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Rio's wealthy elite flock to this upscale restaurant in leafy Santa Teresa to enjoy fine food and even finer views. Head Chef Damien Montecer has previously worked with Michelin-starred British Chef Gordon Ramsay, and here he serves immaculately presented pan-national dishes to a monied clientele. Tereze is housed within the elegant confines of Hotel Santa Teresa, and offers panoramic views over Guanabara Bay and Central Rio.
Too few of Rio's eating and drinking spots make the most of the city's extraordinary natural beauty, but Bar e Restaurant Urca is one place that really utilizes its location's potential to the full. Meals and drinks are prepared inside the restaurant itself, while tables and chairs are situated across the road, right by the waves. Colorful bobbing fishing boats complete the scene, as drinkers and diners relax in this tranquil neighborhood. Urca serves good, traditional Brazilian meals (including a Saturday feijoada), and there's also a good range of bar snacks and light meals – the cod balls and the seafood soup are both delicious.
Zozô Rio certainly makes the most of its enviable location at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain because the roof is retractable, allowing for unspoiled views of the famous peak. However, this chic restaurant has plenty to offer besides the view. Chef Michael Tanus has headed up kitchens in Sao Paulo and New York, and his French-inspired dishes are a real treat. The emphasis is on French sophistication, with truffled mushrooms, tartins and other elaborate dishes prepared with love and presented with style. Moreover, the wine list here is a major selling point too, with some good Brazilian wines to be found among the more expensive imports from South American wine-producing neighbors Chile and Argentina. There is a good lunch buffet, and a-la-carte dinner, and a romantic spot for a dinner date, so Zozô is pretty hard to beat.
Garota de Ipanema is renowned in the city because this is where two famous Brazilian songwriters, Vinicius de Morais and Tom Jobim wrote their iconic song, 'Girl from Ipanema'. This family-friendly restaurant and bar has a warm ambiance and has its walls adorned with photos of celebrities. You will find many local famous names of the music and entertainment industry in the evening enjoying a meal and drinks. Serving good Brazilian fare and drinks, this trendy place has been a tourist attraction for many years now.
Restaurant Siri prides itself in being one of the best in the city to offer delicious seafood. Guests can expect sumptuous meals prepared with fresh catch from the sea. The walls of the restaurant are painted in bright shades of orange and yellow, creating a vibrant ambiance. With multiple branches in Rio, this one is located on Ilha do Governador, popularly known as Governador Island. It is in close proximity to the international airport and makes for a wonderful pit-stop before entering the city.