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Cafe do Mar

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Brazilian, Seafood, Barbecue
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Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10:00 - 00:00
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Sat - Thu 10:00 - 00:00
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Durham, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Gorgeous views, especially watching the sunset. We had the seafood stew which was plenty for us to share. The seafood tasted really fresh and well cooked. Service was a bit slow though. We did come back on another occasion for drinks just for the views and watching the tide come in.

1 Thank Bel C
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

I love this place, the tree is gorgeous. But I got a very bad experience last night!! The owner or manager, speaking a broken Portuguese, charged us more than 25 reais for 4 small chunks of queijo coalho - cooket cheese! I like to seat there and I am happy to pay for being there; but I felt legally robbed... More 

Thank Ottorino C
Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I was little disappointed in the grilled fish that I had as it was deep fried. The drinks and service are good and the location is as it's right on the beach, but I wouldn't recommend the food.

Thank Lee G
Munich, Germany
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46 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Café so mar is a very nice little bar right by the sea where you can sit relaxed in some chilling seats on the beach right by the sea and have a drink. WiFi is not strong enough to be received at the beach. Staff is very nice.

Thank daftdairyman
Munich, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

During our 4 nights on Ilha we did spend two evenings at Cafe do Mar. The BBQ was really good. Fresh local fish from the area, great Caipirinhas and cold beer. Eating with your feet in the sand. What an experience - especially with your partner. Really loved it, would come again and again.

2 Thank DanielTheu
Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

We were on the island for 4 days and found ourselves spending the majority of time in this bar. Fantastic atmosphere and staff who go out of the way to please you. We loved it!

1 Thank Andy H
Sao Paulo, SP
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

That was my favourite place for drinks in Ilha Grande. The decoration is really cool (they have several lamp bulbs hanging in a tree right in front of the restaurant). The sound track SUPER cool! Totally recommend it for drinks. Food wise it was average, but the German guy that makes the food is great fun!

1 Thank leocerqueira
Delft, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Nice little place on the beach. Great music and friendly staff. The food however was a bit disappointing. We went there on a churrasco night, hoping for mouth watering, tender and tasty meat. Unfortunately, the meat was far from tender and very dry. It's probably better to order fish.

Thank mdpsoleluna
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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59 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Visited in August having just been in Rio while the Olympics were on. Loved the vibe on Ilha Grande and came here for drinks by the sea one evening after hiking all day. We tried both the passion fruit and the standard caipirinhas and both were absolutely perfect. I definitely want to return to Ilha Grande and I know that... More 

1 Thank EuroNomad91
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

Located a little further from the center of Abraao but still close and right on the beach. Had a great steak here! Best on the island I think. Caipiriha's were good, but the wine was too sweet for my taste. Staff comes across a little cranky, but if your able to ignore that, Café do Mar is a great place... More 

1 Thank Jolene88

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brazilian, Seafood, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Ilha Grande
This is one of a string of restaurants on the beach just outside the center of town that don't actually have addresses (as far as I know). Others of its ilk are included in major guide books, like Foder's. I'd really like to give this restaurant a review because it was amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful, English-speaking staff (a rarity on the island). Thanks!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?