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Eat Like A Carioca At The 10 Best Restaurants In Rio de Janeiro

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Have you ever had a Brazilian meal? Have you been to a Brazilian restaurant? Have you experienced eating out in Brazil? It’s a very unique feeling. One of the most incredible things about it, is that you’ll never leave hungry. The portions are big, and they come with more sides than what you order and you can possibly eat. It’s amazing how much food you get when you eat out in Brazil. But it shouldn’t be all about quantity, it’s also about quality, so take a look at these great places to eat when you visit Rio de Janeiro.

1. Churrascaria Palace - The traditional piece of meat



Pay a visit to the most traditional steakhouse in Rio. The palace was founded in 1951 in Copacabana, and since then it’s been internationally recognized by food critics and awarded many times. If you are looking for some traditional Brazilian cuisine and a good piece of meat, this is the restaurant to go to. The atmosphere is chill, with some Bossa Nova sounds to soothe your soul while you eat. Try the house specialties like the Lamb Shoulder Clod in Douro Wine or the amazing Prime Ribs. You will leave happy and full.

Churrascaria Palace

Address: R. Rodolfo Dantas, 16 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro 22020-040

Website: Churrascaria Palace

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2. CT Boucherie - A special menu



This restaurant belongs to a big chain that specializes in high quality cuisine in Brazil. In Rio you can find the amazing CT Boucherie, that offers premium cuts of meat with a menu created by the great chef Claude Troisgros. Every dish is made with a special and unique technique. Don’t try to figure out the secret, just enjoy the food.

CT Boucherie

Address: Rua Dias Ferreira, 636 - Leblon, Rio de Janeiro 22431-050

Website: CT Boucherie

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3. Aprazível - The carioca flavor

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Located in the interesting neighborhood of Santa Teresa, in Rio, Aprazível Restaurant is the representation of Carioca food. You can enjoy the beautiful view of the Guanabara Bay while you eat. The chef uses all tropical and natural ingredients to create the unique dishes that delight everyone who visits the restaurant. They try to bring the best from all the regions of Brazil, to make it a very local experience. It’s a casual atmosphere to enjoy with family or friends.

Aprazível

Address: R. Aprazível, 62 - Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro 20241-270

Website: Aprazível

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4. Olympe - A Latin American champion



The Oympe restaurant is ranked among the top 50 restaurants in Latin America and it truly makes sense. It’s a perfect combination of the best of French techniques with the traditional Brazilian touch and ingredients. They make sure to get fresh and organic products to make their dishes even more special than what they already are with their recipes. The kitchen is run by the famous chef Thomas Troisgros, who is becoming more popular over the years with his magical touch.

Olympe

Address: R. Custódio Serrão - Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro 22470-230

Website: Olympe

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5. Mamma Jamma - Mother pizza is calling

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Try the best pizza in Rio de Janeiro! If you are looking for something fast, but good, filling and special; that is Mamma Jamma pizza. Take a look at the big menu and you’ll be amazed by the many combinations. You’ve never found pizza with these ingredient and mixes. From the most common mozzarella pizza, to a very complicated and unique combination with fresh ingredients from Brazil, everything you could possibly dream is on Mamma Jamma’s pizzas. Come for your slice!

Mamma Jamma

Address: Rua Saturnino de Brito, 50, Rio de Janeiro

Website: Mamma Jamma (in Portugese)

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6. Amazônia Soul - Deliriums from the forest

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It’s a completely new concept of Brazilian food. Here you will find real regional products, trying to bring the Amazonian food alive. The place itself is a feast for the senses. Colorful, cheerful, with good music and, of course, great food. Try the Tapioqnhuia, the Pirarucu, the Jambu or the Tucupi; everything will be amazing and will get to your soul.

Amazônia Soul

Address: Praça General Osório - R. Teixeira de Melo, 37 - Loja B - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro 22410-010

Website: Amazônia Soul

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7. Lasai Restaurante - The regional taste

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Get to know the amazing kitchen of the Carioca chef Rafa Costa e Silva, also owner of Lasai. All of his meals are made with ingredients from local producers of Rio de Janeiro, and also local fisherman. His menu is made by season, taking advantage of the best of what comes from nature itself. They also produce some of their ingredients in their impressive gardens. Make a reservation and go try some of the best in Rio.

Lasai

Address: Rua Conde de Irajá, 191 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro 22271-020

Website: Lasai

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8. Zazá Bistrô Tropical - From appetizer to dessert

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Every dish is special. Check out the menu and your mouth will turn into water. The kitchens of Zazá Bistrô are constantly inventing new tastes and creations. If you are visiting Rio de Janeiro, you can’t miss out on exploring the tropical ingredients and the menu and you can take advantage of the packages during lunch time.

Zazá Bistrô Tropical

Address: R. Joana Angélica, 40 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro 22420-030

Website: Zazá Bistrô Tropical

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9. Espírito Santa - Amen


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Another Carioca restaurant to take into consideration. With local products, fresh ingredients and special recipes that will make you want seconds. Don’t go too hungry to this restaurant because you’ll end up eating everything you can fit, just because it’s too delicious. Meat, fish, vegetarian options, appetizers and cocktails. A full menu with the Brazilian spark.

Espírito Santa

Address: Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264 Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Website: Espírito Santa (in Portugese)

See our full list of recommended Hotels in Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region, Brazil and also compare the prices with airbnbs in Rio de Janeiro, Southeast Region, Brazil

10. L'Etoile Restaurante - Score 10 out of 10



Short and to the point, the menu at this place is a delight. You can also appreciate the uniqueness of the restaurant, located on the 26th floor with a view of the ocean. The atmosphere is sophisticated and cozy. The food; amazing. Spending time at this restaurant in Rio is an experience in itself. Very romantic too!

L'Etoile Restaurante

Address: Sheraton Rio - Av. Niemeyer, 121 - Vidigal, Rio de Janeiro 22450-220

Website: L'Etoile Restaurante

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Experience the most Carioca taste in Rio

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Since you are traveling to Brazil, you should feel it in your heart, smell it with your nose, see it with your eyes and taste it in your mouth. And keep the belly full and happy. It’s not a difficult thing to do in Rio with all these options. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the colors and combinations of your dishes. That is if you can hold off for a second before eating. Good luck!

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