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Moderate Restaurants in Recife

June 18, 2009

Moderate price restaurants are those that we think would appeal to the average visitor, rather than the backpackers (Economy), or those with more expensive tastes (Luxury). Having said that, we recommend you browse the other options (Economy or Luxury) for restaurants that you may like to try because they offer a speciality. An example is  Feijoada do Vovô, feijoada being Bazil´s national dish, always cheap and therefore listed under Economy restaurants. This listing also duplicates some that are listed as Ecoomy or Luxury due to the price range these restaurants offer.

Most shopping centers have some restaurants, but with rare exceptions we believe they over priced compared to similar establishments in other street locations. We have listed only the restaurants that are exceptions.

Cafes, bakery’s (padarias), delicatessens and bars often have good food options, from nibbles and snacks to more substantial meals. You can find more details under the heading bars and cafes

Of course, beach and street food are to be found everywhere, in all the destinations covered by this site, so to do justice to the subject, all listings and tips are under a separate heading Beach and Street Food.


La Plage (Crepes). Good crepes in a very well docorated restaurant. Rua Professor Rui Batista, 120, Boa Viagem. (81) 3465 1654. Tues-Sat 6pm-11.30pm; Sun 5pm-11pm; Mon closed. (R$16+). MAP

anjo-saolto1Anjo Solto (Crepes). A very popular and well established venue popular with the fashionable crowd. Also gay friendly. Usually lively from 10pm until very late. Galeria Joana DÁrc, Pina. (81) 3325 0862. Daily 6pm until the last client.  (R$18+). MAP

pin-upPin Up (Burgers) This place offers fantastic burgers for little more than a McDonald´s in the setting of a very American-style diner. Avenida Herculano Bandeira, 204, Pina. (81) 3466 0001. Tues-Sat 5.30pm-1.30am; 5pm-24.00 sun, closed mon. Close to Boa Viagem . MAP

parraxaxa1Parraxaxá (Regional) The name is of indigenous origin and is pronounced pahashasha. This very popular self-service (pay by the kilo) restaurant serves regional cuisine in a rustic atmosphere. A very wide selection of savory and sweet dishes. The plates are massive so make sure your eyes are not bigger then your stomach or it will cost you! Rua Baltazar Pereira 32, Boa Viagem. (81) 3463 7874. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm  Sat & Sun 6-11pm. Approx R$20 per person. MAP



Ponteio Grill (Regional), One of the most famous Brazilian eating experiences is the churrascaria (pronounced showhaskaria), a grill where you help your self to the salad bar (including a limited sushi selection) then take what meat you want as it is brought to your table on large spits. Its good to go when you are very hungry as this is a fixed price restaurant for all you want to eat. The price is less earlier in the week and higher on weekends. There are other similar restaurants that cost more, and some a little less. We recommend this one as being the best value for mone. Avenida Boa Viagem 4824, Boa Viagem(81) 3326 2386. Mon-Thurs 12-4pm & 7-12pm; Fri-Sun 12am-12pm. Approx R$30 per person. MAP

o-poeta1O Poeta, (Regional / International) A good quality self-service/pay-per-kilo restaurant that is very popular with local office workers. Get here early if you want a good selection.  Avenida Rio Branco 243, Recife Antigo. (81) 3224-3310. Mon-Fri only 11.30pm-3.30pm. Approx R$20per personMAP

alphaiateAlphaiate (Churrascaria) A very good place to eat meat. Buy a dish or take the fixed price rodizio where you keep being served at the table until you are satisfied. This restaurant also has a good selection of Brazilian and imported beers. A favorite is Norteña from Uruguay. Rua Artur Muniz 82, Boa Viagem. (81) 3465 7588. Daily 11.30am-amR$30. MAP

boi-pretoBoi Preto (Churrascaria) A very popular option, especially at weekend when it is packed with families and you can hardly hear yourself speak. Great meat and a good buffet make this worth trying, but only at quieter times. This is one of a national chain of four such restaurants of the same name.  Aveneida Boa Viagem 97, Pina. (81) 3466 6334. Mon-Thurs 12pm-4pm & 7pm-12am midnight; Fri-Sun 12pm-1am. R$35. MAP

matita_pereMatita Peré (Regional/International) A small and cozy restaurant decorated with art exhibitions. Serves interesting good quality dishes for reasonable prices and has a loyal local clientele. Avenida Doutor Malaquias 88, Aflitos. (81) 342 1159. Tues-Fri 11.30am-3pm & 7pm-12am midnight; Sat 7pm-1am; Sun 11.30am-4pm. R$35. MAP

la-cuisineLa Cuisine Bistô (French) There are three possible areas in this restaurant to eat. The outside bistro, the inside café with a Mediterranean feel, and the more serious looking air-conditioned restaurant.  The same menu is offeredIn all three, but outdoors seems more appropriate for soups, salads, sandwiches and other light options. The wine list is good, and the food is excellent. It is reliable for good quality and a fair price. Avenida Boa Viagem 560, Pina. (81) 3327 4073. Mon-Thurs 12pm-11pm; Fri 12pm-1am fri, 1pm-1am Sat, 1pm-11pm Sun. R$40 MAP Review Exclusive Offer

michelliMichelli (Italian) Generally we hate eating at places in shopping centers, but award wining Michelli is a rare exception we make. We strongly advise you to get a small helping from the cold buffet as a starter. It is priced by the kilo and includes great hams and cheeses. Do not forget to try the Prima Donna cheese! The main courses include all the dishes you might expect in an Italian restaurant, but be warned the portions are huge – enough for two to share unless you have a big appetite. Shopping Center Recife, Boa Viagem. (81) 3464 6575. Daily 10am-12pm. R$35. .

cantinho-da-pazCantinho da Paz (Regional Brazilian) A restaurant that is some distance from Boa Viagem, in the opposite direction to the way most tourists usually go for restaurants, but apparently it is worth a visit. Chef Douglas Van Der Lay of the famous restaurant É recommended it to us in a recent interview.  Rua Antônio Ferreira Campos 5024, Candeias (81) 3469 4359. Tues-Sat 11am-12am midnight; Sun 11am-6pm; Mon closed. R$25.


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