7 of the Most Delicious Restaurants in Brazil You Have to Visit



Known as one of the best Brazilian restaurants in Sao Paulo, Mani focuses on the senses. By combining its decor with its immersive dining experiences, you get an amazing meal. They provide modern dishes with extravagant textures that earned them a Michelin Star. 

If you want a wine pairing with your meal, this is a great place to be. They have beautiful food that appeases the eyes as well as the stomach. Some of their menu items include things such as:

  • Polvilho Biscuits
  • Moqueca
  • Foie Gras Praline
  • Cashew Ceviche
  • Lasagne
  • Okra Tempura

As you can see, they have a variety of menu items to choose from. 

Esplanada Grill

If you are craving a high-quality steakhouse, the Esplanada Grill doesn’t disappoint. Located in Rio de Janeiro, it has enough options of both food and wine to make even the pickiest of guests happy. Some of their menu options include:

  • Pão de Queijo
  • Petit Gateau
  • Filet Steaks
  • Farofa
  • Caipiroska
  • Picanha

The food is all well made and held to high quality by their head chef. They also offer many different selections, combinations, and deals throughout the year to satisfy every customer. 

Jun Sakamoto

If you are craving sushi, you won’t be disappointed with Jun Sakamoto. This restaurant was started by Leonardo Jun Sakamoto. It is a discreet restaurant that doesn’t promote itself with even any signs, so being able to find it and enjoy a meal here is a real treat. 

Reservations are necessary, and pretty far in advance. They have a Michelin star and promote a show with your meal as you can watch these chefs as they craft beautiful pieces of art out of fish and rice. 

It may be worth bringing more money than you need, as the prices for these meals change based on who is performing the service. 

The meal is usually simple, with beautiful nigiri slices, rolls, and fried pieces of fish. 

A Figueira Rubaiyat

If you want a stunning restaurant that catches your attention from the moment you walk through the door, you would be hard-pressed to find a place that does that better than A Figueira Rubaiyat. They have a Bengal fig tree that is over 100 years old that is visible thanks to a clear glass roof. 

The food is also pulled right in from the estate of the owners themselves. Their beef is fresh, local, and the star of the show. The menu leans towards Mediterranean fare and focuses on many fresh ingredients. 

Even the drinks are a must, with cocktails, beers, and wines of luxuriously high quality. Some of their menu items include:

  • Pão de Queijo
  • Arroz de Polvo 
  • Cheesecake
  • Caixote Marinho
  • Aperol Spritz
  • Gin Tonica

Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao is now an internationally known restaurant. However, that doesn’t mean you should miss some of the originals found in Brazil. The original was started in Porto Alegre in 1979. 

One of the restaurants is located near Botafogo Bay and offers scenic views of the bay as well as Sugarloaf Mountain to bring you beauty and peace while eating your meal. 

The meal is Brazilian through and through, offering a traditional steakhouse menu full of meat-filled dishes to feed your appetite. They keep their standards throughout the world, so you won’t be disappointed with whichever one you try. 


Ostradamus, located in Ribeirão da Ilha, is a seafood restaurant. It offers a glass deck and many different kinds of different seafood. 

  • Pescada-amarela artichokes
  • Sinfonia dos náufragos
  • Oysters
  • Calamari
  • Squid

So no matter what kind of seafood you enjoy, you will find something to like here. The prices are a little high, but the portions are large, and they allow you to take the leftovers home. It is usually booked, but if you come during the off-season or plan ahead, you have the chance of scoring a seat early on. 

The seafood is all regional so you can really get a taste of local Brazilian seafood. 


If you want something that has a little lighter fare, the Salome Bistro in Rio de Janeiro is a great place to try. It is a Tapas Bar, allowing you to try a little of all the cuisine. Many claim them to have excellent gastronomic experiences that they haven’t seen the equal of before. 

On top of beautiful snacks and light fare, they offer many different drinks, from wine to cocktails that are unique to the area. 

The building itself is unique as well, with mirrors, plants, and interesting wall art throughout. 

No matter what your taste in food is, you won’t be disappointed with Salome’s menu. They offer a mix of Brazilian fare and international food so you can eat whatever your heart desires. 

  • Grilled octopus
  • Moroccan lamb tagine
  • Seafood linguine
  • Duck breast
  • Caviar
  • Salads


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