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Nova Capela

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Brazilian, Portuguese
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Rua Mem de Sa, 96, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil
(21) 2252-6228
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11:30 am - 4:00 am
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Hours:
Mon 11:30 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 77
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 11
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Old Standby

This Lapa neighborhood restaurant has been around forever. It's a traditional come as you are place with an old world feel. The bolinas de Bacalao (deep fried fish balls with potato) are delicious. This is not a trendy place but an established one.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 8, 2015
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Phoenix, Arizona
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São Paulo, SP
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

I went to this restaurant, with my daughter who lives in Rio. It was recommended to her. We went for lunch on a Sunday. The restaurant was opened in 1903! And it is in Rio's down town night-busy Lapa neighborhood. Restaurant was full. We ordered sausage for appetizer (average) and we shared their prime dish (according to waiter): roasted lamb... More 

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Trieste
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315 restaurant reviews
143 helpful votes 143 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Traditional restaurant with Portuguese decor. Absolutely overrated and expensive. Food was mediocre, with the exception of the fairly good bolinhos de bacalhao. The famous goat with broccoli rice was overcooked and dry. Restrooms are awful. On the whole, a tourist trap.

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Porto Alegre, RS
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132 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Eating in Rio touristic areas is a big problem. This one, that have a good rating in Trip Advisor, has an average food, poor service, some cockroaches walking in the walls and ... it isn't cheap....

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Phoenix, Arizona
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161 restaurant reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This Lapa neighborhood restaurant has been around forever. It's a traditional come as you are place with an old world feel. The bolinas de Bacalao (deep fried fish balls with potato) are delicious. This is not a trendy place but an established one.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It's a simple place (the way I like it), nice staff and amazing food. Specially if you order the tradicional lamb and brocolli rice. It's kind of expensive but it's not an everyday place you go.

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Don't understand why it has such a good rating. Overpriced food (more expensive than in London), and rude staff. They won't serve you drink or coffee unless you'll order food straight away. Avoid!

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I have been to this restaurant twice over several years on my visits to Rio. It has great atmosphere, tiled walls and floors, TV showing football and venerable old waiters. I was brought by a mutual friends from New York cool lives in Rio and knows everything everywhere there. One helping is enough for two people- portions are enormous. Full... More 

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Danville, California
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Meat is dry. No one eats here except tourists and to give you an idea, there were only 2 other tables at prime dinner time. The English menu had no prices. And the waiter up sold me boat when they didn't have suckling pig. It was dry like pork jerky. Also don't order the Portuguese egg tarts, they're old and... More 

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Upstate New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

We went there with some hesitancy because there were some negative reviews. It was a walk thru a sketchy area from the cathedral- which is worth the visit. The place was empty. There is no goat only lamb though it appears that there is considerable confusion about this. The Caipirinhas were terrible. Tasted like the limes had sat in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

My favorite place to eat in Rio...it sounds scary from someone like me..I love to eat out..been all over the world..but Nova Capela is a MUST when I go to Rio...They are open late,they have the best "chopp" on draught..great service..and the best crispy goat you can ever eat anywhere!! very strange to be eating in this early XX century... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Rua Mem de Sa, 96, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: (21) 2252-6228

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Portuguese
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 4:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?