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“Fair Value or a Reasonable Rip Off??” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Lorenzo Bistro

Lorenzo Bistro
Rua Visconde de Carandai, 2, Jardim Botanico | Esquina com a Rua Lopes Quintas, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22460-010, Brazil
55 21 2294-7830
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Ranked #514 of 9,041 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: Italian, French
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Lorenzo Bistrô, located in a three-storey house in the neighborhood Jardim Botânico, is one of the most charming restaurants in Rio de Janeiro. The partners Nick Barcellos and Janjão Garcia offers classic recipes of Italian and French cuisine, plus a wine list extensive and well-considered one of the best in town. Some highlights are: Omelette à la ciboulette et au parmesan, Moules et frites à la provençale, Insalata di burrata e fico, La Salade avec le Pont L´Évêque, Risotto di baccalá e zucchini, Ravióli di zucca, Poulet rôti, Steak béarnaise, Confit de canard, Semifreddo de Nutella and Crema Catalana.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Fair Value or a Reasonable Rip Off??”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

The Lorenzo Bistro is situated on a busy road in the Jardim Botanico district of Rio de Janeiro. The restaurant, on three floors, is pleasant and comfortable. The wine list is readable but expensive and the menu inviting. Three of us forewent a starter (at an average of US$25 a shot it looked expensive) and one had the salmon starter as a main dish. The food arrived and everybody enjoyed their meal except that the portions were about the size of a modest starter. For example the "Il Classico: cottechino con lenticchie" arrived as three very thin and small slices of cottechino sausage on a bed of lentils. At US$30 the dish, while flavoursome, carried the distinct taste of a rip off. The Ravioli and Polpettone (the later being a medium sized meatball with tomato sauce mashed potato - one spoonfull) at about US$25 a shot each, again flavoured of a rip-off. Three slices of smoked salmon and a blini or two at about US$15 rounded off the sensation that we had spent a fortune for a very meagre meal. This place calls itself a bistro not a mega sophisticated michelin restaurant so one might expect moderately priced, hearty but simple food. It was simple alright but far from hearty and absurdly overpriced. We did not see a waiting line of hundreds waiting to eat, so demand would not appear to be an issue. The fact is that this bistro, like so many other Rio restaurants, has gone wildly overboard in it's pricing and value for money. If you enjoy eating out and hope to have a flavoursome meal avoid this bistrô - the taste of a rip off is overpowering.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Top Contributor
165 reviews 165 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
“The food is usually quite good with some crass misses.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

This is a very charming bistro located on a small tree lined street in the Jardim Botânico neighborhood. It has a nice covered deck on the ground floor, where you can sit outside. I don´t recommend the third floor deck, it feels empty and unwelcoming. The food is usually quite good with some crass misses, last time I ate there I had their moule provencale it was very tough and rubbery. The menu has all the traditional dishes you might find in a Parisian bistro. Service is pleasant and very attentive, enhancing the experience.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rio de Janeiro
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79 reviews 79 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Tiny dishes-ideal for people that are not hungry.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

This restaurant is located in he nice neighborhood of Jardim Botanico.
It is not a big place, the tables being spread in three different floors.
The couvert offered has a couple of different breads, oilve oil and radish.
The dishes are reasonably tasty, with focus in international food.
Very disapointing is the size of the dishes, ridiculous to feed an adult.
Unfortunately three of our party ordered cod fish that came in the size
to fit in a big spoon.
As we told the waiter that our idea was to go to Mc Donalds afterwards to get something hearthier, they offered us extra free risottos to "fill up the tank" - again this free dish came in a sample size.
in the end, a great place for people on diet!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rio de Janeiro
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57 reviews 57 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“Nice Italian restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

The restaurant is nice decorated. The service is really good. The time to wait for the food is ok. The restaurant has 2 floors.

It’s a Italian restaurant. The menu looks really nice with many interesting dishes.

The meat I don’t recommend, it’s not the quality you pay and the chef is of sure not a Meat-Pro.

Seefood-Pasta is ok, even in a Brazilian style, lots of liquid in the sauce.

The desserts are well on the menu and we tested the Tiramisu, it’s Italian style and really good.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Winchester
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61 reviews 61 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Excellent food, attentive service - the terrace overlooks Christ's statue!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

The location is perfect for a relaxed lunch, specially after a visit to the Botanical Gardens and the best place to sit is outdoors on the top floor terrace. The view is amazing, the decor very chic. The appetizer comes with home-made grissini, bread, olive oil and roasted garlic- so italian, so good. We shared the polenta with soft egg yolk and truffle oil followed by a fish called namorado (boyfriend is portuguese?) and a ravioli of duck. The Nutella semifreddo is worth the calories, but we shared it. We have also been to dine and asked for a table on the terrace again- the Corcovado mountain is lit at night and Christ's statue changes colour in a spectrum- quite spectacular. The prices are bistro prices and the wines are excellent. Try the Laurentia sparkling if you never had Brazilian wines before. You will be pleasantly surprised. A romantic spot, very safe too.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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