The Top 10 Restaurants in Recife, Brazil

Recife | © Luci Correia/Flickr
Recife | © Luci Correia/Flickr
Photo of Harry Stewart
21 February 2018

As one of Brazil’s biggest urban centers and the business capital of the north coast, the relatively affluent city of Recife is chock full of fantastic places to dine. From casual fast food takeaways to plush fine dining experiences, let’s take a look at the best places to eat in the city.

Restaurante Leite

Restaurant, Brazilian, $$$
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Restaurante Leite, Recife
Restaurante Leite, Recife | Lais Castro/Wikipedia

Dishing out sophisticated local fare since 1882, Restaurante Leite is one of the oldest and most renowned restaurants in Brazil. Sure, it may have lost much of its historic charm during renovations over the years, but it’s still an unrivaled option for a traditional Brazillian feast in Recife.

Chica Pitanga

Restaurant, Brazilian, $$$
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Chica Pitanga is a bold exception to the popular pay-per-kilo model found right throughout Brazil. By that we mean the buffet here is incredibly tasty, fresh, creative, and changes every single day. Word of warning though, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll go back for seconds.

Mooo

Restaurant, Fast Food, $$$
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Move over McDonald’s because gourmet is the name of the hamburger game in modern-day Brazil, with this chic upscale eatery leading the charge in Recife. Expect to find some seriously mouthwatering meaty creations served alongside first-rate onion rings and fries.

Bercy Village

Restaurant, French, $$$
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Bercy Village, Rua Professor Rui Batista
Bercy Village, Rua Professor Rui Batista | Courtesy of Bercy Crepes e Saladas

Both the sweet and savory doughy delights are outstanding at this upscale creperie in Boa Viagem, a spot particularly popular with locals for the excellent quality to price ratio it entails. The Perpignan with filet mignon and gorgonzola is a must.

Bistrô & Boteco

Restaurant, Brazilian, $$$
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Another excellent buffet in the city, Bistrô & Boteco serves up mountains of delectable Brazilian beef and seafood accompanied by ample fresh vegetable sides. The suckling pig ribs are particularly good, best enjoyed on the weekends when the place converts into a decadent all-you-can-eat.

Parraxaxá

Restaurant, Brazilian, $$$
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Restaurante Parraxaxá, Avenida Fernando Simões Barbosa
Restaurante Parraxaxá, Avenida Fernando Simões Barbosa | Eduardo Otubo/Flickr

For a great northeastern Brazillian style buffet, head to the themed Parraxaxá restaurant where tables are set up alongside technicolored houses and each waiter wears a comical outfit. Fun-loving ambiance aside, it’s an excellent place to sample the regional cuisine.

Chiwake

Restaurant, Peruvian, $$$
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Chiwake, Recife
Chiwake, Recife | Abdias Jr/Flickr

South American explorers who didn’t get to try the food of Peru should make a beeline for Chiwake, an upscale Peruvian eatery that is up there with the best in Lima. Seafood is the specialty here and, perhaps unsurprisingly, ceviche is their number one dish. Just be prepared to spend big.

Outback Steakhouse

Restaurant, Australian, $$$
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Outback Steakhouse, Rua Padre Carapuceiro
Outback Steakhouse, Rua Padre Carapuceiro | Peter Hellberg/Flickr

An Australian themed, American owned franchise in Brazil, the Recife branch of the Outback Steakhouse is a hit with locals who come in droves for their weekly fix of juicy red meat. Smashing down a solid serving of ice cold beer on a hot afternoon helps make the place feel a tad more authentic.

Restaurante e Pizzaria Ilha Da Kosta I

Pizzeria, Restaurant, Italian, $$$
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No Culture Trip restaurant list would be complete without a pizzeria, and Ilha Da Kosta I gets our vote in Recife. Not only are their thin crust wood-fired pies baked to perfection, but the pasta is also succulent and everything is reasonably priced to boot.