Rio's Brazilian

Food & Drink
408 N Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin, TX 78702 408 N Pleasant Valley Rd., Austin Directions
This place has not been rated by customers.
91% of 428 customers recommended
This place is closed.

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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Brazilian, Cafe, Latin American, Vegetarian, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    <$15
  • Cuisine
    Brazilian, Cafe, Latin American, Vegetarian, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Parking
    Street
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Gluten Free Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • WiFi
    Yes
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Tips

154 Tips
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Report | 2 years ago
This place is an offense to any Brazilian person. Worst picanha I've ever eaten. They didn't even get right the Pao de Quejo recipe. Picanha, in Brazil, is served grilled, rare, with not sauce at all. This one was served dipped in an under cooked sauce (you could taste the alcohol on it). Over priced. Bad service. You would expect that someone would speak Portuguese/Brazilian, no one knew even a word (at least teach your people the right pronunciation of your dishes or a greeting in Brazilian). If you want the worst brazilian food served by hispanic people destroying a language and an ambience this is your place.
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Report | 2 years ago
They're closing for good :(
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Report | 2 years ago
sit outside
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Report | 2 years ago
The food is amazing and defiantly a place to come and relax and enjoy your meal
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Report | 2 years ago
Rio's Brazilian food is delicious and offers great gluten free options without altering existing menu items.
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Report | 2 years ago
too much salt on top of the yuca thin slices.. entries is too salty:(
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Report | 2 years ago
Delicious food, not the best part of town so go during daylight. Parking is iffy on the premises so the earlier arrival should have a space available. Happy hour appetizers are half price, I recommend the mussels. If Flan is a favorite of yours this one is huge and the best I've ever had! Waitstaff is helpful with menu suggestions. Go and enjoy.
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Report | 2 years ago
The outside area is really cute, and the food is delicious!
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Report | 2 years ago
My favorite place!
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Report | 2 years ago
Fantastic food, slightly slow service so don't come if you are in a rush. Food is to die for.
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From Our Editors

When Ben Googins met Rio de Janeiro native Elias Martins while teaching English in Brazil in 1998, he couldn't have guessed that the two would wind up making pão de queijo—cheese bread—on an episode of the Cooking Channel's FoodCrafters with celebrity chef Aida Mollenkamp. Their journey began as Googins learned more and more about the Portuguese language and the generous, hospitable Brazilian culture via Martins's family and their flavorful cooking. The duo eventually moved to Austin in 2006, bent on realizing their dream of opening their own restaurant. After their handmade foods gained popularity at the downtown farmers' market, their all-natural malagueta sauces appeared in Austin's flagship Whole Foods store. They finally opened Rio's Brazilian Café in 2010, where the staff makes caipirinhas and creates contemporary and traditional Brazilian recipes from scratch. The last Saturday of every month, diners can enjoy feijoada, a classic Brazilian stew made with pork, beef, sausage, black beans, and the juice of one soccer ball.

The restaurant still, of course, makes its renowned cheese bread. The basil variety was the favorite of Fearless Critic, which noted that the restaurant is "one of the few places where carnivores, vegetarians, and gluten-intolerant diners can all happily coexist." The restaurant was also a Critics' Pick for Most Charming Brazilian Outpost in the Austin Chronicle's Best of Austin 2011, and has appeared in numerous publications and on TV shows such as Good Day Austin and Fox 7 News. According to Eater Austin, celebrities Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara have noshed at the cozy eatery, whose bright yellow and green exterior and outdoor patio give way to a similarly vibrant and eclectic dining area.

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