For informal cheap dining, head to one of Rio de Janeiro’s many “botecos” – casual bar restaurants where food and drink provide the focal point for social activity. It is rare for Brazilians to drink without eating. Tapas and other small eats are becoming big news on Rio’s dining scene, too. There are also a few trendy healthy foods if you prefer organic, vegetarian and/or vegan food.

Rio’s large immigrant population means there’s an amazing variety of international cuisines – Lebanese, Japanese, Spanish, German, French and Italian are among the standouts. There’s also an equally broad selection of regional Brazilian restaurants.

5 Best Cheap Eats in Rio de Janeiro

Delírio Tropical

This restaurant became one of the references when it comes to healthy food. It offers a great variety of salads and different combinations (single, dual or tri-mix), which may be accompanied by grilled meats, quiches or pies. The restaurant also offers soup options, crepes, sandwiches and desserts.


Considered to be the best Tapas bar in town, it serves the traditional Spanish-style small eats in a relaxed atmosphere. Spicy sausages, hot potatoes and delicious imported cheeses are among the tempting options here.


The menu focuses on burritos and pies, prepared with local and organic ingredients. Do not be fooled by its simplicity! Although many Mexican dishes consist more or less the same ingredients, the recipes used in Azteka are executed perfectly, combined to create amazing flavors.

Epifania Oriental

If you like Eastern food, this is the place. The merit of this restaurant is that it creates reinterpretations of classic eastern dishes with local ingredients. It also offers customers a sophisticated and cozy atmosphere.

Caravelas do Visconde

It has an old fashioned environment, friendly waiters, great quality meat and always a small wait at the door on the weekend. The food here is always good and abundant and with very reasonable prices. The specialty of the house is the barbecue.

Rio de Janeiro is a favorite destination, whether you’re visiting for Carnival or exploring the beautiful country. On a budget? There are plenty of spectacular hostels to stay at. If you’re looking to splurge, may we suggest a hotel fit for a celebrity. Get inspiration on your trip with this miniature timelapse of Rio or with this caipirinha recipe. 

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Henrique Kerch
I'm a Caracas native, living in Chicago. I have a passion for travel, culture, food, adventure and discovering new places off the beaten path. I still remember the first trip I took internationally as a child and the excitement that it was to know that everyone will speak another language. Traveling was cool—waking up early to make the trip to the airport, packing too much and then realizing it’s much better to pack light. Now a travel writer, I get to see new places continually, check out new restaurants, and talk about my experiences. Just as I’m about to be done with a trip, I see myself at the airport daydreaming while staring at the departure board thinking about my next destination.