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“Top for samba.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rio Scenarium

Rio Scenarium
Ranked #28 of 13,576 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Brazilian, Latin, Bar, South American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Drinks, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Centro
Teresopolis, RJ
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24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Top for samba.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2013

Heads up for pickpocket in that area, where is very cultural and social mixed. But the place is amazing, service and music are top in Rio, sometimes over crowded, specially fridays and saturdays... but worth the effort.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 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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New York City, New York
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Live Local Samba”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

This place is not a dinner and professional dancer show. It is a restaurant with dancing and live samba bands. The people dancing samba are you and not professional dancers. That being said, this place feels authentic.

I suggest making reservations as the non-reservation line is loooong and you will not get prime seats. With reservations, we sat on the ground floor, next to the live band and dance floor. It was great. I watched a few you tube videos to see how samba is danced. Frankly, watching the people on the dance floor was a better teacher. After a few drinks and seeing the life around you, you can dance anything and its samba.

This place is well worth the visit and it takes you to another fun part of the city.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A must see Rio experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2013

This nightclub is extraordinary and beyond a doubt worth the visit. A group of us went there on the first Friday night of 2013. It was packed and happening. It took a cheap (R 3.20) and easy metro rail trip from Ipanema to get there in the early part of the evening. Make sure to include some time to experience the fantastic weekend Lapa street parties and the food and drink market at the Praça Cardeal Cãmara square below the arches. Try the varying sized cocktails (including 500 ml cups of well made Caiprinhas for R10). The club itself is remarkable for its décore, music (both live and DJ on different floors) and the overall vibe. We found that daybreak came far quicker than expected and it was easy to get a taxi back. Rio Scenarium was a definite highlight for a party night out.

  • Visited January 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
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Sydney, Australia
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81 reviews
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“Samba in the heart of bohemian Rio”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

I recommend you go to Lapa – which is very bohemian and there are lots and lots of places to eat, drink and dance. An amazing venue (a renovated antiques shop). They mainly play Brazilian music here (Samba)… and the ratio of girls to guys is 13:1 (seriously!)… Definitely the #1 place to go to if you visit Rio. If you arrive after 11pm, there is always a long queue (but it does move), so recommend that perhaps get there a bit earlier and have some dinner upstairs. It gets really busy!

Visited August 2012
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Sao Paulo, SP
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Perfect place to listen & dance samba”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013

If you really want to know the escence of Samba you need to go to this beautiful and amazing place.... live music all the time, nice people sharing food and drinks there, and you can see how they dance samba... I really love this place!!! I always go there every time I visit Rio.....

Visited December 2012
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