I hope you come to Rio hungry! There is so much to eat here and tons of amazing bars to grab a drink. I have listed the best restaurants in Rio so you have the perfect meal for every craving. From fine dining to casual restaurants, I’ve got the best places to eat in Rio de Janeiro in all of the various neighborhoods!
Best Restaurants in Centro
A gorgeous old bakery that is has some of the most stunning architecture. It has been open since 1894. Service is speedy and you should stop in for a cake and coffee at the very least.
Huge bar with multiple levels. You'll find live music and dancing here as well as pub food and cocktails. A great vintage yet modern feel.
Santa Teresa & Lapa Best Bars and Restaurants
A hip nightclub with live samba music and a huge dance floor.
One of the best restaurants in all of Rio. Try Brazilian cuisine with a creative twist in a homey setting. Aprazivel sits on the very top of Santa Teresa's hillside so views of Rio are absolutely spectacular. Try to grab a table (or make a reservation) for sunset if you can.
Pizzaria do Chico
Great pizza in the middle of Rio. Plus, the menu is huge and cheap. Do be aware they don't take credit cards.
Copacabana Restaurants you can't miss
Walk in here and you'll feel like you're back in a hip coffee shop in the states. Exposed brick, colorful furniture, and interesting coffees to order. We did a table pour (the siphon specifically) and had fun watching the coffee brew in front of us. Their breakfast was also delicious - they had the choice of light snacks (croissants, toast, etc) as well as full meals (omelets, quiches, and sandwiches).
MEE at Belmond
This Pan-Asian restaurant located in the famous Belmond hotel on Copacabana beach has some of the most delicious food. PLUS, it is considered pretty inexpensive for a restaurant that has a famous chef and one Michelin star. We ate here and tried soooo many different items, from sushi to Malaysian mushrooms and even Pad Thai.
Rio has a huge Lebanese population and this traditional Middle Eastern restaurant is spectacular - especially if you are looking for vegetarian-friendly items.
A great Italian restaurant on Copacabana beach, but I do think it was a bit pricey. We ate here and enjoyed it - although they were lacking in vegetarian-friendly meals with only two kinds of pasta dishes devoid of meat.
You can't travel to Brazil without trying a local açaí shop. This super-food has taken the US by storm and comes straight out of Brazil. Amazonia Soul in Ipanema has some of the best açaí bowls and is truly local.
Casa da Feijoada
A traditional restaurant in Ipanema that serves feijoada (beans) with various sides. There is a great terrace to relax on and food is filling and cheap here.
A traditional Italian ice cream parlor that uses natural flavors from Brazil to create some gorgeously colored (and flavored) ice creams.
Definitely upscale, but worth every penny. Satyricon is on every best restaurant in Ipanema list. They serve a selection of seafood that is ridiculously fresh - they even have a fish counter!
If you love meat check out one of the many Churrascaria. Carretão in Ipanema is considered by many to be the best (full disclosure: we are pescatarians and did not visit during our time in Rio). The restaurant is all-you-can-eat meats so come hungry.
Other Restaurants In Rio You Shouldn't Miss
Plage Café in Parque Lage
Set in the courtyard of a stone mansion built in the 1800's the cafe has gorgeous views of Christo (as long as there are no clouds). We ate here expecting it to be very touristy but the food was actually delicious and filling. I ordered a huge salad and together we couldn't even finish it.
Clássico Beach Club on Sugarloaf Mountain
Another one of those tourist spots where you assume you're paying top dollar for mediocre food with an undeniably fantastic view. Again, we ate here expecting the worst only to find the drinks delicious and the food fairly priced. Grab a lounge chair and sip on the tradition drink ___ while enjoying fantastic views of Rio.
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