Restaurants

Brazilian in Centro & Cinelândia

Casa Paladino

Going strong since 1906, this frozen-in-time delicatessen is lined with bottles, canned goods and other preserves. Find the hidden restaurant in the back for Paladino's famed sandwiches, such as the triplo (a pastra…
Brazilian in Centro & Cinelândia

Confeitaria Colombo

Stained-glass windows, brocaded mirrors and marble countertops create a lavish setting for coffee or a meal. Dating from the late 1800s, the Confeitaria Colombo serves desserts – including a good pastel de nata (cus…
Brazilian in Centro & Cinelândia

Cais do Oriente

Brick walls lined with tapestries stretch high to the ceiling in this almost-cinematic 1870s mansion. Set on a brick-lined street, hidden from the masses, Cais do Oriente blends elements of Brazilian and Mediterrane…
Brazilian in Centro & Cinelândia

Imaculada

In the old neighborhood of Morro da Conceição, Imaculada is a Rio classic. The walls are adorned with artwork and the food is good. Come for daily lunch specials – bobó de camarão (manioc paste with dried shrimp, co…
Brazilian in Centro & Cinelândia

Mironga

With its tall ceilings, exposed Edison bulbs, lounge-like music and chunky wood tables, Mironga channels a Brooklyn vibe, which is unsurprising given the owner has deep NYC connections. Aesthetics aside, the food is…
Brazilian in Centro & Cinelândia

Angu do Gomes

Set in a weather-beaten colonial building in Saúde, Angu do Gomes is a much-loved carioca eating spot. Opened in 1955, the restaurant is best known for its iconic angu, a kind of polenta topped with sausage, chicken…
Seafood in Centro & Cinelândia

Ancoramar

Ancoramar (previously known as Albamar) has long been one of Rio’s best seafood destinations. Top picks are fresh oysters, grilled seafood with vegetables and moqueca (seafood stew cooked in coconut milk) dishes. Th…
International in Centro & Cinelândia

Rancho Inn

Exposed brick and tall windows lend a vaguely Parisian air to this charming upstairs lunchtime spot. The menu changes daily and features specials like lasagna, risotto with duck and shiitake mushrooms, and farfalle …
Lebanese in Centro & Cinelândia

Cedro do Líbano

If you can get past the wedding-reception-like decor – white tablecloths with plastic chairs and tables – you can enjoy some excellent traditional Lebanese cooking at this long-running institution (opened in 1948). …
French in Centro & Cinelândia

L'Atelier du Cuisinier

Set in a 19th-century building just off busy Av Rio Branco, this small 24-seat eatery serves some of the best cuisine in Centro. The menu is tiny (just a few options each day), but beautifully executed, with David J…