Gero Restaurant

While walking down the street in Ipanema you will come across what looks like a  big brick block…. It is Gero one of Brazil’s best restaurants and it happens to be owned by the Fasano Group (very chic).  Definitely a place to be seen, this is clearly where Rio’s elite prefer to dine (felt a little bit like NYC to me!). We were extremely lucky to be seated with out a reservation, come 10pm every seat is taken and the bar area is full!

Once seated you begin your dining experience with AMAZING zuccini chips (I think i devoured 3 helpings, they are very addicting so watch out!)

A wonderful selection of Italian dishes including fresh-made pasta, risotto, meats and fish.  The risotto with pumpkin and shrimp was to die for, honestly each bite was better than the one before it- highly recommend it.  The tune was grilled to perfection and was accompanied by some roasted vegetables and a delicious potato creative (no idea what it was but it tasted great!).  Note if you want to share a dish they will split everything up for you- a nice touch.

For dessert we opted for the Milefegeo (1000 layer cake dessert)… not my favorite since there was a hint of lemon (not my thing), but everyone else seemed to really enjoy it.  Don’t worry there were plenty of chocolate options too.  Brazilians LOVE their air conditioning so bring a sweater or wear pants (I was freezing in my dress!).  Gero is a wonderful upscale dining experience, great place for any occasion.


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Best Restaurant in Buzios: Bar do Ze

After a day of beach, head to Rua das Pedras, where you will find tons of cute stores (this is the spot to pick up your Brazilian bikini if you don’t already have one!), and TONS of restaurants!  Including authentic Brazilian, American, Asian, Mexican, Seafood, and French.

My Favorite place Bar do Ze:

When you walk by Bar do Ze, the first thing that comes to mind is- what a charming, romantic restaurant with a great view of the bay. It is way more than just that! First off, since I am only a few Portuguese classes in, I was pleasantly surprised by the very friendly staff which spoke good English:) Ok, now to the food…

The food was INCREDIBLE!!! We started off with a nice bottle of wine (which isn’t the easiest thing to find in Brazil) and a warm goat cheese salad (perfect way to start a meal in my opinion), but it was the lobster pasta that sealed the deal for me.  The huge chunks of fresh delicious lobster in a very light but flavorful tomato sauce was so unbelievably good, my mouth waters whenever I think about it! Mmmmm! On to dessert: Fresh chocolate dipped strawberries with gelato! Honestly doesn’t get much better than this, was a perfect meal, and I plan on going back!

Usually, come 10pm Bar do Ze turns into a more trendy, fun atmosphere, however it started to downpour the night we were there… and when it rains here, it POURS! As you can see the staff was kind enough to ‘make us’ rain coats, and provide a bag so I could ‘save’ my shoes:)

If you find yourself in Buzios… this place is a MUST try!