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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
Saturday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon 11:30 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 80
    Excellent
  • 120
    Very good
  • 27
    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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Nassau
Top Contributor
78 reviews 78 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

The codfish balls area amazing. One of the best I've had in Rio. This place is located in Lapa on a central busy street. There fresh juices are really good I had the pineapple and mint. Yummy. But seriously the best codfish balls in Rio. A must try with a everything else they have to offer. Recommended.

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São Paulo, SP
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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401 reviews 401 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 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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253 reviews 253 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
145 helpful votes 145 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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389 reviews 389 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
172 helpful votes 172 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 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
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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
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21 helpful votes 21 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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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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