Introduction to Ostradamus:
Ostradamus is one of the top restaurants specializing in oysters in Brazil. It is located in Ribeirão da Ilha, a Florianópolis district made up of three small, calm beaches nearly 20 miles from the city center.
Although the restaurant serves several kinds of seafood dishes, such as lobsters, octopus in squid ink, and grilled sole, oysters are the main reason to visit. On Saturdays, the Oyster Festival offers 25 variations of oyster dishes for a fixed price.
Ostradamus has been voted the best restaurant in Florianópolis by Veja Santa Catarina. It's a participant in Fenaostra, the island's oyster festival.
The ambiance is casual, with a seafaring theme and a long deck for al fresco dining.
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Oysters at Ostradamus:
Try, for example, the oysters with béchamel sauce and cheese, or the porto solis version, prepared in Martini and lime juice.
The purist gourmet will do fine with a choice of raw, boiled or vinagrette oysters. The Ostradamus fare needs no disguises: locally farmed oysters are quickly brought to the restaurant, where they go through a depuration tank before being prepared for serving.
Florianópolis responds for up to 95% of Brazil's oyster production, and much of that comes right from Ribeirão da Ilha.
The Oyster Route:
Ostradamus and Ribeirão da Ilha are part of the Florianópolis Oyster Route, which includes beaches, islands, such as Ilha do Papagaio, and trails.
The route covers about 22 miles, with restaurants specialized in oysters and oyster farms which are open to visitors along the way. The route also affords travelers a glimpse into the island's Azorean architecture and customs, which date back to the mid-18th century.
Ribeirão da Ilha is on the southwest side of Florianópolis.
Tue-Sat noon-11 p.m., Sun noon-6 p.m. In the high season (late December-end of Carnival), the restaurant is open until 11 p.m. on Sundays.
Address & Phone:
Rodovia Baldicero Filomeno 7640
Ribeirão da Ilha