A large lake of gently rippling water that’s embraced by vegetation, Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas (more commonly known just as ‘Lagoa’) is one of the most peaceful spots in Rio de Janeiro. Its low-key setting, stunning backdrop and harmonious vibe makes it a perfect place for dinner and drinks. We explore the best restaurants in the area for wonderful food with a sensational view.
This restaurant manages to blend into the natural surroundings with a sleek mix of low outdoor seating, somber-toned fabrics and candle-lit tables. Its famous fondue perfectly complements the mellow vibe of the place, allowing easy hours to slip by. Get to Palaphita early to watch the colors of the sunset unfold behind the Two Brothers mountains (‘Dois Irmãos’ in Portuguese) and glide across the lake. Lucky visitors may even catch a glimpse of the local capybaras.
Lagoon is a large complex located on the edge of the lake, and offers all-night entertainment. As well as a cinema, nightclub and bars, it also have five restaurants to choose from, ranging from Italian to Brazilian, casual to formal. The five restaurants spread out onto one balcony and, without any rivalry between them, its common for guests to be approached by waiters from any of the restaurants, regardless of where they are sat. Turn up, choose the food that appeals to you most and enjoy the views stretching across the lake in front.
Lagoon, Avenida Borges de Medeiros, 1424, Lagoa, RJ, Brazil, +55 212 529 5300
Serving a mix of hearty German and Brazilian food, this restaurant provides traditional indoor seating and fantastic views over the lake. It may lack the pensive mood of the other restaurants on the lake’s edge but it is ideal for those seeking hearty and wholesome food that will satisfy even the most demanding appetites.
Capricciosa is the sort of restaurant to go to for fine wines and delicious Italian cuisine. The pizza is a winner here, and when choosing between toppings, opt for meia-meia (half and half) to get a pizza with two flavors.
Capricciosa, Rua Maria Angélica, 37, Jardim Botânico, RJ, Brazil, +55 212 527-2656
A formal, Italian restaurant, Pomodorino ticks all the right boxes for an idyllic night out: an exhaustive wine menu, fabulous foods and of course, the romantic view. Despite its sophistication and elegance, the prices are reasonable here, making it a great choice for an upscale night on a budget.
Pomodorino, Avenida Epitácio Pessoa, 1104, Ipanema, RJ, Brazil, +55 213 813-2622