This unique, lively restaurant is in an enclosed garden in the arty colonial quarter Santa Teresa. Indoor and outdoor tables, surrounded by foliage, have views over the city. Grab a tree-house table if you can! The caipirinhas are sensational here!
This is one of Rio’s long-standing traditional restaurants, again ultra-popular, with a large menu of Brazilian dishes. It’s in the university and literary quarter of Gávea, so has an intellectual clientèle among its many regular customers.
The Porcão chain of churracarias has branches all over the city, and offers one of the best traditional barbecues in Rio: eat as much meat as your appetite will allow. Your meal is enhanced with an impressive array of side dishes.
A recent addition to Ipanema’s portfolio of eateries, close to the upmarket residential district around Lagoa Rodrigo Freitas. The restaurant is set in a beautiful glass-roofed internal patio surrounded by objets d’art and original paintings. Italian risotto is its signature dish.
One of a streetful of trendy restaurants in Rua Dias Ferreira, Leblon – Rio’s smartest residential quarter and beach. Usually bursting at the seams with an animated clientèle on any day of the week: great for people-watching, but also serving superb Brazilian meat and fish dishes.