Being Rio de Janeiro
‘s most luxurious neighborhood has led Leblon to becoming a main hub for some of Rio’s most incredible and fancy restaurants. The cost for a meal out in Leblon comes much higher than other places, yet the quality of the food matches the price tag, making it quite worth it. Here, we reveal ten of Leblon’s most outstanding restaurants.
Restaurant, Brazilian, Contemporary
Rua Dias Ferreira is one of Leblon’s most liveliest streets teeming with excellent restaurants and bars, and it just so happens to be that it’s on this street where Zuka is. Zuka is the type of restaurant that has lines for both lunch and dinner; with Chef Ludmila Soerio as a partner, it attracts people who want to enjoy exceptionally good food at all hours of the day. The updated menu includes notable items such as the prawn risotto, raw tuna with tagliatelle, gazpacho served with a scoop of lemon sorbet, and finally the chocolate cake served with caramel and fleur de sel.
Zuka, Rua Dias Ferreira, 233B – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 3205 7154
Restaurant, Brazilian, Italian
Bar, Italian, Beer, $$$
With its low lounge lighting and sidewalk tables, the ambiance and look alone of Stuzzi is enough to draw in those passing by. The food served here is outstanding and innovative with a wide selection of Italian tapas-styled choices with the whole menu being worth a try. However, some of the stars of the show are the smoked chicken ravioli with raisins and ginger, the rack of lamb with a hazelnut crust and rosemary and red wine sauce and the crispy squid with peeled tomatoes, basil and garlic. Stop by on Monday nights when there is live entertainment and a jazz band.
Stuzzi, Rua Dias Ferreira, 48 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2274 4017
Giuseppe Grill serves typical and authentic Brazilian barbecue as well as other international meat cuts, such as the English prime rib that is large and full of flavor. One of the best Brazilian cuts to look out for is the picanha, a Brazilian classic known for its tenderness and soft, juicy rim of fat. The meats come served with a variety of sides, most notably the zucchini farofa, the potato souffle and the grilled vegetables. The appetizer of sausages is a great choice, too.
Giuseppe Grill, Av. Bartolomeu Mitre, 370 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2294 0614
This contemporary Italian restaurant with a Brazilian touch is perhaps one of the most beautiful in Leblon and has a wonderfully creative menu. The steak tartare starter at Brigite’s is popular and the carbonaro main course is unofficially considered one of the best in the city. The dessert, though, is heavenly; one of the best on the menu is a chocolate and hazelnut souffle with vanilla ice cream. Every bite is like eating a light, rich, fluffy spoonful of Nutella!
Brigite’s, Rua Dias Ferreira, 247 – Loja A – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2274 5590
Bistro, French, Steakhouse, Brazilian
CT Boucherie is a French bistro that comes with a high reputation of serving some of the best meat in the city. Various options to choose from include T-bones, black angus, and filet mignon cuts. The customer chooses their desired cut of meat and then chooses accompaniments from waiters that walk around with various types, resembling a walking, moving buffet. Some of the best options are the roasted banana, the crispy potatoes, the gratin with Gruyère cheese, the ‘crazy’ rice (rice mixed with various ingredients) and the stuffed tomatoes.
CT Boucherie, Rua Dias Ferreira, 636 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2529 2329
With both excellent food and cocktail menus, Bar D’hotel is a great place to both eat and drink. The cocktails are extremely inventive and creative, with any one on the menu being dangerously delicious. For starters, the steak tartare is a popular choice, as is the squid and prawns in a crispy cashew crust. For the main course, the filet au chocolat is a surprising hit — the chocolate only adds to the intensity of the flavor of the meat. This restaurant is sophisticated, making it a great option for a fancy night out.
Bar D’hotel, Marina All Suites – Av. Delfim Moreira, 696 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2172 1112
Manekineko, a Japanese restaurant, serves an extensive selection of sushi and authentic Japanese dishes. The tuna sashimi with mushrooms and macadamia is delicious, as is the hot gourmet option that is rolled rice with cream cheese and both smoked and fresh salmon. The rodizio is the most successful and popular service on the menu; it’s an all you can eat Japanese food dinner where you select what you want from a list of numerous delicious items.
Manekineko, Rua Dias Ferreira, 410 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil +55 21 2540 7746
Vegetariano Social Clube
Restaurant, Vegan, $$$