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Leite

#3 of 4,632 Restaurants in Recife
Certificate of Excellence
Santo Antonio
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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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Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 340
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  • 126
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very traditional

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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Valinhos, SP
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Valinhos, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 219 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.

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Miami, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 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

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Recife, PE
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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!

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Brazil
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 160 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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
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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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Additional Information about Leite

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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?