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Leite

#2 of 3,723 Restaurants in Recife
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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: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 324
    Excellent
  • 121
    Very good
  • 28
    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
Oldest Restaurant in Town !!

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
RicardoPQFilho
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Recife, PE
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
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Recife, PE
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 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 76 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 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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39 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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43 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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58 helpful votes 58 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 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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121 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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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