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‘House of the Oyster’ is heaven for seafood lovers. Diners pay for a ‘rodizo’, which is similar to an all-you-can-eat option. This restaurant has a buffet with risotto, oysters, salads and prawns cooked in a variety of ways, as well as Japanese food. Throughout the whole dining experience, waiters pass by the tables with dishes of roasted fish, fried fish and lobster that you can take as you fancy. With fresh fish, quality preparation and generous portions, it is a bit on the pricey side yet it’s worth it due to the great food, excellent service and maximum seafood satisfaction.
Located in the Gourmet Lagoon, a large complex of restaurants, cinema and event spaces, San Remo offers a well-stocked wine menu and ample choices of seafood dishes. The fettucine with a medley of seafood is flawless, as is the prawn ravioli. What somehow makes all this food taste even better is the perfect view over the Lagoa, a small, natural lake in the south of the city that is fringed with forests and small mountainous peaks. San Remo has outdoor decking to help appreciate its view further.
Satyricon is one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Rio for its impeccable service and food — and it’s easy to see why. The upscale Satyricon serves Italian-Mediterranean seafood and has a wide selection of on-menu and off-menu, too; just ask the waiter for the specials of that day or the chef’s recommendations. There is also a large fish counter with fresh fish and shellfish and a charming indoor garden. The starter dish with mini portions of seafood not only gives you a chance to try a little bit of almost everything, but is one of the best appetizers on the menu. For the main course, the octopus comes well-recommended.
Set inside an old historical tower in the middle of a square next to the bay gives Ancoramar an exclusive air to it, but once you’re inside, the elegant yet casual decorations makes the environment friendly and welcoming. The views across the bay makes the seafood setup authentic and fresh, with a tasty menu that offers plenty of options. Check the daily specials for seasonal varieties and be sure to leave room for desserts; the richness in taste and beautiful presentation make them a treat for the eyes and the taste buds.
Located in Copacabana, Nomangue plans many of today’s specials from early morning catches straight from the sea. Be sure to ask the waiter what the catch of the day is to avoid missing out on what will be one of the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat in Rio. The service is friendly, attentive and more than cooperative to adjust meals to taste if desired. The cozy and modern decor gives the restaurant a welcoming feel and prices are reasonable. Menu staples include oysters with lemon, various cod options and fish stews. One of the most popular dishes is moqueca, a typical Brazilian fish stew made with coconut milk and various herbs, and is definitely one to try at this restaurant for an authentic Brazilian seafood dish.
Skunna’s whitewashed walls and blue checkered tablecloths make you feel like you’ve stepped into someone’s home. Skunna is located near Recreio, which is out of the typical tourist zone of Rio, yet is well worth the journey there. The seafood menu is divine with a variety of fish among the classics, such as salmon and cod. The prawns with orange sauce are superb and are a popular dish on the menu. The excellent service adds to the whole pleasantness of this great dining experience.
Located in the hippy neighborhood of Santa Teresa, Sobrenatural is the best seafood restaurant in the area. The restaurant is small inside, making it warm and cozy, and the exposed brick walls and rustic decorations make it more informal than the majority of seafood restaurants in Rio. The outside is decorated with doors that depict the old bondinho (tram) that used to run through Santa Teresa and represents an important part of the neighborhood’s history. The seafood is cooked to perfection with the octopus in oil a great choice for a snack; for the main course, try the moqueca.
By Sarah Brown