7 Best Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro

Thanks to a diverse population resulting from former immigrants from the Middle East, Asia, and Europe, and slaves from western Africa, dining out in Rio de Janeiro is a fun mix of flavors and traditions. Rio de Janeiro has a huge number of restaurants of all types, from cheap fast food joints to mid-priced buffets and elegant, expensive options to please any foodie. 

01 of 07

For Steak: Marius

Av. Atlântica, 290 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22010-000, Brazil
Phone +55 21 3798-6514

For meat lovers, this churrascaria overlooking Leme Beach offers more than 30 different grilled meat dishes. There is also a superb salad bar with colorful, tasty vegetable combinations as well as a great selection of fish. Right next door is Marius Crustáceos, a seafood palace. Note that Marius is always crowded, so reservations are a good idea.

02 of 07

For Barbecued Meats: Porcão

Av. Raja Gabáglia, 2671 - São Bento, Belo Horizonte - MG, 30350-563, Brazil
Phone +55 31 3293-8787

Choose from many different cuts of beef, pork, mutton, and chicken served on spits directly at your table at this Ipanema barbecue restaurant popular with celebrities. Seafood and salads are also offered.

03 of 07

For Seafood: Satyricon

R. Barão da Torre, 192 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22411-000, Brazil
Phone +55 21 2521-0627

This Ipanema restaurant is famous for its superb seafood grilled and served with memorable sauces. Beware of the couvert—excellent, but almost a meal by itself. The wine list is good, the tiramisu is one of the best around, and on Saturdays, there is a seafood buffet. The restaurant is large, pleasant, and always full, and is one of the preferred places of artists, businessmen, and politicians. Valet parking is provided.

04 of 07

For Traditional Cuisine: Cafe Lamas

R. Marquês de Abrantes, 18a - Flamengo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22230-061, Brazil
Phone +55 21 2556-0799

Presidents, writers, actors, poets have dined here since 1874. The decor and menu are simple and traditional, with steaks and seafood most popular.

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05 of 07

For International Flair: Cipriani

Av. Atlântica, 1702 - Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22021-001, Brazil
Phone +55 21 2548-7070

Part of the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel, the restaurant has a high ceiling, crystal chandeliers, and candlelight that provides a romantic touch with cosmopolitan dining.

06 of 07

For Tropical Asian: Zazá Bistrô Tropical

R. Joana Angélica, 40 - Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22420-030, Brazil
Phone +55 21 99530-7173

A block from Ipanema beach, the bistro mixes Thai, tropics and international cuisine for a mysterious, romantic effect.

07 of 07

For Italian: Quadrifoglio

Av. das Américas, 3900 - Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22631-000, Brazil
Phone +55 21 3003-4177

With an excellent menu and wine list, this small restaurant in the Jardim Botânico district is a great choice for a romantic evening.

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7 Best Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro