The city of São Paulo is home to some of the world’s best restaurants. It is by no means an easy task to choose where to eat, with so many incredible options available. So you have no lingering doubts, check out this list with ten of the city’s best restaurants.
The restaurant run by chef Alex Atala is often listed as one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the world. With two Michelin stars to its credit, D.O.M. is the best Brazilian restaurant according to the 2016 edition of the Michelin publication.
Our tip: Taster Menu for BRL 410 (USD 126). Address:. Endereço: Rua Barão de Capanema, 549, Jardins. Bookings: + 55 (11) 3088-0761 | + 55 (11) 3081-4599
Recently chosen as the best restaurant in São Paulo by the city’s leading newspaper Folha de São Paulo, and led by chefs Helena Rizzo and Daniel Redondo, Maní has earned one Michelin star to its credit in the 2016 edition. The success of Maní is even more impressive as it mainly offers Brazilian cuisine in the restaurant.
Our tip: the taster menu, with a selection of 10 dishes, for BRL 420 (USD 129). Address: Rua Joaquim Antunes, 210, Jardim Paulistano. Bookings: + 55 (11) 3085-4148
Having won an award in the 2016 Michelin’s Bib Gourmand category, the restaurant managed by chef Ricardo Oliveira bets on North-eastern cuisine. A delicious and reasonably priced option, this restaurant always has a queue outside. We advise you to get there early.
Our tip: The typical North-eastern dish bode atolado (made from goat meat) for BRL 49.90 (USD 15.35) Address: Avenida Nossa Senhora does Lorêto, 1100, Vila Medeiros. Bookings: + 55 (11) 2951-3056
Managed by celebrity chef Paola Carosella, Arturito has also won awards in the Michelin’s Bib Gourmand category. Its cuisine, based on the greater value given to the ingredients, may be seen in a varied menu, in which seafood dishes stand out.
Our tip: Our carefully crafted ricotta gnocchi, with broccoli, kale and basil, for BRL 58.00 (USD 17.85). Address: Rua Artur de Azevedo, 542, Pinheiros, Bookings: + 55 (11) 3063-4951
The classical Italian cuisine of the Fasano restaurant has pleased the residents of São Paulo since 1982. This restaurant, headed by chef Luca Gozzani, has one Michelin star in the most recent publication.
Our tip: wagyu brasatto with red wine, for BRL 159 (USD 49). Address: Rua Vitório Fasano, 88 (Fasano Hotel), Jardim Paulista. Bookings: + 55 (11) 3062-4000 or + 55 (11) 3896-4000
With one Michelin star to its credit in the 2016 issue, Attimo is led by chef Jefferson Rueda. This restaurant offers a mixture of Italian and Brazilian cuisine.
Our tip: Ravioli with pears and ricotta, in veal sauce, for BRL 60.00 (USD 18.45). Address: Rua Diogo Jácome, 341, Vila Nova Conceição. Bookings: + 55 (11) 5054-9999
This restaurant, under the command of sushiman Leonardo Jun Sakamoto, is the best when it comes to Japanese food, according to the 2016 ‘Veja Comer & Beber’ supplement to Veja magazine, a prestigious Brazilian weekly newsmagazine This restaurant has one Michelin star to its name and only serves eight clients per night. Book at least one week in advance.
Our tip: the tasting of sushis for a set price of BRL 365 (USD 112). Address: Rua Lisboa, 55, Pinheiros, Bookings: + 55 (11) 3088 6019
DALVA E DITO
Alex Atala is also in charge at the Dalva e Dito restaurant, which is somewhat less experimental than D.O.M. Focused on Brazilian cuisine, Dalva e Dito earned one Michelin star in the 2016 edition.
Our tip: Steamed beef ribs, for BRL 180 (USD 55). Address: Rua Padre João Manuel, 1115, Jardim Paulista. Bookings: + 55 (11) 3068 4444
Winner of an award in the Michelin’s Bib Gourmand category, the restaurant of chef Erick Jacquin specialises in French cuisine and has tartare as its flagship dish. It is worth remembering that this chef was formerly the name of the Le Brasserie restaurant which was chosen as the best French restaurant in São Paulo by ‘Veja Comer e Beber’ on five occasions.
Our tip: beef tartare, for BRL 59.00 (USD 18.15). Address: Avenida Pedroso de Morais, 1003, Pinheiros. Bookings: + 55 11 3031-1020
TÊTE À TÊTE
With typically Brazilian cuisine, creative and exotic, this restaurant is led by chefs Gabriel Matteuzzi and Guilherme Vinha and has earned a Michelin star. On the menu, such typical ingredients as tucupi (a condiment made of manioc and pepper) and jambu (spoonflower).
Our tip: Ox cheeks, for BRL 72.00 (USD 22.15). Address: Rua Melo Alves, 216, Cerqueira César. Bookings: + 55 (11) 3796-0090