The latest restaurant from the crack team behind Sushi Leblon and Zuka, this two-story bistro serves organic dishes in a clean, bright space on the trendy (and foody) Rua Dias Ferreira. Stop by on a late Saturday afternoon to watch the beautiful people.
For those wanting a change from the formidable fare along Rua Dias Ferreira, Celeiro is the place. Specializing in organic salads via buffet style, pay-by-weight ordering, this casual eatery is full of healthy choices. And their mint lemonade is damn good on a hot day.
Rio’s answer to Nobu. A clear favorite of the chic and celebrated, this upscale Japanese restaurant offers great sushi, sashimi, and specialties like grilled namorado and sea urchin ceviche. Book in advance or prepare to queue up.
Finding an ice cold beer in Rio is harder than you’d expect, so remember this address. Jobi has been Leblon’s go-to botequim since the ’50s. The bar itself isn’t much to look at, but there are plenty of pretty patrons crowding the place, especially on weekends. Great bar snacks (the empanadas are outstanding) and memorable nights are Jobi hallmarks. It’s a local spot but you won’t be a stranger for long.
This lighthearted Japanese restaurant takes its sushi seriously. Headband-clad chefs masterfully prepare delectable dishes using traditional Japanese techniques.
Perched in the mountains above Rio, this open air, tree house-style restaurant will have you repeating one phrase: pass the pao de queijo! Aprazível’s combination of fresh food, panoramic views, and quality service is worth the trek.
Dedicated to small portions and superior cocktails, Venga is consistently packed with young locals at dinnertime. It was the first tapas restaurant to arrive in Rio, and many consider it the best.
Zazá Bistrô serves Thai and Brazilian fusion dishes in an art-filled converted house. There are three quirky dining areas: an outside terrace, inside on the ground floor, and (our personal favorite) upstairs where guests dine on Moroccan pillows by flickering candlelight.
The food, service, and scene never disappoint the lunch crowd. Scope out Ipanema socialites from an outdoor terrace while filling up on enormous salads, pastas, and other bistro fare.
The Fasano group owns it but this Italian restaurant is one-of-a-kind in Rio. The menu benefits from four generations worth of experience. The excellent service is hard not to notice. Our recommendation: the tiramisu.
Punto Divino serves the best thin-crust pizza in town. Sit inside for the live-music performances or outside to watch the action in the town square.
This place was a true highlight. The food is top-shelf, prepared by an acclaimed chef who traded his suit for an apron and a pair of board shorts. Linger after lunch on the white leather daybeds spread across a hill overlooking a white sand beach. During summer months, Rocka morphs into an all-night party spot.
Chef Ana Bueno packs serious flavor into every dish, bringing contemporary and upscale caiçara cuisine to Rio’s historic district. Try the casadinho de camarão.