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Cafe do Mar

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Brazilian, Cafe, South American
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Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Dining options: Drinks, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch
Description: This is one of a string of restaurants on the beach just outside the...
This is one of a string of restaurants on the beach just outside the center of town that don't actually have addresses (as far as I know). Others of its ilk are included in major guide books, like Foder's. I'd really like to give this restaurant a review because it was amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful, English-speaking staff (a rarity on the island). Thanks!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great BBQ

We ate here as part of a group of 16 and had a really good night, the service wasn't very quick but we were a big group so that's almost to be expected. The BBQ was very good and the veggie option skewers (halloumi cheese and veg) were very big and tasty with some tasty sides. The cocktails... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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Barnsley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We ate here as part of a group of 16 and had a really good night, the service wasn't very quick but we were a big group so that's almost to be expected. The BBQ was very good and the veggie option skewers (halloumi cheese and veg) were very big and tasty with some tasty sides. The cocktails were very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is what holidays are about- we had our last evening meal here with our feet in the sand under a starry sky while the waves lapped against the shore. Our food was grilled to perfection. We've also been here for lunch and highly recommend the place- food, setting and service are all excellent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Amazing BBQ night - go and pick your own fish/steak/whatever off the table and a man cooks it to order. Reasonably priced and the cocktails are good!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

You can have a drink or eat some finger food..or go for a lunch/ dinner...everything here is amazing!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We went here on our first night in ilha grande. It's located under a big tree with little lights in it. The tables are on the sand. You order your food at the place where they prepare the food and they bring it to your table with some nice greens and rice on the side. The chickeN skewers are delicious!!!... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We stayed at the Pousada Naturalia around the corner and couldn't help but stumble upon this place when walking along the beach. A fantastic spot for sipping a few caipirinha, the food was decent too - Monday is BBQ night and my and I had huge portions of steak and chicken, both with little rice and vegetable salads, for a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Perfect spot to sit in the evening. Wooden seats on the sand with picturesque lights hung in the trees. I highly recommend the milkshakes!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We tried the Wednesday night BBQ at this place which seems to be the meeting of foreigners on that day. The place was busy but we manage to get a table few feets from the sea. You choose the meat/fish you like and they cook it. Prices are reasonably expensive (compare to Ilha Grande standards). We liked the atmosphere, the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I went with my boyfriend, Wednesday night. They served bbq. We ordered cheese, a meat spetto and fish (bonito). The meat was very good, the cheese was good also. The fish wasn't that good, plus as it the entire fish you couldn't differentiate what to eat and what to don't given that there wasn't much light. The view was gorgeous.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

Beautiful spot on the beach, tables and chairs placed under a huge tree so nice and shaded if you're too hot! Didn't eat here just had a few beers. Very nice atmosphere and friendly enough staff.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Ilha Grande

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Cafe, South American

Description

This is one of a string of restaurants on the beach just outside the center of town that don't actually have addresses (as far as I know). Others of its ilk are included in major guide books, like Foder's. I'd really like to give this restaurant a review because it was amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful, English-speaking staff (a rarity on the island). Thanks!

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