Gaia Art and Cafe

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 8 reviews )

Rua Gustavo Sampaio 323 Loja A, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, 22010010

A charming bistro with a focus on natural food, organic products, gluten free and vegan options. A place for culture, art and exchange of ideas; a community meeting place. Open Tue-Fri 2:00pm-10:00pm, Sat 10:00am-10:00pm, Sun 10:00am-6:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Organic

8 Reviews

First Review by enRoute

Nice food and atmosphere - Edit

Very nice little vegetarian restaurant with plenty of vegan options, located very close to the far end of Leme/ Copacabana beach. They have a fixed menu and also do daily specials. The vegan tiramisu cheesecake was super tasty. The staff don't speak English and I don't speak Portuguese very well but they were still very helpful and friendly and provided the menu in English too. While I was there there was also a band playing in the corner which created a nice chilled out atmosphere in the room.

Pros: Tasty food, Nice atmosphere , Great location near Leme beach

Cons: Dessert portion size could be bigger!

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Lunch Deal - Edit

Went here today for lunch around 2pm. The waiter didn’t speak English but was patient with us while I used google translate. We were offered a meal for R$29 each including a salad, main dish and side dish, the flavours were very nice! We also had green juice which was really watered down. But the cheesecakes were awesome! A good meal overall for average Rio prices.

Pros: Tasty food , Good prices, free wifi

Cons: No English menu

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Nice food and great vibes - Edit

I discovered this fantastic restaurant one day after a sunbath at the nearby Leme Beach. I was pleasantly surprised by its live band and modern interior design, not to mention the amazing food. It’s a relaxing place for enjoying a vegan meal or simply hanging out. Highly recommended dishes include: quinoa vegan burger, acai bowl, and black bean soup. Their juices also tasted really fresh and nice.

Pros: food, vibes, location

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love it - Edit

Great place, excellent food and very friendly stuff.
They even have vegan and raw vegan desserts.
Love it. They also have a nice green juice.
Been there 3 time already the last few days.

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A lovely restaurant, good for a casual meal or more formal eating out - Edit

A great place to come and eat for lunch or evening meal. Excellent food, varied menu, changing daily specials, selection of organic beers and wines, fresh cakes, free WiFi, selection of organic products on sale. The only issue we had was on the day we visited, there were loads of fruit goes and mosquitos buzzing around the restaurant. All that is needed is a ceiling fan and this would be a 5 star establishment.

Pros: Excellent food, Good for both informal and informal dining, Just off the beach in Leme

Cons: Loads of fruit flies and mosquitos buzzing about w

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cute and close to beach - Edit

Small bistro a block in from the beach. We went on a Tuesday evening and it was not busy and had live music.

We had a halloumi salad and a yam rosti for about R$50 inc water. The salad was good. Came with gluten-free flatbread which was not so good. The rosti was a little greasy but filling.

Lots of vegetarian options to choose from. Had English and French translations at the back of the menu.

The band play nicely in the background.

Looked like it had wifi too (although I did not try it).

I would go back there and explore more of the menu.

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Decent Place - Edit

Found the only other review on here to be pretty far off from our experience. We went around 7pm one night from Copacabana Beach and found it very nice. The vegan burger was pretty decent by my standards and my wife had a little gluten free and vegan pizza that was nothing more than a little light layer of tapioca flour crust and a tiny bit of sauce and veggies. We got dessert and it was good too. Don't get your hopes up for something outstanding but it's decent for Brazil. There were mosquitoes all over too, which never is fun. Candles and a zapper helped...

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very disappointing, barely edible - Edit

Let's start with the good: the space is very cute, the concept is great, and the location is great.

Unfortunately, the food varies between alright and just awful. Had the penne pasta (recommendation on the board), and it tasted like someone had just cooked their first vegan dish, ever. In general, vegan options are slim: almost everything has cheese, cream, etc.

I got a "vegan burger" to go (be careful, this so called vegan burger comes with cheese if you don't ask to remove it). Imagine my delight when I got home to find it was literally – I shit you not – a single patty on two soggy buns. It didn't even vaguely resemble the pics here. Also came with something called "chips" which were essentially inedible potato stiffies. To make it worse, I'd waited an extra 30 minutes after finishing for this masterpiece to be rolled out. The only redeeming factor was that the patty itself was slightly tasty and a solid notch above edible. I still couldn't believe what you get for what you pay for... it felt like some disgruntled person in the kitchen was saying "I've had enough of you vegetarians and your 'vegan' burgers!"

It's a real shame because this place could be GREAT, but the staff really did not give the impression that they were thrilled to be there. I was wondering why my juice was taking so long and I realized that the person making it was taking big sips as it was being made (from a separate glass, but still).

Could've just been that I got there on a bad day, and maybe the dairy-based dishes are tastier... but I'd really been looking forward to loving this place which made it even more disappointing.

Pros: great location, cute space, good intentions

Cons: poor execution, food is... not good, staff distant and uninterested

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GaiaMMasse 26 Aug 2014 - Dear enRoute,
We are very sorry your experience at Gaia was unpleasant, and appreciate your feedback, as a young restaurant striving to prefect. The service you received is not our standard at all. Our chef is highly trained and regularly takes classes to improve her knowledge and techniques. We are also improving the menu to add more vegan options, and the staff has changed since May.
As for the vegan burger, something must’ve gone wrong on that day because the bun is standardly served with a slice of tomato, salad, and a vegan sauce funghi secci, or a vegetarian gorgonzola sauce. It comes with a side of freshly cooked mandioca, which might not have been to your taste but is a classic of Brazilian cuisine.
We are once again sorry for your experience and hope to see you again to taste our enhanced menu options, our organic drinks, enjoy our live music and ongoing exhibitions of local artists.
Best regards,

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enRoute 26 Aug 2014 - Hi there, and thanks for your response! I'm sorry I was so harsh on the place, I do generally try to look for the positive... I think it's because my expectations were very high and as you say it probably was just a bad day. I'll definitely come back and give it another shot on my next visit. Really hoping for your success as it's clear that a lot of work went into the space. See you next time!  

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