Eating out in Botafogo
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Eating out in Botafogo

Botafogo is the neighborhood in Rio with the most art galleries and it has become increasingly hip  as new bars and restaurant are arriving around the square of Botafogo metro station.  It is very easy to get to Botafogo  from Ipanema or  Copacabana by metro.  Many offices are located in Botafogo, as it has more recently become a small “downtown”  while still being located in Zona Sul. Many foreign companies and consulates have chosen to have an office in the  Torre do Rio Sul buildings which is part of the Rio Sul shopping center.   In front of the shopping center there is also a huge amount if bus lines available that will take you anywhere in the city.

Fogo de Chão

The real Brazilian steak house and BBQ

Fogo de chao has the most magnificent view overlooking the Guanabara Bay.  It is certainly one of the best places to  have a business or family dinner with a good atmosphere.  In Brazilian style the servers go around with  the finest meat in town and serve you at the table.   There is also a large salad buffet to choose from, and even if you dont eat meat this buffet is so full you would not go home hungry. so if you have one person in crowd that does not eat meat, you can still go to Fogo de Chao.

There are usually long lines to get into Fogo de chao, so take a taxi and make sure you make a reservation before going.  The place is quite famous so any taxi driver would know where to go if you say that you are going to Fogo de Chão in  Botafogo.

Miam Miam

Contemporary Brazilian Food

In a charming retro style environment the brazilian chef Roberta Ciasca, works her wonders.  The main meny varies every day as the chef is very creative. However it never fails to impress in  presentation and flavour.  The desserts are also worth attention, especially the chocolate ones. Tuesday do Friday from  7pm to 12pm.

Saturday and  holidays  from 8pm to 12.30pm

La Villa

French Food with Brazilian ingredients

I passed by this cosy restaurant many times on my way to the farmers market and one day hubby and I decided to go for a romantic dinner. The choice did not fail us and we ended up going several more times after that.   But why eat French in Rio? Well, this restaurant combines the best of french recipes with the high quality of Brazilian ingredients.  The cozy and rustique atmosphere  embodies the charm of the neighborhood Botafogo, the bairro with  a vivid art scene and many cafés and restaurants.   The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable.  You have to look long for better french food in this city. Be aware as in weekends reservations might be necessary to get a spot.

La Villa is open from Tuesday to Saturday  from 12.00 to 24:00 and  Sundays  from 12:00 to 17:00






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