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Arab

Av. Atlantica 1936 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
021/2235-6698
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Ranked #342 of 8,496 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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Sydney, Australia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We had dinner here twice and both times, great service and great food! Amazing location right on the beach. We were surprised at how good the food was for the price compared to a month of overpriced bad food in Brazil. The wifi worked well inside the restaurant too which is rare in Rio. Can recommend the beef kofta and... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Absolutely dreadful experience with friends during the World Cup. The food was not even remotely close to Arab cuisine and the service was dire. Avoid for the food but recommended for the belly dancer!

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Hayling, null, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

If you are looking for a wonderful combination of spices to give your liver a break of all those barbies with caipirinha then look no further. Try a bit of everything which is vegetarian and don't forget the mint tea (traditional in those countries). As for the service, even if you don't speak any portuguese try talking to the waiter... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

this is not the middle eastern food we are used to eating in the US. they even got the falafal wrong. the chicken was salty. AVOID

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Warwick, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014 via mobile

As others have said eating at 'Arab' makes a tasty change from the standard 'Copa' food. Mouthwatering choice on the menu. Pita bread and hummus was tasty. We then had really tender lamb with great sauce. The Meze to share looked very tempting and we will go back to try it before leaving!

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Natal, RN
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

When walking around Rodrigo de Freitas Lake in Ipanema, this is a very good place to rest a little bit while drink a coconut water. Nice view of the lake. After sunset is better.

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northernstars
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stayed in an apartment in the same building as the Arab restaurant, and grabbed a quick lunch while waiting to check in. The lunch buffet was amazing! Very clean, the food had great flavor and was fresh. We ended up having lunch and dinner here many times during our visit to Rio. The all you can eat dinner was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

The food is average for the price but what let this place down is the service and rudeness of the staff (or our waiter at least). After waiting for 25 minutes to have our table cleared from our mains we staked up our plates to catch some attention, after had to go and get a menu ourselves for desserts. 20... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

A nice change from the average restaurants along Av. Atlantiqe. Good helpings and reasonably priced with a large selection to chose from.

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Essex
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We went here for a change and was very pleasantly surprised. All the dishes we chose were very nice and tasted good.

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