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Os Esquilos

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Brazilian, International
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Estrada Floresta da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-510, Brazil
12:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 18:00
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215 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

This is a marvel in the rain forest. Friendly service and good Brazilian food in a cool quaint restaurant.

Thank Alexander M
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Because we love Floresta da Tijuca we decided to have lunch at Restaurante dos Esquilos ... Bad mistake. The historic old building invites you in, only to disappoint as you walk inside. The place hasn't been upgraded in years. We ordered 3 (expensive) fish dishes. To our horror, halfway through the meal we discovered a rusty staple buried in the... More 

2 Thank madamepompador
Nokomis, Florida
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97 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

Good food for lunch. Had dinner here many years ago. Very excellent. Worth visiting even though you don't eat here.

Thank wildrio
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87 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2016

This restaurant, in an old colonial house, is great for every occasion. The house, as the all historic monuments in the Tijuca Forest, and in Brazil, is quite abandoned in the outside. but the food is very good, the waiters are genuinely Brazilian and gentle, the landscape is gorgeous. It does not take credit cards - so, bring cash or... More 

1 Thank Luiz P
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2015

A great place right in the middle of the Tijuca National Park. This building use to be a farm house of one of the farms that existed before the National Park. The place has a unique decoration and surrounding. Come with time to see the largest waterfall of the city, the visitors centre and if you are adventurous, the Pico... More 

Thank RioMariMari
Pembroke, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

In such a beautiful setting it was a disappointment that an impressive building as os esquilos would be so ordinary a resteraunt the food was blatantly prepackaged,overcooked and way overpriced,so typical of places that have only one place to eat,the need for quality is lost,yet the prices would be more typical in Rio's better eatery's,only advice for a day in... More 

Thank roberdavies
Mottram St. Andrew, United Kingdom
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51 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

Right in the middle of 33 sq Klms of Rain forest in the centre of Rio, vist the Chinese look out, the waterfall and the Forest itself and call in for traditional Brazilian food prepared well and served with a smile. Nice lawns at the back and a small courtyard at the front to look out on. Very relaxing and... More 

Thank Ron T
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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207 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2015 via mobile

Went to this restaurant when we were touring the forest. It is a great old house with a nice garden close to the waterfalls. Behind the restaurant there is a waterfall about a 10 minute walk. We ordered "pasteles" and they were good. The desserts were amazing. My only problem is that they don't accept credit cards, had to pay... More 

Thank jamescasonjr
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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831 reviews
405 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 202 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2013

The place is awsome. In the middle of the forest with a nice temperature ever and some birds and little animals passing. Altought the proce is high, the food is excellent and the dishes are very creative. The fact to accept only cash is very dangerous once you are ver far from banks and cities structures. I can imagine that... More 

Thank Thiago L
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239 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2013

This is a very special place. We went to the Os Esquilos restaurant yesterday. It is located in the middle of Tijuca's forrest. In the middle of te city. I had an excellent steak with banana wraped wit bacon and smashed yuca. The caipiroska (with Vodka) is also good. Good service. The same family is managing the place for more... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brazilian, International
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 18:00
12:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Estrada Floresta da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 20531-510, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro
  • Phone Number: 552124922197

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?