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Leite

Praca Joaquim Nabuco, 147 | Santo Antonio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
(081) 3224 7977
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Ranked #2 of 3,668 Restaurants in Recife
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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new york
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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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.

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New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Wow!! We're talking about tradition here!! More than a hundred years eatery!! Downtown restaurant with an old Portuguese charm! Try the "Bacalhau com natas" dish! Cod fish with buttermilk! wow! mouthwatering dish! tell me about later!!

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Vienna, Austria
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34 reviews 34 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

Entering into the Leite restaurant, after the horror lodging at Dan Inn hotel (do not get even close to it), was a healing experience. A particular elegant, kind of colonial settings and atmosphere of interiors, attentive staff and outstanding dishes made our day and mended pretty depressive Recife impressions. Worth mentioning: one of rare restaurants that I came upon, that... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

They abused us with entrees. They pushed it hard on appetizers. There was lack of sympathy. Only for tourists. Their location is awful, in the degraded downtown area of Recife.

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Carlsbad, California
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124 reviews 124 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

I am an American that is married to a Brazilian from Recife and we have been coming to Recife regularly for the past 17 years. We always avoided Leite because we heard it was over-priced and simple food, but was finally able to give it a try. The ambiance was "business formal", with tuxedoed waiters and a grand piano playing... More

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Recife, PE
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This restaurant was founded in 1882 by Aramando Manoel Leite de Fraca, hence its name. It may, therefore, justifiably claim to be the oldest restaurant in Recife. Situated in the heart of the old city, and facing the Praca Joaquim Nabuco, it has retained a wonderful Belle Époque atmosphere. The heart of Leite is its kitchen where, using the best... More

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London, United Kingdom
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423 reviews 423 reviews
404 restaurant reviews
274 helpful votes 274 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

This restaurant is within walking distance of the Casa da Cultura. So if you arrive in Recife on a cruise, this is where the shuttle buses will drop you off. The restaurant (established in 1882 and claimed to be the oldest restaurant in South America) is in a historic old mansion with stylish decor and with a piano played in... More

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Leite, being Brazil's oldest restaurant, and thus Portuguese, lives up to its grandeur in terms of service and cuisine. Naturally, elegance (for Brazil standards) comes with a price. I had the traditional Portuguese bacalhau, my wife the balcalhau cakes, large salad, traditional Portuguese desert pastries, and the "recipe protected by law" fried banana cheese desert. Waiters were tuxedo and bow... More

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South America
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109 reviews 109 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

Only open for lunch. This is a special place. The food is divine. Try to start with " bolinho de bacalhau" follow with the octopus to spain mode blecause it is wonderful or taste some kind of beef. In the end with the cartola - típical pernambucan desert. If You leonino for tradition and special restaurant in the center after... More

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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842 reviews 842 reviews
363 restaurant reviews
1,555 helpful votes 1,555 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

A kind of oasis in the heart of the very confused and hot old center area of Recife. We ordered amazing sea food dishes (Amantes do Mar was mine) and both exceeded all the expectations: simply terrific! The wine list is excellent too. But for us, the main highlight of this establishment - a very old one and known as... More

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

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