We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Awesome location!”
Review of Bar Urca

Bar Urca
Ranked #95 of 13,740 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Brazilian
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Urca
Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Awesome location!”
Reviewed October 15, 2013

The view of Baia Guanabara was amazing from here, and it really it fun to hang out with cariocans on the wall... The only reason I did not give it five stars is because the beer was a little pricier than typical bars.

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1 Thank Dakota S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

2,558 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Montreal, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Do like a Carioca and enjoy your lunch by the seawall”
Reviewed October 3, 2013

We ordered a fish soup, fried squid and little shrimp-filled pastries. Our Brazilian friend told us that the locals buy their lunch and then walk across the street to the seawall where they enjoy their meal. We did the same. A terrific idea. The fish soup was exquisite, the squid and shrimp were fresh and flavourful.

As you sit on the seawall, you see the various boats in the harbour - everything from fishing boats, to sail boats. The view is beautiful.

Visited September 2013
1 Thank SRQC
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
2 reviews
“Nice spot indeed”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Nice spot in a quiet neighbourhood, overlooking the bay.
Perfect for an afternoon beer and a snack.
Can be combined with a visit to sugar loaf as the bar is at a walking distance.
Dont expect any service or alike - this is a kind of place you get something from the bar and
sort yourself a spot with a view on the seawall.

Visited September 2013
Thank eternal t
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Houston, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
236 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Picturesque Spot”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Had heard about this place for years but had never visited until yesterday. What a brilliant place with a spectacular view of Botafogo, Flameco & El Centro. Grab a beer and some snack foor and sit on the sea wall and enjoy the view. Also great spot to chat with locals and tourists alike. Tricky to find this place deep in Urca in narrow, one way streets but well worth the effort. Use GPS if you drive or simply take metro to Botafogo then there are a couple of buses that stop right in front of Bar Urca. Enjoy!

  • Visited September 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Worldtravelguy
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
681 reviews
346 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
“A must try traditional Bar & Restaurant in Rio where locals go”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

“Bar Urca” is in reality a very traditional fish restaurant in Rio de Janeiro, just by the feet of Urca Mount and Sugar Loaf Mountain, where the cable car from Rio is placed.

It is a must try restaurant. It is a very good option to go for lunch after visiting the Sugar Loaf.

In Rio you have many options on food that can be roughly grouped around fancy & expensive restaurants (no need to explain); in the other extreme, “botecos” or very simple bars where people hang out until late at night and where drinks are of most importance followed by delicious snacks Brazilian style (by the way, Rio has a whole guide only on “botecos”); and simple & traditional restaurants where the food and service are the strong points, where I would place Bar Urca.

Very much appreciated by the locals, this charming restaurant has been for years in the neighborhood of the same name, installed in an old building at the corner of a calm street right in front of a marina. People sit on the wall in front of the restaurant while waiting to be placed and can have a chilled beer and delicious snacks that the waiters bring at street for them. Waiters seem to have been working there for ages, knowing exactly what they are doing, and doing it in fast and precise pace.

They serve not only quality fish food but also snacks that can bit any “boteco” in Rio.
Try the Brazilian pastries (“pasteis”) and the codfish little cakes (“bolinhos de bacalhau”).

  • Visited May 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank JuPereira
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Bar Urca also viewed


Been to Bar Urca? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing