Brazil may be famous for finger foods like pão de queijo and empadinhas, but fine dining isn’t too far flung from casual fare found at street vendors all across in Rio de Janeiro. When planning your vacation to the marvelous city, leave some bucks in your budget for a splurge on an upscale eatery. With countless options to satisfy your hunger for delectable cuisine, attentive service, and charming ambiance, your only challenge will be deciding which restaurant to make your reservation at.
Overlooking the Ipanema shoreline is the seafood-centric Restaurante Fasano al Mare (above), a Mediterranean eatery of restaurateur Rogério Fasano. At the helm of the kitchen is chef Paolo Lavezzini, who came from the Michelin three star-rated Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served seven days a week, both in the main dining room and a sprawling beachfront terrace designed by Philippe Starck.
The Leblon location of the Chez L’Ami Martin (right) was the flagship in a pair of Parisian-inspired bistros opened by Grupo Pax, one of the city’s largest restaurateurs. Open daily for lunch through late-night dinner, the restaurant’s menu consists of a carefully-chosen list of French delicacies like slow-cooked meats, fresh seafood selections and artisan breads and pastas served in Staub cookware. Architecture and design by Angela Leite Barbosa are enhanced with a collection of photos and art curated by chef Pascal Jolly himself on visits abroad.
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