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Dias Ferreira, 233b, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Lagoa)
+55 21 3205-7154
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Ranked #106 of 8,322 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Contemporary, International
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Lagoa
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79% Recommend
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Lisbon, Portugal
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Always full of beutiful people (locals and some turists) Zuca serves very good food. The service is good and there are long lines waiting outisde taking some drinks before the meal. Dont go if you do not like crowded places.

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Basel, Basel-Stadt, Switzerland
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

My wife and I enjoy fine dining. It is only every now and then we find a real surprise. The Zuka in Leblon, Rio has been one of those. The dinner experience was really beyond our expectations. Ludmilla Soeiro, the chef, and her team create a 'Nouvelle Cuisine Brésilienne' that is certainly among the world's best. And the very good... More

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Nashua, New Hampshire
Top Contributor
195 reviews 195 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Like some other reviewer said, it's sleek and this is true. The crowd is fancy and upscale. Service is good and welcoming but not super friendly. We sat at the bar and watched the cooks prepare the food, all appeared clean, fresh and high quality. The food was very good, one of the best meals we had in Rio (which... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Having been recommended this restaurant by the concierge in our hotel (Copacabana Palace), and having read all the (mostly) favourable reviews, our expectations were quite high, however it didn't quite deliver. The restaurant is very small and cramped (tables extremely close together), and the service/food were just ok, not great. Not quite sure what all the fuss is about!

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Rio_For_Partiers, Gerente de relações públicas at Zuka, responded to this review

hi Maria, we are sorry we did not meet your expectations, which seem pretty high from analysing your other reviews. We invite you again to try out the rest of the menu. cheers! Cristiano Rio For Partiers More

London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014 via mobile

Been to the restaurant this week and even though the place was full we were able to get a table and sit outside having a drink while waiting. The food was alright - beef fillet and risotto were quite good. But when it comes to service it was rather disappointing. The waiter wouldn't know much details about the food being... More

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New York City, New York
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72 reviews 72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

Came here for lunch on the recommendation of friends. The atmosphere is modern and sleek. I particularly liked the open kitchen that also doubles as the bar. The food is good, a bit on the heavy side, with presentation that seem to seek to be artistic but not refined. The host was very hospitable and attentive. All in all, a... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Zuka came highly recommended from several different sources, but unfortunately did not live up to its billing. We have pretty high standards, especially for higher-end restaurants like Zuka. The food was fairly good but a bit uneven. The two starters we ordered were both outstanding - the best part of the meal. (We had ceviche and the gnocchi with truffled... More

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Rome, Italy
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Zuka is my favourite restaurant in rio de janeiro. The food is well cooked, exquisite and tasty. The menu is easy and attractive. The atmosphere is cool and relaxed. The staff is careful. The night will be great!

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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

I have been here many times - my favourite dish is the tuna. Service is always friendly too. Great location.

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Modena, Italy
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

Great food, very nice place, kind people. quite expensive but yes one of the best restaurant i ever been

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