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Cafe do Mar

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Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

great staff, excellent food and cocktails (maracuja--or passion fruit--caipirinhas are a must!). Also, it has a great atmosphere with soft lighting and beach side tables.

Thank Heather P
Ilha Grande, RJ
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

My favorite moment is Sunday's afternoon to watch the sunrise and boats coming back from they day trips... It's nice relaxing and cool music!

1 Thank O Verde I
Boston, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My partner and I were recommended either this or Dom Mario as the places to try on Ilha Grande. We had walked around the island all day and had decided on this restaurant for the BBQ Night. The skewers are placed out and you pick what you want. The experience here was unbelievable! Personalized service, seating on the ocean, romantic/cosy... More 

2 Thank rnohr
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203 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

We came here on BBQ night (not sure if every night is BBQ night). They display all the skewers on a table next to the BBQ and you go and pick what you want - pork beef chicken veg etc. Service was good and fast, portion sizes were huge, the food was good but we had better on the island.... More 

1 Thank deathbyblackcat
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

Excelente lugar para tomar drinks, sucos detox, saladas maravilhosas, massas, carnes! Recomendo quando você nao suporta mais comer frituras!!! Excelent place to drink and eat nice looking and delicious food like salads, pasta, meat, drinks, coffee and detox juices!! Super when you can't support fried food anymore!

1 Thank dani_Blaj10
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

the day we arrived there was a big barbecue at this restaurant. You can just pick your fish or meat or vegetarian stuff and they barbecue it for you. Very good caipirinhas too. With your feet in the sand...

1 Thank Inge H
Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

We stumbled on this beach front cafe/ bar and had a lovely lunch and a fabulous caipirinha! The location, food & vibe was so great we went back for a BBQ the following evening, which was just fantastic! Definitely worth a visit!

1 Thank Katie V
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Amazing location, great music and very good food+drinks. Good prices as well. Highly recommended!! The uruguayan barman is a master!!

Thank Juan M
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Helpful English speaking waitress nice food and BBQ in evening right on the beach Fully recommend , The tide wonders in everynow and then so mind your feet

Thank Thepaulmonty
Houston, Texas
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224 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

Well situated and a nice place to grab a drink alongside the water. But food was average at best and wait staff are quite rude. Service is terrible, even by Brazilian standards. Neighboring Pe Na Areia was much much better in all aspects.

Thank Worldtravelguy

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brazilian, Seafood, Barbecue, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Ilha Grande
This is one of a string of restaurants on the beach just outside the center of town that don't actually have addresses (as far as I know). Others of its ilk are included in major guide books, like Foder's. I'd really like to give this restaurant a review because it was amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful, English-speaking staff (a rarity on the island). Thanks!

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