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“Lovely BBQ on the beach”
Review of Cafe do Mar

Cafe do Mar
Ranked #3 of 72 Restaurants in Ilha Grande
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast
Description: This is one of a string of restaurants on the beach just outside the center of town that don't actually have addresses (as far as I know). Others of its ilk are included in major guide books, like Foder's. I'd really like to give this restaurant a review because it was amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful, English-speaking staff (a rarity on the island). Thanks!
New Jersey, USA
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422 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 306 helpful votes
“Lovely BBQ on the beach”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

We went on BBQ night -- large choice of kebabs, and ours were delicious. Lovely to eat right on the beach. Good value.

Visited September 2012
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Brighton, United Kingdom
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282 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 224 helpful votes
“Nice Location, BBQ poor”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Great location right on the beach and we stopped for drinks one day and made good use of the free WiFi. We ate there one evening and had the BBQ which was expensive and poor. The cheese and vegetable kebabs were the only OK parts. The chicken was super dry as over cooked and the steak like leather, shame as cooked to order so no real excuse.

We were asked how the meal was and I explained that the steak was really bad. You would expect some response but none was forthcoming. We paid the bill and did not go back even though we had 2 weeks on the island and it was the closest to our rented house. Real example where a bit of customer service would make a difference.

They only take Visa and you need to spend R$25 which depleted our cash a bit (no ATMs on Ilha Grande).

  • Visited July 2012
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Dublin, Ireland
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201 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Lunch literally in the sea, class!”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

Shared fish here for lunch and it was really nice, you can literally sit with your feet in the sea, very relaxing and good value.

  • Visited July 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Dissapointed, overcooked meat... Overpriced dinner!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Had dinner at Cafe do Mar after reading reviews on tripadvisor, I am afraid the restaurant does not deserve its place nor the good reviews. If you compare to other restaurants in the island, cafe do mar is just average, the BBQ looks ok but they overcook the beef which is a shame, their caipirinhas are not as good as elsewhere and their salad is very poor... All in all we were very dissapointed, we regreted not going to Lua & Mar for the third time. One more thing, not only the food isnt great but the service is not very friendly either plus you should expect to have your meal sourrounded by hungry dogs at our feet making all a bit uncomfortable...

  • Visited July 2012
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SLC
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“The coolest place on the beach”
Reviewed June 25, 2012

I'm sitting at the cafe now, watching the day go by. Its the third day in a row I've ended up here. I naturally gravitated to the music, the comfortable chairs, the wonderful people (Josefina makes a great drink!), the velvety smooth coffee and the wifi that actually works. It's a good life at cafe do mar.

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