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“A "must do", but don't expect to be blown away by service or food”

Hotel Cipriani Restaurant
Ranked #132 of 13,701 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$100
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Copacabana
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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354 reviews
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“A "must do", but don't expect to be blown away by service or food”
Reviewed 14 July 2013

It has been some time since my last trip to this traditional "grande dame" of Rio restaurants. It is a "must do" for a high end dining experience while in rio, but don't expect to be blown away by service or food.

On arrival, you are pleasantly greeted with a nice dimly lit dinging area with a soaring ceiling and very nice floral arrangements. the room is a classic, but in need of some updates and maintenance. The coveted tables are in front of the large picture windows that look out onto the pool. One of the most charming views of any restaurant in Rio and really gives you the vibe of tropical-chic Rio de Janeiro of the past. This alone makes the experience worth it.

I also like that the room is divided into two sections and the tables are amply spaced from one another. This adds to the ambience and exclusivity of the experience. We unforturatly had a large table with several young kids near our table. Don't do this…not fair to the kids or the other patrons.

Service was very attentive, but somewhat unprepared. We were told that they had been suffering from extensive turnover in the wait staff, and it showed. Food was ok, not one of the courses were "memorable".

A positive note: the whole reservation process was excellent. We were able to reserve the corner table by the window that we wanted…all by email.

My suggestion: Get dressed up, reserve a window table, order a good wine and enjoy the view and your partner. The food and service aren't so bad that it will ruin the experience...especially if you have the proper expectations.

Have a good time and let my know if this was helpful.

  • Visited June 2013
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4 Thank Knownews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“great fine Italian food but freezing cold and loud piano.”
Reviewed 10 July 2013

I really enjoyed the food there and the service. the room unfortunately is dull and it would be harsh to recommend it for anyone wanting a nice relaxed atmosphere as it is pretty stuffy. but I can accept that as the food is of very high quality. the thing that really put me off was the loud piano player every night and the polar temperature.

Visited June 2013
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Thank marsalondres
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Sao Paulo, SP
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221 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Great and expensive”
Reviewed 24 June 2013

Very elegant and service excellent. The food is very well prepared and very expensive. Recommended for special occasions...

Visited May 2013
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Thank brazilian2005
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Trying to be something it's not!”
Reviewed 2 June 2013

Food is ok at best. Nothing like the Cipriani in NY or in Venice. The taglioni was drowned in cream sauce. The risotto was drowned in oil. They only had small bottles of pelegrino and charge 3x the price of a large on anywhere else. The prices are astronomical. Overall, it's just whatever, nothing incredible.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank D B
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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A surprise box”
Reviewed 31 May 2013

I've being to cipriani enough where I had amazing to-die-for dinners and bad dinners.
This is because:
- they use to have a wonderful chef that left. The new chef does not prepare the old/classis dishes as good as the old one.
- they change the menu a lot. It is very common on 5 star restaurants to do that, but for so, you must be sure that your customers will continue to be happy. The worst thing for me is to go to a place craving the same quality of food you had before, and then, well, it's not.
People don't want to have an average dinner for US$ 500. It makes no sense.
So that are a few reasons why this place does not have a stunning rating on "zagat like" rio de janeiro restaurant rating magazines.

  • Visited September 2012
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