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“Excellent restaurant - even without power!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lua e Mar

Lua e Mar
Praia do Canto | Beach front near Rua da Fabrica, Vila do Abraao, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
(24) 3361-5113
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Ranked #1 of 32 Restaurants in Ilha Grande
Cuisines: Brazilian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Atlantida, Uruguay
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12 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant - even without power!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We recently dined at Lua e Mar, recommended by the staff at our accommodation. The first night, we ordered a dish that featured four filet mignon, wrapped in bacon, cooked with mushrooms in a Madeira wine sauce. It was served with both rice and French fries. The steak was perfect - still pink in the middle in spite of submersion in the delicious sauce. It could be cut, as demonstrated by our server, with the side of a spoon. It was a delicious meal and we were certainly looking forward to our planned return visit the next night for a celebration of my birthday. We had already decided we would have the seafood moqueca, a specialty of the house. This is a seafood stew, fish, shrimps, mussels, octopus, squid, in a broth which you can thicken to your taste from a small pot of manioc flour paste. It is also served with rice. However, when we arrived at the restaurant again, the lights were out. They had lost their power about two hours before and were still hoping to have it come back on again. In the meantime, they had illuminated tables of diners and the kitchen with candles. It was business as usual (they apparently have frequent power outages). Our meal arrived in a timely fashion and we enjoyed it along with several of the local drinks. As we ate, most of the rest of the tables, both inside and on the sand in front, filled up. As I said, business as usual. Once again, the food, the reason to visit a restaurant, was just excellent. We were on the island a week and ate elsewhere on other days. This restaurant is the best we tried, by far.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nottingham, England
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9 restaurant reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Great location, great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

Sat on the beach, feet in the sand, looking out toward the sea, couldn't ask for more. I had the seafood risotto, so fresh an tasty and the service was great!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Delicous dinner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

A beautiful restaurant on the beach. We had the fish stew (moqueca) and it was delicious. A must go and if the sky is clear sit on the beach!

Visited October 2013
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“Nice local fish dishes!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

The food was great, don't orden meat! We had the stews and were amazing. As some of the restaurants in Abraao, it is by the beach, which is perfect to get the holiday feeling. My only complain is about the quality of the service, they forgot the starters and everything was so slow that by the time we finished it was already too late for doing anything else!

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“One of the best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

The waiters are very young, part-time, an don't speak very much English but the resulting haphazard (but friendly) service is still probably the best on the island. Ilha Grande is generally a little bit disappointing in terms of restaurants, but Lua e Mar serves fresh and simple dishes of good quality. They also made a big effort when I only mentioned that we had a a birthday in the party (free cake and candle with happy birthday song!). The caipirinhas were very nice as well. Overall good value and we didn't find any better places for food on the Island.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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