Brasilia Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Brasilia

March 10, 2018 Darleen Reid

Renowned for its modernist lines and futuristic design, Brasilia is a study in urban planning and the only city built in the 20th century to be counted among UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. Where only five years before its inception there was desert, now there are innovative buildings and imaginative monuments, ranging from the hyperboloid Cathedral of Brasilia to the lunar-esque Complexo Cultural da Republica to the glass-box Palacio da Alvorada.
Things to do in Brasilia

1. Mangai

28 - Asa sul Trecho 02 41 Lote | Setor de Clubes Esportivos Sul, Brasilia, Federal District 70200-002, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +55 61 3252-0156
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Mangai

Reviewed By Fabiane D - Brasilia, DF

Mangai is a great restaurant in Brasilia, they serve traditional food from de northeast of Brazil! The restaurant has a beautiful decoration a generous self-service buffet, it's difficult to eat a small meal there!
The price is expensive,something about R$70 per kg!
Is near the lake and you have a beautiful view of the JK Bridge!

2. Coco Bambu Lago Sul

Icone Parque Conjunto 36, Parte C, 301 | SCES Trecho 2, 2 - Asa Sul, Brasilia, Federal District 70200-002, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Private Dining, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Seafood, International, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$165 +55 61 3224-5585
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

Coco Bambu Lago Sul

Reviewed By No_reservations_guy - Washington DC, District of Columbia

Fantastic shrimp dishes and high quality tropical cocktails. This is a huge restaurant which is very popular. Tons of attentive staff everywhere. Delicious seafood but they do have other options (chicken, steak, salad) available for kids. For people who are not big shrimp eaters - you will be pleasantly surprised. Signature dish is the International Shrimp. Especially great service by Genilson.

3. New Koto

212 Sul, bloco C, loja 20, Brasilia, Federal District 70275-530, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner (61) 3346-9668
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 629 reviews

New Koto

Reviewed By Tcfalbo - Brasilia

Anything you´d ordered here comes to make your senses party at the same time. Your eyes, you nose you stomach and even your pocket will enjoy it.
The traditional japonese cuisine the food EXCELENT!
Just one clue, arrive early use to be very crowed and they don´t accept reservation

4. Taypa Sabores Del Peru

St. de Habitacoes Individuais Sul QI 17 Bloco G, Brasilia, Federal District 71645-500, Brazil Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Peruvian, Latin, Seafood, International, South American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$235 +55 61 3248-0403
Excellent
69%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Taypa Sabores Del Peru

Reviewed By Xistudo - Sao Paulo, SP


A Darling friend recommended this restaurant but they did not open on Sunday. I left Brasilia like missing something. But this time I did the lesson well.
The place is very sophisticated. Nice light and service.
Not cheap but I paid with great joy because it worth every penny.
Starter - crunchy pancetta. The flavour was very interesting. But they lacked one thing: it was not crunchy at all. So not a good starter
First plate - ceviche crioulo simply the BEST EVER MEGA BLASTER CEVICHE IN THE WORLD! The taste is just gorgeous! Definitely a marvellous delightful sensorial experience!
Second dish - Porquito. Very nice combination of flavour. Pork did go very well with tamarind sauce! Wow!
Dessert - cupuaçu sorbet with mouse of passion fruit and biscuit of açaí! Just majestic flavour!
Well I cannot wait to go back! What are you waiting for?

5. Asa Gaucha Restaurante

Quadra Sclrn 709 Bloco E Lj. 56 | SHCGN Comercio Local Residencial, Brasilia, Federal District 70750-515, Brazil Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Barbecue, South American, Grill, Healthy Lunch +55 61 3340-0104
Excellent
55%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 828 reviews

Asa Gaucha Restaurante

Reviewed By Wang_bsb - Brasilia, DF

Full of table and chairs, this Brazilian Self-service restaurante has a great Brazilian Barbecue. All foods are well prepared and tastes good! But if ou like Brazilian barbecue ou will love this place. Many kinds of meat, chicken, steaks, lamb to choose. It's not cheap, but it worth the price. You pay what you serve. Drinks and desserts are charged separate from foods.

6. Vitamina Central

Quadra Crs 506 Bloco a 63 | Asa Sul, Brasilia, Federal District 70350-515, Brazil Takeout Brazilian, Fast Food, Healthy Breakfast, Brunch 6132442866
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 585 reviews

Vitamina Central

Reviewed By Virgilio A

The place looks unpretentious and unassuming, but it's surprisingly clean (for Brazilian standards) and the staff really knows how to wait on customers. Even though it was quite crowded when I visited, my juice was prepared after only a couple of minutes and it tasted really delicious. I can't say anything about snacks, though they also looked good.

7. Ticiana Werner

Quadra Cls 201 Bloco C 11 | Asa Sul, Brasilia, Federal District 70232-530, Brazil Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Brazilian, Mediterranean, International, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$71 - HK$188 +55 61 3226-9947
Excellent
63%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 999 reviews

Ticiana Werner

Reviewed By BethoBrazil - Brazil

The food is good, the prices reasonable and the service very good. The antipasti buffet is good and has several options.

8. Coco Bambu Brasilia Shopping

Quadra Scn Quadra 5 | Asa Norte - Brasília Shopping, Brasilia, Federal District 70715-000, Brazil Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Seafood, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night HK$94 - HK$188 +55 61 3038-1818
Excellent
67%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Coco Bambu Brasilia Shopping

Reviewed By Noé M

It was a pleasure to eat there. We ate the Mediterranean shrimp and the Greek shrimp. Two dishes for five people, and it was more than enough! Delicious food, and excellent service from the waiter Daniel.

9. Maori Gastronomia Alternativa

Quadra Cln 110 Bloco D 28 | Asa Norte, Brasilia, Federal District 70753-540, Brazil Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Brazilian, South American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner 556132016066
Excellent
63%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 455 reviews

Maori Gastronomia Alternativa

Reviewed By PrettoMauricio - Porto Alegre, RS

Love this place ! Good juices, amazing salads, omelets, all healthy and organic. Not fully vegetarian, but good vegan and vegetarian options. No AC , but nice outdoor Seating .

10. Nau Frutos do Mar

Setor de clubes sul | SCE Sul , Trecho 2 ,Conjunto 41 Proximo a Ponte JK, Brasilia, Federal District 70200-002, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Seafood, Mediterranean, South American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$110 - HK$188 +55 61 3252-0155
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Nau Frutos do Mar

Reviewed By P R - Limerick, Ireland

This restaurant has a good location on the lake. New restaurant nicely decorated but very large
The menu had a huge range of shrimp dishes in particular. Appetisers and mains portions are huge. Two appetisers and one main and we couldn't finish it all between three of us
So we ordered a beef dish - fine and an octopus appetiser -I have had better. The main we just had to have shrimp. But we had to wade through the shrimp dishes that contained cheese or even multiple cheeses. So we landed in shrimp with leek. It was fine
A bottle of Chilean wine and beers - we were happy but I guess this is faint praise. However this was one of our better meals in Brazil

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