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  • Av Atlântica 2302
    Rio de Janeiro - RJ 22041-001
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  • Phone number +55 (21) 2549-9449

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  • 3.0 star rating

    It is probably the first restaurant you'd bump into if you travel to Copacabana by Metro and then walk towards the beach taking the first street leading to it.

    The restaurant is situated on the corner by the street dividing the city and the beach right by the crossing to the beach. If you sit outside you can have a perfect view of the beach ( leaving aside the cars passing by along the street).

    I happened to dine there twice and by the second time managed to become more knowledgeable about it.

    On the first occasion the place made an impression of a bit expensive and food wasting despite of a huge variety of dishes and excellent taste! Each of my fellow foodies was amazed how huge the dishes were and we all managed to eat only 1/3 of our meal. Which meant the rest has gone to waste. We all paid over 100 Brazilian Real ( including a couple of beers) which was quite expensive.

    What turned out later on is that the restaurant serves dishes which are meant to be split between at least 2-3 people. I only found this out when dining there again with some locals.
    The waiting staff was not very forthcoming about this and not attentive altogether.

    However, if you know the actual situation and are happy to share this is the perfect place to dine in Copacabana.

    The steak in my photo is 1/3 of the whole steak by the way ;)

  • 4.0 star rating

    There's nothing
    more complicated than walking around with a group of people from 5 different
    nations and looking for a suitable restaurant for dinner. Everybody wants
    something else, so there's a real danger that you end up in a place fitting the
    smallest common denominator, making nobody totally unhappy but also nobody
    happy. Rondinella is a likely place for such a group. They have everything,
    from Brazilian steaks to seafood to pizzas, normally you would not go there but
    under these circumstances you do. In particular when you are invited, you don't
    want to be a hassle. OK, Rondinella is at the Copacabana, nice ocean breeze,
    that's likeable. Unbeatable location, and the cooks normally know that. As you
    look at the menu, you see giant pizzas and steaks being served to the neighbors
    and you wonder, there's no page menus for two  but can that be a normal
    portion? You decide
    to defy your doubts, be heroic and courageous, and order a good Brazilian
    steak. Argentinean wine, very delicious  everybody keeps warning you of
    Brazilian wine, so nobody wants to try. When the dinner is served, all your
    fears come true. A friendly smiling and beautiful waiter serves you an enormous
    dish. You could feed three people with such a giant steak. Does beef mean dinosaur
    in Brazilian Portuguese? The fish for your neighbor is equally gigantic.
    Impossible to consume. But the
    most important question is  well, the taste. It was a perfectly positive
    surprise. Smooth and intensive taste of the beef, wonderful vegetables, and it
    tastes so well that you end up eating almost everything even if you never believed
    you can eat such piles of food. The conversation however soon was less
    energetic than expected, everybody was so busy with eating and digesting that
    we decided all our arguments are actually not so important.
    And we all love
    Brazil. Smiling at the stars, at the ocean waves, at the people walking bychomp,
    chomp, chomp

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