Best Restaurants in Rio De Janeiro
Brazilian cuisine is famous for its use of red meat, a fact
deliciously confirmed when eating out in Rio. Churrascarias
(Brazilian barbeque) is a simple beef dish, normally spiced only
with salt, and often accompanied with feijão com arroz (rice and
beans). Other meat may end up in feijoada, a traditional stew made
with black beans. Local taste runs toward oily, sweet, and salty
food, with a noticeable lack of spices. A popular treat is bacalhau
(salted cod), which is usually imported from Norway. Good
restaurants in which to look for traditional Brazilian food include
Bar do Arnaudo in Santa Teresa, Marius in Copacabana, or
Brasileirinho in Ipanema.
Lunch in Rio is an adventure for those on a budget. A range of
street vendors selling everything from fruit to grilled prawns to
cheese bread offer options for everyone. Use your own judgment
regarding food safety by gauging the cleanliness of the stall (and
vendor) and how popular it is with locals. The beach has many
similar options, including oysters or shrimp tarts, and drinks like
fresh coconut water out of the shell and bright purple açai juice.
The Brazilian equivalent to MacDonald''s, Bob''s Burgers, will take
your order and deliver to you right on the sand.
Coffee in Rio is traditionally drunk standing at a corner bar,
but you''ll find a few cafés dotted around, like Café Severino,
located in the famous Livraria Argumento bookstore; Jasmin Manga
Cyber Café, which offers rare free internet access; or Café du
Lage, in a beautiful Roman villa-esque building.
One popular type of Rio restaurant offers a pay-by-weight system
where the customer selects his or her food from a buffet, bringing
it to the chef to be cooked. This is a great way to sample a
variety of different dishes, taking as much or as little as you
like while the waiters mark your receipt. Take care to keep your
receipt safe, though, as the fee for losing it is often very high.
Frontera in Ipanema is a good example of this type of restaurant,
or Fellini in Leblon.
There are also a few good organic and vegetarian restaurants in
Rio, including Blyss Holy Foods in Ipanema, Universo Organico in
Leblon, and the aptly named Vegan Vegan in Botafogo. Most
restaurants in Rio de Janeiro are open from 11am to 4pm, and from
7pm to midnight. Some stay open all day, especially on Saturday
when people stream in from the beaches at all hours. Restaurants
usually add a 10% service charge to the bill, but waiters will
appreciate another 5% if their service has been good. If the
service is truly terrible, you can ask not to pay the service
charge. Some restaurants do not take credit cards, so it''s best to
ask up front if you don''t have cash.