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Rua Ronald de Carvalho, 55 / loja C, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-020, Brazil
55 21 2275-5596
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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42 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

Good variety of arab food. Excellent shawarma, kibbe and makanek. The shawarma sandwich on arab bread is the best I've eaten. There are both cheaper dishes (that are still very satisfying) and more expensive ones, so it accounts for different budgets. They offer a buffet for lunch. For about R$ 50. Worth every penny.

Thank Renan G
Whistler, bc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

This place has great arab food (falafel, kibe, esfiha, pita bread, shawarma), great menu selection, good ambiance, good location (right in the heart of copacabana, one block away from the beach!), good service... if you like arab food, you will LOVE IT. If you don`t, then probably you won`t. It is not cheap, but it is definitely worth the pricing.

Thank Traveller_Whistler
Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2012

The buffet has a good variety of Arab dishes: grape rolls, lamb, rice and lentils, homus, kibbeh, falafel. The shawarma and the kafta are specially good. The service is good and the location is very convenient if you are in Copacabana.

Thank Mauricio C
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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69 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

Great place to eat authentic arab dishes, right in front of Copacabana beach, near Copacabana Palace Hotel. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, it's definitely a good choice for lunch or dinner at Copacabana.

Thank migliaribasso
Turin, Italy
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76 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012 via mobile

I had lunch at Amir during the weekend. Good atmosphere, very good food. Chopp is OK. They also had options a la carte and portions are big. I really liked the buffet variety and quality, will definitely come here again. Good option if you are in a group, they have big round tables, very nice for friends hanging out.

Thank Luciana B
Muscat, Oman
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

In our first night in Rio we decided to have a taste from East. We were glad to find this Resturant that served many Arabic dishes. The service was ok, not over the top but we enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. The price was not bad also.

Thank Falsaqri
Lubbock, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2012 via mobile

Food average ,excellent service ,area and location ok.our expectation was higher from what we read about it . With the middle eastern population in Rio,there has to be more and better place to enjoy the Syrian-Lebanes food. Over all you get what you pay for.No one speaks other language ? May be its universal in RIO ???

Thank Lubbock54
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2012

Good food, large portions, affordable - but nothing special. Only Porteguese speaking waiters

Thank zinasj
London, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2012

Nothing to commend this place but likewise not a dive. If I had my time again I wouldn't go here for dinner. It doesn't give you value for money or satisfaction through quality of food which warrants the extra spend.

Thank Sandy M
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2012

Very good Middle Eastern cuisine about a block in from Copacabana Beach. Charming decor, the wait staff was friendly and attentive, and the taboule and shawarma were excellent - giant portions. Also had a lamb dish that was cooked perfectly. Tried the Arab Restaurant as well, which is right on Av. Copacabana, but preferred the food and staff at Amir.... More 

Thank Moura

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $23
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Ronald de Carvalho, 55 / loja C, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22021-020, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Copacabana
  • Neighborhood: Copacabana
  • Phone Number: 55 21 2275-5596
Para voces entenderem um pouco da historia do Amir, ele era antes conhecido com o nome de Canadian Shop, uma Deli com produtos importados, que ao poucos foi virando restaurante. Mas a paixao dos proprietarios pela cozinha arabe falou mais alto. Aos poucos foram surgindo algumas mesinhas, kibes, esfihas, famosos pratos do dia. Bastou isso para dar um pulo! Hoje podemos afirmar que o AMIR e um dos mais tradicionais restaurantes arabes do Rio de Janeiro. Temos o maior cuidado de selecionar todos os nossos temperos e manter a qualidade de nossa cozinha. No Amir voce encontra deliciosos pratos como arroz com cordeiro, kibe cru, shawarma, sanduiche de falafel, homus e entre outros. Possui dois ambientes agradabilissimos onde se pode desfrutar o melhor da culinaria arabe!

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Staying in Copacabana

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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.
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