The food scene in Rio can be tricky, especially for visitors – there are a lot of decidedly mediocre establishments serving up barely passable food at painfully high prices. Frustratingly, the transient tourist trade is so strong that this strategy continues to be a very successful.

Thankfully, Rio also has some great places to eat if you know where to go. Below I have listed some recommendations. I’ve included a range of places, from street stalls all the way up to the top-end restaurants. I’m not saying every place is perfect – I’ll be honest about shortcomings – but I do think they’re all definitely worth a visit.

Note: With all listings, please take the time to quickly check their Instagram or Facebook page to confirm that they are still operating and that their opening hours haven’t changed.