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This unpretentious bar in the heart of Lapa is a lifeline for hungry party-goers. Open 18 hours a day, seven days a week, the 100-year-old bar serves wonderful bar snacks such as crispy bolinhos do bacalhau (codfish balls) as well as hearty main meals. The lamb with brocolli rice and garlic has been named best bar dish in Rio by the Brazilian guidebook Guia Quatro Rodas and makes a perfect stomach-filler before a night out in the clubs and bars of Lapa. Head here at the start of the night for a tasty dinner, then do as the locals do and pop back in again at 4a for a sunrise beer and snack before making your way home.
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.
Hachiko in Downtown Rio is one of the most popular sushi bars in the city. Serving a wide range of Japanese food with pan-Asian undertones and a strong western influence, the restaurant is essentially a contemporary, fusion affair. Uber chic meets the exotic East at this joint, which features traditional-looking bamboo bar-stools, wooden tables and chairs against a backdrop of intense crimsons. Buzzing with people and positive energy, Hachiko is a great place for amazing food and interesting conversations.
One of the very best French restaurants in the country, owned by maitre Claude Troisgros, from the world-famous Troisgros family. Claude has been in Rio for more than ten years. Always putting his cooking know-how to work with Brazilian ingredients, a true alchemy of Brazilian foods - raviolis stuffed with potatoes baroa or quail with jabuticaba sauce - delicious recipes with careful presentation. The restaurant is in a beautiful house classically decorated. The service is in the best French style.
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.
Sumptuous meals, that will whet your appetite while pleasing your taste buds, is what you can expect at Siqueira Grill. This restaurant follows the popular Brazilian trend of paying by the kilo. Guests can choose from their buffet that offers an extensive variety of local dishes. Gorge on delicious meat and seafood dishes. Those craving for a change in flavors, can try out from their salad and sushi bar. A range of local wines as well as those imported from Chile and Argentina are on offer to complement your food.
Satyricon has been a delight to seafood lovers since its opening in 1983. The seafood here is simply superb, especially the lobster, shrimp and squid, which is grilled and served with memorable sauces. Choose your fish, lobster and crab from the counter that is caught fresh and get ready for a delish meal. They do have a small section in their menu for meat eaters and vegetarians in the form of risottos and pastas. Pair your dishes with a wine from their wine cellar which boasts more than 500 labels of vinos. The restaurant is large, pleasant and always full, and is one of the preferred places of artists, businessmen and politicians
Located a few blocks down from the Pepê beach, this is a great place for a delicious start, or relaxing end, to the day. Menu options include breakfast, lunch and anytime foods, with several varieties of sandwiches (chicken and other types) and hamburgers, in addition to healthier options such as salads, pastas and natural, fresh-squeezed juices. Don't let the relaxed attitude fool you, though, as the food is always well-prepared and tasty. Seating is available inside and out. - Mark Bures