Aprazivel (Rua Aprazivel 62) is hidden away on a small street high on the hills in Santa Teresa facing the Northern areas of Rio de Janeiro. Note: Taking a taxi in and out is a must as you have to drive through some ‘dodgy’ areas to get there. I would never have found it myself if it wasn’t for a friend who recommended it. You could walk past the entrance without realizing the restaurant is right in front of you.
After walking down the steep narrow steps (tip for the ladies- walk very slowly!), we were welcomed by the friendly staff and shown to our table. Since we did not have a reservation we were not seated in one of the ‘tree house’ style tables for this this restaurant is famous for. Yes, I plan to make a reservation and go back to sit at one of those cute tree house tables.
Besides the incredible tree house tables, the rest of the candle lit tables are outside spread out in luxurious gardens. It is a very charming restaurant with many intimate seating locations scattered through the property, great for a romantic night out. Check out the view (see below)
Food was delicious! Direct from the Amazon, it is prepared in an open kitchen with a lot of attention to detail and great taste. Everything on the menu looked, and smelled fantastic. Our fish was prepared perfectly, and our small beef with pumpkin starter hit the spot. Aprazivel has an extensive drink selection- I recommend having champagne mixed with one of the amazonian fruit juices!
When visiting Rio, this restaurant is worth a detour if you are looking for a romantic escape and nice cuisine in Rio.