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Rua Inhanga 30, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22020-060, Brazil
+55 21 2236-1222
11:45 - 00:00
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Sun 11:45 - 23:00
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Porto Alegre, RS
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109 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been to this restaurant 25 years ago, and it had impressed me a lot back then. But on arrival, in a hidden platter in Copacabana, with a very simple entrance, almost a garage, we would give up. Luckily we did not. And we had one of the best gastronomic experiences of our life. Note the wine list, practically... More 

Thank rbt2013
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Using TripAdvisor as a guide we chose this restaurant as our only meal out in Rio and Wow we were not let down. Having had Bacalhau in Portugal we were most impressed to have the quality exceeded here. Yes, Rio is pricey, but half portions are all you need for one and not one of the 5 dishes we had... More 

Thank Tadster
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Alfaia is one of the highest rated restaurants on Copacabana beach, which shocks me. We went here for lunch, with hopes that it would live up to it's reputations and were bitterly disappointed. To begin with, it is incredibly overpriced, with half portions that are hardly affordable ranging from 60 to above 100 reais. The waiters weren't particularly accommodating. Despite... More 

Thank Ana A
Brussels, Belgium
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73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cosy neighbourhood restaurant with delicious cod dishes and a friendly atmosphere. We arrived early for lunch and the place was full shortly afterwards. The lunch specials were a good value.

Thank Jay M
Fairfield, Connecticut
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27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Start with the cod croquettes and also take the spicy oil with them They are amazing all cod highly flavorful and little filler At lunch you can do a half portion which is very good value and again focus on the cod the shrimp and the octopus English spoken by friendly waiters Really nice and although close to copacabana doesnt... More 

Thank les W
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33 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had lunch as a family of 6 adults and 2 Babies. From the starters to the desert the food was amazing. Friendly staff and cost restaurant.

Thank lelisal
Melbourne, Australia
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248 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had lunch at Alfaia today - picked from TripAdvisor before we left Australia. Had thought about going for dinner, but not so sure of walking the streets in the dark so had lunch instead. Lovely restaurant with great feel, attentive staff, good English and interesting menu - obviously Portuguese inspired. I had the cod with garlic, onion, olives and... More 

Thank AussieTraveller3204
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88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

The Alfai is a family owned restaurant, that specializes in Cod dishes, but they do offer other choices. The ambiance feels like a cozy New York Italian bistro, but with a Brazilian flair. The staff is very attentive and friendly. They have an excellent selection of wines, I chose Miolo Reserva, a Brazilian Merlot that was nice. As in all... More 

Thank ShanghaiDenny2013
Kingston, Jamaica
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Excellent food, excellent fast service, very big portions, a fine-dining experience without the need to dress up!

Thank Top5Jamaica
London, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

The Scene: We came across Alfaia from its positive reviews on TripAdvisor and the fact that it was near our hotel in Copacabana. Positives: The food was very good, the bolinho de bacalhau being one of our firm favourites in Rio. The wine list was good and pretty reasonable - we had a Brazilian Riesling which was a pleasant surprise.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 28 - USD 63
Seafood, European, Portuguese
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:45 - 23:00
11:45 - 00:00
11:45 - 00:00
11:45 - 00:00
11:45 - 00:00
11:45 - 00:00
11:45 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Inhanga 30, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22020-060, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Copacabana
  • Neighbourhood: Copacabana
  • Phone Number: +55 21 2236-1222

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Staying in Copacabana

Neighbourhood Profile
The rowdy Copacabana is one of the most traditional and old areas from Rio de Janeiro. This neighbourhood is a blend of Brazilian soul - crowded, rowdy and traditional. This neighbourhood has a bit of everything: bars with music, pubs, street fairs, chaotic streets, and many shops. All these things and more live side-by-side. There are options for all price points and tastes. However, the most powerful draw in Copacabana is still the fantastic view of the coast and the incredible beaches.
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