Bahia restaurants

Top Choice Buffet in Salvador

Restaurante do Senac

The best Bahian buffet in town. The cooking school SENAC spreads a tempting array of regional dishes, including several varieties of seafood, moqueca (fish stew), and traditional desserts. The impressive buffet tipi…
Top Choice Buffet in Arraial d'Ajuda


Portinha is several steps up from most per-kilo restaurants you'll find. There is a plethora of meat and seafood dishes on offer, most of which are inspired by traditional Bahian cuisine and taste like they were mad…
Top Choice Brazilian in Ilhéus


Once a cabaret frequented by cocoa tycoons (and one of the settings for Amado’s Gabriela), this colonial building was restored to its original brilliance in 2004. Now it serves as a restaurant and cultural center. T…
Top Choice International in Salvador

Bar Zulu

This laid-back corner bar and restaurant has outdoor tables and serves a wide range of Spanish tapas, Bahian classics and international dishes, plus Argentine wine by the glass and strong cocktails. Try the grilled …
Top Choice Bistro in Itacaré


Agua is a blast of modern cool in Itacare's beach-bum-centric dining scene. The regular menu features exquisitely cooked dishes inspired by Brazilian and Asian cuisine (including some good vegan and vegetarian optio…
Top Choice Bahian in Salvador

Paraíso Tropical

Far off the beaten path in the residential neighborhood of Cabula, but foodies don't mind the detour to Paraíso Tropical: the classic Brazilian restaurant has long been considered one of Salvador’s top choices for b…
Top Choice Italian in Lençóis

Os Artistas da Massa

Fantastically fresh, hearty portions of handmade pastas and jazz music are on the menu at this gourmet restaurant. Opening days can vary during the off seasons, so check before you go.
Top Choice Bahian in Ilhéus

Bar Vesúvio

This landmark bar and restaurant attracts Amado fans (two of the novelist's fictional protagonists met here) for moquecas (fish stews) and cold beer served at the outdoor tables facing the cathedral, which is beauti…
Top Choice Buffet in Porto Seguro


One of the classiest per-kilo eateries around, Rabanete puts out a mouthwatering buffet of gourmet dishes, from pasta with sun-dried tomatoes and basil to fresh fish fillets. Both the leafy patio tables and the styl…
Top Choice Cafe in Salvador


This quaint hideaway cafe, located inside an antique house that's positioned dramatically on a cliff top over the ocean, is one of a kind. Come for the views, plus beautifully prepared cappuccino, rich chocolate cak…