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Arab

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Copacabana
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Avenida Atlantica 1936 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-001, Brazil
021/2235-6698
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9:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am
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New York City, New York
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Terrible food. We are staying at the Copacabana Palace and wanted something nice and close by and so we decided to try this restaurant. Big mistake. We started off with the Baba. Overly smooth and bitter tasting. Next we had the falafel. Actually not bad. The only good thing of the meal. Then came the grilled lamb and chicken -... More 

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Thank David w
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110 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant in Rio is a really good option to have Arabian food in Rio. It is a buffet, but with good options of Arabian food in his menu. If you want to try aribian food with good value this is a right place.

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Thank Leonardo S
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84 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good Middle Eastern buffet across the road from copacabana beach. Good selection of vegetarian options also chicken, beef, lamb and fish. It's a pay by the pound restaurant. Service was average.

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Thank wddj
Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Most of the restaurants along Copa look very similar, white tent structures in front of a building. Arab is no different, BUT the food was a brilliant surprise. I've not actually had a bad meal yet in Rio, but the Arab dishes here were good enough that I've been back 3 times. There are lots of options here, but this... More 

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Thank Hereticx
Espoo, Finland
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158 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

What has happened during one year? Food was OK but no longer delicious Arabic food. Service has also changed to average Copacabana service level.

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Thank Asko M
Fareham, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2016

We visited this restaurant as it was very close to our hotel, was recommended by TA contributors and the fact that we like the type of food it provides. I am pleased to say we were not disappointed. The freshly baked pitta breads were really nice with the hummus and tzatsiki starters. We followed this up with chicken and apricot... More 

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Thank StubbingtonBob
Ogunquit, Maine
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109 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

We were in Rio for 3 weeks and ate here at least 4 times! The food was so good and fresh. The pita made to order. Hummus so great, Kibbeh to die for. Staff very nice and helpful. A nice change from steak!! Can't wait to go back next trip

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Thank angelinaogt
SAO PAULO - SP
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Beach front place, with too many options to choose. We had a vegetarian arab food, really tasting. They have good suggesttions for 2 people. Arak Cocktail and to finish Cardamomo Tea ! :-)

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Thank Luciano R
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

Good food but expensive and in small portions, but the worse is the weird payment policy. The bill can be paid with debit or credit cards, but the 10% tip, almost mandatory in Brazil, only using cash! Never saw anything like that.

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Thank Julio C
Sao Paulo, SP
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90 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2016

Get a cab and ask to drop you past Posto 7. You will walk 2 min to find the restaurant with open verandas facing Lagoon. Then order some freshly prepared appetizers such as the super Mezze platter and good to enjoy the view. Service could be more attentive and the price is not that cheap but it is outweighed by... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
Cuisine
Lebanese, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Atlantica 1936 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-001, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Copacabana
  • Neighborhood: Copacabana
  • Phone Number: 021/2235-6698

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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.