Top ChoiceBrazilian in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Casa Camolese

One of the most talked-about openings in recent years is this beautifully designed eating, drinking and entertainment space overlooking the Jockey Club Brasileiro. Camolese is home to a microbrewery, a cafe, a...

Top ChoiceBistro in Copacabana & Leme

Salomé

Salomé

Run by the same people behind Ipanema's enormously popular Canastra, Salomé brings a dash of style to the Leme beachfront. The easygoing open-sided bistro has vintage mirrors and curious wall hangings, potted...

Top ChoiceBrazilian in Ipanema & Leblon

Giuseppe Grill

One of Rio's best restaurants, Giuseppe Grill aims for perfection and it rarely disappoints. Chargrilled meat and fish plates are outstanding, as are Brazilian classics like bobó de camarão (manioc paste with...

Top ChoiceFusion in Ipanema & Leblon

Zazá Bistrô Tropical

Inside an art-filled and whimsically decorated converted house, Zazá serves beautifully prepared dishes with Asian accents, and uses organic ingredients when possible. Favorites include chicken curry with jasmine...

Top ChoiceBrazilian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Aprazível

Hidden on a winding road high in Santa Teresa, Aprazível offers beautiful views and a lush garden setting. Grilled fish and roasted dishes showcase the country's culinary highlights from land and sea. Start with...

Top ChoiceInternational in Ipanema & Leblon

Zuka

One of Rio's best restaurants, Zuka prepares mouthwatering cuisine. Try zingy ceviche with Brazilian piquinho pepper or the confection-like delicacy of Zuka's original foie gras to start, followed by tender...

Top ChoiceMediterranean in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Casa Momus

One of the best and loveliest restaurants in Lapa, Casa Momus has a small but well-executed menu of Mediterranean-influenced dishes. Start with prawn croquettes, fried polenta with spicy Gorgonzola or a Moroccan...

Top ChoiceSpanish in Copacabana & Leme

El Born

El Born

Named after Barcelona's hippest, foodie-loving neighborhood, El Born fires up some of Rio's best tapas plates, such as Galician-style octopus, spicy prawns and tender Iberian ham. The setting channels a bit of...

Top ChoiceChurrascaria in Copacabana & Leme

Churrascaria Palace

Churrascaria Palace

This elegantly set dining room is one of the best churrascarias (traditional barbecue restaurants) in town. Aside from juicy, high-quality cuts of meat, the included buffet nearly steals the show with fresh...

Top ChoiceBrazilian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Lilia

You could easily miss the low-key entrance to this tranquil lunch spot. Covering the top two floors of a 19th-century building, the restaurant has an airy, creative design, with white brick walls, shelves of...

Top ChoiceAsian in Centro & Praça Mauá

Xian

One of Rio's loveliest new additions is this spacious, theatrically decorated dining room, open-air cocktail bar and nightclub, all set rather dramatically on the edge of the bay. Come for mouthwatering seafood...

Top ChoiceGastronomy in Botafogo, Humaitá & Urca

Lasai

Inside an elegant early-20th-century house in Humaitá, Lasai dazzles critics and foodies with its deliciously inventive cuisine. The award-winning carioca chef Rafa Costa e Silva earned his chops in some of the...

Top ChoiceAmazonian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Espírito Santa

At this beautifully restored mansion, you can sit on the back terrace with its sweeping views or in the charming, airy dining room, and feast on rich, expertly prepared meat and seafood dishes from the Amazon and...

Top ChoicePizza in Flamengo & Around

Ferro e Farinha

Sei Shiroma, an expat from NYC, and a dexterous team of dough handlers serve Rio's best pizza at this atmospheric and delightfully ramshackle spot in Catete. Seats are few, with just a handful of bar stools...

Brazilian in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Puro

Puro offers consistently excellent food and service in the upmarket Jardim Botânico neighborhood. Chef Pedro Siqueira’s menu features traditional Brazilian dishes that have been given modern updates. Head to the...

Fusion in Ipanema & Leblon

CT Boucherie

CT Boucherie

Created by Claude Troisgros, Rio's most famous chef, this innovative Leblon restaurant takes the idea of the churrascaria (traditional barbecue restaurant) and turns it on its head. Instead of all-you-can-eat...

Bistro in Ipanema & Leblon

Formidable

Something of a secret culinary spot in Leblon, Formidable is a charming bistro with only a handful of tables inside (and a few tables out front). It has a chalkboard menu featuring beautifully executed French...

Brazilian in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Lagoon

This lakefront eating and entertainment complex houses a handful of restaurants, plus a cinema, a bar and a live-music venue. The best tables are on the 2nd floor, and offer photogenic views over Lagoa Rodrigo de...

Cafe in Botafogo, Humaitá & Urca

Marchezinho

Marchezinho

This multipurpose space operates as a cafe, bar and minimarket. The owner’s French roots show through on the menu and store shelves, with the excellent cheese, bread and coffee. The carefully selected ingredients...

Brazilian in Santa Teresa & Lapa

Cafe do Alto

Conveniently located a few steps from Largo do Guimarães (Santa Teresa's epicenter), Cafe do Alto whips up filling Northeastern dishes. The wide-ranging menu features tapiocas (crepes made from manioc flour),...