Rodizio means (I think in the entire world) good grill.
In Iguaçu the delights of Brazilian meat got the company of south American music and dances, providing a remarkable night, with the sympathy and warmth of the Brazilians.
This restaurant has two sections: a fast food snack bar type restaurant, and a high-class self-service indoor restaurant that is higher priced. This review is of the fast food restaurant.
At the very end of the south end of the Trail of the Falls and the main visitor's routes into the park, there is a structure that serves as restrooms, gift shops, and two restaurants.
The least expensive of these is Porto Canoas, which is a fast food place serving the same stuff you will find anywhere in most any fast food restaurant.
The good news is that they cook everything to order, so it isn't like certain other fast food restaurants which have everything just sitting on a warming shelf waiting for someone to come order it.
The bad news about this is doing it this way means they can be fairly slow about delivering the food.
There are many international customers due to the nature of the falls as an international tourist attraction. Therefore, the food is pictured above the counter. Each of the food packages is named by an animal common in the area, and the picture of the animal is on the box of food that arrives on the tray on the outgoing side of the food line. Like many fast food places, there is also a number associated with each food package, so that one can order just by the number.
Eating facilities consist of a set of picnic tables under a tile roof shelter.
From time to time, quatis wander out of the woods and attempt to steal food from those eating. Therefore, a part time job of those who clean up the eating area is also to chase the quatis away from those eating. However, these people can not be at all places at once, but quatis seem to be able to do that. Just be alert while you eat.
I have never eaten in either of the restaurants or the bar inside the Hotel das Cataratas. There is nothing on the hotel web site that suggests these restaurants are open to the general public, but it is hard for me to imagine that any restaurant inside the national park would turn down any customers.
As with everything else about the Hotel das Cataratas, you can bet the restaurants are the most expensive available inside the National Park.
However, you can also probably bet that just like the hotel, there are good reasons for the high prices, and that the quality of food is probably quite good.
The vast majority of the people who visit the national park have no idea there are restaurants inside the hotel, and instead eat at the smaller restaurants at the end of the Foz Trail. These places are OK, but if you want to try eating at a place that is somewhat off the beaten path, it might be worth taking a look at either of the two restaurants inside this hotel.
To get to the restaurants section of the hotel web site, go to the web site below, and select "Restaurants and Bars" from the menu on the left side of the new window that opens.
The names of the facilities inside the hotel are:
Ipê Grill, Itaipu Restaurant, and Bar Tarobá
Menu items are not featured on the web site, which makes me think that perhaps the restaurant is limited to hotel guests.
The Parque Nacional do Iguaçu did a great job of having small snack shops available throughout the park that were not intrusive, yet made it very available to get a bottle of water, a bag of chips, a small sandwich or a Guarana if you needed it. There was nothing particularly special about these shops other than their strategic placement, and it seemed everytime we started to get hungry or thirsty during our trip, it would be right around the next bend.
Favorite Dish: The bottled water was awesome.
At the end of the platform just before catching the bus you can stay for a while for a coffee or a cold snack at the fast food/café (cold sandwich for 12pesos) or go to the restaurant next to it. The view from its balcony is great! You can see the calm waters just before starting fall with pressure down the rock. It’s kind of expensive but the view worth every peso I gave. I paid 70pesos(14euros) for great buffet with many hot dishes (meat, fish, pasta etc), a huge variety of salad. Of course, if you decide to pay the price here try to fill up as much food as you can on your plates! :)
I realize this sounds very American but the resturant choices at Iguassu are limited if you are staying outside of Foz. The best option will likely be to eat at the hotel you are staying at as they will have a wide varieity of local foods to choose from.
This is a restaurant we spent more time at than we had intended! The Rafain Cataratas is a typical 'churrascaria' restaurant specializing in meat cuts sliced up for you as per your requests. It features a very large buffet dining area with a great selection of items to choose from. In addition, at certain times of day the Rafain puts on floor shows featuring various dances of South America. The seating area is huge, cabable of handling up to 1100 people or a maximum group size of 600. The long rows of tables are set up in a high-roofed and spacious area that was quite well presented, considering the size of the place!
Our first experience here was a bit past noon on the day of our mistaken trip to Itaipu Dam and Foz. Once the problem was recognized by the tour group, they dropped us off outside in the parking lot while the group went inside to eat. Our guide said we would have to wait about 10 minutes (which turned into 40 minutes) for a car to come fetch us for a tour of the Argentinian-side of Iguazu Falls in the afternoon. As a result, we never did get lunch that day!
Favorite Dish: The next day, we were back again because this was also the planned lunch stop following completion of the Brazil-side tour of Iguacu Falls! At least we had an English-speaking tour guide who kept us informed of what was happening, so we actually got to eat something this time!
The food was quite good-looking and tasted great as well. I took it relatively easy because this was the first time in 2 days that I actually felt a bit hungry due to some sort of stomach bug I picked up on our last day in Buenos Aires. The buffet cost was only A$11 (US$4) per person with a bit extra for a cold beer. We had a good time sitting and chatting with another Canadian couple we met on the bus. They had been on a cruise from Santiago, Chile around Cape Horn, the Falkland Islands (freezing!) and Uruguay before continuing overland on their homeward leg.
Porto Canoas has a couple of fast food restaurants, located by the river; there are tables indoor and outdoor, at a deck... I choose a table under a tree, with a beautiful view to the river... From there, I could even hear the "thunder" of the Devil's Throat...
Porto Canoas tiene un par de restaurantes de comida rápida, situados junto al río; hay mesas bajo techo y al aire libre, sobre una terraza... Elegí una mesa a la sombra de un árbol, con una hermosa vista al río... Desde allí, podía incluso oír el estruendo de la Garganta del Diablo...
Favorite Dish: Between you and me, I hate the fast food... but with that wonderful environment, I found that cheeseburger the most delicious dish of the world!
Entre ustedes y yo, detesto la comida rápida... pero con ese entorno maravilloso, sentí que la hamburguesa con queso era el plato más delicioso del mundo!
If you stay in Foz do Iguacu, I'd recommend eating there and not in the park. I found some good places in town that you can read about on my Foz do Iguacu page. This picture is from a great and inexpensive sandwich and juice place called Barbarela. One thing you have to try in Brazil is all of the fresh juices, called sucos , and this is the place to try some.
You also will want to try some of the fresh seafood that is caught from the Rio Iguacu and the Rio Parana. Try Zaragoza in town for some great Spanish inspired river fish dishes.
Since it was still pretty early in the day when I visited, I didn't actually eat a meal in the park. However, if you get hungry while you're here, there is a restaurant at the end of the bus route near the Devil's Throat. I have no idea if the food is good (it looked like mostly sandwiches and snack products), but the view is tough to beat from the pation which overlooks the falls.
A wonderful restaurant, a delight for they eyes as well as for the mouth. You won't believe your eyes. There is so much to eat. What a colorful setup.
buffet de assados, de sobremesas, sushi, boi no rolete.
Then you are spoilt with a spectacular folkloric show from Paraguay, Brazil and Bolivia.
The restaurant inside the Hotel Tropical das Cataratas is extremely good. The food is excellent and you have the option of ordering something or going to the buffet. The food is great quality Brazilian food!!!
Favorite Dish: Go for the buffet to get a lot of great Brazilian food.
I had been eating the Buffet at the Tropical das Cataratas that I wanted to try another for a change and I asked the reception for a suggestion.
They asked me to check out this restaurant it tow. My first trip was un succeful as it was closed on Sunday. The following day I had lunch. An amazing little restaurant with a superb selection vegetarian dishes and amazing cheap buffer for around 6 Reials i,e US$ 2
Favorite Dish: Most definitly the widest selection of Brazilian Vegetarian food that I found in Brazil.
Like most of Brazil, Foz de Iguaçu has excellent food, and not all of the excellent food is in the high class restaurants. Near the center of Foz de Iguaçu is a wonderful beer garden restaurant with an excellent menu of german and italian food. In Brazil, the best thing to do is to walk into any restaurant and ask what is good, and eat it. Drink the Choppe, or the local draft beer. Very cold and very good, as it is always fresh and tasty.
Favorite Dish: Try Pizza the way the Brazilians eat it - with knife, fork, ketchup, and mustard. After all a pizza is just a flat hot dog with cheese, right?
For truly Brazilian finger food, try Frango Passarinho, which is pan fried chicken pieces with lots of garlic and parsley.
Capacidade para 220 pessoas em estilo buffet, 144 para banquete
e 450 para coquetel, com especialidade da cozinha brasileira e internacional. Jantar com m?sica ao vivo (sob consulta).