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Rio Scenarium

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Brazilian, Latin, Bar, South American
As featured in How to smile in Rio
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Rua do Lavradio 20 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-070, Brazil
+55 21-3147-9000
6:30 pm - 2:30 am
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Tue - Thu 6:30 pm - 2:30 am
Fri 7:00 pm - 2:30 am
Sat 8:00 pm - 4:30 am
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San Francisco, California
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've chosen Rio Scenarium for my birthday celebration on Tuesday October 4th. We enjoyed the eclectic style of decorations and some rare pieces of the musical instruments collections thoughtfully hung on the walls on all three levels. Our table was right next to the stage and we enjoyed watching the performance of the two bands that night. There were also... More 

Thank Boris L
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Multi level and multi room bar/restaurant/nightclub in the entertainment district of the city - "Lapa". While it's quirkiness and variety does appeal to the masses it's also geared towards tourists. If you are looking for a more authentic party experience, I'd suggest to try other bars in the area.

Thank Marie B
Sao Paulo, SP
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175 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The place is awesome... great decoration, and everything is for sale. The service is slow, we had dinner, the waiters took a while to see and serve us. If your expectation is to have dinner here...stay with the starters there were so much better that the main dishes we had. Also on our way out we wanted to split the... More 

Thank Victor S
Gisborne, New Zealand
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It was a Wednesday night and not too busy there. An interesting venue. Looks like an antique museum. Three levels and interesting way of paying at end of night. Would have been more fun with more people.

Thank Michelle H
Santiago, Chile
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22 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited Rio Scenarium in september 2016. Is a MUST to visit this place. Is one of the most popular places in Rio. Great decoration in their 3 different floors. They play different music such as samba, jazz, forró o chorinho. Food? Yes, bolinhos for example. Drinks, of course: beers, caipirinhas...etc.

Thank Michael A
Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had the honour, many years ago (more than a decade) to do the opening act-show of this night club. It is very peculiar because it used to rent "SCENARIUMS" to TV and Cinema productions (I think they still do it) and so it is like entering several time machines, in one single ambience. By the time it opened, there... More 

Thank LicaCecato
Los Gatos, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We are Americans who were taken here by a local, and we had a great time. The building itself is fascinating and filled with an amazing collection of antique-y "stuff". We got there a bit early, before the big crowds, which was great because we could easily go between the 4 floors and look at all the antiques and memorabilia.... More 

Thank ClaireWilson36
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here after a samba class to dance! It was great ambiance food and cocktails were superb! In a truly local area.

Thank princess123182
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is important to book a table in advance either on the first floor for a Samba vibe or the 2nd floor for a jazz vibe. We were seated on the second floor close to the jazz/40's -70's band. You can view the Samba from the second floor or join the dancing! Or you could join the jazz area for... More 

Thank dutoitkaren40
Salcombe, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with four work mates and we had a blast. Really good music and good. There is a lot of choice as it is over four floors so a band on each. Probably the most tourists place and caters for that market but good place.

Thank Andrew T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brazilian, Latin, Bar, South American
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
6:30 pm - 2:30 am
6:30 pm - 2:30 am
6:30 pm - 2:30 am
7:00 pm - 2:30 am
8:00 pm - 4:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua do Lavradio 20 | Centro, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-070, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Centro
  • Neighborhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: +55 21-3147-9000

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Staying in Centro

Neighborhood Profile
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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