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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 3,669 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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Vienna, Austria
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
31 helpful votes 31 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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410 reviews 410 reviews
392 restaurant reviews
261 helpful votes 261 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
37 helpful votes 37 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
32 helpful votes 32 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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773 reviews 773 reviews
320 restaurant reviews
1,541 helpful votes 1,541 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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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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