Rio de Janeiro restaurants

Top Choice Brazilian 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 live-…
Top Choice Bistro in Copacabana & Leme

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 palms …
Top Choice Brazilian 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 dried …
Top Choice Fusion 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 ri…
Top Choice Brazilian 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 gri…
Top Choice International 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 octopus …
Top Choice Mediterranean 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 lam…
Top Choice Spanish in Copacabana & Leme

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 old-w…
Top Choice Churrascaria in Copacabana & Leme

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 oysters,…
Top Choice Brazilian 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 plants,…