Where to Eat in Rio

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We asked Daniel, one of our most popular guides in Rio de Janeiro, to tell us about his favourite restaurants in the city. Make sure to hit up at least one of these places if you’re traveling to Rio this year!

1. Antiquarius
Category: Portuguese

This traditional restaurant is credited with bringing Portuguese cuisine, one of the staples of the Brazilian food heritage, to an enhanced level that benefits both from fine dishes such as Bacalhau a Lagareiro, a signature codfish recipe, and from the serene ambiance based on antique furniture (hence the restaurant's name).

2. Aprazível
Category: Brazilian

Located in the charming, hilly neighborhood of Santa Teresa, Aprazivel (which means "pleasant") has a casual, rustic feel and a menu that explores the bounty of Brazilian vegetable gardens.

3. Gero
Category: Italian

Gero belongs to the Fasano Group, a Brazil household name in upscale restaurants and now also in hotels. The Leblon location follows the style of the original restaurant in Sao Paulo. Among the many highlights is Gero's fresh-made pasta.

4. Porcão
Category: Brazilian Steakhouse

Unabashedly named Big Pig, Rio's most famous churrascaria de rodízio, or all-you-can-eat barbecue restaurant, has locations in Miami and New York as well.

5. Marius
Category: Seafood and Brazilian steak house

One of the better all-you-can-eat rodízio systems, Marius serves up prime cuts of beef. In addition to this carnivore's dream, the buffet also includes excellent seafood such as fresh oysters, shrimp, langoustines, smoked salmon, and paella, plus salads and other side dishes. But back to what we came for: here at Marius, waiters will come out over and over with your favourite cuts of steak, whether it is juicy tender rib-eye, T-bone, rack of lamb or any of the other kinds of typical Brazilian beef cuts such as maminha, alcatra, picanha, and fraldinha.

Interested in sharing a meal with Daniel? You can learn more about him and his entertaining, interesting tours of Rio here: Private Rio Tours with Daniel.
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