Restaurants

Top Choice Brazilian in Chapada dos Guimarães

Morro dos Ventos

Head past the pride of wooden lions to find fantastic takes on regional cuisine: perfectly grilled picanha (steak) with a full entourage of sides, rice slow-cooked with chunks of pork, great slabs of grilled pintado…
Top Choice Seafood in Bonito & Around

Juanita

There are a few fish dishes at this likable rustic restaurant, but the star of the show is the chargrilled boneless pacu served with plump capers and sides. It's really delicious. They'll do half-portions if you ask…
Top Choice Seafood in Campo Grande

Casa do Peixe

This place rightfully deserves its reputation as the best peixaria (fish restaurant) in town, with a superior buffet accompanying the hearty mains. The rodízio is an awesome way to acquaint yourself with pintado, pa…
Top Choice Churrascaria in Campo Grande

Gaúcho Gastão

On weekends in particular, this family-run churrascaria heaves with local families and skewers featuring succulent cuts of beef and pork, chicken hearts, grilled pineapple and all the other ingredients that add up t…
Top Choice Fusion in Cuiabá

Mahalo

Inside a converted mansion, the city's big splurge is one of Brazil's top restaurants, thanks to the efforts of Parisian-trained chef Ariani Malouf. Go for the set weekday lunch (R$55 for two courses) or else choose…
Brazilian in Bom Jardim

Rancho do Chapolín

Head up the side of the Serra Azul pousada to find this convivial open shed where long communal tables and an open kitchen set the scene for rustic, very tasty traditional farmhouse-style cooking served in deep meta…
Fusion in Chapada dos Guimarães

Bistrô da Mata

A romantic bistro with stupendous views, rough-hewn stone walls and an appealing outdoor terrace. The creative daily menu incorporates the likes of bacon-wrapped veal medallions with wild mushroom risotto and grille…
Seafood in Cuiabá

Lélis Peixaria

You'll be gobbling up river fish like a caiman at this quality rodízio (all-you-can-eat), which features several dozen preparations of pintado, pacu and other denizens of the local waterways, including caiman itself…
Pizza in Bonito & Around

Zapi Zen

Just off the main drag, this warm-hearted spot serves top-notch pizzas with mostly – but not exclusively – vegetarian toppings. All are brimming with goodness and you can choose between white or wholewheat crusts. T…
Brazilian in Campo Grande

Fogo Caipira

The best dishes at this regional institution require an advance order, such as the pacu recheado (fish stuffed with manioc and spices; three-hour preparation). It’s pricey, but as the only restaurant in the city wit…