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Zaza Bistro Tropical

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Rua Joana Angelica 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-030, Brazil
19:30 - 00:30
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Sun 13:00 - 00:30
Mon - Tue 19:30 - 00:30
Wed - Thu 12:00 - 00:30
Fri 12:00 - 01:30
Sat 13:00 - 01:30
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Miami, Florida
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2014

We went to this restaurant based on the reviews we found on tripadvisor and I must say it lived up to the hype. Great drinks, main courses and the banana carapaccio was amazing! The staff were great and we will definitely come back here again!

2 Thank Jodie99
Clearwater, Florida
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63 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2014

We totally loved this place. The first night, we sat at the bar and tried two of their designer drinks (I loved the one with the starfruit and the one with red bull, forget their names). We had so much fun chatting with the waiter and bartender that we returned the next night. Again all tables were reserved so we... More 

1 Thank Elizabeth M
Boston, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2014

We had a lovely meal at this charming little place in Ipanema. All three of our main dishes (we did not order starters) were very good, and the presentation on each was excellent. Service was quite good. There is a very cute lounge upstairs; it's a great place to hang out while waiting for table. (Oddly, the staff did not... More 

1 Thank Steve B
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2014

We really enjoyed our dinner at Zaza. Food was innovative, very tasty and using great products. Service was impeccable. My husband's fish was too salty (some our previous dishes also, so we mentioned it) and they replaced it without a question. I strongly recommend the restaurant, and if you are sensitive, ask to salt food yourself

1 Thank julieb83
Cornelius, North Carolina
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709 reviews
287 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

Cozy, romantic and unique dining spot. Our concierge recommended this spot earlier, and now wish we had tried earlier. Unique, for example: Upstairs has a traditional Japanese style seating (take shoes off) area. Didn't discover this until after our meal and going to the restrooms ( dental floss dispensers in rest rooms) We dined downstairs an enjoyed a rib-eye steak... More 

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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014

This is a really cool and quirky restaurant just a block from the beach in Ipanema. The quality of the food and presentation is superb and the service is excellent. Not cheap but worth splashing out.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2014 via mobile

Started the evening with a cocktail (not your typical list - Zaza adds a twist to everything), then we had the best ceviche of our entire trip. Spicy, juicy, and delicious. Some say that you should avoid Brazilian wine, but I'm sure they haven't tried Villa Francioni. We tried both red and white and they were both lovely. We enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2014 via mobile

We loved everything about Zaza! The location, the atmosphere, and of course mainly the food! We are big fish and seafood fans and this was clearly the place for us. We enjoyed our dishes so much we tried to analyse everything they were made of yo recreate it at home. Simply yum

Thank Klercia
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404 reviews
296 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2014

Really very surprised about the rating in TA of this restaurant. Nothing special in decor or food, cramped tables on the outside on a traffic light junction behind Ipanema Beach. Noisy and full of fumes. Very limited menu, nice cooking but not spectacular, reasonable prices. Fair cocktail list nicely presented. Mainly tourists from around the world, no locals to be... More 

1 Thank peterah
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014

I wasn't too impressed. The food was OK but for the price, I expected more. The tables were really cramped. I was literally bumping elbows with the fellow at the table next to me. We noticed that there weren't any locals there either--some Germans, Americans, Frenchies, Russians, and Nordic folks.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 35 - US$ 60
Seafood, Fusion, Brazilian, Mediterranean, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 00:30
19:30 - 00:30
19:30 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 01:30
13:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Joana Angelica 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-030, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Ipanema
  • Neighbourhood: Ipanema
  • Phone Number: 552122479101

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Ipanema

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Ipanema is considered Rio's crown jewel. It offers the best view of the sunset from Arpoador and is inspiration for the legendary song, “The Girl from Ipanema.” Ipanema is an upscale area, home to many high-end restaurants and luxury shops, many of which can be found on the charming Garcia d'Ávila Avenue. The neighbourhood is very rich culturally, housing many art galleries that show contemporary art. There is also a great variety of nightlife in the neighbourhood, which buzzes with many options for every taste.
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