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#2 of 4,856 Restaurants in Recife
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Santo Antonio
Brazilian, Portuguese
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Praca Joaquim Nabuco, 147 | Santo Antonio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
(081) 3224 7977
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11:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Fri 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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A perfect lunch!

You MUST visit if if Recife. Just know there is no parking. They should have valet but don't and street parking is VERY difficult. The food and service, however, are worth the inconvenience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You MUST visit if if Recife. Just know there is no parking. They should have valet but don't and street parking is VERY difficult. The food and service, however, are worth the inconvenience.

Thank AvenuesSLC
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Unespectedly located downtown in a busy market area, this oasis of luxury is a gem. Updressed waiters, sountously table setting, live piano background music, and fine cuisine are worth the visit. On Saturday I noticed that the same customers go with their dozen members families, from granma to newly borns. Hence go as early as you can, or you can... More 

Thank Giovanni L
Munich, Germany
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66 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Nice traditional restaurant in a degraded area of Recife. Waiters friendly. Good tasty food, however nothing extraordinary, and fairly expensive for locals. Nice traditional decor and live piano. Problem is parking: be prepared to wait for up to 1 hour to get your car back through their valet after asking for it after lunch = very slow and inefficient =,... More 

Thank travelpro_d
Valinhos, SP
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685 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 267 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Traditional place in Recife's downtown, very popular among local businessmen. International cuisine, good food and service, but expansive for Brazilian (specially Recife) standards. The chef suggestions are always a good choice.

Thank BrazilianSky
Miami, Florida
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673 reviews
521 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

try their bolinhos. I had the meat, my friend had the bacalhau, they were both amazing. Service was great, place was very clean

Thank Albertomiami
Recife, PE
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This Is an Excelent Place to enjoy nice starters , Excelent tradicional Brazilian and Portuguese dishes. You can feel the atmosphere of Old Recife all over. If you are fan of The movie Casablanca, just ask Sam to play it again!! Here , You could imagine beeing there!

Thank RicardoPQFilho
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83 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A “MUST” in Recife, the Leite is the oldest restaurant in Brazil (opened in 1882) and should not be missed. Doesn’t matter that the area nowadays is full of cheap stores and street vendors. If you wish to give your travel partner a better impression arrive by taxi. When the door of the restaurant opens you are transported to the... More 

Thank Murilo
London, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

The one and only Leite is probably the best restaurant celebrating Recife's food with Portuguese influence. It's an interesting venue and provides efficient and friendly service. All the fillet dishes are amazing and seafood is fantastic. Starters such as the 'bolinhos de bacalhau' (dried salted cod with potatoes and parsley fried like a croquete) are excellent as well.

Thank DanielBamboo
Joao Pessoa, PB
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123 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Leite restaurant is the oldext restaurant in Brazil still working food is delicious and service is great, ambient is also very pleasant and you can listen to live piano music while you eat on the other hand locatin is not so good, and finding a parking place is almost impossible, but once it is a very old part of town,... More 

Thank TacianaG
new york
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96 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Open in 1882 this wonderfull restaurant offer the best plates of the Portugal cuisine, excellent bacalao, fish and pork made in the traditional simple but so good way that you will remember your last trip to Porto o Lisboa...excellent wine list...not cheap but definitely to recommend.

Thank timeway

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Praca Joaquim Nabuco, 147 | Santo Antonio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Pernambuco (PE)  >  Recife>  > Santo Antonio
  • Neighborhood: Santo Antonio
  • Phone Number: (081) 3224 7977

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Portuguese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm

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