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

March 26, 2018 Jasper Kershner

Brazil's former capital is renowned for its African-influenced cuisine, music and architecture. Known as "the Capital of Joy," because of its exuberant week-long Carnaval celebrations, Salvador brims with contemporary music and art amid architecture that has gone untouched since the 17th century.
Things to do in Salvador

1. Boi Preto Grill

Avenida Octavio Mangabeira s/n | Jd. Armação, em frente ao aeroclube, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet Japanese, Barbecue, Sushi, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 - HK$785 +55 71 3362-8844
Excellent
63%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Boi Preto Grill

Reviewed By Marie G

Best churrasceria in town! The staff is serviceminded and very helpful. The food is great. We were served the best cheesebread at the table. Desserts are not included in the buffé, but the best so far. It's pricey but we will for sure come back!

2. Ki - Mukeka Armacao

Avenida Octavio Mangabeira 136, Salvador, State of Bahia 41750-240, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Brazilian, Seafood, South American, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +55 71 3461-7333
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Ki - Mukeka Armacao

Reviewed By Gloriarobles - Lauro de Freitas

This restaurant basically serves typical dishes like moqueca. They have seafood moqueca, shrimp moqueca and fish moqueca. They also have steaks, chicken , etc but it's not its best food. The restaurant is casual and they have women dressed like "baianas" serving the food. The price is average. Try the caipiroscas, made with vodka and typical fruits from from Bahia like seriguela but they also have strawberry and pineapple caipiroscas.

3. Coco Bambu Bahia

Avenida Professor Magalhaes Neto 1273 | Lot Aquarius, Pituba, Salvador, State of Bahia 41810-011, Brazil (Formerly Coco Bahia) Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Delivery, Reservations, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television Brazilian, Seafood, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +55 71 3359-9000
Excellent
59%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Coco Bambu Bahia

Reviewed By Andrés A - Bogota, Colombia

It's not only the food, it's everything; and it seems that this restaurant got it. Certainly the food is good; tasty and generous, but expensive. The ambience is great and the service is kind and alert.
A good option to keep trying more dishes from the menu.

4. Armazem do Reino

Rua Borges dos Reis 46, Salvador, State of Bahia 41950-600, Brazil Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$259 - HK$855 +55 71 99605-9346
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 175 reviews

Armazem do Reino

Sensitive experiential gastronomy provides something more remarkable than the pleasure of simply eating. It is the search for somethings unique, exciting, which captivates the traveller and makes his memories unforgettable. The personalization aims at transforming the travelers'stay into an actual experience, created exclusively for them, making them feel unique, instead of a "stronger in the crowd" Reservation only: (71)99605-9346

Reviewed By keke22 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

I am a committed meat eater and I would never have expected to find myself in an experimental vegetarian restaurant but the other reviews on this site piqued my interest and we visited the restaurant last night. First, I think it is important to be...MoreThank you very much!!! We appreciate your description. It was a pleasure to serve them :) Gabi, Chef Ramon Simões and cats

5. Tereza Paim

Rua Odilon Santos 45 | Rio Vermelho, Salvador, State of Bahia 41940-350, Brazil Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +55 71 3329-3016
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Tereza Paim

The Casa de Tereza restaurant welcomes Bahia and tourists with the best that Bahia has to offer: its art, its beauty, its knowledge and flavors. In Casa de Tereza, the visitor experiences a stylish Bahia, full of historical content and artistic expressions everywhere. In addition, the restaurant has one small store, named after his father's name and his grandfather, Samuel and Toto, it is marketed many Bahian typical gifts.

Reviewed By ISR77 - Sao Paulo, SP

Disappointment come due to high expectations.
The restaurant architecture and design are beautiful in a lovely Rio Vermelho neighbourhood.
The moqueca (fish and shrimps) was regular (quality & quantity);
There are dozens of establishments in Salvador with better moqueca.
We waited almost 30 minutes for the couvert (bread & butter).
Disappointing and expensive experience.

6. La Taperia

Rua da Paciencia 251 | Rio Vermelho, Salvador, State of Bahia 41950-010, Brazil Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +55 71 3334-6871
Excellent
61%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 474 reviews

La Taperia

Reviewed By iggarcia - London, United Kingdom

We were in a group of friends and we only had drinks. But the special caipirinhas (prepared with cachaca Seleta) were just perfect. The staff is very nice and helpful, there's only one toilet for gents and another one for ladies, but not a big problem. They're clean nice.

7. Pasta em Casa

Rua Professora Almerinda Dultra 65 | Rio Vermelho, Salvador, State of Bahia 41950-090, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +55 71 3334-7232
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 844 reviews

Pasta em Casa

Reviewed By Clarice B

Salvador is not prodigal in Italian cuisine: they are few and from reasonable to bad. The Pasta Em Casa is an exception. The menu moves through the variations of its pastas of homemade and artisanal production. Generous dishes . Like all restaurants in Salvador, the service is amateurish and confusing. The Pasta is located in a small, cozy little house on a bucolic street in Rio Vermelho. As a small restaurant, you should be aware of possibility of waiting to be seated. In its beginning, it did only Delivery service. It has been expanding and now, 2017, it is transforming its upper floor to innovate the culinary offer. I recommend this restaurant even for Paulistas.

8. Restaurante de Carnes Argentinas - Parrilla

Rua Novo Horizonte 39 | Ladeira do Acupe, Salvador, State of Bahia 40290-735, Brazil Lunch, Dinner +55 71 3015-7379
Excellent
56%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 560 reviews

Restaurante de Carnes Argentinas - Parrilla

Reviewed By Guilherme C

Perfect place to have steak ... the best argentinian cuts. Besides, the ambient is great. We had a filet mignon and a medium rare ancho beef; both extremely full of flavor.

9. Cuco Bistro

Largo do Cruzeiro de Sao Francisco 6 | Centro Histórico, Salvador, State of Bahia 40020-280, Brazil Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Seafood, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$212 +55 71 33218722
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 894 reviews

Cuco Bistro

Reviewed By Vincent_van_Halsema

I joined trip advisor just to give 5 stars to this lovely restaurant in the heart of the tourist district. So glad to have the chance to head back and still find it up to the expectations I had. Food is amazing, service is amazing, prices are correct and the location is fantastic - probably the best restaurant in Pelourinho.

10. Pysco Restaurante-Bar

Rua do Carmo 42, Salvador, State of Bahia 40301-380, Brazil Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +55 71 9709-1513
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 600 reviews

Pysco Restaurante-Bar

Reviewed By mikelast8819 - Cairu, BA

Very expensive restaurant with low quality food. There in not the best place to eat in the historica center of Salvador. There is a very nice view of the sea.

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