Top 10 restaurants in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil

April 8, 2018 Esmeralda Fenner

Discover the best restaurant in Sao Joao del Rei, Brazil including Churrascaria Ramon, Villeiros, Restaurante Dedo de Moca, Via Japa International Cuisine, Colher de Pau, Rex Restaurante, Fifties' Fine Burgers, Restaurante Pelourinho, Penna's Bar, Restaurante Chafariz
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1. Churrascaria Ramon

Praca Severiano de Resende 52, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36300-080, Brazil Barbecue Lunch (32)  3371-3540
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 108 reviews

Churrascaria Ramon

Reviewed By Flavio0256 - Santos, SP

Churrascaria com ambiente simples, porém com otimo atendimento dos seus colaboradores, sempre solicitos e agradaveis. Os pratos muito bem cuidados, bem servidos, com produtos de otima qualidade. Preparam o carne ao seu gosto. Os acompanhamentos muito bem elaborados. Principalmente a farofa com pedaços de torresmo (pecado + é uma delicia). Não funciona para jantar.

2. Villeiros

Rua Padre Jose Maria Xavier 132, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-340, Brazil Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, South American Lunch, Drinks +55 32 3372-1034
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 628 reviews

Villeiros

Reviewed By ajaceman - Vancouver

This is a fine restaurant to experience real mineiro cuisine in an intimate setting with Seating both inside and in an enclosed off-street courtyard at tables large and small to suit the size of your party. Open for lunch at around 11:30 am. A very good choice of dishes from which you can help yourself and pay by weight. This could be one of the better restaurants in Sao Joao del Rei. An abbreviated wine list has some good inexpensive choices. The place fills up quickly.

3. Restaurante Dedo de Moca

Rua Aureliano Mourao 101 | Centro Histórico, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-334, Brazil Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$110 +55 32 3371 7623
Excellent
44%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 491 reviews

Restaurante Dedo de Moca

Comida brasileira criativa, com ênfase em ingredientes locais. Opções vegetarianas e veganas. Carta de vinhos e de drinks. Bom para ir com a família.

Reviewed By ccipola - Sao Jose dos Campos

The food is good, they have different ingredients and the result is positive. He dessert was very good! I ate a "pudim de leite condensado com raspas de laranja" and my husband an ice cream with caramelised bananas which were delicious! The service was a negative point because we waited too much time to be served.

4. Via Japa International Cuisine

Rua Doutor Balbino da Cunha 19, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-350, Brazil Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Free Wifi Japanese Dinner, Late Night +55 32 3371-7351
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 124 reviews

Via Japa International Cuisine

Reviewed By DanielBrasilia - Brasilia, DF

Sure we all are a bit prejudiced - most Brazilians would not expect a quality Japanese restaurant in this historic city, but São João del Rei is visibily becoming cosmopolitan, especially because it's a university city.
From title of review and my first comments you can imagine this is a positive review - but why not give this place a 5 since it's a well-run eatery serving above-average Japanese food?
It has a team of young waiters who evidently enjoy their work and know their Japanese food, it's a restaurant with tatames if you want to sit more Japanese style and nice tables and decor for all more Western-style eaters, its misoshiro is really tasty, its pork guioza and meat harumaki yummy with nice sauces.
But the green tea became cold really quickly and though quite good, the salmon and shrimp temakis were just not up-to-par with better places. Not to mention that last temaki ordered did take a bit too long to be prepared - when its full, expect some long waiting times. Also, though apparently a nice touch, putting little ebi/shrimp in misoshiro instead of tofu was not really that pleasant of an experience.
All that said, we'd certainly repeat the culinary experience if we ever return to SJDR.
Bon appetit!

5. Colher de Pau

Rua Maria Tereza 96, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-312, Brazil Takeout, Waitstaff Brazilian, South American Lunch 32 3371-7125
Excellent
38%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 158 reviews

Colher de Pau

Reviewed By Banskali - Bansko

After travelling Brazil for a month I have been in various buffet restaurants (where you pay by the weight of your food). The "Wooden Spoon" (English for Colher de Pau) was the best for me. A very nice variety of dishes (others have that as well). The difference, however, is that each and every item I tried was fresh and cooked to perfection! Better than any other such restaurant that I tried.
It is for lunch only (closes at 14:30h).
You will find me there tomorrow at noon :) Highly recommended! Oh, and the service is smiling, helpful and quick...

6. Rex Restaurante

Rua Hermilio Alves 146 | Centro, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-328, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Brazilian, South American Lunch +55 32 3371 1449
Excellent
31%
Good
58%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 72 reviews

Rex Restaurante

Reviewed By Cíntia H

O restaurante é muito bom. Tem sistema self-service. O preço por quilo é R$40. Tem cardápio variado, com saladas, pratos quentes e carnes. A comida é muito bem feita e gostosa. O ambiente é bonito e tem decoração típica da região. Os atendentes são simpáticos e solícitos. Ainda tem alguns brinquedos infantis. A parte ruim é que a maioria fica no sol. Fica próximo à estação do trem, dá pra ir a pé tranquilamente.

7. Fifties' Fine Burgers

Rua Frei Candido 364, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36301-196, Brazil Delivery American, Seafood Dinner, Late Night 32 3373 3574
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Fifties' Fine Burgers

Reviewed By Eduardo d

Eu e minha família pedimos 4 hamburgers (2 Classic Cheeseburger, 1 cream cheeseburger e 1 chedar mushrom Burger ). Pão saboroso, carne macia e bem temperada e molhos maravilhosos. Detalhe: eles mandaram entregar no hotel que estávamos e todos os hamburgers estavam quentinhos (o chef não prepara os sanduíches enquanto o entregador não retornar de uma entrega para que os hamburgers cheguem sempre quentinhos). Preço justo. Não deixe de experimentar.

8. Restaurante Pelourinho

Rua Hermilio Alves 276 | Jd Oceania, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-328, Brazil South American 3233713593
Excellent
41%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

Restaurante Pelourinho

Reviewed By Eduardo M - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

Travelers to São Jão del Rei have many options to appreciate the tasty food of Minas Gerais. In this restaurant wouldn't be different. You can enjoy the self-service buffet for a fair price, just a few meters from the train station in the historical center. The disadvantage is the tight internal space, which can be a little annoying.

9. Penna's Bar

Praca Guilherme Milward 188 | Bonfim, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-442, Brazil Bar, Pub Drinks
Excellent
64%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

Penna's Bar

Reviewed By Paula-Teixeira

Comida gostosa e atendimento maravilhoso! Todas as pessoas que atenderam foram super atenciosas e educadas! Pastel de angu com a couve mais deliciosa da vida! Com certeza voltarei!

10. Restaurante Chafariz

Rua Quintino Bocaiuva 100, Sao Joao del Rei, State of Minas Gerais 36307-302, Brazil Takeout Lunch +55 32 3371-8955
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 67 reviews

Restaurante Chafariz

Reviewed By margarete p - Sao Paulo, SP

I had lunch in other restaurantes in the city before discovering this one. It´s hidden behind the railway station. Very clean, organized, lots of choices for lunch, smiling waiters. It´s large and has enough ventilators. Fair cost. It was open in Christmas Day! So I suggest you go there first of all!

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