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Zaza Bistro Tropical

Rua Joana Angelica, 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-030, Brazil (Ipanema)
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Ranked #27 of 8,535 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $35
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Good for: Romance
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Ipanema
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88% Recommend
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McLean VA
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134 reviews 134 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This was one of our favorite restaurants during a three-week trip to Brazil. The drinks are great and the food is inventive and interesting. We liked it so much we dined here a second night during a five day stay in Rio, but were disappointed when the waiter brought the appetizers after the main course! But the manager was gracious... More

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East Northport, New York
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163 reviews 163 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We went to this restaurant based on other reviews. We sat upstairs, away from the crowds (and chairs). So glad we did. Upstairs is like another world. You must remove your shoes and are then shown to your table. The tables are very low and have cushions and low benches surrounding them. Your feet are delighted as they sink into... More

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Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We came back to that restaurant for our 3rd visit to Rio. This place is just amazing. A small funky restaurant full of surprises. The dishes are all delicious from starters (slow cooked egg, quinoa salad, tartare) to the mains (beef, cod, prawns) and of course the desserts don't miss the banana flambee. Small and cosy terrasse in ipanema. For... More

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Guildford, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It offered a very bizarre range of fusion foods none of which seemed to work properly - the atmosphere and general ambience of the place seemed to be geared to young professional women who'd just broken up with their boyfriends... For me it seemed to be expensive, poor quality/badly thought out food combos, and very poor service. I guess they... More

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Dallas, Texas
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144 reviews 144 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

When you make a res you can choose the first or second floor or the veranda. WE chose the veranda and loved sitting outside people watching and see life go by in this nice neighborhood. It seemed like we were the only tourist and the vibe was very lively. The food was nicely prepared, the server spoke decent English and... More

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London, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Great restaurant - lovely ambiance, great staff and delicious food. Well worth a visit, indeed, a must when you are in Rio

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

I had dinner with my girlfriend on Saturday, 2nd of August. One week later I realized that my credit card got cloned, and that the copy was used for payments of several thousand Reais at shops in Rio de Janeiro. As I had some bad experience with credit card clones in Rio before, I only used the card once, and... More

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Rio_For_Partiers, Public Relations Manager at Zaza Bistro Tropical, responded to this review

hi Nikokraus, We are extremely sorry for the trouble you went through. Here is what happened: The day after you ate herecredit card maintance guy shows up to replace one of our machines. 5 Minutes later the police storms into our restaurant to arrest him, claiming they are part of a credit card frauding gang. We went to the police... More

Calgary, AB
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

A good choice, food was tasty, but very expensive for what you got, upstairs is unique, you sit on tiny chairs at tiny tables about 1 foot off the floor. Not comfortable - sit downstairs if you have choice. Busy place so go early. Easy to find.

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London, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The food here kind of resembles rio's landscapes, where the sea meets the mountains in perfect harmony. Cod with vegetables and bacon, octopus with broccoli, small meatballs, and seafood dumplings...it all tasted just amazing, despite not being exactly the combinations you'd expect! Add a very good caipirinha, and you'll know why dinner here is definitely recommended. Not cheap, but not... More

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New York City, New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Well, I landed in Rio de Janeiro, first time there, and wasn’t totally sure where to go eat. I was hungry after a long commute but didn’t want to settle for just anything. Brazil has a number of traditional dishes, mainly focused on meat, cheese and bread items, with the addition of fresh fruits and juices. However, I was able... More

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