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O Cacau

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Brazilian, South American
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Praca Sao Joao, s/n, Trancoso, State of Bahia, 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
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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2014
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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 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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Piracicaba, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

The entrance to this beautiful restaurant is on the historic square near the church. A candlelit path leads to a wide deck. It's a wonderful place to talk and eat. The spagheti Sa is a pasta dish with seafood. Wonderful!! My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The flambeed pineapple is another personal favorite. Go and enjoy.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

Best shrimp strognoff, actually went back the next day for "bobó" de camarão. friendly service, nice atmosphere, happy yet not loud. We were a group of 16 people, without reservation. very hard to get a table, yet, they accomodated us, did all they could to please us. Again, don't forget your bug spray, as mosquitoes are very common all over... More 

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Ninove, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Nice decoration, good food with local dishes and service is excellent, we were there with our 4 year old daughter and they prepared out of the menu meal for her. The staff is very attentive! Ratio price quality much better than other options in Quadrado. We loved the mini-acarajés!

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

The food is a little tasteless (my shrimps at least were), we did have a group of loud people next to us (and they seemed to be part of the crew - managers or owner), but the restaurant is very nice, beautifully decorated and nice setting. Prices are at São Paulo level, as many other restaurants in Trancoso though (you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

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  • Cuisine: Brazilian, South American

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