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La Mole

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Praia de Botafogo, 228, | loja 105 Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22250-040 , Brazil
+55(21)34600800
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, good prices

Used to go to La Mole when we holidayed in Rio. Went back 20 years later, and the lasanha still melts in your mouth, the steaks are good too. A little nostalgic but great service and good food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2014
Mineira86
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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Sao Paulo, SP
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This restaurant is close of some commercial center and if you are visiting your customer there, could be a option to have lunch and save some time. The food is ok.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Used to go to La Mole when we holidayed in Rio. Went back 20 years later, and the lasanha still melts in your mouth, the steaks are good too. A little nostalgic but great service and good food.

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Thank Mineira86
Poughkeepsie, New York
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146 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This was our first time at La Mole. We had little time and told the waiter. No problem! The food arrived quickly. The pasta with shrimp was pretty tasty, although the pasta was a little overcooked and the sauce a bit heavy. The chicken was moist and delicious (definitely not common in typical Rio restaurants). For the speed with which... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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217 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Plenty of space for dinner. The "couvert" is well served , and the service is good . Not too much option regarding the wine list. Food is very average and needs serious improvement. Personally , I won't return, '

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Thank Bzh56
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

La Mole was a protagonist for all those upper middle class families in Rio in the 1980's. instead of eating at home, we were blessed to enjoy stroganoff and rice al Piamontese. These were top on the hit parade at LaMole. Besides, the couvert was awesome. But it is still gone. Instead, Rio evolved, Brazil evolved, the World Changed. But... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

We had a very good light meal, an interesting salad and good pizza. Reasonably priced but naively enough after the meal when liquers were offered accepted thinking they were complimentary but NO....different things in different countries, live and learn!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

I use to go to La Mole since they were a small place located at Dias Ferreira Street (Leblon), and had very good memories as the food was never the best but average, but what really made the difference (hence the long waiting lines ) was the service (we new the waiters by the name) and the couvert, which was... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I have been many times in La Mole because I live in Rio and the food is not good. Service either. The restaurant is cheaper than others. That's all.

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Katy, Texas
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288 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2012

Some friends organized a meeting at this place. Arrived at the place and had to wait 30 minutes to get a table. The waiting is outside (by the street) and not even a drink is offered to those waiting. After we got seated, it took forever to have a waiter at the table... When we managed to order, food did... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

We ate at La Mole from Rio Sul Shopping. For a fixed rate, you can eat all you can, dessert included.Very good idea of making salad by choosing the ingredients and they chop for you.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Praia de Botafogo, 228, | loja 105 Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22250-040, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Botafogo
  • Neighborhood: Botafogo
  • Phone Number: +55(21)34600800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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Staying in Botafogo

Neighborhood Profile
Botafogo
In recent years, Botafogo has become one of the hottest neighbourhoods in Rio. It hosts many modern restaurants with contemporary food and many venues to listen to rock and electronic music. Its numerous bars and pubs make this area a great choice for anyone interested in a great nightlife experience - in fact, some bars in the area are open all night. Casa Daros, an art museum that showcases amazing artists from Latin America, is a must see located in a historical building in Botafogo.