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Praca Joaquim Nabuco, 147 | Santo Antonio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil (Santo Antonio)
(081) 3224 7977
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Ranked #2 of 3,705 Restaurants in Recife
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Neighborhood: Santo Antonio
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Late Night
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London, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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.

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Joao Pessoa, PB
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98 reviews 98 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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 

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new york
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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
38 helpful votes 38 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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451 reviews 451 reviews
430 restaurant reviews
308 helpful votes 308 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 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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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>  > Santo Antonio
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

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