RIO Gay Friendly Restaurants 2018

Food is a treasured part of carioca life. With roots in African, Amerindian and European epicurean traditions, the tastes of the Marvelous City range from meat-centric churrascarias, hearty feijoadas, vibrant street food and upscale, gourmet selections – all best accompanied by Brazil’s national cocktail, the tangy caipirinha.

Rio Restaurants

Whether its for Fine Dining, delicious BBQs or a beach snack, Rio offers great food at superb value for money.

Our guide to dining out in Rio

Bar Bofetada, is a basic but very gay-popular, open-air eatery. It is a great place to relax after a day on the beach and enjoy a beer and some typical Brazilian cuisine.

Bar d’Hotel is where stylish diners flock to! This bar/restaurant, located in the Marina All-Suites Hotel offers great cuising and superb service.

Cipriani is set in the Copacabana Palace,offering a taste of old-school elegance, with gourmet Italian cuisine.

Ride up in one of the old-fashioned, manually operated elevators, and you just might think you’ve traveled back in time. Confiteria Colombo is an historic eatery, in the city center, known for its tasty Brazilian/Portuguese lunch buffet.

La Plancha is a Spanish-style eatery offering delicous paella and tasty beef and seafood dishes. Restaurant is basic but food is wonderful and prices are a bargin.

Marius is a gay-friendly churrascaria (Brazilian barbecue restaurant), serving up an unending array of beef, pork, chicken, and other delicacies.

Satyricon is one of the top restaurants in the city with artfully presented fusion cuisine attracting an array of celebrity diners.

Restaurants such as “Gero”, in Ipanema, specialized in Italian cuisine and “Aprazível”, in Santa Teresa, are highly favoured by gay tourists visiting the city. Besides those, “Zazá”, in Ipanema and “Alessandro e Frederico”, in Leblon, are also highly recommended.

  • Rodizio - The Brazilian steakhouse

    Visit a Rodizio or Brazilian steakhouse where the servers bring different kinds of meat preparations to your table until you flip over the card to red indicating you are not taking more servings. They also include a buffet of salads, sides and sushi with your ticket of $40-45 per person. Radizio style restaurants have been imitated across the world and are becoming increasingly popular for upscale dining.

  • Dining Times

    Restaurants open for dinner from 7pm onward. Many of the busier ones require reservations at the weekend! Most people dine from 8 or 9pm on. Many restaurants will open late!

Our recommended restaurants in RIO

Our editors have spent the past year researching the best places to eat! Here are our recommendations.

Zaza Bistro Rio de Janeiro

Zaza Bistro

Since 1999 in an iconic corner of Ipanema, Zazá Bistrô was the first contemporary food restaurant in Rio de Janeiro.
Rancho Portugues restaurant Rio de Janeiro

Rancho Portugues

Rancho Portugues Restaurant specializes in traditional Portuguese cuisine,
Gula Gula restaurant Rio de Janeiro

Gula Gula

Gula Gula is an upmarket restaurant chain offering good quality food at reasonable prices,
Satyricon restaurant Rio de Janeiro


Satyricon offers the freshness and quality of authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Fish, crustaceans, molluscs, seafood and meats,
confectionery Colombo restaurant Rio de Janeiro

confectionery Colombo

For more than a century the Confeitaria Colombo is one of the most respected commercial houses in the country

Map of RIO Gay Friendly Restaurants

Our restaurant recommendations are dotted all around the city and are worth the journey.


Recommended Hotels in Rio de Janeiro

Rio has long been a gay-friendly destination for tourists. The best hotels are close to Rio’s gay nightlife and popular beaches “where the boys are.” Stay close to Ipanema Beach gayest section Praia da Farme.

Arpoador Inn Hotel
Great Breakfast

Arpoador Inn Hotel

A long-time favorite for the following reasons: friendly front desk, amazing breakfast  with a boardwalk view of Arpoador Beach.

Hotel Fasano
5 Star Luxury

Hotel Fasano

One of the best hotels in Brazil, the Fasano brings world class luxury to gay Ipanema.  offers luxurious beachfront accommodations.

Golden Tulip Ipanema
Great Location

Golden Tulip Ipanema Plaza

Very popular  hotel is often booked out early for season. It gives you access to guests-only rooftop views at gayest section Praia da Farme.

Sol Ipanema
Readers Choice

Sol Ipanema

Superb location on the Ipanema Beach, within a vibrant area of bars and restaurants. It features a sunny terrace with breathtaking views.

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