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Best Restaurants in Búzios
Búzios Travel Guide
Photo courtesy of Zuza.

Updated on June 19, 2012

Búzios is keeping up with Brazil's overall strides in gourmet life and has become one of the top culinary travel destinations near Rio.

In July, the town hosts a culinary festival which showcases the cuisine of the great local chefs as well as traditional local fare prepared by some of the best cooks in the fisherman's community.

Best Restaurants in Búzios

  • Sawasdee Bistro
    One of Brazil's best Thai restaurants, Sawasdee trailblazed the local gourmet scene when chef Marcos Sodré turned the family's beach house into a restaurant in 1997. Only after 10 years of success at Orla Bardot did he open a Rio de Janeiro branch on chic Rua Dias Ferreira, Leblon. Now there's also a São Conrado branch. Chef Thiago Sodré joins his father on Thailand trips and shares the management of award-winning Sawasdee cuisine. Their street food exploits are evident on the menu, which has great satays as well as entrées such as Mussaman Curry (filet mignon or pork strips in coconut milk, red curry, pineapple, onions and potatoes, sprinkled with peanuts and cilantro).
    $$$$$
    Av. José Bento Ribeiro Dantas 422
    55-22-2623-4644

  • Satyricon
    The branch of the Ipanema seafood restaurant with a Mediterranean accent is on the Praia da Armação waterfront. Large aquariums hold what's for dinner - freshness is a Satyricon hallmark.
    $$$$$
    Orla Bardot 500
    55-22-2623-2691

  • Insólito
    The name means "unusual" and, like the hotel on Ferradura Beach to which it belongs, beachfront Insólito is masterfully placed and decorated. Great for luxury romantic dining, it specializes in Franco-Brazilian cuisine, with seafood as a highlight.
    $$$$
    Rua E1 - 3/4, Condomínio Atlântico, Ferradura
    55-22-2623-2172

  • Zuza
    Chef Christopher Cabicieri (Zuza) and his restaurant embody the sunny soul of Búzios. A former singer and songwriter who learned his first culinary skills from an Italian uncle in his native Rio and later honed them while working solo or with masters such as chef Edinho Engel, chef Zuza presents upbeat Brazilian cuisine at his place on Manguinhos Beach. The restaurant, part of the Porto da Barra gourmet hub, features the day's catch brought from the neighboring fish market as well as country ingredients such as sun-dried meats from Brazil's arid Northeastern backlands. The stone platter with piping hot octopus, fish filet, squid and shrimp (R$84, serves two) is one of the most famous dishes in town.
    $$$
    Porto da Barra, Manguinhos
    55-22-2623-0519

  • Rocka
    The seriously gorgeous location, fine food by chef Gustavo Rinkevich, and DJs make this beach lounge and restaurant a top multi-sensorial experience.
    $$$

    Pousada Casas Brancas
    Praia Brava
    55-22-2623-6159

  • Quadrucci
    The Buzios branch of Quadrucci Leblon has contemporary cuisine and a beautiful beachfront location.
    $$$$
    Porto da Barra, Manguinhos
    55-22-26236303

  • O Hedonista
    Pleasures involve wines from an in-site Fasano wine store which go well with the good selection of pasta and seafood in the romantic setting.
    $$$$
    Porto da Barra, Manguinhos
    55-22-26230603

  • Briza
    The attractive beachfront restaurant at Villa Rasa Marina on Praia Rasa serves outstanding grilled seafood.
    $$$$
    Villa Rasa Marina
    55-212-2623-8345

  • Buzin
    Located about two blocks from the beach, Buzin is a buffet restaurant serving varied food, including several kinds of pasta and sushi.

    $$-$$$
    R. Manoel Turíbio de Farias 273, Centro
    55-22-2623-4317
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