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Bio Carioca

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 27 reviews )
Contact +55-2122364125

Rua Xavier da Silveira, 28 (at Copacabana), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 22060010

Natural food restaurant offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free food. Mon-Sun 11:30am-6:00pm

Category: Vegan-friendly, Ovo, Pizza, Organic, Western, Juice bar, Beer/Wine, Delivery, Brazilian

Reviews (27)

First Review by jcjames11

Big selection including many vegan items - Edit

The selection is really the best part of this particular restaurant. I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth with so few vegan or vegetarian restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, but unfortunately the food was quite bland. The sandwich I ordered was inoffensive, but it wasn't especially cheap and not worth going out of your way for.

I'll try something different next time I'm there (no doubt I'll be back with the smallish vegan selection in Rio), and I may change my review after trying something else.

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Fantastic food, huge selection, daily specials, English menus available - Edit

Great vegan / vegetarian café. Lots of seating and a huge selection of food in comparison to most places. Beers and wines also served.

Pros: Huge selection, Daily specials , Large seated area

Cons: Most staff do not speak English so can cause some , Very popular so some items run out fast

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an oasis in Copacabana - Edit

one of my favorite restaurants in Rio. good food, different mains every day with extraordinary cakes and delicious juices. the service is mediocre, this is Rio don't expect that much.
a small oasis on Copacabana.

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Delicious with many choices - Edit

The menu was huge, but the plates quite small. Order a side salad if you are hungry! Everything I tasted was excellent and I recommend the feijoada, the classic meat meal in brazil, made vegan. They have many types of desserts, but unfortunately everything is not vegan. A plus is that they have marked clearly in their menu which meals contains lakto-products and egg. Enjoy!

Shanti shanti shanti

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Do they know what vegan means? - Edit

The food is good, a little expensive, though. I was just upset because I ordered a vegan meal and it came with a side salad with honey mustard dressing and cheese....
Good caipirinhas!

Pros: good drinks, good food, gluten free options

Cons: service, price

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Great vegan option in Copacabana - Edit

They have a lot of vegan options, and on the menu (you can ask for the english version) they specify if the dish is vegan or vegetarian.

The attention is normal but fast.

The food is delicious.

This was the first place that we came with my boyfriend in Rio, and we were totally thankful with this little bio paradise. Please, you have to taste the vegan feijoada!

Pros: Good food, Very clear

Cons: The staff, A little uncomfortable

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Good Food, service is ok - Edit

I went there for dinner with my girlfriend. The waiter did not give us much attention, maybe he was just having a bad day.

We had to ask him to come back to our table several times, because we had questions about the menu.

The food was pretty good, though. I ordered a mushroom omelette and my girlfriend had a mushroom bifum (rice spaghetti). They where both excellent, and well served.

Dinner for two with beverages was R$90 (about 35 U$D).

If you're around Copacabana near Ipanema and Arpoador, I recommend the place.

Pros: Nice Vibe, Good Food, Well Served

Cons: Service is just OK

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Pretty Good In Copacabana! - Edit

Liked this place. Very small in area with lots of seating (crammed a little) but a nice atmosphere. Food was great and clearly labeled vegan, gluten free, and just veg. I ordered a vegan item and they brought me cheese on the side, which always bothers me. Food was good though.

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Delicious lunch in a nice setting - Edit

We were in copa today at the beach so headed to bio for lunch.
The venue is light and airy, with a split level dining area and a modern feel.
The food was delicious! We had the set rice and bean plate which comes with sautéed kale yummmm! I've been missing some greens since we got to Brazil and this was perfectly cooked, not over done as sometimes can be the case. We also had the tofu mushroom quiche which was sensational.

The staff were very friendly and helpful and having an English menu is a big plus. The menu also clearly marks which dishes are vegan, gluten free etc.Will definitely be back (maybe even tomorrow).
We are in Brazil for 55 days and I had been worried about getting decent vegan meals whilst here, but with places like Bio Carioca I need not worry.

Pros: Quiche, English menu marking vegan dishes

Cons: None

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great little oasis - Edit

like others, I really liked this place. nice good, nice environment, open Sundays, friendly staff. it really isn't that vegan (cheese and cream used in many dishes), but if you communicate to them they'll offer you plenty of options. Very close to the metro.

Pros: delicious, friendly, good location

Cons: pricey, could be more vegan

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Vegan lunch in Copa - Edit

If you're staying in Copa and are vegan, you'll be so pleased you found this place. We went our first day and enjoyed a nice lunch. It's hard to find a spot offering vegan food in Copacabana, and this place is cute to boot! It reminded me of some of the vegan cafés in LA (like a more Brazilian Real Food Daily). They do have cheese, so be sure to select the (clearly marked!) vegan items only. Thank goodness for the English menu.

We sampled the quiche, yakisoba, juice, and spring rolls, and were happy with the price and taste. Highly recommend the juice and any of the Asian-inspired dishes. Not the greatest vegan food I've ever had, but good for this neighborhood.

If you're staying in Copa, I also recommend Vezpa Pizza (they have a vegan pizza on the menu, plus delivery).

Pros: Asian-inspired entrees, English menu, Near Copacabana

Cons: A little bland, No faux cheese

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Excellent small plates - Edit

This place was a life-saver during our recent stay in Copacabana Beach. It was pretty much the only vegan place nearby. From what I recall, at least half the menu was vegan (and clearly marked as such). We went there for lunch and ordered a number of small plates off the daily lunch menu. The tofu and hearts-of-palm quiche was unbelievably good. The staff were friendly despite the language barrier (the waiter was unbelievably patient with all my menu pointing). I think we ended up getting 4 different things plus a fantastic banana juice and the bill was still extremely reasonable. I would definitely eat here again.

Pros: varied daily menu, vegan, price

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Great place - Edit

A great veggie restaurant in Copacabana ... apparently the only one! I spoke to the owner and she tells me that plans are afoot to open the place for evening meals soon, in addition to the current noon til 6 pm arrangement.

Staff were very helpful and can speak English... although they do have an English version of their menu too. All food is categorised gluten-free/vegan/veggie. There is a daily menu of hot plates in the counter plus a la carte menu. The quality of the food is very good and the dishes are quite imaginitive; I particularly liked the quiches - ununusual for a vegan dish. Also enjoyed the many desserts that they make.

Price is pretty reasonable - RL 7-10 for a dish.

I liked this place so much, I ate here most days I was in Rio

Pros: Helpful staff, Wide choice of vegan foods, Great desserts

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Great find - Edit

Brazilian dishes, vegan style. What a relief to find a small culinary delight for the vegan preferred diner. I followed the suggestions and other reviews to this little place and was happy to eat very well. The dish I chose was a "Moqueca de caju" a traditional northeast dish with surprising and savory vegan modifications. I added accompaniments of rice and farofa to round out the meal and had two freshly juiced drinks. The menu is varied and full and I look forward to coming here again. The servers and owners were very friendly and overall the experience was very fulfilling and delicious. Quiet atmosphere and I ate downstairs while watching a soccer match on a wide screen TV.

Pros: great menu, varied items, quiet, pleasant, vegan!

Cons: really could not find cons here

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A convenient organic lunch option - Edit

We weren't blown away by this place but it was ok all the same. The ambience is lovely - it's really nicely done out in natural woods with some modern touches... feels very new and trendy. The menu is not huge but sufficient nonetheless. Most of the best options are listed on the daily specials list, so the experience will be different depending what day of the week you visit. We ended up with quite a lot of proteins and not so many veges. The juices were not the super vege concoctions we prefer either, instead being mostly fruit based - some interesting and unique combinations though, including the use of herbs and spices in them.

The food arrives at the table very quickly after being ordered, so they must be pre-made..obviously fresh would be better, as you don't get that buzz you get from freshly prepared meals. The taste profiles are also not quite up there with the best - we suspect the chefs are not all that accomplished. They are trying though and the vibe is positive and upbeat, so kudos to them.

No English is spoken but they have an English version of the menu. Ordering involves finding the Portugese equivalent and pointing to it.

All in all, not a place we will be running back to, but if we are in the area and hungry, we will probably try our luck a second time. It's certainly doable.
Updated from previous review on Thursday January 03, 2013

Pros: organic, nice interior, great location

Cons: mostly pre-made, not heaps of veges, flavours could be improved a bit

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Good, inexpensive, food and a helpful English Menu - Edit

Rio is not the easiest city for vegetarians, particularly those who do not speak Portuguese. This basic restaurant - half a block back from Copacabana Beach and just down the road from the Contaglo Metro Station - is therefore a real find.

Earlier reviewers have complained of the absence of an English menu but they have now introduced one and the dishes are clearly marked as vegetarian/vegan etc. We went four times and there was someone there who spoke good, idiomatic, English on two of them. On other occasions, it is easy to order by pointing to what you want on the English menu. The waiter then reads the corresponding numbered entry on the Portuguese version.

The food was good, the portions large and the price reasonable: far more so than anywhere else we ate at in the Copacabana area.

I only wish it had been open during the evening.

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Great little restaurant near Copacabana beach - Edit

As most of the other reviewers stated, this is a family-owned restaurant that serves nutritious meals. The owner and her oldest son speak English - feel free to ask for an English speaker when you walk in. While they do have menus (Portuguese only), what we found easier is to walk up to the refrigerated glass counter, see what is available, and ask. An alternative is to grab a table, and order from the menu. They had many yummy options, some vegetarian, some vegan, including raw "burgers", a sweet potato soup, salads, quiches, etc. They also have the quintessential Brazilian fresh-squeezed juices. Everything tasted fresh and delicious.
The food is priced fairly reasonably. They take credit cards.

Pros: Delicious food

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Great place for lunch - Edit

Really near to the beach and easy to find. No one spoke English when I was there but the menu was helpfully colour coded for vegan, gluten free etc. Was a real treat to have some really tasty and well prepared food, it was much more gourmet food than anything else I tried in Rio and reasonably priced. i had a vegan heart of palm quiche which was really tasty. Pity it isn't open in the evenings.

Pros: good food, good value

Cons: only open for lunch, no english spoken

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Will be back! - Edit

Everything on the menu looked good so I hope I can come back to try more! The owner was very helpful in helping us select what to order.
It's a plus that the kitchen is open - you can see everything being prepared.

Pros: Plenty of information available, Clean, Healthy

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A gem in Copacabana - Edit

This is a great vegetarian place for lunches. Well recommended. Variety of tasty organic home-made options for vegans and vegetarians. Clean and pleasant. Friendly owner who takes pride in the food they serve. She spoke good English, describing each of the menu items in good detail. We have been there a few times and and will certainly go back there on our next visit to Rio.

Pros: Excellent food, Clean and pleasant environment, Friendly staff

Cons: Open till 6pm only

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Highly Recommended - Edit

I was in Rio for a few days working. Really good food here, with basic fare like brown rice and beans done right. Lots of more sophisticated stuff too. A three course meal with juice (very good juices, btw) is about 30-odd Real, or £7-10. This is cheaper than a lot of restuarants in the Copacabana area, which is expensive by Rio standards.

Two things to note:

1) it's only open during the day, not at night, which is shame as it would be great for an evening meal.

2) some of the food is quite salty -- the noodles, for example.

Very friendly people and good food. Highly recommended.

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One of the best meals in Brazil - Edit

On the last day of our 4 day trip to Rio, we went to this lovely restaurant in Copacabana. At first it was a bit intimidating because it was not the typical buffet restaurant that we had experienced all over Brazil. One of the wait staff gave us a menu and tried to explain in Portuguese what it all had. There were various dishes displayed in the show case each identified with a name. We had quickly confirmed with the waiter (through the piece of papaer in local language I always carry) that everything was vegetarian. But bten I saw a sign saying some items may have ova (eggs). Just then, a beautiful young woman walks up to us and starts speaking in English. At first we thought she worked there, then realized she was a customer who had just finished her meal and seeing our language problem , spent the next 15 minutes explaining everything in English.

Bottom line..... after numerous buffet meals all over Brazil, we were glad to have an ala carte meal that almost seemed like fine dining! Between the 2 of us, we tried 6 different items, and each was flavorful and reasonably priced. This was one of the best meals during our 2 weeks in Brazil.

Pros: Location, Variety, Flavor

Cons: Language

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Great wholesome lunch - Edit

Easy to find just couple of blocks down from a Metro. No English Menu, shame juices were in English. We had lentil soup and a salad. Should have gone to the counter and pointed because the quiches looked amazing. Juices good. Seemed good value.It was nice and busy.

Pros: healthy cuisine, friendly staff, would recomend

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