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Rua Mem de Sa, 96, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil (Centro)
(21) 2252-6228
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Ranked #735 of 8,774 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Price range: $10 - $15
Hours:
Mon 11:30 am - 4:00 am
Cuisines: Brazilian, Portuguese
Neighborhood: Centro
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Dining options: Late Night
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 via mobile

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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Santa Rosa, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

Just not very good! Trying to understand what all the rave is about. The only thing we really liked were the cod fish balls. They gave us the English menu and there were no prices listed. We thought it couldn't be too much since tripadvisor put the range between $15-30. My husband ordered cod Provençal. I ordered the half order... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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441 reviews 441 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Lapa is one of the most traditional neighbourhoods in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Nova Cappella is one of the most traditional restaurants in this neighbourhood and, therefore, one of the most traditional in the city. The food is of high quality and they have some exotic dishes like wild "javali". The most popular dish is roasted goat with broccoli rice.... More 

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Houston
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Went there on recommendation of a long-time Rio expat. The restaurant has the old-time feeling: waiters in white dinner jackets who not only bring your food to your table but also serve a portion onto your plate. I tried the deep-fried codfish ball (I think it's R$4 each) which was very good. Then I had their famous roast baby goat... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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61 reviews 61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

We came to Nova Capela at 4am after a long and merry night in Rio. The ability at Nova Capela to serve such great dishes and be hospitable at this hour simply amazed me. At first we had "bolinho de bacalhau" - the traditional Brazilian cod balls - and it was simply some of the best ever. The main dish... More 

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Address: Rua Mem de Sa, 96, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil
Phone Number: (21) 2252-6228
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Centro
Open Hours:
Monday 11:30 am - 4:00 am
Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
Cuisine: Brazilian, Portuguese

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