Discover the best hotel restaurants in Brazil

Restaurants in hotels are featured in a ranking that elected the best in the country. Photo: Getty Creative.

  • List elected the 100 best restaurants in Brazil;

  • 8 of these restaurants are in hotels;

  • The publication consulted a jury made up of 60 renowned food critics and influencers.

The first edition of Exame magazine’s list of the 100 best restaurants in Brazil was released in May and elected the best gastronomic establishments in the country. The publication consulted a jury made up of 60 renowned food critics and influencers to assemble the ranking. Each expert highlighted ten restaurants, in no order of importance.

The judges took into account criteria such as the resilience of these houses in the midst of two challenging years, the use of well-proven ingredients and the creativity used in the kitchen, in addition to the experience offered to customers. Among the top 100 restaurants, some highlights are located inside hotels. Based on this, Exame selected the best establishments that operate in luxurious hotels. See below:

  1. Fasano

  2. picchi

  3. Cipriani

  4. Tangará Jean-Georges

  5. Seasonal Boutique Harvest

  6. Emiliano

  7. Fasano Salvador

  8. Gero Rio

Fasano

It’s been three years since the traditional Fasano lost its only Michelin star. And, surprisingly, that hasn’t given rise to any crisis that would jeopardize the food icon’s four decades – or Italian chef Luca Gozzani. There is no shortage of options on the menu: there are three tasting menus, focused on fish and seafood; meat; or pasta for 390 reais each. Among the à la carte dishes, there is from pappardelle with porcini mushrooms (250 reais) to Wagyu ribs for two (495 reais). The menu ranges from Chianti Fasano (glass at 58 reais) to Chateau Cheval Blanc (bottle at 21 thousand reais).

Location: Rua Vittorio Fasano, 88, Jardim Paulista, São Paulo.

picchi

It is not because he dedicated himself to Italian gastronomy that Pier Paolo Picchi – Brazilian, despite his name – put aside innovations in the menu. And it’s not hard to find evidence of that. From lamb tartare with oyster and green apple (78 reais) or sole with shrimp, hearts of palm and green grapes (154 reais), side by side with traditional recipes such as spaghetti with clams, pancetta and fresh sea urchin (128 reais). It worked: the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star. To put the flavors and presentation to the test, there are two tasting menus: the Tradizione (435 reais) and the creative Picchi (691 reais).

Location: Rua Oscar Freire, 533, Jardins, São Paulo.

Cipriani

Facing the Copacabana Palace swimming pool, Italian Aniello Cassesse welcomes customers at Cipriani – named after one of the most sophisticated hotels in Venice. But don’t think that the location is the restaurant’s only attraction: the menu, full of references to the chef’s homeland, which won the first Michelin star in 2019. There are only two variations of the tasting menu. It is in the authorial option (410 reais) that the wagyu carpaccio with pinoli and the raviolini del plin with chicken cacciatora are available. In the traditional one (520 reais), even the thin cappon typical of Liguria was rescued.

Location: Avenida Atlântica, 1702, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro.

Tangará Jean-Georges

It was in the luxurious Palácio Tangará – considered by the market as the first six-star hotel in Brazil, even though the administration refuses the title – that the famous Jean-Georges Vongerichte opened the unprecedented restaurant in South America. And, although the cuisine is closely related to French techniques, the main inspiration comes from the exotic and aromatic flavors of the Orient. Under the command of Filipe Rizzato, the menu ranges from crunchy salmon sushi with chipotle, soy sauce and honey (92 reais) to filet mignon with foie gras and potato gratin (240 reais). The six-stroke menu costs 675 reais.

Rua Deputado Laércio Corte, 1501, Panamby, São Paulo.

Seasonal Boutique Harvest

It is in the small municipality of Pinto Bandeira, 17 km from Bento Gonçalves, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, that Giordano Tarso prepares the “No Menu” – an experience practically blind, without a defined menu, which only brings fresh ingredients. Among the creations, there was even the unusual Surf & Turf of prawns with morcilla and bread with pastrami prepared by the cook himself. Designed to work in harmony with the inn, the menu has options of six stages (188 reais) and four stages (129), tailored for guests who gorge themselves on breakfast, both served at lunch from Thursday to Sunday.

Rua Sete de Setembro, 1471, Historic Center, Pinto Bandeira.

Emiliano

Few restaurants have a menu as versatile as Emiliano’s: there are options for breakfast; brunch; lunch; dinner; and even an executive menu during the week. And, although the main reference for the kitchen comes from Italian cuisine, the dishes have a good dose of inventiveness and influences from Brazilian culture. Proof of this is that, among the options, there are from the duck with black tucupi (155 reais) to the parmigiana steak, reinvented with cheese bread flour for breading, and accompanied with yam and kale (153 reais). There is also a six-step tasting menu (350 reais).

Rua Oscar Freire, 384, Cerqueira César, São Paulo.

Fasano Salvador

It is nothing new that Fasano Salvador strictly follows the characteristics that made the group a reference – which is excellent. In addition to the tasting menu with four artisanal pastas and the main desserts of the house (231 reais), it is possible to choose the option dedicated to meats (396 reais), with five stages. On the menu, the restaurant bets on traditional Italian recipes, with almost no intervention, such as carpaccio alla Fasano (96 reais) with capers and pine nuts; the fettuccine with ragu bolognese (104 reais); although there is a license for moqueca and other typical dishes.

Castro Alves Square, 5, Historic Center, Salvador.

Gero Rio

At the Rio branch of Gero – which occupies the ground floor of the Fasano group’s luxury hotel in Rio de Janeiro –, there is even an executive lunch menu option (R$152) with starter, main and dessert. This is the greatest proof of relaxation, as far as possible, for the traditional restaurant. Even so, the recipes have a strong Italian inspiration and hardly suffer any intervention from the kitchen. For those who do not want to repeat their choices, one option is to opt for seasonal dishes, such as tagliolini with cocoa with porcini mushroom and burrata (132 reais) or shrimp with chickpea cream (84 reais).

Avenida Vieira Souto, 80, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

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