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Arab

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Avenida Atlantica 1936 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
021/2235-6698
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 47
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  • 20
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Evening meal

Good value. Try 552 (roasted goats cheese with roasted apple salad) and add a kebab. Service was pretty good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 2, 2015
David R
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Comrie, United Kingdom
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Uruguaiana, RS
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93 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Arab restaurant gives us the chance of trying typical Arabian food. They offer an à la carte menu and also a huge buffet with all kinds of Arabian food. Even the normal expreso comes with cardamomo e the spoon is a piece of cinnamon. The atmosphere is very good. There is room outside for enjoying Atlantica's paseo.

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Thank Renata O
Sacramento, California
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes when you are in Rio, you want a break from Brazilian food. When that happens, my favorite place to go is the Arab in Copacabana. The Arab has inside tables and well as outside tables with a view of the beach plus a large number of tasty middle-eastern dishes of all sorts. Also they have a wonderful lunch buffet... More 

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Thank K C
Las Vegas, Nevada
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102 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

Great Food. Everything we missed from our years living in Dearborn. Right near the Copacabana Palace on Copacabana Blvd. The food was very good and we had no complaints except from badgering from a homeless guy..... We really don't think you can go wrong ordering anything on the menu if you enjoy Arab food. In the afternoon they appear to... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

rio de janeiro is well known for its lousy customer service and cockroaches all over the place, and this place is a fine example of both. i asked the manager if it would be possible to restart the router becuase the wifi wasn´t working. his answer was ´´no´´. then i went to wash my hands next to the kitchen, and... More 

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Thank javi j
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

Most of the restaurants along the Copacabana beach offer 'something and chips' type cuisine. So we were delighted to find such high quality Moroccan style food. I'd recommend the roast lamb stew and the baclava.

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Thank Amanda_London_13
Comrie, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Good value. Try 552 (roasted goats cheese with roasted apple salad) and add a kebab. Service was pretty good.

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Thank David R
Recife, PE
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178 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

I ate here my first night in Rio. The food was okay, but not spectacular. Nice location though. There is a nice part of the restaurant overlooking Copacabana Beach which is nice, and the place uses nice pottery for the meals. Not a bad option by any means, but not the best in town either.

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Thank RobbNYC
Berlin, Germany
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174 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

Five of us went for dinner. Thee menu is extensive and interesting. We do not eat Arab food that often but the benefit of five people dining is that you can have a wide choice. In addition the waiter was very helpful in describing some of the courses. We had the kebab, the schwarma, lamb schank and a pizza. The... More 

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Thank paul1953uk
Vilnius, Lithuania
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222 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

We ate here twice and both times took plates (mezze for 2) to share. Once we took vegetarian one and the other time - Syrian - Lebanese one. There are also Jewish, Moroccan and other choices. Highly recommend!

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Thank Liu S
USA
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123 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

We had eaten here several years back when we visited Rio and had loved it. So this time around went looking for it expecting the same food and service. We were extremely disappointed to find that the quality has deteriorated considerably. We were hoping to eat ala carte but were told that we had to get the buffet which was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida Atlantica 1936 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Copacabana
  • Neighborhood: Copacabana
  • Phone Number: 021/2235-6698

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Special occasions

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

Staying in Copacabana

Neighborhood Profile
Copacabana
The rowdy Copacabana is one of the most traditional and old areas from Rio de Janeiro. This neighbourhood is a blend of Brazilian soul - crowded, rowdy and traditional. This neighbourhood has a bit of everything: bars with music, pubs, street fairs, chaotic streets, and many shops. All these things and more live side-by-side. There are options for all price points and tastes. However, the most powerful draw in Copacabana is still the fantastic view of the coast and the incredible beaches.