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“Nice View” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bar Urca

Bar Urca
Ranked #98 of 13,576 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: Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Urca
HULL
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215 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
“Nice View”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2013

Nice bar dowstairs, although difficult to describe it as a bar as everyone goes accoss the road to sit or stand by the seawall to drink, socialise and admire the views. The area tends to get crowded which adds to its ambience, hence why it is regarded as one the top bars in Rio. The Restaurant is upstairs, it has nice food with large portions, one serving is sufficient for 2 people. The restaurant can also get crowded as it is quite small with tables are set out in rows. It is advisable to go early or book a table so that you have a window table which affords good views of the bay. Service was friendly and pleasant, overall I had a good dining experience.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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“Enjoy the location..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

It's worth taking a stroll around the 'village' of Urca, it's a pleasant area at the base of Sugar Loaf.
After a leisurely walk, Bar Urca is a great place to stop for a cold beer and a bar snack. It's very much a locals' bar, and you may be the only non-Carioca. With a lovely view across the bay, it's a great place to relax for a while.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great loacation”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Good Food, Great location. Enjoy an afternnon bear or a juice, with small bites, and many locals take it to the wall close to the beach to sit at the wall (not tall) and chat right by the sea, having an refreshment. This part of Rio is very calm and you have the sensation you re in a small town, so quiet. A small Marina, and some ppl snorkell at this part of the bay.

Visited December 2012
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Um dos melhores botecos do Rio”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2013 via mobile

It's one of the best bars in Rio. We can find great apptizers, cold brazilian beers, delicious codfish balls, great shrimp 'pastéis', soups of beans, green beans, onion, and lots of other brazilian delicious food. Not to mention the maravilous view of the Guanabara Bay, the entrance of the city to whom comes from the Atlantic Ocean.

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Thank Marcelo L
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Cascais
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Well deserved reputation”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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