Vegetariano Social Clube

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Rua Conde de Bernadotte 26, lj L leblon (at Leblon), Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Culinaria organica. Weekday buffet lunch with soup, salad, and other choices. A la carte dinner with stroganof, pasta, and more. Serves vegan wine. Open Mon-Sat 12:00pm-11:30pm, Sun 12:00pm-5:30pm.

Categories: Vegan, Organic, Buffet, Beer/Wine, Brazilian

37 Reviews

First Review by msutton911

simple but tasty - Edit

A small vegan buffet cafe on a leafy street in Rio. A good (but not big) selection of dishes which were all healthy and tasty. Not badly priced and a nice selection of wines.

Pros: a little bit of outdoor seating - great for people

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simple but nice - Edit

100% vegan
Very simple place. The buffet is ok, they don't offer many options. But if you are a hungry vegan in Rio, it is an alternative.

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Small and cozy with Brazilian vegan food - Edit

Located on a lively sidewalk with a vast menu for such a small kitchen. Great juices!!! They deliver to anywhere in Zona Sul.

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Nothing more than ok! - Edit

My husband and I were here just once while on our holidays in Rio. The food was ok! Nothing more or less! Atmosphere was nice and the waiter was friendly!

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Delicious, hot vegan meal - Edit

Terrific food here. I had the mushroom risotto, which offered a tasty meal and a generous portion. The fruit juice blend I had with it was great as well. The server was attentive and the ambience was nice, if a little vacant.

The prices are generally pretty high, but worth it for the great meal.

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Good option at Leblon - Edit

It isn't that expensive considering the location at an upscale neighboorhood, as for the food I had, it was tasteful but not so remarkable.

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go for feijão! - Edit

Traditional dishes made vegan, you can't missed it!

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my fav vegan in this area - Edit

This is place is a bit pricy, but it's heaven for vegans in Rio. They have good real food that manages to offer more than the salad and tofu that most Brazilian restaurants seem to believe are the only vegan foods in the planet. They have interesting food with a nive local touch

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Fantastic vegan food! - Edit

Great tasting food, many options available, friendly wait staff, amazing juices, flavorful and cute space.

Pros: vegan, options, open late (for brasil at least)

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Very nice - Edit

Delicious lunch buffet! You can also buy yummy juices etc for a bit extra. Staff were very sweet. They also sell a few little things like vegan chocolate bars.

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Simplemente exquisito! - Edit

Restaurant con varias opciones veganas y muy gourmet! Recomiendo el strogonoff de palmitos y de postre, el helado de jengibre, con el que me empalagué y no lo pude terminar pero de todas formas estaba delicioso!

Pros: comida excepcional

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A vegan must go in Rio! - Edit

I love this place, because it is absolutely vegan, has great and tasty food and it stays open at night! Usually here the vegan/vegetarian restaurants are only open for lunch, but here you have the option to go for a drink with friends at night, with vegan appetizers and great options for the main dishes, like the "bobó" and the "strogonofe". Recently they added some new things on the night menu, like the pupunha noodles and the quinoa burger. Amazing! We love this place! Oh, every wednesday and sunday at lunch they serve vegan "feijoada", with rice, "farofa" and fresh kale = perfection!

Pros: 100% vegan, Opens at night, Inexpensive

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Very pleasant - Edit

At night, the Vegetariano Social Clube is a nice change from the vegetarian buffet in town.

The menu is extensive, the staff is friendly and the restaurant is located on a nice street with two tables outside and A/C inside.

Pros: Alcohol is served, Homemade potato chips, Large selection

Cons: A little expensive, Some dishes are bland

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Delicious Vegan /vegetarian food - Edit

I'd been in Brazil for almost a week now and was dying for some Vegan / vegetarian Brazilian food. Needless to say the social club did not disappoint.

A little on the blander side but they had one of the best tasting and spiciest hot sauce in Brazil yummm. That and the lentil soup and tofu vegetable stir fry were exactly what the doctor had ordered.

On the other hand my wife did not like the food partly because she is not a vegetarian and partly because she was sick from a beach side caipirinha she had a few minutes past.

Please go here if you're ever in need of a good vegan vegetarian buffet in Rio... You will be glad you did.

Pros: Food , Service , Location

Cons: Price , Selection

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Best place in Rio! - Edit

I loved this place! I went once for the buffet and had some very fresh salad with cilantro dressing, rice with beans and some tofu and marinara balls. I went another night for dinner and ordered risotto with pumpkin cream sauce that was so good. I also had some chocolate cake. No one there spoke English but they were very nice and helpful. They also have an English menu.

Pros: Delicious food!, Friendly staff, Large menu

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Neat place, could be better - Edit

Small but pleasant environment. The fact that they're all vegan is great, but some of the dishes could use some oomph. The caldo verde was excellent, and I liked the mushroom/coconut stew, but a place like this should really knock their dishes out of the park and this wasn't the case. The gluten snacks were basically just gluten strips cooked with onions, and the tempeh sandwich was a slab of tempeh and some bread. Still recommended, but as others have mentioned, it's pricey.

Pros: cute, friendly, vegan

Cons: food should be better, pricey, somewhat remote location

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Our GO-TO Vegetarian Place in Rio - Edit

We love this place. Not every single dish is a home run, but we love it for the creativity. We are always inspired by trying new things here. Their vegan reinterpretations of many classic Brazilian dishes make Brazilian cuisine experience available to vegans. For that alone, you should not miss it. We come here every time we are in Rio and try something new. Service is very friendly and helpful, and the atmosphere is very enjoyable - crisp and modern. It is also easy to find in Leblon, which is a plus.

Pros: excellent, creative food, nice ambiance

Cons: None

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after 3 times - Edit

I can say it's only ok .. The buffa was the best ...but it's util 5-6Pm the pizza it's ok ..and I ask the most poplar dish and I didn't like it ! Something with rice & mushroom with coconut dress ..

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Great vegan food in Leblon - Edit

I came here for lunch today and it was very good. I wasn't wildly impressed with the buffet choices, so I ordered a tofu-filled oat pancake with a side salad and it was wonderful, really tasty and filling, and significantly cheaper than the buffet. I would definitely like to come here again as their dinner menu looked pretty good too.

Pros: Tasty, filling vegan food, Cosy atmosphere, Friendly staff

Cons: Buffet was quite expensive with few choi

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Just ok - Edit

This place is a small cafe style diner in Leblon. As it's the most expensive suburb in Rio, the prices are bit on the steep side too, though I was still grateful for some veggoe nosh!

You can expect to pay RL30 for an all-you-can-eat vegan buffet with about 5 choices. Drinks and dessert are extra. Food was okay, not exceptional.

Pros: Not many veggie places in the beach subu

Cons: average food, expensive

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Just ok I guess - Edit

I know a lot of people here is going crazy about Vegetariano Social Club, but for me it tasted just good, specially after going to "Refeitorio Organico" and "Universo Organico".

The only special option was a bunch of vegetables with a pesto sauce. The rest tasted just as "everyday brazillian food" but expensive.

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Not bad for Brazil - Edit

The food here is certainly not top notch gourmet, but considering we're talking about Rio, where veg options aren't exactly ubiquitous, you could certainly do a lot worse.

The restaurant is very crisp, clean and modern - if only the aircon was turned down a little it would be quite a pleasant place to eat. You can sit outside though if you want to avoid the cold air and watch the passers by... it's a trendy area situated just near a theatre of sorts, so generally a nice place to be.

The juices here are great - quite possibly the best in town. They have some good vege juice combos and you can get them in jugs to share (1 jug = about 3 glasses). We came back several times just for these alone. The soups are also really good and filling. The main courses are not their strong point but they are doable all the same - we liked that they felt healthy, not heavy or oily, etc.

The staff don't speak a word of English but the menu is translated so you can just point and smile. Don't expect many smiles back though, they are quite stern in manner, not all that friendly.

Overall though this is a really useful establishment and certainly worth checking out. The food is organic and the prices aren't outrageous (for Rio, that is!) so as long as you don't go in expecting 5 star gourmet (some of the dishes are a bit on the bland side, others are much better) you should come out feeling energized and happy.. which for us is the main thing, anyway.

Pros: organic!!, healthy feel, great vege juices

Cons: no english, not many smiles, some dishes a bit bland/average

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Really Good Food & Delivers Locally - Edit

I ordered food from here for delievery when I was in Rio and I really liked the food. It was really good and filling.

I had the pumpkin soup and the mushroom risotto. I also tried the banana pie that didn't have any added sugar. The pie was okay but is a great option for those who do not like consuming a lot of cane sugar.

The soup was filling and allowed me to keep some of the risotto for the next day. The risotto re-heated well.

Pros: Lots of food options, Large Portions

Cons: Delievery time is long

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Little, but good - Edit

With the limited vegan choices in the Zona Sul neighborhoods, it's great that this place is around. It's very tiny - only a few tables (we ate outside), and has a homely feel. We came here a couple of times during our stay. The buffet has about six hot options (vegan feijoada - or Brazilian black bean stew, on Sunday), a soup, and some fresh salads/dressings. The price was about 29 R$ for all-you-can-eat buffet. The food was very tasty and filling. You can also sit at one of the two outdoor tables.

I agree with one of the posters below that this place has THE BEST caipirinha in all of Rio, served with organic cachaca liquor. (And just next door is "Academia Cachaca", a supposedly hip caipirinha bar- with caipirinhas that were not as good).

Credit cards accepted. Minimal English spoken, but menu is bilingual (EN/PT). Staff is courteous.

Pros: Feijoada stew, Tasty meals

Cons: Small

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Good buffet range - Edit

went there a few times as there isn't a huge veggie choice in Rio. The buffet was nice - a bit pricey by Rio standards -29 Real, about $15. There was a good range of hot dishes, salads and soup. Drinks and puddings are extra. My Brazilian friend thought everything was vegan - but you wouldn't necessarily be able to tell that from their website. The hot dishes generally feature a veggie version of the national dish, some sort of black bean stew. I had a vegan chocolate cake which was nice - not that sweet but covered in a gooey sweet date sauce. The waitress was quite insistent that it was cocoa cake, rather than chocolate. The staff don't speak English, but the menu is in Portuguese and English. The staff are rather reluctant to serve you (luckily the buffet is self service), especially if you don't speak Portuguese, so it was a long wait for a drink.

Pros: Range of food, English menu

Cons: A little hard to find, a little pricey

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Tasty food, relaxed place - Edit

This is more of a bar really, located in a shopping center in Leblon so don't expect a fancy dinner. The buffet is small but tasty, with simple food based mostly on local ingredients. The staff does not speak English but they have a menu in English (and also everything's vegan anyway so feel free to experiment:-). I ate there last week (June 2012) and it was a very welcome change after all that rice and beans... Make sure to try their fresh juices, the lemon-basil-apple-orange one was amazing!

Pros: relaxed atmosphere, fresh juices, buffet (easy if you don't speak Portuguese)

Cons: very small

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Great wholesome lunch - Edit

Visited 11/10/11 and had a great lunch. Started with the soup. Then had a lovely plate of salad. Then there were many lovely dishes.This was a great buffet and good value. Had the juice of the day. The place was nice and busy. They English drinks list.

Pros: Good food, Good value, Friendly staff

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