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Mangue Seco

$$ - $$$
Brazilian, Bar, Pub, Spanish, South American
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Rua do Lavradio, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-070, Brazil
11:00 - 00:00
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Mon 11:00 - 22:30
Tue 11:00 - 23:30
Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu 11:00 - 01:00
Fri 11:00 - 02:00
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We went there yesterday to eat, as the restaurant we planned to go to was closed. Would not recommend. I'm pretty sure the food was heated in the microwave, and tasted not so much. I had the "fruta de mar" dish, and the seafood was very chewy. My friend got food poisoning and threw up later! Service was almost too... More 

Thank skarbor
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248 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

if you want to see a great show, featuring the main dances of the different areas in brazil, then you must go to this place, make reservations ahead, their food is super good, we had cod croquettes, steak, rice and beans, their caipirinhas and caipiroskas are amazing and service is super good, also they have a samba class before the... More 

Thank rosannar
Sydney, Australia
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51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

We went to this restaurant before an evening at Rio Scenarium and it was a great move! The food was excellent and the staff were very nice. The food was much better here than what we saw in Rio Scenarium and also much cheaper. Pretty much a mix of seafood and Italian cuisine, so there is plenty to choose from... More 

Thank Lukeharps
Zurich, Switzerland
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Ok restaurant for ok food, pricey but lots of food... The waiter was quite kind. Location is good to get there. Didn't try the cachacas, which apparently they are well known for. Dont need go there again.

Thank Oliver O
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112 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

Pretty average Brazilian food for a fairly high price all things considered. Came to roughly 145R$ for 3 drinks, 2 mains and 1 dessert and was......okay. I had cod which was grilled and served with chucks of deep fried potato and rice. The cod was overcooked and I had to pour olive oil on it to make it tolerable. I... More 

Thank Paul W
Brooklyn, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2015

We had a beer there on Saturday (2 days ago), and when we paid with my credit card my fiancee noticed that the waiter was doing something strange with his hand while attempting to charge the card. I later checked my online statement and saw that the charge was never made. Today I received a call from Amex notifying me... More 

Thank manettij
Leidiane s, Colaborador at Mangue Seco, responded to this review

Hello We regret what happened We ask you to contact via email assessoria@rioscenarium.com.br to clarify the matter Sincerely, Team Scenarium More 

Staines, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015 via mobile

We arrived in Brazil 2 days ago, yesterday we were recommended by our hotel to visit Lapa Scenarium, we were quite tired after our flight so instead of visiting his place we decided to sit in the street outside the Scenarium at this bar. Really enjoyed the local atmosphere and great drinks and food. After breakfast this morning I received... More 

2 Thank Charleybear1510
Leidiane s, Colaborador at Mangue Seco, responded to this review

Hello We regret what happened We ask you to contact via email; assessoria@rioscenarium.com.br to clarify the matter Sincerely, Team Scenarium More 

Grantown-on-Spey, United Kingdom
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184 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 May 2015

A great little bar / restaurant which gets busy at mights but I went there at lunchtime and had a great meal. There is a whole variety of choices so there should be something for everybody. This is a great restaurant to sit eat and watch the world go by

Thank Zippyboarder
Management response:

Thank you for sharing your experience . Hugs, Scenarium team . More 

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63 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2014

The Mangue Seco is a typical carioca restaurant, located in the downtown area (Lapa) serves typical Brazilian food and drinks. The atmosphere is relaxed. Tables can be chosen either inside or outside. The portions are generous and the price reasonable. The food was acceptable, I was expecting something better. Service was ok. We sat outside and we could hear the... More 

Thank Rhea M
Newport Pagnell, United Kingdom
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116 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2014 via mobile

We ate outside on the cobbled street watching the world go by A simple menu in a positive sense Excellent advice and service from the waiter (who gave his name as Mike) Excellent Cacacha Then headed over to Rio Scenarium

Thank Mearnsy1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Brazilian, Bar, Pub, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:30
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua do Lavradio, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20230-070, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Centro
  • Neighbourhood: Centro
  • Phone Number: 552138521947

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

Staying in Centro

Neighbourhood Profile
Downtown Rio is the place where this city was born. With modern skyscrapers sharing space with historical buildings and landmarks, this neighbourhood is living proof that the old and the new can live together harmoniously. As you would expect, downtown is where all major companies house their offices. However, the region isn’t restricted to businesses. Gems such like the “Paço Imperial,” which is a cultural centre that used to serve as a residence for governors of Brazil, can be found here. Pedra do Sal, a Monday night street party, is also in this neighbourhood. This landmark is the birthplace of samba and is famous for its “roda de sambas” (“dance circles”). Stop in for one and get closer to discovering where Brazilian happiness comes from.
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