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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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29 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I went to Zaza with a group of friends on a Friday night. We had reservations so we didn't have to wait. The environment is cozy: little light and nice background music. On the upper level you are asked to take off your shoes as you step on the carpet. The service was good, and the food delicious. The prices... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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21 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had ceviche for starters, with a glass of "caupiginger" then the grilled steak and fishermen stew. I asked for steak medium-rare and it was cooked how I love it. Easy also to make changes with the sides. Very friendly hostess and staff. Recommended pick in Rio.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Zaza Bistro is a fantastic contemporary Brazilian restaurant in Ipanema. The food was delicious. The décor is eclectic and if you sit upstairs you have to take off your shoes and sit at low, Moroccan-style tables. I had the Moqueca Caiçara and it was out of this world. The ingredients were super fresh. When I return to Rio I will... More 

Thank DanielaGF
Midway, Kentucky
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Of all the restaurants I've eaten, in all the countries I've visited, this place tops my list. Absolutely perfect in every way and a MUST if you are in Rio.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a lovely dinner here on our 2nd night in Rio. We were tempted by the TripAdvisor reviews and it did not disappoint. We opted for the Brazilian Sauvignon Blanc at 95 real, which was simple and refreshing. The lamb shoulder with ravioli was divine and just fell apart in the mouth - they say they cook it for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here one night during our stay in Rio. The restaurant is very popular, reserve ahead if you wish to sit outside. We had the chicken curry which was just delicious. The serving is enough for two people if you are not big eaters. Highly recommended by Oldbackpack

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great little place, the food is perfectly executed and always has a little Brazilian twist to it. The staff are very friendly. Ipanema's dining scene is not spectacular compared to other cities but Zaza is definitely the exception

Thank Abady75
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 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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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

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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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
Romantic, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
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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