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Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ranked #2 of 32 Restaurants in Ilha Grande
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Brazilian, Coffee Shop
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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 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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Helsinki, Southern Finland, Finland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
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
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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162 reviews 162 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Oslo, Norway
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We visited this place both for lunch during a hot beach day and we went to the BBQ twice. When it is BBQ night get here quite early because it gets full. The meat is actually quite nice to be from Brazil (sorry, came from a visit in Argentina), and the chicken had a nice marinade. When it is full... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We had a Wednesday BBQ and we liked it a lot. the meat was spiced very good and although its not a absolutely cheap deal it is for sure worth the money.

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München, Deutschland
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

we had fish n chips, salad and bife and all was not great. but we had loads of good caipis. maybe other food is better .... at least the atmosphere was great overlooking the sea and very comfy chairs!

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

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