresa

Superior Seafood at Sobrenatural... read more

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Miam Miam

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Rua General Goes Monteiro 34

Style and substance... read more

Le Pré-Catelan

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Av. Atlântica, 4240
Sofitel Rio Palace

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


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Rua Aprazível, 62
Santa Teresa

Good Food and Gorgeous Views... read more


Rua Paschoal Carlos Magno 121

Best Cappuccinos in Santa Teresa... read more

Cafe du Lage

Rua Jardim Botanico, 414

Coffee and Cakes in a Beautiful Setting... read more

Marius Carnes

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Av. Atlantica, 290

All the Quality Meat You Can Eat... read more

Café do Alto

Rua Alberto Rangel, 71

Delicious Northeastern Dishes... read more

Chico e Alaide

Rua Dias Ferreira, 679

Service With a Smile... read more

Benkei Sushi

Avenida Henrique Dumont, 71

Simply Sushi... read more

Acaraje da Nega Teresa

Almirante Alexandrino 1544

Bahian Food Served Al-Fresco... read more

Restaurante Amarelinho da Gloria

Ladeira da Gloria, 8

Bountiful Buffet... read more
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