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Marius: Real Seafood Buffet
This restaurant on the shore of Copacabana is wonderful. it has great location and superb decoration.
Favorite Dish: The seafood bar in ongoing with lobstair, crawfish, and all types of fish being served as soon as you finish with one plate more comes. make sure you are hungry
Marius Crustaceos: The Best Seafood Ever
The best seafood I ever had! Cold starters taken by self-service from a buffet, then waiters passing by with all sorts of the most delicious staff you can imagine!
Favorite Dish: Can´t tell because all of it was excellent
Marius: A MUST SEE!
If this is your first time in Rio, you have to check this place out. I was totally impressed on my first visit and my second was equally as good if not better. Great food, Great service, Great atmospher. Check it out!!
Favorite Dish: Everythings great! Wide assortment of Meats along with a seafood buffet that is tough to beat.
Mariu's: Mariu's: Now for Tourists Only
When I first ate at Mariu's, in May 1998, the meal and the service were both outstanding.
In February 2004 both were substandard. At the hors d'oeuvres bar the varieties of foods offered was limited and inferior to other churrascurias (there was, for example, no sushi -- now a feature almost everywhere else).
I thought that I had perhaps caught the restaurant on an off night. During my 90 minutes or so at table, waiters with spits of meat came by only five (5) times. At a good churrascuria -- and at Mariu's six years earlier -- I'd have expeced them 15 or 20 times.
Worse yet, the 'waiters' offered only one meat -- roast beef -- and, worst of all, it was an inferior grade. It was so gristly that I used napkins to spit out and discard about half of each bite.
Lastly, Mariu's prices have escalated. I paid over twice what I had in 1998 for a meal that was less than an eighth as good. (A caiprinha, available almost everywhere else for R$3 or less, was R$12.)
The Carioca who sat next to me on my flight back to the US sympathized with my account. 'Only tourists go to Mariu's now,' she said, 'all the big hotels send them there.'
Favorite Dish: Until and unless Mariu's improves, it should be avoided.
A sampling: Rio restaurants
Kilos: Buffets in which you pay by the weight of the food you pile on your plate (i.e., a kilogram of beef costs as much as a kilo of lettuce). Some are excellent; all are cheap.
Café do Theatro: Below the Theatro Municipal, at Praça Floriano 210, in a cavernous room decorated with massive Assyrian figures designed from tiles; good food; feijoada on Friday since it’s closed Saturday (and Sunday); popular with businessmen. Reasonable.
Confecionaria Colombo: Ornate late 1800s two-story eatery in 'old Rio,' a maze of pedestrian-only streets near the Theatro Municipal. Though it serves sandwiches and other light meals, the Confecionaria is known for its pastries and decadent desserts. In 2008, a pot of coffee cost R$6,90 (US$5.75) and 'Chocolate Passion' (whipped cream, chocolate ice cream, brownie, and fudge sauce) R$13,90 (US$9.27).
Marius: The best churrascuria I’ve tried. Two dozen kinds of meat are delivered to your table on skewers. There’s also an hors d’œuvres, vegetable, and salad bar — and a sushi station. Very expensive. (The Marius grilled seafood restaurant is next door; and there's another Marius in Niteroi.)
UPDATE: 2004: The place has gone seriously downhill. I've posted a separate review. In sum, Marius is now 'for tourists only' -- and it shows in food quality and service.
St–Honoré: Top floor of the Meridian Hotel, with spectacular views and world–class French cuisine. Very expensive.
Cipriani: Copacabana Palace Hotel, world–class Italian cuisine. Very expensive.
UPDATE 2008: My pork ('suckling pig') was all but inedible. My wife's lamb chops were merely OK. Either there's a new chef or the regular chef had the night off.
La Pergula: Copacabana Palace Hotel, more casual than the Cipriani but with superb food (the cream of avocado soup is to die for). Expensive.
UPDATE 2004: The buffet lunch during Carnaval was spectacular -- but not so spectacular as the price. I paid R$127 (US$45), without a drink and before tip -- the most I've ever paid for a meal in Brazil. It simply wasn't worth it.
UPDATE 2008: Avocado soup is no longer on the menu. My lobster and my wife's shrimp dishes were excellent. Breakfast -- the most lavish I've encountered on five continents -- cost R$55 (US$37) each, though it was complimentary for us (as guests of the hotel).
Churrascuria Palace: Opposite the Copacabana Palace Hotel, a half-block in from Av Atlantico. Excellent food. Reasonable.
UPDATE 2008: Still better than Marius -- and still cheaper.
Madame Butterfly: The best of several Japanese restaurants I’ve tried; the shabu–shabu is superb. Expensive.
UPDATE 2008: M Butterfly has moved to a new and sterile building since 1998. All the servers -- except for the sushi chef -- were Euro-Brazilians the night we visited.
Plataforma: Rodizio on the ground floor of the nightclub. Excellent food. Expensive.
Sheraton Hotel: A first–class Italian restaurant (very expensive), a good rodizio (not cheap), and an ambitious coffee shop (not cheap).
Favorite Dish: Shabu-shabu at Madame Butterfly (in 1998 and 2008). The beef is Grade A and plentiful; the vegetables are fresh; and the tofu and noodles are firm.
Shabu-shabu is my favorite of all meals. I've had it in Japan; Hanoi and Saigon; Nairobi; Paris; London; New York; Washington, DC; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and the Big Island of Hawai'i. M Butterfly's is as good as any.
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MARIUS or PORCÃO: MARIUS or PORCÃO
The price would be something around 35 reais w/out the drinks.
During weekends its more expensive and crowed as well.
Copacabana Porcão is cheaper ( around 20 reais w/ no drinks) , the difference is that u dont have a rotanting buffet there, but the food is the same.
Favorite Dish: Meat in sections,salmon and shrimp, broiled and included in the rotating buffet. Weight watchers coordinate the light menu.
These restaurants I recommend for those who likes to eat a lot. Its very good.
Several: Absolutely the best eating in Rio
UPDATE FEB '08
These selected tips are based on many years of extensive (and enjoyable!) research.
You can expect to eat very well indeed in Rio, spending a lot or a (very) little. At the top end, if you can afford it, don't miss Marius Crustaceos (seafood), on Av. Atlantica in Leme, for excellent, all-you-can-eat fish and shellfish (usually including lobster) - but it's now extremely expensive by local standards. A fuller description follows (headed "splurge").
Yemanja has now closed, but you can eat excellent and inexpensive Bahian cuisine at "Toca de Siri", in Posto 6 (end of Copacabana, near Arpoador) - the less formal little brother of the more sophisticated Siri Mole.
And for the best (moderately expensive, by local standards) Japanese cuisine, go for Tanaka San, on the Lagoa (lagoon).
Everyone recommends Porcao, and the quality of their meat is certainly excellent, but I don't enjoy feeling bloated - I think this is one for people in their 20s, with very healthy appetites.
The only restaurant on the beach in Ipanema is the inexpensive Barril 1800, where the food is decent if unremarkable, and one portion can (and should) be divided between two people. Try, for example, their feijoada mineira (now available only on Saturdays).
There's an upmarket hamburger and hot dog (made from veal) place on Garcia Davila (Ipanema) called Via 7, which is popular with locals and tourists alike.
Incidentally, all eating places in Rio accept all or most credit/ debit cards, VISA and Mastercharge probably being the most widely accepted.
VT tells me that my entry is now too long, so a second installment follows.
Favorite Dish: I love the occasional feijoada, the typical black beans, pork and rice dish, available in Barril 1800, and usually eaten at lunchtime on weekends, followed by a siesta: some foreigners find this an acquired taste, but try it! It's served on Weds, Fri and the w/e at Informal, on Praca NS da Paz, and on Sts in the Garota de Ipanema, R. Vinicius de Morais, both in Ipanema.One portion is usually more than enough for two people.
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Marius Crustaceos in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Horrible Seafood and a $70 Rip-off
Everything about Marius Crustaceos in the 'Leme' neighboorhood of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) was tacky and over-priced. The all-you-could-eat seafood was not good and even worse than the food was the check when it arrived -- US $70 -- and this was the price just for 1 person.
Marius: Excellent Meat and Seafood Buffet
There are two Marius restaurants in Leme: Marius Carnes (Meat) and Marius Crustaceos (Seafood). These two restaurants are located right next to each other and first timers often step into the wrong restaurant by a mistake. The only difference is that the Marius Crustaceos only serve seafood.
Marius Carnes (Meat) offered both meat and seafood buffet. Although it was expensive for Rio's standards, the quality of the food was second to none. The service was great, too. The waiter kept on replacing the plates to make sure that I got a clean plate every time. The seafood was self-service buffet and the different types of meat were brought to the table in a Brazilian barbecue style.
The total bill was R$135 (US$55) per person, which included meat and seafood buffet, a glass of red wine, a bottle of sparkling water, dessert, and 12% tip.
Marius in Leme: A Gourmet Delight
Anything and everything you can imagine is before you for the taking. Once you made the mistake of gorging on the lobster, crab, and other assorted dishes, the Churrasco starts coming and flows non-stop until you cry, "uncle!"
The place is awesome, the ambience is unlike anything you've probably encountered outside of Rio, and you'll never forget it.
Favorite Dish: I am a meat lover. I do not do well with the lobster and crab. My wife loved them, but I wanted the beef. When it was all over, I felt like a glutton. Hmmmm . . . . Can't quite remember what I paid. I think it was about $80.00 for three of us.
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Marius Carnes - Marius Crustáceos: Two at one place - Barbecue and Seafood
For those who crave a juicy steak, grilled to perfection, Marius Carnes is a typical Brazilian, good quality churrascaria, which translates as the perfect place if you are a meat lover. With an exquisite and interesting decor, the restaurant overlooks the Leme Beach and offers more than 30 different grilled meat dishes. There is also a superb salad bar with colorful, tasty vegetable combinations.
After many years of success of this all-you-can-eat rodízio system for meat, the owner just start thinking.... why wouldn't it work for seafood? And thus was Marius Crustáceos born, a must-eat stop for every seafood lover. Located right next door to its carnivorous cousin. You can start off with a trip to the buffet, helping yourself to the feast of antipasto, cold seafood such as prawns, oysters, and crab, as well as warm seafood favorites such as paella, pasta with seafood, and popular dishes from Bahia including moqueca and vatapá. But save your appetite for the prime catch the waiters will bring to your table: lobster, prawns, tuna steaks, salmon or crab.
This unique restaurant has it all! Actually there are two, sea food and kind of a BBQ restaurants, one near to another. The food, service, wine list, all is great there...
Favorite Dish: Oysters
Marius: The best seafood in Rio!
The seafood was simply the best and the service was also impeccable.
Favorite Dish: grilled shrimp, soups, just about everything served!
Marius Crustaceos: Best sea food buffet (dessert for me)
Rodizio style seafood with a great salad ans sushi bar.
Favorite Dish: Ice Cream for me.
Grilled Lobster for the others.
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Certainly one of the best barbecue restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, it also offers very nice options of sea food japanese food... this photo was taken there.
Favorite Dish: Barbecue
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