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Zaza Bistro Tropical

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Rua Joana Angelica 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-030, Brazil
19:30 - 00:30
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Sun 13:00 - 00:30
Mon - Tue 19:30 - 00:30
Wed - Thu 12:00 - 00:30
Fri 12:00 - 01:30
Sat 13:00 - 01:30
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Amazing asian-brazilian food with great service and location. The neighborhood was quiet but trendy The cocktails were OK

Thank Lucho C
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The bistro is a great example of local Rio at its best. It is colourful, well attended by locals and overwhelmingly friendly and helpful staff including Andrea on reception. The food was both varied and delicious. The lamb, the cod and the chicken curry were all spot on. Menu reasonably priced and good wine. Overall an excellent experience.

Thank mct63
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Zaza is a must in Rio. Good food, great atmosphere, lovely veranda. Start with a cocktail (Zaza fresco is my favorite) and ask for the covert (unmissable), make sure you order as many starters as possible and if you still have appetite for a whole main course, order the pulp, the fish with banana or the organic chicken curry. The... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. A bit more expensive than other restaurants but the quality of food makes up for that.

Thank kwissei
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great & delicious food. This is a must for Brazilians and non Brazilians! Very nice decor and friendly staff.

Thank Carmen B
State College, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It seems that Zaza Bistro knows how to deal with plus 35 centigrade at night. I had a great moceca which cooled the palate with just enough fiery pepper. My husband had a cold bacalau, perfect for summer. Only dish on the menu which didn't fly was a tasteless udon. Cerveza, caipirinha and agua con gaz were far more tropical... More 

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Island of Malta, Malta
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Earlier in the week we were refused for unknown reasons. On Saturday- on our way to another restaurant- we were pleasantly surprised by the inviting attitude of the hostess at the door. All was done to accommodate us - what a contrast with earlier in the week. What followed was just superb. Perfect pasta with fresh veggies for the boys.... More 

Thank PalazzoVittoriosa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We ate here one evening, we had a short wait for a table but were just about to get some drinks when the table was ready. This place is quite small and busy giving it a lively atmosphere. The staff here were helpful and spoke good English. The menu here is interesting with an oriental feel, we shared some cerviche... More 

Thank Richard H
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Had high expectations for this little place in Ipanema, after reading the reviews. It's an interesting place with trendy crowd. The first disappointing thing was that a few things on the menu and wine list were not available. We ordered some Savignon Blanc, but the waiter decided Chardonnay was close enough!! Sacre Bleu!! The other interesting thing was the flavours.... More 

Thank aussieguy69
Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Cute corner cafe. Great staff and amazing food. Highly recommend the African Brazilian shrimp dish, grouper and lamb shank entree. Better than other restaurants rated in the top ten. We ended up going there twice during our week vacation.

Thank loristeiss

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$35 - US$60
Seafood, Fusion, Brazilian, Mediterranean, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
13:00 - 00:30
19:30 - 00:30
19:30 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 01:30
13:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Joana Angelica 40, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22420-030, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Ipanema
  • Neighbourhood: Ipanema
  • Phone Number: 552122479101

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Ipanema

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Ipanema is considered Rio's crown jewel. It offers the best view of the sunset from Arpoador and is inspiration for the legendary song, “The Girl from Ipanema.” Ipanema is an upscale area, home to many high-end restaurants and luxury shops, many of which can be found on the charming Garcia d'Ávila Avenue. The neighbourhood is very rich culturally, housing many art galleries that show contemporary art. There is also a great variety of nightlife in the neighbourhood, which buzzes with many options for every taste.
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