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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 8,537 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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Guildford, United Kingdom
20 reviews 20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

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
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014 NEW

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 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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
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10 reviews 10 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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100 reviews 100 reviews
96 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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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58 reviews 58 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Went there to celebrate a special occasion with my Girlfriend. I had booked at 20:00l, but unfortunately we were 30 minutes late and lost our reservation. The restaurant was full and we had to wait for 40 minutes. But the allowed us to seat outside and order drinks and appetizers. The service was great, the drinks were perfect and once... More

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

I was looking for a cozy and quiet restaurant for a birthday dinner with my girlfriend and decided to reserve a table at Zaza on a Saturday evening. The interior of the restaurant is nicely designed with a lot of living room style details and beautiful illumination. A maximum of small tables is placed inside, so the space between the... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Delicious, but take care with the 12% service tax. You don't have to pay for it. The standard tip it 10% of the total expenses and it's optional. I have asked for only 10% and the staff was very nice and pleasant. Food made by angels! Delicioso, mas cobram 12% de taxa de serviço. Pedi pelos 10% e equipe me... More

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