Restaurante Senac

Top choice buffet in São Luís

Showpiece for the São Luís branch of Brazil's best-known cooking school, this place gets packed at lunchtime for its superb all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes a big salad bar and eight or 10 hot meat and seafood dishes, plus rice, vegetables, yummy desserts – and a piano man.

It's fairly flash – waiters are decked out in bow ties – but being the Northeast, diners in shorts and flip-flops are ubiquitous.