There are many restaurants in the historic center, but when walking around I found many of them to focus on the tourists and offered more expensive menus while compensating on decorations and not food quality. Soteropolitano was somewhere in the middle. The prices were slightly less than the average tourist trap restaurant. The decorations were quite simple, and the other people dining there were locals.
The food was good, the service was polite, but as is typical in Bahia, it was rather slow. It took nearly 45 minutes for a simple dish to be served. But again, that is the norm.
Favorite Dish: The menu has many typical Bahia and local dishes. There are a few meat, fish and vegetable dishes. The grilled fish was really good.
Odoyá is right in the middle of the historic center of Pelourinho. Because of that, it is a bit touristy and possibly a bit overpriced, but it was a decent place nonetheless. The service was about average for restaurants in the area.
There are many tables inside with air conditioning and a half dozen or more outside with umbrellas. In all the days that I walked by, they often had a live musician playing music (an additional ~B$6 charge per person for music).
Favorite Dish: The menu is not all that large, but it does have many choices of meats, fish, salads, etc. There are also many of the more local traditional foods.
We sampled some many, but will admit that the moquecas (broiled fish) with shrimp was quite delicious.
Terrace is great but if you want aircon there is a large indoor seating area. Lots of parties relaxing in the outdoor ambience. You don't have to eat a belt busting meal - there are quite a few small options. However the pasta with seafood is a huge amount of seafood.No menus in English when we were there.
Never been embarrassed by a drink but their Dacquiri cocktail managed it. The pillar of iced rum was about 4 inches above the rim of the glass - lots of undignified slurping noises as I sucked up the melt water through the straw.
Favorite Dish: Particularly like the grilled cheese with apple sauce (tasted like brie or a mild camembert) on bruschetta and the beef carpaccio with garlic breads.
The seafood soup (not described as succurso) went down well but is quite strong flavoured.
You can find many kilo restaurants in this area. Kilo restaurants offer a buffet, you pile on as much as you want and then get it weighed. You pay after you are finished. You can sit out on the balcony in the back that overlooks the ocean.
Favorite Dish: It's pretty cheap, so try everything!
In a street with many lovely cafes,bars and restaurants ,several stood out ,this was one of them.Travelling alone ,the only way to travel iwas invited by the guests staying at the Marfim Guesthouse.,on the recommendation of our hosts.They couldn't have treated us to a more delightful time .Miss us and miss out.
Favorite Dish: Nice selection ,ate there a few times and experimented.
could have been Gateshead,Glasgow or Gothenberg it certainly was a blast away from downtown latinoland although the coffee and food were the same as you can buy anywhere in Brazil there was a lot on the menu that you could not.
Nice eclectic choice ,decor and all the food was good and reasonably priced.
Favorite Dish: Enjoyed it all!!!
Another Por Quilo in Barra, Ramma is slightly more expensive but is a health food place with a lot of character. All the vegetarians I met were delighted to find this place as most of the options are meat free. When you have eaten one too many acarajés this is the perfect place to detox. They also do great batidas (smoothies) and sell a small selection of health foods/supplements in their shop.
This restaurant has been voted best por quilo (weighed buffet) in Salvador for years and years and I concur that it is great. All the food is freshly prepared with over 30 choices daily and there is a large selection of desserts (which the waiters will insist that you try-the chocolate cake is remarkable). A word of warning though, if you are squeamish about eating offal make sure to ask what is in the meat dishes! Vegetarians can usually find something they will enjoy too thought their options will be more limited. It is open from 12-4 7 days a week.