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“Good food..” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rascal Leblon

Rascal Leblon
Ave Afranio de Melo Franco 290, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22430-060, Brazil
(21) 2259-6437
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Ranked #355 of 8,660 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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istanbul
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Good food..”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

We have visited Rascal at Lebnon shopping Center. The pizzas we ordered were tasty but the atmosphere is shopping center and it was only downside..

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Stavanger, Noruega
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105 reviews 105 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“colours in my plate in theat fake atmosphere”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

The life became square at the mall, but sometimes we find an excuse to visit this kind of place.

It offers a tradicional italian food, apreciated with exuberance of brazilian style. They served europeans wines, but I had a feeling about the brazilian one, it does not disappointed me at all.

The best for some visitors to this restaurant, I belived, is the pizza baking procedure. It is unbelievable, with the smells, it could transporting you to some tavern in XVIII century. The baking is made in tradicionall way.

Restaurants companies like this one works very good because they have an army of workers inside. Definitively the most proff. restaurant I´ve been this year. I don´t believe they could make the same in Europe, inside such envirement, with over restricted rules of the unions, plus the the quality of the food. The quality or presentation of the food were beyond what you can get in other country with so low price.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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“Are you hungry?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

Are you in a hurry? Is it a work day and do you wish to eat a fair food, just to go back to work? If such is not your case, do not waste your time going to such a mediocre place. Not bad, but not to visit if you wish to keep any good souvenir from some nice place in Rio de Janeiro

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Rio de Janeiro
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“Normally a consistently good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

My wife eat at Rascal´s Leblon about once a month.
From a price performance perspective, it is consistently good value; and stand´s out from the crowd in terms of restuarant chains in this respect. The owner is well known serial restuarant developer with a great track record of success; he really understands quality, service and pricing his products at the right point in the market.

The antipasta selection is always first class, the papunha a stand out treat.
Pizza´s are also very good, but gees, how hard is it to make a good pizza? I am always surprised by how many places screw up making pizza, usually by taking short cuts in quality of ingredients (especially the cheese) or not kneeding the dough sufficiently; pizza needs manual labour to work the air in the dough; fortunately Rascals does a reasonable job on this.
The hot dishes also quite good; if they have lamb fillets on the menu, I recommend.
Pasta is quite good, but perhaps the only area I would recommend they look at upgrading there selection and variety of sauces for the pasta. All it needs is a little more creativity and thought; usually there is 3 selections of sauces; a white sauce of some origin I am nor fully certain of, then a tomato and a meat sauce. Room for a bit more imagination here.

Normally the staff are very well trained, but like so many places in Brasil at the moment, staff turnover and rotation is very high, so I have seen some recent exceptions of staff that are clearly in "Learning Mode" about customer service ( ie surly, avoid certain tables, did not understand a thing about wine, forgot an order, etc). I think this happens when a chain of restuarants grows as quickly as Rascal has, it takes time to build a great team and you always have the slow learner or 2 in any team. There are a couple of waiters we normally insist upon because they really know good service, so once you work out who are the good waiters, just ask for them to serve you, management at Rascals most compliant.

The wine list is quite good, reasonably priced and in synch with the overall price performance of the restuarant and the harmony with the food.

Never ever encountered an error with the bill, btw, which is a pleasant surprise in Brasil.
Pick your time to go though, it does get busy at lunch and dinner time; go early or late.

Overall, a really pleasant experience.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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