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.
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.
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.
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.
The lines and reservation waits don’t lie; this is one of the best sushi joints in Rio. In addition to the usual sushi and sashimi on the menu, there is also king crab, salmon with quinoa crust and white marlin with a truffle sauce. The dessert is exotic and instantly ties with the whole Japanese ambiance; one of the most notable options is a green tea cake with white chocolate sauce.