With over 19 million inhabitants, Sao Paulo is the third largest city in the world. It is remarkably cosmopolitan which has enabled it to foster a vibrant food culture and with large communities of Italian, Japanese and many others, the cuisine is incredibly diverse. From pizzas and burgers to sushi and seafood, you can find the best of everything. We take an insider peek into the best seafood restaurants in Sao Paulo.
Fishbar & Gastronomica is a new restaurant, but it has already managed to win hearts with its impeccable service and creative dishes. A soothing, sea-style ambiance is created with soothing blue interiors, glazed balcony and retractable roof (perfect for those warm evenings). The menu is prepared by Catalan chef Can Bosch who previously worked at his family’s one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona. Dishes include the flamed-grilled sardines and grilled baby squid and the restaurant serves some of the best oysters in town; always fresh and taste like heaven.
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Run by the Masano family, Amadeus Restaurante is a must visit restaurant when in Sao Paulo. The kitchen is run by Bella Masano who took over from her parents, retaining the tradition and quality that made this one of the city’s best seafood spots. The family has its own oyster and mussel farms, ensuring produce remains as fresh as possible. The menu is bold and creative but retains its classic touch with a variety of dishes to choose from. Think Portuguese Sardines or fresh oysters with vinaigrette over cubes of watermelon and bacon.
Suri Ceviche & Bar is a charming restaurant – and perhaps the best place in Sao Paulo to try ceviche. Led by Chef Dagoberto Torres, Suri boasts an impressive and creative menu serving a diverse range of ceviche and other seafood. One should arrive early to avoid crowds. Suri is a divine place to have great seafood, be it ceviche or octopus, it’s delicious.
Peixaria is a delightful little fish store, as well as a restaurant and bar; purchase fish from the store and go home and cook it or have it cooked right there in the restaurant itself. The decor is warm and soothing with bright colors. The menu is quite creative – choose from marinated prawns to delicious ceviche or go for the fish fingers and the crab dumplings with a chilled beer. It’s a perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Coco Bambu is a famous seafood restaurant, often filled with families and big groups – head over early or reserve a table. It has charming and vibrant ambiance along with an outdoor seating area to accommodate the crowd it attracts. The menu is superb, the produce is fresh and the servings are huge. More than one person is required to finish a dish, maybe that’s why families love this place. Come as a group and try a variety of delicacies.