Updated on Feb.1, 2014
The Cipriani at the Copacabana Palace epitomizes the evolution of the legendary hotel, opened in 1923, since its purchase by the Orient-Express in 1989. The Cipriani has been one of Rio de Janeiro's top choices for fine Italian cuisine since the 1990s, when it replaced Bife de Ouro - the Golden Steak - as the hotel's main restaurant. The Copacabana also has the poolside Pérgula Restaurant, as well as two bars.
In 2011, the restaurant was fully redesigned. French architect Michel Jouannet, also responsible for work at Hotel Cipriani and the renovation of Brazil's other Orient-Express establishment - Hotel das Cataratas, at Iguaçu Falls - brought Venetian flair into the ambience.
Luxury details include Fortuny lamps, watercolors depicting Venice scenes, ceiling lamps straight out of a Hotel Cipriani guest room and, on the ample windows overlooking the Copacabana Palace swimming pool, white drapes reminiscent of the ones at the cafes of Piazza San Marco.
The resulting ambience, quite romantic, blends in beautifully with the overall hotel décor, which has benefited from several renovations since the early 1990s and made the most of the original design by French architect Joseph Gire - who, in turn, was inspired by stunning hotels such as Le Negresco in Nice.
Cuisine at the Cipriani:
Luca Orini has been Cipriani's new chef since late 2013. He previously worked at the Grand Hotel Timeo by Orient-Express in Taormina, Italy.
In February 2014, the chef is debuting a new menu, which will reflect his contemporary slant as well as his insight into Brazilian preferences.
Innovations include an executive lunch menu.
Next page: The Chef's Table at the Cipriani
Hours:Mon-Sat 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to midnight
Sun 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Dress code: Smart casual
Children under 10 are not allowed
Avenida Atlântica 1702
Rio de Janeiro - RJ