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Cafe do Mar

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Brazilian, Coffee Shop
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Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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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  • 103
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    Very good
  • 10
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  • 7
    Poor
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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
Most recent review
Vegan option e great view

This is a restaurant and coffee right by the beach. At night they turn on this fading lights and it´s just amazing. They have bbq and some dishes (not a wide variety but goo) and they offer vegan bbq, very rare in Brazil. The coffee variety is very good and well made. Go for it

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2015
Dorothyangie
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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67 reviews 67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

This is a restaurant and coffee right by the beach. At night they turn on this fading lights and it´s just amazing. They have bbq and some dishes (not a wide variety but goo) and they offer vegan bbq, very rare in Brazil. The coffee variety is very good and well made. Go for it

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Depere, WI
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34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This restaurant is on the beach so I'm sure the views would have been amazing had it not been raining when we visited. We went on a Wednesday night to have the BBQ good. You have to order your food where they are barbecuing the food and not at your table, so that was a little confusing. My husband ordered... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The caipirinha's here are nice, I ask for them without sugar and still delicious. Nice atmosphere and not as crowded/cramped as the main beach. We had the pasta here (good portion size - not massive) and nice to be able to order something different to hubby. The seafood pasta was good with a variety of prawns, mussels and other things.... More 

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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Very nice change after the other restaurants at the island that seem to all have basically the same menu. The atmosphere is great, sittting at a table on the beach with your feet in the sand, underneath a tree that has lamps hanging from it. The system for ordering seemed a bit messy and was not explained anywhere. But basically... More 

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Ottawa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

They only BBQ a couple nights a week and we were lucky to be there for one of them! after a long day of hiking it was nice to sit on the beach and enjoy the BBQ. They do the 2 kebabs per plate so I tried a chicken, a beef and I couldn't turn down the opportunity to try... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Drinking an exellent caipirinha watching the coast scene as it its colors changed during the sunset, at the end of an intense day walking in the forest, swimming in the sea, snorkeling ... Cafe do mar also serves good simple food.

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New York
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This restaurant is comfortable, informal, with almost entirely outdoor seating, and grilled food on skewers. Everything is fresh, tasty, and fun to eat, but the wait (both for a table sometimes, and for the food all the time) is incredibly long. If you're with good friends or family with adult children, expect to have a few drinks, enjoy the fresh... More 

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Boston, MA
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71 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We went for the BBQ and really liked the scene. The fish could have been more seasoned but was very fresh and well cooked. Good atmosphere and beer too.

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London, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

We ate here a couple of nights. It is not a posh place but has tables on the beach looking out onto the bay. The music they play is up to date and nice. We had a BBQ one night and chose from the menu the other. Food was very good and the cocktails were strong!!

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Lewes, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

We went originally to one of their grill evenings and it was superb. We chose exactly what we wanted to eat - fish, meat, vegetables - and they cooked it as we wanted. A decent selection of wines and a really pleasant atmosphere. The following evening we went to a different restaurant, looked at their menu and returned to Cafe... More 

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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, Coffee Shop

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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