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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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166 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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117 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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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204 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars 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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102 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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83 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 stars 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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5 of 5 stars 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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509 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 429 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Parking is tough in the lot adjoining the restaurant, but there are more spaces on the side street just past it. And from the crowd coming and going, it's easy to see how popular this place is. Not speaking Portuguese, we had to try to figure out the process for ourselves, but here it is for you: upon entry, each... More 

Thank Charlie S
Campina Grande, Brazil
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2016

Even living in Campina Grande, I used to drive with my family in some special occasions to meet some friends in João Pessoa and go to Mangai for lunch or dinner. There we find many food options in the self restaurant section, from salad vegetables to cheeses, pasta, meat, fish, among others, most of them prepared with typical Brazilian northeast... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brazilian, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
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?