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Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264 | Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Santa Teresa)
21 2507-4840
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Ranked #618 of 8,662 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Brazilian
Neighborhood: Santa Teresa
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Enjoyed the friendly service and expertly prepared authentic dishes. The ambience is cosy and comfortable.

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Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
219 helpful votes 219 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

The drinks are great, the music better and the number of locals hanging out there meant we really felt like part of the Rio nightlife scene rather than tourists

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Versailles, Kentucky
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126 reviews 126 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

My wife and I stayed at a small hotel right next door to this restaurant, so we thought it might become our place of choice to eat if it rained or we were just too tired to go further. Eating here once was enough, though. We met 2 other people there for dinner the first night in Rio. Appetizers were... More 

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Rio_For_Partiers, Public Relations Manager at Espirito Santa, responded to this review

hi Turneraw, thanks for the kind words on what you liked at Espirito Santa. My main dish recommendation is to stick to the amazonian fish items, as they are all exotic, without being weird (the chef Natacha Fink has been perfecting these recipes to make them crowd pleasers, as amazonian dishes can be very strange to most). As for drinks,... More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Strolling through Santa Teresa on a Friday we ended up having lunch at this place as its interior looked inviting. We ordered both a stew (one with fish and seafood, the other vegetarian with bananas) from the "small plate" menu section. Portions where indeed modest without any rice or so accompanying the plate. Taste was excellent. Service was mediocre: after... More 

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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56 reviews 56 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

From Gloría metrostop, it's a bit of a climb to reach this restaurant, but the little area of Santa Teresa is quite nice, so don't bother the steps, or just cab. The restaurant normally has a nice terrace, but during our visit maintenance was ongoing, so we sat downstairs. Ambiance is ok, guess the terrace is a unique selling point... More 

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Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Visited last week and had one fish & one meat set meal both of which were very well executed and to be recommended. Service was excellent and a discussion on the lack of Brazilian wines on the menu resulted in a revelation that this was being reviewed at present and they had just got in a few to go on... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

This is actually my first negative review that I write on Tripadvisor. I would like to share our experience at Espirito Santa last night. After the positive remarks about this restaurant, we were having high expectations. We were seated downstairs, where the choosing is between four different menus selected by the chef (3, 5 or 7 courses). Because we did... More 

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Mannheim, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

We went to this restaurant based on an article in my travel magazine. We had two different 5 course dinners (one with fish, the other with meat) and both of them were fantastic! The food was delicious, very nicely presented and definitely worth the price. Also the drinks were great. We had two different versions of the special Caipirinha and... More 

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Paris, France
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

The prawn with shrimp paste rolled in leaves was my favourite dish here. The rest of the dishes were reasonably good and the seafood tended to be better than the others. Service was attentive. The only negative was that e waited a long time (>35mins) for our mains to arrive.

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Rio de Janeiro
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The quality of the food and staff friendliness, the atmosphere and decor is a bonus more.The service is a bit slow.

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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

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