Brazilian in Gávea, Jardim Botânico & Lagoa

In a charming yellow colonial house, the two-story Borogodó is a great neighborhood destination for grilled steaks, seafood paella and pastas. Weekday lunch specials are good value (R$30), while on weekends there's feijoada (bean-and-meat stew; R$47 Friday through Sunday). The open doors and windows let in the breeze, and the back of the botanical gardens is just across the street.