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O Cacau

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Brazilian, Seafood, South American
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Praca Sao Joao 96, Trancoso, State of Bahia 45818-000, Brazil
(73) 3668-1266
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Seafood!

Had dinner here while staying in Trancoso one night. Great little restaurant on the quadrado with excellent ambience and a really chill vibe. They have an English menu which made communication easier. Based on other reviews we tried two different appetizers, the acaraje and the crab in a shell... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 3, 2016
Salim007
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Had dinner here while staying in Trancoso one night. Great little restaurant on the quadrado with excellent ambience and a really chill vibe. They have an English menu which made communication easier. Based on other reviews we tried two different appetizers, the acaraje and the crab in a shell. Neither was impressive. However, the moqueca (seafood stew) was really awesome... More 

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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Had a lovely brazilian dish called escondidinho and have been dreaming about it ever since. My starter was also gorgeous with aubergine courgette and brazilian coalho cheese. My friends had prawns. Excellent food.

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Thank Mariana G
Sao Paulo, SP
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

Nice restaurant, good atmosphere, food is delicious (specially the seafood "moqueca" and the escondinho de carne seca). Specially good "mandarine caipirinha"

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Thank Jean B
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

Excelent service, great atmosphere, kind staff, marvellous food. Must try the "casquinha de siri " and the "bobó de camarão ".

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Thank thiagodomenici
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

Excelent Food, Wine and Caipirinhas, in a Trancoso Atmosphere with gentle waiters and the Sympathy of The Owners, Mrs Dora and Mrs Fatima, that make The Difference! Highlights are "Coquinho", acarajé and Lobster Strogonoff!!! Really Recommend!!!!

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Thank Augusto R
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

It's difficult to find value for money in Trancoso and Cacau is not an exception; good environment and pretty decent food without being anything exciting. My prawn main featured exactly five small prawns (at 80 reais cost). The badejo "tropical" with pineapple chutney was def a better option. No wine by the glass and staff, if correct, was on lo-fi... More 

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Sao Paulo
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323 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Went with my wife, son and daughter-in--law. Food and service was good in pleasant surroundings.Problem was paying. I have my AMEX card since 1971 (44 years!!). The server alleged that the transaction had been refused and I asked her to retry and, once again, she insisted that the payment had been refused. I then used my Visa card. On returning... More 

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McLean VA
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193 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

This is supposedly the best restaurant in Trancoso, according to the guidebooks. The meal was fine--the fish was expertly cooked, not overcooked like most Brazilian restaurants, but the wasabi sauce was a bit bland. It was certainly our best meal in Trancoso, but frankly, that's not saying much. The service staff was pleasant and actually seemed to enjoy working there,... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014 via mobile

This is the restaurant to go to in Trancoso for traditional Bahian cuisine in an elegant setting.For appetizers we tried the Casquina de siri,which is seasoned shredded crab meat served in a shell,and the acaraje.The crab was nice,if a bit forgettable,but the acaraje were delicious.A huge serve for two people - there were 9 mini acaraje and four accompaniments.The tomato... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Eating out in Trancoso is a risky business and you are quite likely to be charged a fortune for four shrimps and a handful of rice, or a crummy burger before you even think of having a glass of wine, so beware! Luckily O Cacau is not such a scalper and we were surprised and pleased to have a very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Praca Sao Joao 96, Trancoso, State of Bahia 45818-000, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Bahia (BA)  >  Trancoso
  • Phone Number: (73) 3668-1266

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Seafood, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children

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