Best Restaurants In São Paulo
Now considered one of South America’s greatest gastronomic cities, Sao Paulo is home to a collection of exceptional dining venues. Whether showcasing authentic Brazilian cuisine or excelling in creativity, these are the 7 best restaurants in Sao Paulo.
7 Best Restaurants In São Paulo, Brazil
1. Capivara Bar
The cooking of Rodrigo Felício (formerly of the Ritz Carlton’s L’Espadon in Paris) is well worth the trip to the far-out Barra Funda neighborhood. With metal garage doors, simple communal seating, and barebones decorations, Capivara doesn’t look like much, but order anything from the daily menu to see what the fuss is about. Dishes usually focus on seafood and fish, highlighting the catch of the day. There may be octopus salad or raw sea bass, paired with bottles of natural wines. The restaurant only opens for dinner on weekdays and for lunch on Saturday, and you had better not arrive late, as the kitchen usually runs out of dishes early.
R. Dr. Ribeiro de Almeida, 157 – Barra Funda, São Paulo – SP
2. Komah Restaurant
São Paulo’s Koreatown in the Bom Retiro neighborhood is full of restaurants serving bibimbap, bulgogi, and kimchi-spiked dishes. Chef Paulo Shin adds another high-caliber option to the neighborhood with modern, elegant Komah, where he serves dishes like a creamy French-style omelet over bokkeumbap (rice cooked in pork broth mixed with kimchi). Be sure to try his yukhoe, Korean steak tartare with julienned meat, served with Asian pear, pine nuts, and a cured egg yolk.
R. Cônego Vicente Miguel Marino, 378 – Barra Funda, São Paulo – SP
3. Pastel da Maria
You can find locals buying fruit and meat directly from producers at feiras (farmers markets) in pretty much any neighborhood, but head to Feira do Pacaembu to find one iconic pastel stand. Originally based on Chinese wontons and later adapted by Japanese immigrants, the deep-fried, thin-crust pies are usually filled with ground meat or hearts of palm. Kyoto-born Kuniko Yohana, aka Maria, has been preparing perfectly crunchy pasteis and growing her business for over five decades. While her pastries are available at locations throughout the city, her most popular stand is at the Feira do Pacaembu in the Praça Charles Miller square on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Praça Charles Miler – Pacaembu, São Paulo – SP
4. Tabuleiro Do Acarajé
Acarajé is one of the most iconic foods in traditional Brazilian cuisine. The humble fritter is a product of African-influenced food culture common in Bahia state. Black-eyed pea flour is deep-fried in red palm oil, split in half, and stuffed with vatapá (a creamy and spicy stew made from bread, shrimp, coconut milk, peanuts, and palm oil). The tiny Tabuleiro counter serves the best in town.
R. Dr. Cesário Mota Júnior, 611, São Paulo
SP 01221-020, Brazil
5. Restaurante Cepa
New restaurants in São Paulo increasingly appear off the traditional gastronomic circuit. Cepa made its home in the Tatuapé neighborhood, instantly becoming one of those comforting local restaurants that seems to have been around forever. Chef Lucas Dante serves organic-inflected cuisine while sommelier Gabrielli Flemming pairs everything with a concise, smart wine selection. The menu options are few but satisfying. There’s always fresh fish (one of the restaurant partners is a fishmonger), along with simple, delicious recipes such as mushroom toast with egg yolk emulsion or a homemade charcuterie board.
R. Antônio Camardo 895 antigo n.15 – Vila Gomes Cardim, São Paulo – SP
Ivan Ralston, owner and chef of TUJU, represents a new generation of Brazilian cuisine, one that leans on native flavors without forgetting outside influences. Surrounded by vegetable gardens where Ralston grows indigenous (and unconventional) edible plants, the restaurant is formal but not stuffy, respectful of ingredients, and aesthetically vibrant. Do not miss the beverage menu (the homemade tonic is the perfect match for gin).
R. Fradique Coutinho, 1248, São Paulo
SP 05416-001, Brazil
7. Pettirosso Ristorante
You can find Italian food on almost every corner in São Paulo, but Italian-Brazilian couple Marco and Erika Renzetti take the omnipresent cuisine to another level. Originally from Rome, Marco Renzetti cooks pasta to al dente perfection, bringing sophistication to traditional recipes like tonnarelli cacio e pepe and spaghetti alla carbonara. Eat like the Romans do and order mains like trippa alla romana (tripe stewed in tomato sauce, pecorino, and mint) or porchetta di maialino (suckling pig porchetta served with white bean cream and vegetables). Erika Renzetti takes care of the wine list, one of the best in town.
Alameda Lorena, 2155 – Jardim Paulista, São Paulo – SP
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