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Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

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Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

Hi...I was looking to make a reservation for dinner and we like to dine late (8 p.m. or later). What are the normal dining hours in Rio and other parts of Brazil. Also, what are the bar hours -- we are more wine & lounge types versus dance clubs.

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1. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

8 pm and later will be just fine...

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2. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

We usually dine late, so you won't have any problems...8pm is actually the standard here.

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3. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

You don't need any reservations... except if it is friday or saturday night in the high accessed restaurants. Simply head to the restaurant.

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4. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

There are good restaurants , such as Botequim do Itahy in Ipanema, that serve dinner past midnight on weekdays and until 2am on weekends. There's nothing like having a Brazilian Churrasco and chopps at midnight !

http://bit.ly/J2Ds7Z

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5. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

Rio & Brazil?? You mean Rio and other cities? What other cities and what kinds of places? 8 p.m. is not late. In fact, in some places you may see few people before that time. It's not quite like Spain in terms of eating late, and things can vary widely from city to city. Whether you need reservations depends on the restaurant as well as the day of week. Where we are, in Fortaleza, I've seen a few places close as early as 10 p.m., but many more often to well after midnight (or "until the last customer"). There's a churrascaria near us that has a sign giving its hours as 10 a.m. until 5 a.m.

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6. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

Hi...I was making a reservation in Santa Theresa through our hotel and they told us normal dinner hours were 7 to 8 p.m. The reservation was made for 7:30 but my husband and I normally dine between 8 and 9. We aren't necessarily looking for a midnight snack but more average times for locals and restaurants.

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7. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

Bar do Mineiro , a classic haunt in Santa Teresa, serves dinner late.

Also, in Lapa, the restaurant Novo Capela should not be missed, and is a great place to eat after 9pm, before hitting the Samba Clubs in the area.

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8. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

For the finnest restaurants in Rio it is adviseble to book before, even on week days.

On weekends, they usually get crowded after 10pm, so, if you are planning to book it by 8pm, you won´t have problems.

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9. Re: Dining and Bars in Rio & Brazil...normal hours?

Someone given their view on what is the typical dining time is not the same as saying the restaurant is only open at that time. You aren't guessing what time you should go to someone's home for dinner on a typical evening. You seem to want to know when restaurants will be open. As noted, many restaurants are open until the wee hours of the morning. That's accurate. It's not the same as saying most people eat at that hour, especially at home (though some do, especially when entertaining guests). Most Brazilians I know often eat later at restaurants than they do at home (especially if working the next day). You should have virtually no trouble finding many restaurants open until after 9 p.m. You are worrying too much.

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