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Venga! Bar de Tapas

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¡Venga! is the first Spanish tapas bar in Rio de Janeiro. Opened in 2009, it soon became a reference in the gastronomy of the city. Its concept was developed based on the identification of the Carioca spirit with the culture of the tapas, which are one of the most social ways of eating, always in small portions and sharing several dishes between friends or family. In addition, the possibility of tasting several options at the same time makes the tapas one of the most eclectic gastronomic experiences.
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Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We asked for three dishes, Pincha de Pulpo, Parma rolls and Asparugs with egg yolk and truffle oil. Non of them were good. Óctuplus was old and rubbery - fishy smell - served with a hard bread that even fell from my plate when I...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Thank Bernardo C
Reviewed July 8, 2019 via mobile

They serve mainly tapas and those are very nice. Good flavours, real Spannish. And they even serve Spannish beers. Staff seemed not that interested.

Date of visit: July 2019
Thank NLA1234
Reviewed April 20, 2019 via mobile

Fancy and expensive restaurant but food is not up to pretenses. We had the calamari, octopus and some red meat but none of us was impressed...

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank vioricac
Reviewed February 26, 2019 via mobile

My husband and I went here for lunch on a Tuesday and we were not disappointed. Our server Juan? (sp?) was so gracious with our very limited Spanish/Portuguese. He allowed us to use his phone for Google translate and we got back to our hotel...More

Date of visit: February 2019
1  Thank margaretmA1662ZI
Reviewed December 28, 2018

Mixed feelings about the place. We truly enjoyed the location, the atmosphere, the service, the music and some of the food (in particular the patatas bravas, the cold cuts and the delicious croqueta de gambas). We were less impressed with the not very clean restrooms,...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank KristianBengtson
Reviewed November 28, 2018

Instead of taking the tour bus back to the hotel, we wandered around the Ipanema district checking out the shops. We opted for a late lunch at Venga, having seen them on the drive in. While not truly a tapas bar, they had enough variety...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Curtis S
Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Only visited this place for dessert and we were not disappointed. We ordered the churros which were fantastic if a little light on portion size. Perfectly coated with cinnamon and a delicious chocolate sauce. The place also looked busy which is usually a good sign.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank nn207
Reviewed November 5, 2018

There is a lot to select between with a good service in a cool place. The food taste even better with one or two cold choppy

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank 716larse
Reviewed October 26, 2018 via mobile

Food was very tasteful. We order dados de bacalao, patatas bravas and croqueta de gambas. Everything was delicious. Very beautiful place! Service was good, waiters were very nice but a little bit distracted. Totally recommend it.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Valentina C
Reviewed October 20, 2018 via mobile

Portions are big and really are deliscious. I can’t remember what we had now but had about 5, pretty confident the majority of the menu would be just as nice as the bits we had. Not very cheap but not ridiculously expensive, just a mid...More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Ipanema
Ipanema is considered Rio's crown jewel. It offers the
best view of the sunset from Arpoador and is
inspiration for the legendary song, “The Girl from
Ipanema.” Ipanema is an upscale area, home to many
high-end restaurants and luxury shops, many of which
can be found on the charming Garcia d'Ávila Avenue.
The neighbourhood is very rich culturally, housing
many art galleries that show contemporary art. There
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