When Antiquarius opened in 1977, it also opened up new horizons for Portuguese cuisine in Rio de Janeiro. Today, the restaurant is still a leader in its niche. Kings, pop singers, and Brazilian celebs have enjoyed the Antiquarius way. Rich Portuguese dishes and desserts, a wine list that commands respect, and a discreet ambiance made up of antiques keep Antiquarius a classic in Rio dining.
Owner Carlos Perico, maître Manoel Pires are from Elvas, a city in the Alentejo region in Portugal.
The Menu at Antiquarius:
Antiquarius serves codfish, but has always gone beyond this favorite staple of Portuguese culinary in Rio. If you haven't been to the Alentejo, have a sample of their culinary by ordering the seafood açorda at Antiquarius. The herb-seasoned broth thickened with bread is a highlight in a menu that also has a seafood cataplana, the signature seafood stew of the Algarve region, in southernmost Portugal.
The Antiquarius wine list has rare labels from Beira and Alentejo in Portugal as well as a good selection of French wines. The restaurant excels in Port; you can also close the meal with one of the desserts, including Portuguese sweets and chocolate mousse.
Before moving to Brazil at the time of the Carnation Revolution, Carlos Perico, owner of Antiquarius, had an inn called Santa Luzia in Elvas, near the Spanish border.
Antiquarius reproduces the ambiance of that upscale inn, the site of many diplomatic meetings, some of them secret.
In 2007, 30 years after the opening of Antiquarius, Carlos Perico opened Antiquarius Grill in Barra da Tijuca.
Unlike the São Paulo branch of Antiquarius, which follows the flagship restaurant's style and menu, Antiquarius Grill has a more contemporary design and a strong steak menu, with red angus and Uruguayan cuts prepared on a high-tech broiler.
Daily 11 a.m.-2 a.m.
Address & Phone:
Rua Aristides Espínola 19