Finding a good restaurant may not be as hard as it seems. Often we need go no further than our hotel lobby. Many travelers, looking to experience local cuisine, believe that hotel restaurants tend to cater to tourists instead of serving native dishes. Nothing could be further from the truth in Rio. Many of the top local hotels have first class restaurants that specialize in cuisine that features either native recipes or local ingredients.
Best Restaurants in Hotels
One of the best restaurants in town, as well as in a hotel is Hotel Cipriani Restaurant at the Copacabana Palace. Chef Francesco, previous of Palazzo Vendramin in Venice, manages to combine both traditional and futuristic Italian cuisine with local ingredients. For example he fills potato ravioli with burrata and tomatoes and makes a tortelli out of codfish with a chickpea sauce and hot shrimp. Restaurant Opium
in the Ipanema Plaza
features contemporary Asian cuisine including a sushi bar. Terral Restaurant in the Sheraton Barra Hotel
offers a buffet for lunch and breakfast as well as an a la carte dinner that focuses on ethnic Mediterranean dishes infused with Brazilian ingredients.The new trendy restaurant of the city is the Fasano Al Mare, one of the best restaurants in town. The restaurant is elegantly decorated with furniture design and ornamented in Murano Crystal. The kitchen is run by the Italian chef Luca Gozzani. Do try the grilled shrimp with mushrooms and herbs, it’s a must.
Finding a Hotel Restaurant
The best way to find a decent hotel restaurant is to check with your concierge. They will have the insight as to which hotel restaurants are best. If your hotel does not have a concierge check with one of the managers as they are usually in the know about the hotels in the area.