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Nova Capela

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Brazilian, Portuguese
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Rua Mem de Sa 96, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil
11:00 - 04:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 04:00
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37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Lovely traditional food, simple decor friendly staff, amazing tender lamb dinner. Strange high pitched noise during meal.

1 Thank WildOtterFox
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

I visited this place with Trip Advisor's reviews. The famous "Portuguese cousine" doesn't exist, it is expensive and the place doesn't have any interesting. Really I don't recommend somebody, specially I don't recommend to foreigners visiting Rio de Janeiro. They offer meat, potato and rice as "Portuguese cousine", and the meat is terrible.

Thank dcmp1
Porto, Portugal
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

A very traditional and old restaurant with an amazing food, quality and service. It is not a fancy restaurant but it's worthwhile the visit.

Thank msmtrad
Paris, France
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82 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Food was tasty and very typically Portuguese with great picanha meat, brocoli rice and fries. Not especially high quality food nor a fancy place, but great dining options if you're with a group of friends! Dishes are very reasonably priced (230 reals for 4 people, including several drinks) Overall good experience at Nova Capela!

Thank Emilie C
Emeryville, California
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189 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

This old-fashioned restaurant is located in the heart of Lapa's nightlife area. They serve traditional Brazilian fares at reasonable prices. Their signature dish is cabrito (baby goat) with boccoli-rice. But they also offer other unusal menu options such as wild boar. Worth a try.

Thank FM6565
Redondo Beach, California
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223 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Started a 6 hour food tour of Rio here. Only had fried cod balls and a great pineapple/mint drink. The place is charming and based on the sample I had, well worth returning to for a full meal.

Thank UltimateWines
Sao Paulo, SP
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345 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Although the lamb, the Portuguese potatoes and the broccoli rice are very good, the place is more expensive than I expected and could be nicer. It is too old and needs some renovation.

Thank Beatriz O
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

Loud and somewhat dirty hole in the wall. Not cheap either. I paid $25 US during lunch for an overfried piece of tilapia with three mounds of mashed potatoes, a salad and water. Expensive for what it was and the place.

Thank Rafael G
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74 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

One of, if not the most traditional restaurant in Lapa neighborhood. It's old fashioned Rio style and some of the waiters are well known to customers for having worked there for decades. It is not a very nice or safe place outside, the best option is to take an Uber straight to its door. As for the food, the portions... More 

Thank Ivan Z
Atlanta, Georgia
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81 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

Went for a typical Carioca supper at 11.30pm to this well worn dive of a place...It has an extraordinary feel to it full of esoteric locals so people watching is an "extra" off the menu. We went for the famed crispy lamb with broccoli rice and roast potatoes....it was off the charts !!! It is basic, plastic table covers etc... More 

Thank RGGold

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 25
Brazilian, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
11:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Mem de Sa 96, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 21044-140, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro
  • Phone Number: 552122526228

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