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Good Brazilian restaurants?

Tommy 2-2 Jun 21, 2004 12:59 PM

Can you suggest any good Brazilian restaurants in the Toronto area? I don't mean something like Caju, but an authentic restaurant that the Brazilian community would frequent.


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    patricia yuri May 19, 2009 02:11 PM

    Hi Tommy! I went to Red Violin (Danforth area) last March, and it´s a good Brazilian Restaurant, even though the owners and people that work there aren´t Brazilian. Try it and let me know if you liked it! Have fun!

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      Teffub May 19, 2009 02:45 PM

      I would (with all due respect to patricia Yuri) NEVER go to Red Violin. Its pathetic...Go to Copacabana on eglinton...I have been there three times and it is awesome (for Toronto) brazillian Rodizio.

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      1. re: Teffub
        ckostecki Aug 10, 2009 04:58 AM

        is that the same as the copacabana in niagara?

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        ziggystardust May 19, 2009 08:18 PM

        My Brazilian students swear by Rio 40 North at St.Clair and Dufferin. I went with them once, it was good, but having never been to Brazil myself, I can't vouch for it's authenticity.

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          sabyfbf Jun 4, 2009 10:57 AM

          As a Brazilian person I would recommend no place other than the Brazilian Star at 1242 Dundas West. You can't get more authentic than that... the meals taste exactly like they do at home and the Brazilian community in Toronto is always there either for lunch or dinner.

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          1. re: sabyfbf
            Strongbad789 Jun 5, 2009 06:07 AM

            Is Brazilian Star still open? I checked it out on urbanspoon and they said that it was closed. Too bad if it is...I was just thinking that I should try it out.

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              corruptchicken Aug 9, 2009 08:56 PM

              i too just read that brazilian star closed down...

              anyone have any good recs for brazilian?

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                YummyYummy Apr 4, 2010 02:17 PM

                Serious question, where is the substitute restaurant for Brazilian Star since it is now closed. Where do people eat now?

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                  greg33 Jun 3, 2010 04:32 PM

                  I just heard that Brazilian star was closed. Very unfortunate...the food was very authentic there, and I was looking forward to watching World Cup matches there.

                  Rio 40 might be worth a shot.

                  Rio 40 Restaurant
                  1256 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E1B9, CA

                  1. re: greg33
                    mapotofu Jun 3, 2010 06:25 PM

                    close by to the former brazilian star is kilo restaurant (1454 dundas w). it does steam table hot and cold food by weight, so definitely not a fancy place, but good turnover and their offerings are quite delicious and affordable. there's plantains, usually 2 rice dishes, around 4 meat/seafood, and couple veg, plus cold beet, potato, and leafy salads. feijoada and fried fish on weekends.

                    if you like fried food, do try their pastels. Delicately crispy dough, stuffed with meat, cheese, or sweet filling, freshly fried and comes to your table piping hot - so good!

                    to top it off, the staff are some of the nicest restaurant people I've met. very open to answering questions about brazillian cuisine.

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                      C mac Jun 4, 2010 08:00 AM

                      yeah I was going to recommend Brazilian Star too. Didn't know they closed. I loved that place.

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                        sabyfbf Feb 23, 2011 07:29 PM

                        Actually Brazilian Star is still open. it was closed for a while between 2009 and 2010 for renovations but it has been open again for over a year now. The ambiance has improved and the menu is slightly larger too.. It is still my favourite for Brazilian food in Toronto, tastes homemade just like it should.

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                          YummyYummy Feb 24, 2011 01:01 PM

                          This is very good to hear the place has re-opened and has not gone out of business like some may have thought.

                          Would you happen to know approximately what the menu price for feijoada is on a Saturday? I really want to eat there this weekend. LOL

                          1. re: YummyYummy
                            sabyfbf Feb 24, 2011 03:10 PM

                            I can't think of the exact number right now but I imagine it's between $15-20. If i remember correctly the most expensive item on their menu is about $26 and is a meal for two people (that can actually feed three people very well).

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