Middle Eastern in Copacabana & Leme


Step inside Amir and you'll enter a world of delicate aromas and handsomely dressed waiters in embroidered vests. Daytime crowds come for the buffet (R$70 on weekdays, R$80 weekends), while at night the à la carte m…
Middle Eastern in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

Arab da Lagoa

This is one of the lake's most popular outdoor restaurants. It serves up traditional Middle Eastern specialties such as hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouleh, kibbe and tasty thin-crust pizzas. The large platters for two …
Middle Eastern in Copacabana & Leme


A much-loved neighborhood favorite, Faraj has a snack counter up front where you stop by for quick kibe (meat croquette), esfiha (triangular spinach or meat pastry) or juice, while the tables in back are the place t…
Middle Eastern in Flamengo & Around

Sírio Libaneza

Always packed, this bustling place serves up tasty and cheap Syrian-Lebanese cuisine and great juices. Try the hearty kibe de forno (oven-baked ground beef dish with spices), a hummus platter or kafta (spiced meat p…
Middle Eastern in Ipanema & Leblon


One of the few nonfancy options on this culinary street, Yalla is a small, quick-serving restaurant where you can pick up fresh tabbouleh or couscous salads, sandwiches on lavash bread (such as shawarma, falafel and…
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). …
Middle Eastern in Copacabana & Leme


On the oceanfront road, Arab is a laid-back spot where you can linger at an outdoor table over delicious platters of tabbouleh, hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel, shawarma and other treats. There's also a lunch buffet.