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Brazilian, South American
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Av. Edson Ramalho, 696, Joao Pessoa, State of Paraiba, Brazil
+55 83 3226-1615
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a tipical regional self service with a fast and good service.You must go to try all the options in lunch or dinner.

Thank Alexandre B
Joao Pessoa, PB
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95 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last week I had lunch at Mangai in Brasilia so it was interesting to compare the two branches of the same restaurant. Like Brasilia, it is self-service but even still today we had to wait for 15 minutes for a table. For those who like trying regional gastronomy, Mangai is a good place to start as nearly all the dishes... More 

Thank ireland_timothy
Sao Paulo, SP
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175 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This place is awesome! The variety and quality of the food is great... you want to try everything!!! Service is friendly and fast (beers)..juices took a longer time... if you want to have bananas or coffees on your way out, no problem is included!!

Thank Victor S
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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120 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant has an amazing buffet, you can find a bit of everything there. The food is good, but you can have a hard time choosing what to eat, the variety of options is huge. For tourists not used to traditional Northeastern culinary it can be a bit tricky - better ask what each dish is made of before giving... More 

Thank GBaroni
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205 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2016

Located in Joao Pessoa, this is a very large buffet restaurant with a ridiculous number of choices but almost no vegetables. There is also a salad bar with dressings. There are a large number of desserts to select from also. You are given a card with a number on it when you enter and you pay for the weight of... More 

Thank Larkette
Broadway, North Carolina
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109 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2016

Mangai was the first restaurant that friends and colleagues took me to right after my arrival in João Pessoa. They couldn't wait to have me taste authentic Northeastern Braziianl food, so we went here on my first day in the city for lunch. The restaurant offers a huge buffet. Even though I will be here for five months, I don't... More 

Thank Diane W
Sao Paulo, SP
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23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016 via mobile

Great idea of offering typical food from the Northeast, but very expensive for good but not extraordinary food. Well done, nice experience, but absolutely no must-do

Thank Moritz W
Seattle, Washington
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84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

This is a place of local foods and traditions. Our local friends took us and ordered, awesome food. If you go without a friend just ask the waiter for what they like best. All the food is so tasty.

Thank Seattle60Gary
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2016 via mobile

The food was great !! A little bit expensive but worth it !! Wait a little to get your table but soon after you will have all types of regional food you can imagine .. Must go for nice food and nice service !!

Thank Josie F
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

I'm an European and it was a special opportunity to taste the dishes of Northern Brazil, especially loved beef, fish, fruits of the sea and lot of vegetables and fruits and soups. The surroundings seemed for me authentic with the traditional clothes of the waiters and waitresses, the decoration with many kind of natural elements. Even more impressing when someone... More 

Thank József S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brazilian, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Av. Edson Ramalho, 696, Joao Pessoa, State of Paraiba, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Paraiba (PB)  >  Joao Pessoa>  > Manaira
  • Neighborhood: Manaira
  • Phone Number: +55 83 3226-1615

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?