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Gruta de Santo Antonio

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European, Portuguese, Mediterranean
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Rua Silva Jardim, 148 | Ponta da Areia, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24030005, Brazil
552126215701
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11:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thu - Sat 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 460
    Excellent
  • 135
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Portuguese Cuisine

Probably the best Portuguese food I have ever had outside Portugal. Not only the food is superb, the staff makes you feel welcome and the lady owner is always around making sure everybody is pleased and satisfied. Don't miss this restaurant!!!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Javablue65
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the best Portuguese food I have ever had outside Portugal. Not only the food is superb, the staff makes you feel welcome and the lady owner is always around making sure everybody is pleased and satisfied. Don't miss this restaurant!!!!

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Brasilia
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had the best food experience during our trip in this restaurant. It is a Portuguese place run by this wonderful lady, Mrs. Henriqueta. The food is amazing, from starters to dessert. I had the Bacalhau a Lagareiro, which was just perfect. I recommend this place to everyone visiting Rio de Janeiro or Niteroi (across the Guanabara Bay).

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Muito Obrigado por sua avaliação e muito importante para nossa equipe More 

Brasília, Distrito Federal, Brazil
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

If you are visiting Rio, you must eat at this restaurant. Incredible Portuguese food and amazing service. It worth the long travel if you are staying in Rio (the restaurant is located in Niteroi). It is the second time I visit Gruta de Santo Antonio. The son of the owner is now responsible for the cuisine and it is even... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Great wine selection and the "Calderada" was superb. The staff was friendly and it is great for kids as well.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

We went for dinner. The fish was ordinary, nothing special. I missed salt. The place was quiet and well cleaned. The staff lacked of attention, maybe due to just few people working that day. I might go to a different place next time. On the bottom line, too expensive considering what they delivery.

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Niteroi, RJ
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

Excellent seafood. Cod fish is their special. The Portuguese cuisine is their main inspiration, which helps the client have delightful choices. Pleasant atmosphere and efficient service make the place a wonderful choice for lunch in Niterói. If you really enjoy seafood, do not hesitate !

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Niteroi, RJ
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

This time I took two colleagues and a guest to try the executive plate "Gomes de Sá". As usual it was delicious and well served, dishes can be shared by two. I'm a usual client, but the two colleagues told me that we can have lunch there every month. Two more fans of the best codfish in Rio de Janeiro.

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Milan, Italy
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I went to this restaurant because of the good reviews I read on TripAdvisor but... sorry to say that it was really bad! Salmon very very salty, tuna too cooked, rice tasty only of garlic (too garlic!). The staff is very careful and the chef was very sorry but... maybe "real Brasilan food" is too much for my stomach!

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RIO DE JANEIRO
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The "Gruta de Santo Antônio" is the best restaurant in portuguese food in my city ,Niterói, far from Rio de Janeiro 14kn by thegreat bridge.Its also one of the best in our country....

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Rio de Janeiro
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

It's one of the best restaurants in Niterói. The district around is not the best but it's really worth a visit as you will have Portuguese cuisine as seen only on the best restaurants in Portugal!!! Wine list is great but expensive, so you can have a beer instead!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua Silva Jardim, 148 | Ponta da Areia, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24030005, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Niteroi
  • Phone Number: 552126215701

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 38
  • Cuisine: European, Portuguese, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:30 pm

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