My Favorite Places to Eat in Rio

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If you are going to Rio, here are some of my favorite places to eat:


Aconchego Carioca

Aconchego Carioca

Aconchego Carioca

Aconchego Carioca is rickety bar in Rio located at a not so touristy area, but worth the trip. Katia Barbosa, the chef and owner prepares the famous bolinho de feijoada, which is a fritter version of the Feijoada stew. The restaurant also boasts a good selection of beers, including numerous domestic offerings.

Rua Barão de Iguatemi, 379

Praça da Bandeira

Tel: (55 21)2273-1035



Located at a perfect corner of Leblon, Jobi represents the quintessential carioca spirit. For over 50 years this place has been enchanting the city with its impeccably Portuguese cuisine prepared in a tiny little kitchen that nonetheless serves extraordinary food.

Avenida Ataulfo de Paiva, 1,166/ Loja B

Leblanc, Tel: (55 21) 2274-0547

Chico & Alaide 

Alaide and her many delicious recipes

Alaide and her many delicious recipes

Chico & Alaide serves some of the best Petiscos (Brazilian tapas) and chopp (beer). The owners are as charismatic with their food as with their smile. Take a seat at one of the tables lining the street outside and enjoy some of the best finger food in Rio.

Rua Dias Ferreira 679,



Claude Troisgros

Claude Troisgros

Olympe, from French chef Claude Troisgros a more refined dining option in Rio, perfect for that special evening meal. He focused on the fusion between French cuisine and Brazilian ingredients and the result is just super.

Rua Custodio Serrao 62,

Jardim Botanico



Iraja combines good service, reasonable prices and a modern take on typical Brazilian dishes to create a winning formula. The desserts, in particular the hot chocolat brigadeiro cake, have a fantastic reputation throughout the city.

Rua Conde de Iraja, 109




Chef Ludmilla Soeiro

Chef Ludmilla Soeiro

Zuka fits all the occasions. It is packed day and night. The chef Ludimilla Soeiro is very creative and on top of every dish that comes out of the kitchen.

Rua Dias Ferreira 233 B




Photo Credit Camilla Maia

Photo Credit Camilla Maia

If you are wondering why a Spanish tapas bar has made into this Rio list, I will tell you that this is one of the few botequins that have embraced the spirit of Rio combined with Spanish influences as heartedly as Venga.

Rua Dias Ferreira, 113/Loja B

Leblon Tel: (55 21) 2512-9826

Rua Garcia D’Avila 147/Loja B

Ipanema tel (55 21) 2247-0234


Academia da Cachaça

Academia da Cachaca

Academia da Cachaca

If Caipirinha has a birth restaurant, then Academia da Cachaça is the turf. The fragrance of the national cocktail drips from the glasses as waiters carries dancing trays. You can choose among a wide variety of cachaças, from Magnifica to Seleta to Leblon cachaça.

Rua Conde Bernardote, 26/ Loja G

Leblanc, Tel: (55 21) 2239-1542



Pavão Azul

Under the leadership of Vera and Bete Afonso, this tiny place in Copacabana has a spot in the carioca’s heart. Pavão Azul specializes in comfort home food, as if you are eating a dish prepared by your carioca grandmother.

Pavão Azul

Rua Hilário de Gouveia, 71- A


Tel: (55 21) 2236-2381



No matter what time of the day, or night, tables at Bracarense are always occupied. If you look around you’ll see a mix of regulars, beachcombers, straight from the office people, and oil-business-man from all over the world who now call Rio home. A squad of speedy waiters keep the beer flowing while also distributing Bracarense’s signature’s bar delicacies, which are devoured piping hot.


Rua José Linhares , 85-B

Leblanc, Tel: (55 21) 2294-3549


Filet de Ouro

Just as you cannot go to Bahia and not eat Acarajé, you cannot go to Filet de Ouro and not eat Filet Osvaldo Aranha, a simple piece of Filet Mignon topped with golden fried garlic accompanied by rice, potatoes and farofa (toasted manioc flour).

Filet de Ouro

Rua Jardim Botânico, 731

Jardim Botânico Tel (55 21) 2259-2396


Braseiro da Gávea

If one restaurant can represent an entire neighborhood, then that it the case of Braseiro da Gavea, the highlight of this neighborhood: Gávea. It captures the bohemian atmosphere of the place and the flamboyance of the carioca crowd.

Braseiro da Gávea

Praça Santos Dumont, 166

Gávea, Tel (55 21) 2239-7494


Enchendo Linguiça

It’s certainly impossible not to be swayed by the amount of sausages offered at Rio’s botequins. Enchendo Linguiça, however is the “it” place for sausage lovers. The name translates to stuffing sausage and apparently that is what they do all they long.

Enchendo Linguiça

Av. Engel Richard, 02-loja A

Grajaú, Tel: (55 21) 2576-5727


Oro, by chef Felipe Bronze, opened in October 2010 and took Rio by storm. Other chefs in Brazil have embarked on a smiliar path, but Oro stands out. It reaches a level of art in cooking, an idealization of ingredient interpretation.

Rua Frei Leandro, 20

Jardim Botanico, Rio de Janeiro

Tel: (55 21) 7864-9622


Chef Felipe Bronze, photo by Tomas Rangel

Chef Felipe Bronze, photo by Tomas Rangel

Pipo opened doors in July of 2013, bringing him back to Rua Dias Ferreira, and offering culinary delights in a looser way, more in sync with the culture and current economy of Rio de Janeiro.

Rua Dias Ferreira, 64


Tel (55 21) 2239-9322





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2 Responses to “My Favorite Places to Eat in Rio”

  1. Blog Commenter Says:

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  2. Trembom Says:

    Love these recommendations. I’ll be in Rio in Dec so I’m adding those to my list.

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