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

August 17, 2017 Roseanne Arnett

The largest city in South America, Sao Paulo’s cuisine and art is as multinational as its diverse population of 10 million. With the restaurants of the Jardins district serving every food imaginable to diners from around the world, you wouldn’t be out of place going to Sao Paulo just for the dining. But you’d be missing out on world-class museums, diverse and vibrant neighborhood tours, and crazy-good shopping.
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1. Mocoto

Avenida Nossa Senhora do Loreto 1.100 | Vila Medeiros, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 02219-000, Brazil Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Brazilian, South American, Grill Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (11) 2951-3056
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Mocoto

Reviewed By hoke5150 - Greensboro, Georgia

Absolutely Brazilian traditional cuisine! Well worth the 2.5 hour wait. Simply put a foodie paradise. Great traditional food with an amazing atmosphere and the chef made himself part of the experience by visiting with the loads of people waiting hours for s table. First rate!!! Thanks for a great time. I will return.

2. Jam - Jardins

Rua Bela Cintra 1929, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01415-007, Brazil Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$283 - HK$283 +55 11 3473-3273
Excellent
71%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Jam - Jardins

Reviewed By AdelineJim - Montevideo, Uruguay

Better to arrive early since it seems the place is very popular. On a weekday, by 9 30 pm they were packed already. We sat by the sushi bar and had some assistance in english but we had to deal with most of the workers in portuguese so there were a couple of misunderstandings. Besides of that, everything was awesome. Truly high quality ingredients in all of their dishes, tasty sauces and cocktails, very decent wine and sake menu. We stood even for desserts and digestive. Totally recommend.

3. Coco Bambu JK

Avenida Antonio Joaquim de Moura Andrade 737 | Vila Nova Conceição - Zona Sul, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04507-000, Brazil Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards South American, Brazilian, Seafood, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$55 - HK$769 +55 30515255
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Coco Bambu JK

Reviewed By cagima64 - Sao Paulo, SP

Went with office personnel for celebration. Service was very slow and not really attentive. Food is plentiful, some dishes (e.g. Thermidor) very good, others not really. Place to go if you look for big amounts of food, but not for nice night out in small group. Nice background music though by life band..

4. Tempero das Gerais

Rua Princesa Isabel, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Brazilian, Grill, South American Lunch, Dinner (11) 5093-9950
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 543 reviews

Tempero das Gerais

Reviewed By Pablo G - Arlington, Virginia

The accolades this restaurant has received are well deserved. The food is high quality and delicious and offered in ample quantities. Trust me, you will not leave this place hungry. The restaurant is small and informal. The service is great and helpful. The choice of dishes seems inexhaustible. The ubiquitous picanha (Brazil's favorite cut of beef) is perfectly cooked, and so is the suckling pig. The accompaniments like farofa, rice, and palmitos are superb. Cold local beer helps you munch along. A good cachaza wraps it up. You'll walk out with doggy bags and fully satisfied - and deserving a good nap.

5. Esquina Mocoto

Avenida Nossa Senhora do Loreto 1108, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 02219-001, Brazil Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Brazilian, South American, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$165 11 3949-7049
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 898 reviews

Esquina Mocoto

Reviewed By Comidapresente - Sao Paulo, SP

Located very far from he city center, they were known for real Brazilian dishes, Northeast inspiration. Reservations are strongly recommended. You can do it online, it really works. The place itself it's not big, but it's beautiful. The food is great, and the staff service are so nice, so attentive that makes the whole experience very unique. At the end of your meal, you can also buy and bring home fresh breads as well as artisan beer/wine. I do recommend it, I would certainly come back!

6. Taste It Food & Lounge

Rua Joinville 515 | Hotel Pullman São Paulo Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04008-011, Brazil Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Bar, South American, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Brunch 551150884000
Excellent
78%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 485 reviews

Taste It Food & Lounge

Reviewed By Estevao G

I travel for work to many places and never liked restaurants inside hotels, but Taste It was an excellent surprise - great food, great atmosphere and great people. The filet mignon with hearts of palm is amazing; the server (Cynthia Tavares) was very helpful and friendly. I will certainly go back there more times when I come back to Sao Paulo.

7. Coco Bambu Analia Franco

Rua Azevedo Soares 2150, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 03322-002, Brazil Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Seafood, South American, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$55 - HK$769 1151822013
Excellent
80%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Coco Bambu Analia Franco

Reviewed By George P - Sao Paulo, SP

For lunch on a local holiday. Nice place, I ate grilled shrimp, very nice. I ordered a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand, they did not have it!! Nevertheless, the service was excellent, the hot coconut dessert is an absolute must!!! They offer live music, totally dispensable. Still worth the trip.

8. I LOVE BURGER

Rua Amador Bueno 767, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 04752-005, Brazil Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Fast Food, Diner Dinner, Drinks, Brunch, Lunch +55 11 2594-8845
Excellent
80%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 138 reviews

I LOVE BURGER

Reviewed By Carol S - Sao Paulo, SP

Atendimento muito simpático e eficiente, local super bacana e bem decorado! Os lanches são uma delícia, batatas fritas sequinhas e bem gostosas! Preço justo pela qualidade do que é servido!

9. Ristorantino

Rua Dr. Melo Alves 674 | Jardins, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 01417-010, Brazil Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$706 - HK$1,727 +55 11 3063-0977
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 869 reviews

Ristorantino

Commanded by restaurateur Ricardo Trevisani, the Ristorantino is dedicated to high Italian cuisine and is designed as a unique place in warm atmosphere, which seeks impeccable service. Natural lighting and plants welcome the customer, providing an elegant and inviting aura. The house of 70 seats is divided into three rooms: the ground floor, mezzanine and outdoor Terrace. In the lounge, guests are welcomed and cared masterfully directly by maitres and their direct reports. The menu, composed of antipasti, pasta, risottos, fish and meat, stand out recipes made with genuine ingredients, some of them brought directly from Italy, giving priority to organic. The wine cellar with over 120 labels, favors the old world wines and presents some options of biodynamic wines. The client is privileged at the table with outfit brought from Germany; from cups, plates and cutlery to towels and napkins. At lunch, the Ristorantino offers the “Mezzogiorno Menu”, with exclusive options from Monday to Friday.

Reviewed By AnaLu2014 - Sao Paulo, SP

I love this resturant, you can not go wrong at all, you can choose anything on the menu and you will eat very well!
It ins't a cheap place, but is not an ordinary place too, so if you are in São Paulo and want to eat well go for it.
Its classical and style.

10. Bar Quintal Da Mooca

Rua Lituania 454, Sao Paulo, State of Sao Paulo 03184-020, Brazil Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar Lunch, Dinner, Drinks 11 38076371
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 209 reviews

Bar Quintal Da Mooca

Reviewed By TravellerBrian695 - Chicago

It's good to point out ive been trying a lot of botecos around SP over the last few years and this place would be in the top two in São Paulo for me. Absolutely Delicious homemade food, fantastic service, iceeeee cold beer and the managers/owners Didi and Xicinhno are such attentive and warm people . You always receive a great reception from the minute you park your car .You are guaranteed to leave with a full belly and a big smile on your face. All for a fair price. I can't recommend this place highly enough.

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