Clarion Hotel Itaipava
Estrada Uniao Industria,
Phone: (55) 24 22225155
Fax: (55) 24 22225155
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.
Filet e Folhas is known for their contemporary Brazilian cuisine with an emphasis on light meals. This branch in the heart of the city is often flocked with working people for a quick lunch. Get started with a bun or bean broth. Choose either a customized salad or a quiche. You can also have a combination of both. If you prefer something hot, then they have seven grilled options comprising of meat, poultry and fish cuts. These you can accompany with pastas and sauces. Round off your meal with desserts like banana flambe or profiteroles.
Located in a contemporary office building, in the heart of Rio's financial district, Prima Donna is a favorite destination among local businessmen. Shaded by an indoor garden, the restaurant is a good place to escape the crowds and stifling heat of Centro, and diners can take their pick from a buffet that includes over 20 different salads as well as pasta, grilled meat and seafood. The wine list has a reasonable selection of reds, whites and sparklers, and desserts are dangerously tempting.
Italians love their cuisine and take every opportunity to enjoy it. Their joie De Vivre is reflected in this branch of Spoleto Culinaria Italiana. Spoleto Rua RB1 encourages its patrons to enjoy their food in leisure in a vibrant atmosphere. Here the flavors speak and the portions are large to share with family and friends. Relish their pastas, risottos, polentas along with their meat, poultry and seafood preparations. Complement it with a wine from their list.
Cornmeal may not seem like the most appetizing foodstuff in the culinary world, but when it is combined with the seasoning and sauces that make the traditional Northeastern Brazilian dish angu, it's a delicious and unforgettable ingredient. Fans of angu will point any newcomers in the direction of Angu do Gomes, a relaxed bar and restaurant specializing in the sometimes spicy dish, which blends African and Brazilian culinary influences to tasty effect. This form of polenta is traditionally served with meat or chicken, but here there is a meat-free version too, made with vegetables.
Housed in an electric-blue colonial building in Rio's docklands, Trapiche Gamboa is the place to come if you want to hear excellent live samba in unpretentious surroundings. The live music here has been voted the best in Rio by local press, and you'd be hard pressed to find a livelier crowd. As well as the chance to strut your stuff with the locals, Trapiche Gamboa offers a good selection of meals and snacks – including very good crab cakes and an excellent caldo de feijao (bean soup). Don't miss the caipirinhas – sugar cane rum mixed with everything from lime to strawberry, passionfruit or tamarind. - Lucy Bryson
Opened in 1972, this traditional Centro lunch spot is a great place to sample Brazilian cuisine with a few international touches. Of the staunchly Brazilian options, one of the best is the carne seca—sun-dried beef—with creamed pumpkin, white rice and traditional Brazilian black beans. Elsewhere, there are Arab and German touches, including lentilha garni, a hearty dish involving lentils with smoked meat, as well as German white sausage and bacon. Check the daily lunch specials for some good-value midday eats.
If you want to sample arguably the best Portuguese cuisine in Rio, look no further than the simple Adegao Portugues. The unassuming restaurant, located in the city's North Zone, has won scores of awards over its 42-year history, and boasts an impressive array of fans that includes Brazil's president. The restaurant is best known for its fish and seafood dishes, but the meat dishes are also excellent. Don't miss the lamb served with artichoke, pepper, onion, garlic and boiled potatoes. The restaurant is located within the safe, well-policed confines of the vast Campo do Sao Cristvao, but take care in the surrounding area. -Lucy Bryson
Nestled in a lovely 19th-century mansion, this restaurant and bar is what it is named as. Casual Retro is located at the heart of Rio's ‘Cultural Quarter,' close to museums and cultural centers such as the excellent Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, this laid-back spot is an ideal place to unwind with a drink and a plate of good food after a day indulging your arty side. ging your arty side. The pavement tables and chairs are great for people-watching, while the interior, which combines the relaxed ambiance of Rio's old school botecos with modern comforts such as air conditioning, is warm and welcoming. Live music, delish dishes and great drinks, makes Casual Retro a must visit on your Rio excursion.
A traditional bar at the heart of Rio's cultural quarter, Adega Timao is handily located behind the impressive cultural center, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil. And while the colonial building and nautical decor recall seafaring days of yore, the modern menu makes this bar one of a growing number of places to enjoy tapas in Rio. A decent selection of the Spanish-style small eats are on offer, of which the squid in garlic is a stand-out. The draft beer is good, and the pleasant location makes this a good option for a relaxing drink and a light meal after a day browsing the nearby galleries.
Rio's vast Feira Nordestina (Northeastern Fair) is well worth a bus ride out to the city's North Zone, and this restaurant is one of the standouts of hundreds of informal eateries serving hearty, spicy dishes from Brazil's Northeast. The fair celebrates the north's music as well as food, and diners taking a seat on the second floor will have a view of two stages, each featuring live forro acts on weekends. Northeastern food is famously hearty, so Barraca Da Chiquita isn't the best place for picky eaters, but it's heaven for meat eaters with hearty appetites. To wash it down, try a chilled Brahma beer, or get yourself in the mood for dancing with a caipirinha cocktail. Alternatively, and somewhat surprisingly, this simple restaurant has its own sommelier on-hand to advise on wine choices.
With walls originally constructed out of whale oil and stone and the interiors made of brick with wooden and rattan furniture and antiques. Cais de Oriente Restaurant makes quite an interesting place to dine. The soft music played in the background is soothing to the ears. Treat yourself to the delicious items on the menu, which has a wonderful mix of Eastern and Mediterranean dishes. Some of the dishes that come highly recommended include the bittersweet duck and the spicy shrimp complemented by Port wine. End your grand dinner with a special gateau or the sumptuous egg plant.