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“Well deserved reputation”
Review of Bar Urca

Bar Urca
Ranked #99 of 13,894 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Urca
Reviewed November 3, 2013

One of the first things you notice in this restaurant (once you've figured out how to find it!) is a wall covered with various diplomas, awards and press clips. Yet, the place looks and feels like a local pub - simple decoration, packed with tables and usually full of hungry guests.
After trying our first meals, fried pastry filled with either shrimps, cheese or some other ingredients, one begins to understand the reason for all those awards - everything was simply delicious! Main course was a bit less brilliant and that's the reason I gave it a "very good" mark only. Overall, you can feel a strong Portuguese influence in the choice and preparation of meals, although they have an excellent choice of meals from the region of Baia, originally based on African traditional cooking. The choice of wines was also reasonably good, bearing in mind Brazilians do not drink that much wine.
The restaurant is a bit too pricey, in my opinion, but everything is becoming pricey in Rio these days, due the approaching sports events in 2014 and 2016.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013 via mobile

Stay in the bar downstairs, upstarts is posh wannabe and very expensive, we ordered the price winner dishes and I don't know who judge them but not something amazing to win prices. Very nice location but feel it was a letdown after reading all the reviews.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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