Minas Gerais restaurants

Top Choice Fusion in Belo Horizonte

Glouton

This intimate brick-walled bistro with candlelit back patio is one of Belo's most romantic addresses. Award-winning chef Leonardo Paixão peppers his menu with French classics, but hits his stride with fusion recipes…
Top Choice Mineira in Tiradentes

Empório Santo Antônio

At this edge-of-town hideaway, run by the same family for nearly two decades, everything is lovingly homemade – roast chicken, pork cheeks, artisanal linguiça (garlicky pork sausage), home-smoked trout and classic m…
Top Choice Buffet in Mariana

Lua Cheia

Mariana’s best por-kilo place offers a sumptuous buffet of mineira cuisine – from freshly grilled meat to feijão tropeiro (beans mixed with toasted manioc flour, crunchy pork rind, sausage, eggs, kale, garlic and on…
Top Choice Mineira in Ouro Preto

Casa do Ouvidor

Just downhill from Praça Tiradentes, Ouvidor has garnered numerous awards for its authentic comida mineira over the past four decades, with specialties like tutu à mineira (mashed beans with roast pork loin, crackli…
Top Choice Mineira in Belo Horizonte

Xapuri

Run by the affable Dona Nelsa, this longstanding local institution 15km northwest of Belo Horizonte is renowned for its fabulous comida mineira. Everything is served at picnic tables under a thatched roof, with chil…
Top Choice Italian in Tiradentes

Gourmeco

Authentic Italian antipasti, pasta and risotto dishes – including several vegetarian offerings – coupled with a prime corner location below Tiradentes' Matriz church, make this one of the best eateries in town. Pugl…
Top Choice Brazilian in Aiuruoca & the Vale do Matutu

Kiko & Kika

For fine dining in a rural setting, try this sweet little restaurant just 2km south of Aiuruoca. Run by a couple with roots in France and Switzerland, it specializes in trout – both fresh and smoked – along with ear…
Top Choice Italian in Ouro Preto

O Passo

In a lovely 18th-century building with intimate candlelit interior, this local favorite specializes in pizza, pasta and salads complemented by a good wine list. Outside, the relaxed creekside terrace is ideal for an…
Portuguese in Belo Horizonte

Caravela

In 2017, Lisbon-born chef Cristóvão Laruça moved his popular Portuguese restaurant from Belo Horizonte's suburbs to this sleek space overlooking the Abilio Barreto Historical Museum's leafy courtyard. Couples and fa…
Fusion in Belo Horizonte

Nicolau Bar da Esquina

The brainchild of chef Leonardo Paixão from Belo's renowned Glouton restaurant, this buzzy newcomer northeast of downtown puts a whole new spin on the neighborhood corner bar. The attractive high-ceilinged space dra…