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Nova Capela

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Rua Mem de Sa, 96, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil
11:00 am - 4:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 am
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loud and somewhat dirty hole in the wall. Not cheap either. I paid $25 US during lunch for an overfried piece of tilapia with three mounds of mashed potatoes, a salad and water. Expensive for what it was and the place.

Thank Rafael G
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60 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

One of, if not the most traditional restaurant in Lapa neighborhood. It's old fashioned Rio style and some of the waiters are well known to customers for having worked there for decades. It is not a very nice or safe place outside, the best option is to take an Uber straight to its door. As for the food, the portions... More 

Thank Ivan Z
Atlanta, Georgia
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64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

Went for a typical Carioca supper at 11.30pm to this well worn dive of a place...It has an extraordinary feel to it full of esoteric locals so people watching is an "extra" off the menu. We went for the famed crispy lamb with broccoli rice and roast potatoes....it was off the charts !!! It is basic, plastic table covers etc... More 

Thank RGGold
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

I enjoyed the lamb special for 2 although hubby found it greasy. The restaurant was recommended by a local tour guide (we weren't on a tour with him) so we gave it a try mostly to get out of the 90 degree heat. I tried to practice my Portuguese but the staff had a great command of English. We had... More 

Thank KatWomanNYC
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

Lapa is Rio de Janeiro's neighborhood of nightclubs. The street the restaurant is on, is crowded with young drunks, both local, and tourists. But, when you step inside the Nova Capela, you are in a zone of orderliness, an old fashioned restaurant, with table clothes, and white coated waiters. The place has been there for over a hundred years, but... More 

1 Thank Stan R
rio de janeiro
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

It has a best reputation for sea food and the best in the menu is the The Cabrito Assado ( fried got meat) with rice and Brocoli. Go by taxi and have them call a taxi for your getting back to the Hotel Not for children

Thank rjgold
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016

Since 1903... As you will see the Lapa neighbourood can get very crowded with bar and restaurants crowded beyond capacity. That's why I value Nova Capela, offering a quiet ambient where you can have you conversation and taste good traditional recepies far from the frenzyness next door. And if a moderate extra price buys it, I gladly pay for it.... More 

1 Thank Giovanni L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016

I was there during carnival, so you might imagine how crowded it was. Even in that special situation the quality of the food and the staff was superb. This is traditional Rio in all it's glory, with fast and diligent waiters, amazing caipirinha and dishes that are typically brazilian, but with international quality. But it doesn't stop there. The ambience... More 

Thank Renato K
Chico, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful Brazilian lunch here with a Guide from "Eat Rio". It was filled with local folks, authentic Brazilian food and drinks.The servers were gracious and professional. It is a casual family place, but clean and welcoming. Try the Bolinos de bacalhau ! To drink non alcoholic have a Suco de abacaxi com hortela ( pineapple juice with... More 

Thank CCHM
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164 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I read many good reviews about Nova Capela so I decided to go and try. It was nice to visit this classic Brazilian restaurant but the food was not as good as many might say and the prices are high.

Thank Morin M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $25
Brazilian, Portuguese, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Mem de Sa, 96, Lapa, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro
  • Phone Number: 552122526228

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