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#1 of 4,881 Restaurants in Recife
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Santo Antonio
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Praca Joaquim Nabuco, 147 | Santo Antonio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
(081) 3224 7977
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Fri 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Cape town
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I knew this restaurant in 1939. I lived in Recife from 1929 to 1950. I have muitos saudades: Tony King. I am now 88. In those days you were opposite the Parque cinema.

1 Thank Tony K
Sao Paulo, SP
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199 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

Very nice food and environment, good service in the central part of Recife, a place where businessman and politicians use to gather all the time, really fancy place!!

Thank AndreRezende
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2016 via mobile

I know this is a classical place that has served many important people, but the food was not as good as the price it costs. The meal is well served in a fair amount, and the waiters are very nice. I believe the place is clean, but there is this decadent atmosphere. I really enjoy places with history, but this... More 

Thank BrancaBlancaBianca
Salt Lake City, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016 via mobile

You MUST visit if if Recife. Just know there is no parking. They should have valet but don't and street parking is VERY difficult. The food and service, however, are worth the inconvenience.

Thank AvenuesSLC
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93 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

Unespectedly located downtown in a busy market area, this oasis of luxury is a gem. Updressed waiters, sountously table setting, live piano background music, and fine cuisine are worth the visit. On Saturday I noticed that the same customers go with their dozen members families, from granma to newly borns. Hence go as early as you can, or you can... More 

1 Thank Giovanni L
Munich, Germany
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72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Nice traditional restaurant in a degraded area of Recife. Waiters friendly. Good tasty food, however nothing extraordinary, and fairly expensive for locals. Nice traditional decor and live piano. Problem is parking: be prepared to wait for up to 1 hour to get your car back through their valet after asking for it after lunch = very slow and inefficient =,... More 

Thank travelpro_d
Valinhos, SP
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725 reviews
404 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Traditional place in Recife's downtown, very popular among local businessmen. International cuisine, good food and service, but expansive for Brazilian (specially Recife) standards. The chef suggestions are always a good choice.

Thank BrazilianSky
Miami, Florida
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790 reviews
607 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

try their bolinhos. I had the meat, my friend had the bacalhau, they were both amazing. Service was great, place was very clean

Thank Albertomiami
Recife, PE
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This Is an Excelent Place to enjoy nice starters , Excelent tradicional Brazilian and Portuguese dishes. You can feel the atmosphere of Old Recife all over. If you are fan of The movie Casablanca, just ask Sam to play it again!! Here , You could imagine beeing there!

1 Thank RicardoPQFilho
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91 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A “MUST” in Recife, the Leite is the oldest restaurant in Brazil (opened in 1882) and should not be missed. Doesn’t matter that the area nowadays is full of cheap stores and street vendors. If you wish to give your travel partner a better impression arrive by taxi. When the door of the restaurant opens you are transported to the... More 

Thank Murilo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Brazilian, Seafood, European, Portuguese, South American
Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Praca Joaquim Nabuco, 147 | Santo Antonio, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Pernambuco (PE)  >  Recife>  > Santo Antonio
  • Neighborhood: Santo Antonio
  • Phone Number: (081) 3224 7977

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