The food was very medíocre and over priced. When I complained that the cost of a small plate of feijao cost R$6, the very nasty Italian manager (an aged hippy), lost his cool and said that was the cost, and he didn't care if I never returned. I never will. He is very ill-mannered manager that has no idea of what it takes to run a good restuarant. A nasty piece of work......and the food was not very good: greasy fish, plain salad, cold rice and all for R$60!
Favorite Dish: not applicable
Heard about Boi Preto from a friend who visited the one in Salvador. The Fortaleza branch looks like it is part of the Oasis Atlantico hotel, which is perhaps why many tourists miss it. Go up the stairs by the taxi rank to get in.
Really nice (and I mean really exceptional) ambience, with views from the panoramic windows across Meireles beach and up Beira Mar. They advertise themselves as a steakhouse or grill but are actually a churrascaria in the Brazilian tradition and all the better for it. Maybe a bit of a hidden gem; it´s packed with Brazilians at midday but despite the location most tourists seem to walk straight past in the evening
Favorite Dish: As a churrascaria there is no menu as such (just for drinks, of which there is an impressive selection. Over 100 different wines for example), but all the food was of a very high standard. We went twice so were able to try different things. The sushi was excellent and is worthy of a dedicated sushi restaurant, as was the rest of the buffet. But of course the meat is where a churrascaria is supposed to shine and Boi Preto didn´t disappoint, with delicious cuts of prime beef and pork served by the ever helpful staff. With the all-in price structure of churrascaria it works out to be seriously good value, despite the posh appearance. Not to be missed.
The restaurant is on Baira Mar Avenue across from Beira Mar Hotel (not sure if any connection).
It is located right on the sand, not every table has views of the ocean. The service, as expected in Brazil was mediocre....typical tourist trap. The food is very expensive for the quality. I ate codfish cakes and they were bad....did not want to eat anything else, for, the prices were ridicolous...and judging the quality of the fishcakes....assumed the rest would be the same...
Favorite Dish: nothing
The best thing there is. You pay something around US$9 for the whole thing. Waiters come and serve you all types of pasta and pizza to your table. They even have something that might sound a bit strange but tastes delicious: chocolate pizza.
It's so worth going there.
Favorite Dish: Definitely "Maria Isabel" pasta. Ask for that one.
Spettus is one of the top restaurants in Fortaleza with a great layout, plenty of space, fantastic food and for regular visitors -> a whiskey club. If you don't mind the slightly higher prices then this joint is a fantastic place to wile away an afternoon overeating and slowly pickling yourself. Have fun !
Favorite Dish: The meat !!
More Upscale (at least for Fortaleza):
Sal E Brasa
Limone (self service)
Ferreiro - Iguatemi
Colher da Pau
Beira Mar Grill / Pizza Geppos
This is hands down the best ice cream in town and perhaps Brazil. They have 50 different flavors, many tropical fruits, and they have all kinds of topping that you can have as much as you want of. I personally like to taste the ice cream, my wife tries to drown hers in creams and syrups.
The ice cream is made fresh there at the shop and the guy is always coming out with a fresh batch of something yummy when they start getting low.
The going rate is R$4.00 for two scopes. I do not know what they get for one scope, what is the point?
The new sign reads in English and Portuguese and they recently remodeled the whole place.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is Tapioca ice cream, it is excellent! The sign says that you can taste as many flavors as you want before ordering, so at least give it a try. My second choice is always the hard one... I usually experiment with a few before deciding. I think next time I will just get two scopes of Tapioca!
This one took a little longer to discover, but once I found it I was hooked! They have the best sandwich in town. They have all kinds of tasty breads and cakes but they make a killer hot beef sandwich. The area is very nice, probably the nicest area of the city and there are a lot a beautiful shops close by. The restaurant is always very clean, the staff friendly, and the experience good.
Favorite Dish: The hot beef sandwich, unfortunately it is a little expensive, and the sandwich is pretty small. That being said, it is the best sandwich in town. Oh yeah, the clowns from Veja voted it the best sandwich in town... what are these guys following me around?
This is the best seafood restaurant in Fortaleza. My in-laws have been taking me there for years. Recently it was confirmed, voted Best Seafood Restaurant in Fortaleza by Veja Magazine. Veja is a national weekly much like Time in the U.S. Anyway the food there is really good. It is run out of the guy?s house he has the seating up front and the kitchen in the back and he lives upstairs with his family. The food is great buy the service sucks, you will have to wait awhile for your food. Of course it is hot and there is no air conditioning, he did spring for a few fans a few about a year ago.
Favorite Dish: We always get one fish with the cheese sauce and one fish with coco-nut sauce and split it between 6 people. One dish is big enough to feed 2 people easily with rice and potatoes.
This is the typical North Eastern dish that has become popular throughout Brazil in recent years. That being said, the best place to get this dish is still in the North East. Some restaurants have it on the menu. You will just have to ask and keep your eyes open. This dish was prepared by mea Sogra Dona Goretti. It is in the top 5 foods that you need to have while your in Fortaleza. It consists of beef, sausage, beans, and rice. It is slow cooked or cooked in a pressure cooker and served piping hot. I like to spice mine up with a little hot sauce. Ummmmm!
Favorite Dish: Fejoada do Dona Goretti
This is a "barraca do praia" it is a typical restaurant on the beach here in Cear?. This one is good, located at Praia do Futuro beach just off Santos Dumont Avenue. You can eat your crab or your fish in the restaurant or under the shade of a palm covered table right on the beach. The waiters will get to you no matter where you sit. Agua de Coco is a must and is the best deal too (R$1.00) The Crab (Carengaju) is a must try for a first time visitor. For a good dinner they serve a very good Fried fish with all the fixin?s. This Barraca does have it?s own security, but like everywhere in Brazil leave your valuables at home and keep your money and camera out of sight. Like Seinfeld said the wallet in the shoe bit is not impenetrable to a beach wise thief.
Favorite Dish: The crab is good, but it is sooooooo much work for the amount of meat that you get. Of course one of my all time favorite foods is King Crab from the North Atlantic, there is a world of difference in the tastle and the size of these crabs in Cear?. The shrimp pastel is great for an entrada. The Fried fish dinner is great for an entree.
Great value, excellent service and delicious meat: all for less than 10 reais (about 3 euros or less than 4 dollars). Price do not include beverage, but if you drink some bottles of Brazilian beer like Antarctica/Brahma, your bill will increase just a little bit. Experienced twice in March 2005. My preferred place for churrasco in Fortaleza! And an excellent buffet of salads and fruit and many other typical dishes of Ceara included in the price.
Promotional price (at least last March) from Monday to Thursday.
Favorite Dish: Don't accept all the meats they will bring you or you won't have any more space in your stomach for picanha or maminha!
there are also some pretty good eating places there also, we ate at Portofino (italian spot) quite a few times, their seafood platter ($55 Reais) was EXCELLENT and served 2 or 3 people, but we were eating entire ones to ourselves... LOL (it comes with alot of different things, but we just wanted lobster and shrimp, so you got about 6 small lobsters, and about 20 shrimp).... the best...
the owner is an Italian guy, he's really cool, speaks english, italian, spanish and fluent portuguese
Favorite Dish: Definitely the Seafood Platter!
It's a big restaurant with different surroundings. There are tables and benches made of logs, candles lighting those tables, dry branches above the tables, sand on the floor... and waiters dressed with safari clothes!
There's also a completely different place where they serve japanese food.
- Colher de Pau - local food (Tabajaras street, near Estoril - Praia de Iracema; Ana Bilhar street - Varjota)
- Mil Mares - Seafood (Frederico Borges street - Varjota)
- Assis, o Rei da Picanha -steak (Ana Bilhar street, near Colher de Pau; Frederico Borges street, near Mil Mares)
- Kyngio - Japanese food (Pereira Valente street - Varjota)
- Fogão a lenha - local food (Barão de Studart avenue x Costa Barros street - Aldeota)
- Peixada do Meio - Seafood ( Beira-Mar avenue, near Iate Plaza Hotel - Mucuripe)
- Monte Carlo - Sandwiches, pizzas, sushis (Senador Virgílio Tavora avenue - Meireles)
Favorite Dish: I love the carne-de-sol pizza...
It's VERY good, and that's probably the only place in the world where you'll find it!
You probably have never eaten a "tapioca"...
That's a good opportunity to try one.
I would suggest a carne-de-sol tapioca too. =)
This is an unbelievably enormous cornucopia of food. It is a brazilian steakhouse where waiters bring around dozens of meats to every table, constantly offering great choices. When we got there we ordered a drink and were directed to a buffet where salads, vegetables, fruits, breads, and a couple of meats were arranged. That would have been more than satisfactory on its own. Then when you're ready you turn over the card at your place setting from red to green and the waiters begin to approach with their various offerings. When you have enough, turn the card back over, it's very easy to be overwhelmed and overstuffed. There is also a nice dessert buffet...that's an extra charge.
Favorite Dish: It's a great way to try many different cuts and varieties of meat. I had chicken, pork, goat, and beef.