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“It will bring out the carnivore in you!!!!”
Review of Rio Brasa

Rio Brasa
Ranked #48 of 13,706 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Barra da Tijuca
nyc,ny
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74 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“It will bring out the carnivore in you!!!!”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

While visiting Brazil on our "Around the World in 90 Days" trip (see my blog: www.toscanoworldtrip.blogspot.com) we spent time in the Barra da Tijuca suburb of Rio de Janeiro. A very nice, primarily waterfront community, it is mostly residential but there are many malls and restaurants also. One of the best of these (especially to eat "rodizio" style Brazilian buffet) is Rio Brasa. As the place gets crowded, it is probably better to go for a late lunch there (both for lower prices and less crowds). Despite it being a big place, you can always look close by and get a waiter or bus boy. The meat is great especially the "picanha" (sliced, lightly seasoned, Brazilian beef) but there is an endless variety of almost any other meat you can think of. As with any other buffet, skip the breads and most of the side orders as this will quickly fill you up and interfere with the "meat" of your objective.

  • Visited July 2012
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Nice, France
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Lost for choice”
Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant has improved tremendously. Despite it's enormous size there are always a few waiters around. The choice of starters is ridiculously huge and one can stuff themselves silly with the high quality buffet. I counted over fourty choices as well the fried bananas, cheese balls and various other side dishes to order. The quality of the meat is of the highest order brought to your table and cut by the waiter. If you haven't been to Brazil and to experience a top rate churrascaria then start here. The only downside is the impersonal and in-your-face decoration.

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SP - Brazil
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198 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
“Great steak house with seafood buffet.”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Great choice for steaks and seafood grilled options. There's a rib choice with four to six different tastings. Ask for the grilled octopus and you won't regret.

Visited September 2012
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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119 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Best option in Rio downtown to the ones in a rush”
Reviewed July 22, 2012

Very well located. There is always a available table and also the best "food by weight". There is little variation of the meals but the quality is definitely high. As I am always in a rush to have lunch, this is the place to go!

Visited July 2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
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224 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Great BBQ & Sea Food!”
Reviewed July 6, 2012

In the Brazilian way of serving BBQ (buffet + Different cuts of meat delivered direct in your plate -we call that a "Rodízio") all those expected cuts were there (Picanha, Fraldinha, Maminha, Costela, Cordeiro...). The wonderfull aspect was to find Japanese food (some sashimis - salmond, tuna and withe fish - sushis) side-by-side with Arabian food (Babaganuche, Homus, Tabule and Raw Kibe)... That was great!
The only negative issue was the draught beer... It is Itaipava and it is not among my prefered brand (not tasty!). So, after asking for a regular and a dark one (I could not even finish any of them), I moved to a Diet Coke...

Visited July 2012
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