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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Japanese Restaurant
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“Lapa is a neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil. It is located in the centre of Rio and is famous for its historical monuments and nightlife. The neighborhood is home to the Arcos da Lapa, an impressive aqueduct constructed in the mid-18th century by colonial authorities. Another important historical attraction is the Passeio Público, the first public park of the city, built in the 1780s. Since the early 1950s, Lapa has been known for its lively cultural life where there is a concentration of many restaurants and bars where Brazilian artists and intellectuals would meet. It was, and still is, famous for its many restaurants, bars and clubs where the various forms of Brazilian music can be appreciated, like the Asa Branca bar and the Fundição Progresso. The Sala Cecília Meireles, an important venue for chamber music, is also located in Lapa. ”
  • 374 locals recommend
Music Venue
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“A little expensive, and catering to tourists, but this place really is a MUST SEE for anyone that would like to see live Brazilian music of various styles in a beautiful setting. The club is in a historic building, several stories tall, with an incredible assortment of antiques for decoration.”
  • 324 locals recommend
Bar
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“Sit outside on the “wall” for a cold year and “pastel”! Inside may be quite cramped depending on the day...”
  • 241 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Cervantes is often called a Copacabana "institution", which happens to be a very accurate description. Older male waiters wearing white coats and black bow ties serve large sandwiches to hungry, often intoxicated diners, from noon until 3-5am every day of the week.”
  • 165 locals recommend
Bar
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“If you do go to Santa Teresa one day, have lunch at Bar do mineiro and order a Feijoada. Do not eat the crazy meat that comes inside , or order a plain version. But the beans and bean sauce are fabulous. This is a very typical place in Santa teresa and a great visit.”
  • 172 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
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“Restaurante Aprazível. For a sunset and great typical Brazilian food. Closes Monday and Tuesday”
  • 144 locals recommend
Bar
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“Gema means "egg yolk" in Brazilian Portuguese, and the Carioca or Rio native is hence the "yolk" of the Rio de Janeiro egg. Carioca da Gema is a smaller and more intimate club and was one of the first Samba Dance Clubs to open in Lapa.”
  • 122 locals recommend
Churrascaria
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“This is the classic Brazilian “Rodizio”. The quality of the meat is fantastic, and it is a “all you can eat” type of restaurant. The view of the bay is very beautiful.”
  • 109 locals recommend
Bar
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“Laid back, burgers and craft beer. 420 friendly. Sitting area inside and people standing outside. In Botafogo, 10mins by bike or taxi. 1.7 km away. $$”
  • 124 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“The oldest Italian Restaurant by the beach. Great for late night pizzas and beer.”
  • 108 locals recommend
Portuguese Restaurant
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“Here was the National Museum and in 2019 one big fire knocked over the museum. There is a big park. use subway until Sao Cristóvão Station Green Line and walk .”
  • 62 locals recommend
Brazilian Restaurant
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“A very tradicional restaurant in Rio. They have amazing food with an Rio's vibe”
  • 103 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
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“You'll feel like you are in a small seaside town, perhaps somewhere in Europe. Check the classic houses, walk along the sea wall, go up Sugar Loaf and check the stunning views of Praia Vermelha (Red Beach) and the Claudio Coutinho path. Then eat and drink at Bar Urca, looking at the ocean, and be merry. You can easily walk there from our Botafogo place.”
  • 89 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
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“Must go place in Rio. Famous for its esfihas, is a great spot for a bite in the afternoon.”
  • 85 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Famous "all you can eat" with the best-selected meat and seafood! About 80 USD per person”
  • 75 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Altamente recomendado, um dos melhores chopps do Rio e empadas simplesmente maravilhosas ao lado do apartamento. Highly recommended! Suggestion: empanadas and draft beer.”
  • 84 locals recommend