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“This is a joke”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Bar Urca

Bar Urca
Ranked #97 of 13,629 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Brazilian, Bar, Seafood, Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine
Dining options: Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Urca
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“This is a joke”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2012 via mobile

We had this place recommended by our hotel as a good place for a lunch at decent prices. However, as we arrived, this place turned out to have fast-food of poor quality and completely overpriced. A dish with octapus was priced at $R 48, which is completely out of proportion with the kind of place it is. We wonder how this place have managed to get such a high score...

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“Really nice”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2012

It is a small restaurant, usually with long lines during the weekend, but you can also seat on the wall near the beach, and buy the small portion of delicious appetizers that they sell in the bar under the restaurant, lots of people do the same and it is fun!

Visited February 2012
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“Excellent, Traditional, Nice View and A Special Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2012

Urca is not exactly the place you would look for a restaurant unless you live near by. The neighborhood is kind of a promontory within the Bay of Guanabara. The " Bar da Urca" might fool you with the denomination of "Bar" which it is not, really. The restaurant on the second floor is a small one, with maybe twenty sitting tables and a fabulous view of the Bay and their small anchored boats.Fish or sea food has been my choice for a good many years. Service is quick and perfect. The owner (and founder) has passed away a few months ago but tradition keeps within the family. Saw the old man and his grand son having lunch a couple of times there. It´s exclusive and not considered a hot spot for the high net and visiting Rio and saying you had lunch there you might boost a "Where ??????". You just may complete "you lost it then...".
If you live in Rio give it a try. If not, put in your (preferably) lunch schedule.

  • Visited June 2012
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“How to be a carioca”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2012

This is a very good place to experience the "carioca" way of life. After the beach, in Ipanema or Copacabana, Bar Urca is an excelent choice for sunset, cold beer and sea food. There is a restaurant on the second floor, also interesting. But true cariocas rather sit by the wall, just across the street, to enjoy the view of Guanabara Bay. It's not a place for hurry, so, firt of all, relax. Find a place in the wall. Now go to the bar and try the "empadas", "pasteis", "bolinhos de bacalhau", the appetizers cariocas love.Then go back to the wall (don't forget the beer, of course). Stay for a while, look around, and don't be shy - you're on your way to be a carioca!

  • Visited June 2012
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“Sunset place in Urca”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2012 via mobile

Having a caipirinha or beer outside by the stone wall by the sea with lots of cariocas, is the thing to do in Rio. Extremely nice. Afterwards go to restaurant on 1 floor for a good and traditional carioca meal. Highly recommendable!

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