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Cafe do Mar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Brazilian, Seafood, Barbecue
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Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
10:00 - 00:00
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Malta, New York
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Set by the beach, it is a promising spot with good cocktails and happy hours going on. Food was so and so, we have ordered different mixed grilled fish which came all at once, some raw some too cooked.

Thank Maurizio3ska
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had come to Ilha Grande as part of an arranged tour but had decided to break away from the group to try the restaurant out as it is recommended. Setting is out on the beach and candles. I have to say the service and food was so good we came back for a second night and was so glad... More 

Thank Kelly A
Durham, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Gorgeous views, especially watching the sunset. We had the seafood stew which was plenty for us to share. The seafood tasted really fresh and well cooked. Service was a bit slow though. We did come back on another occasion for drinks just for the views and watching the tide come in.

1 Thank Bel C
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

I love this place, the tree is gorgeous. But I got a very bad experience last night!! The owner or manager, speaking a broken Portuguese, charged us more than 25 reais for 4 small chunks of queijo coalho - cooket cheese! I like to seat there and I am happy to pay for being there; but I felt legally robbed... More 

Thank Ottorino C
Hamilton, New Zealand
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

I was little disappointed in the grilled fish that I had as it was deep fried. The drinks and service are good and the location is as it's right on the beach, but I wouldn't recommend the food.

Thank Lee G
Munich, Germany
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48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

Café so mar is a very nice little bar right by the sea where you can sit relaxed in some chilling seats on the beach right by the sea and have a drink. WiFi is not strong enough to be received at the beach. Staff is very nice.

Thank daftdairyman
Munich, Germany
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

During our 4 nights on Ilha we did spend two evenings at Cafe do Mar. The BBQ was really good. Fresh local fish from the area, great Caipirinhas and cold beer. Eating with your feet in the sand. What an experience - especially with your partner. Really loved it, would come again and again.

2 Thank DanielTheu
Leeds, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

We were on the island for 4 days and found ourselves spending the majority of time in this bar. Fantastic atmosphere and staff who go out of the way to please you. We loved it!

1 Thank Andy H
Sao Paulo, SP
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2016

That was my favourite place for drinks in Ilha Grande. The decoration is really cool (they have several lamp bulbs hanging in a tree right in front of the restaurant). The sound track SUPER cool! Totally recommend it for drinks. Food wise it was average, but the German guy that makes the food is great fun!

1 Thank leocerqueira
Delft, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Nice little place on the beach. Great music and friendly staff. The food however was a bit disappointing. We went there on a churrasco night, hoping for mouth watering, tender and tasty meat. Unfortunately, the meat was far from tender and very dry. It's probably better to order fish.

Thank mdpsoleluna

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Brazilian, Seafood, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Romantic, View
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Praia Canto, Ilha Grande, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Ilha Grande
This is one of a string of restaurants on the beach just outside the center of town that don't actually have addresses (as far as I know). Others of its ilk are included in major guide books, like Foder's. I'd really like to give this restaurant a review because it was amazing food, fantastic atmosphere, and wonderful, English-speaking staff (a rarity on the island). Thanks!

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