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Espirito Santa

Santa Teresa
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Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
21 2507-4840
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Monday
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 176
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    Very good
  • 76
    Average
  • 29
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Flavours of Amazonia

You will meet well cooked and pleasantly presented food that you will find nowhere else in Rio. Espirito Santa has more than a touch of the regions of Amazonia and Para. As popular with Brazilians as it is with tourists is a good sign that this locale has it right. Slightly on the pricey side but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
Adam V
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

You will meet well cooked and pleasantly presented food that you will find nowhere else in Rio. Espirito Santa has more than a touch of the regions of Amazonia and Para. As popular with Brazilians as it is with tourists is a good sign that this locale has it right. Slightly on the pricey side but well worth the struggle... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Okay, okay, okay...I don't understand what all the Trip Advisor fuss was about. You could drop in at any food stall and enjoy yourself just as much. Yes, it is pretty, but this is a restaurant: where is the the service, where is the food that makes you want to comeback.

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San Francisco, California, USA
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

A pretty unassuming place but they do food and drinks well. The leaf wrapped fish was amazing good with the accompanying sauce and rice. The caipirinha was also excellent. They have an English friendly menu as well. It's on the pricier side even in US dollars but it definitely was worth trying.

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San Diego, California, USA
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29 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Small, but excellent restaurant. I believe I had the Peixe no pacotinho, a fish filet wrapped in leaves.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I stumbled upon this place while walking Santa Teresa and I was SO HAPPY. there is a cute little deck in the back where I sat and had a few appetizers and drinks. Really delicious food. slow service, but it didn't matter. not to be missed.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

The food anddrinks were great, especially the amazon beer and the chicken marinated in passion fruit. It was raining lightly but we sat out on the terrace playing cards with a pretty view of santa teresa houses and trees for a couple of hours and had a relaxed, spaced out meal. The service was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Great food with very unique mix of seafood. Service is the norm for Brasil. Had a fresh water fish that was in a leaf wrap that preserved the moisture. Overall nice atmosphere as well.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

1) Don't look at the restaurant's website. The tempting set menus at reasonable prices? Apparently not actually available, at least according to my waiter. So this was the first disappointment -- I'd already thought out which one I wanted and which options I would choose within it. 2) Watch out for dishes that have shrimp cooked with other ingredients. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Delicious and interesting food in the heart of Santa Teresa. Lovely outdoor space for dining and great cocktails. This place had us coming back continuously for more.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

A great cuisine. Food of quality. Lot of wonderful flavours. Very nice atmosphere. We also had a wonderful waiter.

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Additional Information about Espirito Santa

Address: Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Phone Number: 21 2507-4840
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Santa Teresa
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisine: Brazilian, South American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Santa Teresa
  • Neighborhood: Santa Teresa
  • Phone Number: 21 2507-4840

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Brazilian, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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