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Leite

Praca Joaquim Nabuco, 147 | Santo Antonio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
(081) 3224 7977
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Ranked #1 of 3,634 restaurants in Recife
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations
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  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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Carlsbad, California
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101 reviews 101 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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362 reviews 362 reviews
349 restaurant reviews
214 helpful votes 214 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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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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92 reviews 92 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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702 reviews 702 reviews
300 restaurant reviews
1,499 helpful votes 1,499 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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Guangzhou, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

It's the oldest restaurant known in South America and it serves a very fine meal. Be prepared to open your wallet and enjoy the various courses and wine pairings. Even at their lunch-only serving, you will be pleased with the service and cuisine. The men's bathroom was adorned with limes in the urinal - a humorous ending to a fantastic... More

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Lausanne, Switzerland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012 via mobile

Despite being located closely to the casa da cultura, in the antigo Recife, this place is most aimed for business lunches than tourism. The atmosphere is classy and so early 20th century, but the place is carefully maintained. Meals are inspired of continental Europe cuisine, which is rather uncommon in the area. The food is very good, but no effort... More

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Recife, PE
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

A lot of reliable reviews have been written about Leite, so I never felt compelled to write about it. I just now noticed that a good review in english was missing, so, yeah, let's give it a go. Leite has been aroun for some 130 years and it claims to be the oldest restaurant in operation in all of Brazil... More

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Lisbon, Portugal
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119 reviews 119 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Well decorated,attentive waiters,very good food of mainly portuguese influence ( the owner Mr. Arménio Dias is portuguese). Don't miss the codfish cakes and fantastic portuguese wines.It is only open for lunch.

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