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Rua Prado Junior, 335 - loja B, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22011-040, Brazil
(21) 2275-6147
12:00 - 04:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 12:00 - 04:00
Tue - Thu 12:00 - 04:00
Fri - Sat 12:00 - 06:00
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New York City, New York
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been visiting Cervantes for many years and have always enjoyed a great meal. You can either sit down in the restaurant or eat at the counter. For the fastest service, the counter is the way to go. My sandwich was in my hands in less than one minute. As soon as it was ordered, it was being made.... More 

Thank GREG C
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

These sandwiches are characterised by huge amount of filling of your choice of meat combined with cheese (melted) and (upon your wish) slice of pineapple between the slices of warmed bread. In the bar, the sandwich is prepared in front of you, and you can choose even the type of meat you wish. There are several salads which can be... More 

Thank Ilze2306
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Cervantes is my favourite place in Rio, not just for the emotional attachment of going for so many years but for the consistent quality. If looking for a quick meal that will give you the best glimpse of carioca life, look no further. Bar counter always more fun, and you can see all the sandwich making action. Sausage with cheese... More 

Thank Miasbec
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82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Ambiente bem carioca, esse é o Cervantes original, que frequento há mais de 30 anos. Excelente chopp, pratos e sanduíches deliciosos. Excelente atendimento, também. Just great, the most "carioca" among all in the vicinity and other Cervantes elsewhere. I have been often times in this specific Cervantes for about 30 year. Excelent draft beer (by Brazilian standards, since they do... More 

Thank Luiz P
Mooloolaba, Australia
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Famous Rio restaurant open 24 hours in a lively part of Copacabana. The classic steak, cheese and pineapple sandwich was very tasty!

Thank drewsfood
Santiago, Chile
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59 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

We went for Olympics to Via Parque Shopping looking for tickets and after hours of waiting we looked for a place for dinner. We found this place and because we were so hungry we didn't think twice. But we were surprised about the kindness of the waiters, the service was so quickly and the food was tasty!

Thank Eloisa V
San Diego, California
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93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Went here with friends after arriving in Rio and for a first meal it was the perfect choice. A fun small place that always is busy but has amazing sandwiches and drinks. You have to try the Steak Sandwich with pineapple. its their signature. They also have very good Caipirinha's too. Very good service and fast. big groups are welcome... More 

Thank satchsd
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorites in Rio. Nothing fancy but great food and service. The sandwiches are delicious, the filet with pineapple (abacaxi) and cheese, or the sausage (linguiça) with pineapple is a must with fries and a chopp (draft beer) and it's open until late. This is a lively traditional Carioca restaurant.

Thank Diana F
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Cervantes is for cariocas the last resort after hours in Copacabana...it is famous for their sandwiches, not really as a restaurant. Actually there are two doors, one for the restaurant, other for the sandwich joint. The restaurant is just ok, but the sandwiches are legendary

Thank Alexandre P
Maitland, Australia
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185 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Went for dinner here last night and ran with the mixed Churrasco which turned out to be an excellent choice. Service was outstanding and the vibe inside really added to the experience as well.

Thank GlobalGrappler

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Brazilian, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
12:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 04:00
12:00 - 06:00
12:00 - 06:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Prado Junior, 335 - loja B, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22011-040, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Copacabana
  • Neighbourhood: Copacabana
  • Phone Number: (21) 2275-6147

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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