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Rua das Portas do Carmo 21 | Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
(071) 3322 4397
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 83
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Food!!

Visited the place twice, once for lunch which was really quite an experience: awesome food, great caipirinhas and live music. The lady that was singing made it really special. I came back late evening with a big group of friends. They where all really happy with the food and drinks, pleasing 10... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Cheffley W
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Tampa, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Upon arriving, the staff automatically gave us an English menu. We were worried that since that meant they clearly catered to tourists that the food might not be as authentic as what I have become acustomed to in Salvador. However, we did not find that to be the case. The moqueca was absolutely incredible. It might be one of the... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Visited the place twice, once for lunch which was really quite an experience: awesome food, great caipirinhas and live music. The lady that was singing made it really special. I came back late evening with a big group of friends. They where all really happy with the food and drinks, pleasing 10 people from different countries, all seamen and seasoned... More 

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Houston, Texas
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122 reviews 122 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at this restaurant. They had a guitarist playing romantic music so it was a very nice setting. The restaurant is small and cozy. The food was excellent and the service was very good. You can get similar type food less expensive but this location is located in the heart of the... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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116 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The restaurant is situated on the middle of Pelourinho. We have had dinner here twice and the food has been well served and very well tasting. The service is fine and so is the price. It is possible to sit either in or outside. The only bad thing inside is the lighting - it is very white and not cosy... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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398 restaurant reviews
504 helpful votes 504 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The meals at Mamabahia were excellent. Typical Bahia meals, prepared in great fashion. Tasty, well priced and good portions. Mama Bahia is definitely a must visit restaurant while you are in Pelourinho. Highly recommended!

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St. Albans, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

This is the kind of food we came to Salvador to experience and weren't let down! Yes as some have commented the service can be slower at times, however this is Salvador, and food is meant to be enjoyed as part of an experience. Talk, drink, enjoy the live music and the atmosphere Pelourinho creates whilst waiting for some really... More 

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place is in a great location, in the heart of the Pelourinho. The food is delicious...if you are vegetarian I highly recommend the vegetarian moqueca. The prices were not exorbitant. Yes, there are definite drawbacks, extremely long waits being the most obvious (but I was there during the world cup (Germany v Portugal) so I guess it's understandable...there were... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
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65 reviews 65 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

Very good moqueca in Pelourinho (old town) of Salvador. Restaurant with nice live music. Service was not very good though, we waited for about 45 minutes for our meal. The portion could have been a bit bigger. Due to the quality of the food it still is worth it going there. Don't order anything else than fish or seafood, this... More 

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Rio de Janeiro
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

The food is awesome! Very very typical from Bahia. Well located right at Pelourinho, nice ambience. Service also in the typical speed from Bahia.. Sooo slow!! We waited for 45 minutes for the food. But at the end it was still worth it.

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Mount Vernon, New York
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

I've read this place was a tourist trap and that the food was disgusting, but of all my meals in Brazil and Salvador I enjoyed Mamabahia the best. The moqueca was delicious and piping hot. I had the veggie moqueca (I don't like seafood) and my friends shared the shrimp moqueca. When we entered the restaurant around 5pm or so,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua das Portas do Carmo 21 | Pelourinho, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Bahia (BA)  >  Salvador
  • Phone Number: (071) 3322 4397

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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