We saw lots of publicity advertising this place. There were no outstanding restaurants in Parati, just good ones; We wanted to see something around town; So, why not?
It's not a cheap restaurant (neither expensive) it is professionally organized to sell the landscape and ambience to tourists, mixed with the meals and handicrafts, but... it's nice.
We all enjoyed it, even the kids.
Loucos & Malucos is listed as a pizzeria, but they serve many more things than just pizza. Having walked the streets of Trinidade up and down a few times, we came back here since it was not only one of the cheaper options, but it also appeared to have some of the better food visible from the street.
The photos on the web page do not exactly look like the current place, so I don't know if the remodeled, moved to a new address or what, but the menu is the same. The dining area is covered above, but open on all sides, so dress for the weather. It is a beach town, so some people were wearing only bathing suits, but most were dressed at least with shirts.
The staff was quite busy since it is a popular place. They were nice enough and got our orders correct and served relatively quickly, but don't expect fantastic service.
Favorite Dish: The pizza looked and smelled good on other tables, but we opted for the daily lunch specials of fish and shrimp. The daily specials were written on a board by the front door.
They also had pizza, sandwiches and various meats.
Esfiharia is a place that sells a particular type of pastry with a butter crust as apposed to a puff pastry. But don't let that name confuse you, they also sell a variety of other things too. Without a doubt, the place will be quite busy on the weekends during dinner, but if you are a smaller group/couple, a table should not be impossible to get.
The atmosphere is a bit loud due to so many people talking and having a generally good time. The service is not the greatest, but is on par with other restaurants.
Monday ~ Wednesday : 5:30pm ~ midnight
Thursday ~ Saturday : 5:30pm ~ 1am
Sunday : 6:00pm ~ 12:30am
Favorite Dish: The food is decent, although a bit on the more trendy/pricey side. The large sandwiches are enough to feed two people (see the photo). The pizzas and finger foods are also very good.
However, the main reason to come here is the beer. It is possibly one of the best places to get a wide selection in town. The internet page does not list them, but the restaurant itself will have more than 80 international beers available at any time and several local domestic beers too.
This restaurant is a bit quieter than many others since it is a little further away from the well beaten tourist streets in the historic center. But with that being said, it is only about a 5 minute walk away.
The service was not fantastic, but the food was served quickly and the quality of the pizza was very good. The restaurant only has two tables on the front patio, so if you prefer to sit outside, best advice would be to get there before/after prime dining hours.
Menus are available in French, English and Portuguese, although the staff only spoke Portuguese.
Favorite Dish: We sampled a bit of everything, but the pizzas were all good. For those who prefer other things, they do have some pastas, salads and meat dishes.
The beer selection was pretty large, but what was in stock was actually pretty limited.
In the bay of Paraty you have a little island called Kontiki island where all you have is a little beach and a restaurant.
You have free boats going to the island from Paraty as long as you buy something at the restaurant.
The food there is fine local food, naturally with a lot of seafood.
The prices are not the lowest, but you pay for the location i guess.
Following the example of the famous bar in Havana, La Bodeguita del Medio, whose walls are signed by famous personalities from all around the world , even of the past century, this restaurant has all kinds of written signatures on its walls. It is located in the historical center and has international cuisine.
It specializes in Argentinian beef on the grill, and Argentinian steaks. There is also a long list of Argentinian wines.
Main dishes are at 30-40R$, salads at 22R$, pastas at 18-30R$, special dishes about 30R$.
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An Italian restaurant with excellent pizzas , very fresh fish and good live music.
Pizzas,meat dishes are bout 20R$, a variety of pastas at about 24-33R$, seafood 30-50R$.
Special dishes cost 40-50R$ and appetisers 17-33R$.
It is located on the central street near the church of Nossa Senhora dos Remedios.
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It's a very popular bar and restaurant. It serves local and international food.
It is always busy especially at nights when its long bar and its good music are its main attractions. There are several offers every day for meals costing only one third of their prices.
The prices on the menu: appetisers 6-36R$, hamburgers, sandwiches, omelet 10-33R$, seafood about 30R$, meat dishes 17R$ – 30R$ , italian pasta 15-25R$, salads, soups 13R$
I tried shrimps with chuchu, salad, rice, beans (17R$ normally) which was goo$.d and it was on offer(10R) . I also tried fish accompanied with salad, rice, beans. Nothing special but acceptable. Soft music in the day that gets more lively in the evening.
I had dinner one night at the restaurant Corte maltese and that was quite ok.
The food was decent without being gourmet and the restaurant was a cosy little place with very good service from the owner and the waiters working there.
They were very good at making sure that we could all sit together there as a group and they were quite attentive to us even if a couple of the people in my group were a little hard to deal with.
Favorite Dish: I had a fine pasta dish that was totaly ok, but not something i will remember for years to come.
The good thing about this place is the chilled out atmosphere and the excellent service.
It is owned by an Italian. There is a variety of local and international food especially Italian . There is live music on certain days. The atmosphere is very pleasant due to the colorful decoration. There is a small garden at the back. Prices are average by the sandard of Paraty.
There are a variety of dishes for 2 persons costing: fish dishes 26-57R$, meat dishes for 27-30R$ and pastas for 21-30 R$
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All dishes are rich and large. It boasts the best pizzas in town. The fish I tried was really delicious accompanied by tasty rice and salad!
Food is very interesting, cooked in a panoramic kitchen so you can watch the whole procedure. There is a cosy atmosphere, a large bar, and a big oven for pizzas. You can also have a candle lit dinner in the charming indoor garden. Its cuisine includes typical Brazilian dishes and international ones as well. The well experienced chef creates real culinary art.
There are Ceviches at 22,70R$, which a large dish containing fish and shrimps, salads are at 19-25R$, soups at about 20R$, seafood 40-50R$, Paella 55R$ p/p, pastas 30-40R$, appetizers 11-33R$, desserts 15R$, meat dishes 35-55R$, pizzas (medium 18-31R$ big 27-46R$).
Open daily from 12 pm to 1 am. Live music with Brazilian musicians performing all kind of music accompanies your meals.
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Sabor do Mar is attached to a real fish market through which fish comes fresh daily and where you can see and choose the fish you like. Its special dish is Frutos do mar. It is very pleasant and comfortable, air conditioned and with excellent service! It also has a good quality wine list.
Appetisers are about 20R$, main dishes 40-80R$, dishes for 2 persons 80R$, dishes for 4 persons are 250R$, salads 20-30R$.
It is near Hotel Coxixo.
Rua Domingos Gonzales de Abreu, s/n – Centro Historico – Paraty - RJ
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A modern and airy place offering only refreshments, coffee and ice cream.. It seems the ice cream here is good because it was never empty. As I don't like icecream I can't have my own opinion but the place is so pleasant and tidy that it deserves a try.
Coffee, espresso cost 2,90R$, refreshments 2,5R$, water 2R$, beer 3,80R$.
You will find it just in front of the church of Nossa Senhora de Rosario.
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Its location on the river bank next to the old bridge makes it worthy of a visit. The food is also good but the best is having your drink or meal enjoying the view of the river and the people crossing the charming old bridge.
It started as a family business in 1971, when there were only few restaurants in Paraty. Mother, Dona Ondina and father, Sr Marino were cooking and the eldest son, Jorge, was serving. By 1981 they were well-known for their tasty traditional food. They moved into their current place near the river.
The menu includes good local dishes, large and tasty. Prices are average for the town's standard. I tried shrimps cooked in coconut milk with tomato, onion, oil, and rice! There are other fish and meat dishes equally tasty and rich. Some of their recipes were recommended by famous people of the town!
Special dishes are: the famous “Farofa de Camarao” and “Camarao Atropelado”. You can find some recipes on their site under “Receitas”...
I'd stopped at the Library, Casa da Cultura because it'd started pouring and their two doors were wide open with families hanging out under the eves in the interior courtyard waiting for the rain to stop. There must have been a show with the children performing, it had that special 'night out' feeling about it. It looked like the perfect place to wait out the rain.
It was also the perfect place to figure out what next after the rain stopped. I had a shot of cachaça, local, while sitting at the bar pouring over my Rough Guide. The woman working there along with her friend suggested Bartholomeo for dinner. I had planned to go to a fish restaurant they thought was much too expensive. I was really happy I ran into them here! Bartholomeo proved wonderful!
I came back the next day, late afternoon, to wait out yet more rain, telling the woman behind the bar, 'Tradition' in my limited Portuguese. So, every time I'm in town I hit this place for a shot of cachaça. It's my tradition in Paraty!