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La Mole

$$ - $$$
Italian, Brazilian
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Praia de Botafogo 228 | loja 102 - Patio Ed. Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22250-145, Brazil
+55 21 3460-0800
11:30 - 23:00
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Fri - Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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New York City, New York
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178 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is my favorite restaurant of all times, since i was a little child my dad used to bring me here for special occasions, now every time i visit town i need to have a meal here. i love theyr medalhon a la piamontese and the couvert. it is a lot of food so come very hungry!

Thank 502ericaf
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

The selection for lunch buffet was excellent allot of great choices, especially with our kids being picky they ate with their heart delights and had a really enjoyable lunch.

Thank Shaun A
Trinidad, West Indies
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

The food was ok. The service was good, the staff was very friendly. The menu is fairly big so there there is lots for a group to choose from. We visited on May 15, 2016.

Thank trinijamqueen
Sao Paulo, SP
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2014

This restaurant is close of some commercial center and if you are visiting your customer there, could be a option to have lunch and save some time. The food is ok.

Thank Rodrigo G
Belfast, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2014

Used to go to La Mole when we holidayed in Rio. Went back 20 years later, and the lasanha still melts in your mouth, the steaks are good too. A little nostalgic but great service and good food.

Thank Mineira86
Poughkeepsie, New York
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201 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2014

This was our first time at La Mole. We had little time and told the waiter. No problem! The food arrived quickly. The pasta with shrimp was pretty tasty, although the pasta was a little overcooked and the sauce a bit heavy. The chicken was moist and delicious (definitely not common in typical Rio restaurants). For the speed with which... More 

1 Thank Gypsgris
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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243 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2013

Plenty of space for dinner. The "couvert" is well served , and the service is good . Not too much option regarding the wine list. Food is very average and needs serious improvement. Personally , I won't return, '

Thank Bzh56
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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121 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2013 via mobile

La Mole was a protagonist for all those upper middle class families in Rio in the 1980's. instead of eating at home, we were blessed to enjoy stroganoff and rice al Piamontese. These were top on the hit parade at LaMole. Besides, the couvert was awesome. But it is still gone. Instead, Rio evolved, Brazil evolved, the World Changed. But... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

We had a very good light meal, an interesting salad and good pizza. Reasonably priced but naively enough after the meal when liquers were offered accepted thinking they were complimentary but NO....different things in different countries, live and learn!

Thank dianamacg
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2013

I use to go to La Mole since they were a small place located at Dias Ferreira Street (Leblon), and had very good memories as the food was never the best but average, but what really made the difference (hence the long waiting lines ) was the service (we new the waiters by the name) and the couvert, which was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$20
Italian, Brazilian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Praia de Botafogo 228 | loja 102 - Patio Ed. Argentina, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22250-145, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Botafogo
  • Neighbourhood: Botafogo
  • Phone Number: +55 21 3460-0800

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Botafogo

Neighbourhood Profile
In recent years, Botafogo has become one of the hottest neighbourhoods in Rio. It hosts many modern restaurants with contemporary food and many venues to listen to rock and electronic music. Its numerous bars and pubs make this area a great choice for anyone interested in a great nightlife experience - in fact, some bars in the area are open all night. Casa Daros, an art museum that showcases amazing artists from Latin America, is a must see located in a historical building in Botafogo.
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