Los Angeles
1. Caboco
Arts District

Run by chef Rodrigo Oliveira, of renowned São Paulo restaurants, Mocotó and Balaio IMS, and partner-chef Victor Vasconcellos, Caboco bills itself as the first modern Brazilian restaurant in Los Angeles. Adorned with colorful art and decor, the restaurant serves a combination of traditional Brazilian dishes, some of the most popular items from Oliveira’s São Paulo outposts, plus newly conceived dishes only available at this location. Early standouts include starters like dadinhos de tapioca, or cheesy tapioca fries served with a sweet chili sauce, and mains such as a vegetarian moqueca stew with cashew fruit, hearts of palm, plantains, ora-pro-nobis (Brazilian cacti), tucupi (juice that’s extracted from cassava), and coconut broth. Caboco is also home to LA’s only artisanal caipirinha bar, where you can order cocktails with Brazil’s signature sugarcane-based liquor cachaça.
How to book: Make reservations online.

2. Valeu Espetos
Montrose

This casual spot that recently sprang up along Honolulu Avenue features a Brazilian-Korean menu that celebrates Brazil’s skewer culture. Owned by chef Tony Park, a Brazilian-Korean chef who hails from São Paulo, along with his wife, Joyce Kim, the causal restaurant digs into Park’s dual heritage with made-to-order items like marinated Bulgogi beef skewers, hot and sweet chicken wings, chicken hearts, crispy pork belly, unique pão de queijo waffles, and more—whatever you get, make sure you sprinkle it with some farofa and Park’s housemade ten-spice hot sauce.
How to book: Walk-ins welcome.

6. Café Brasil
Culver City

This pioneering Brazilian restaurant first opened its doors in 1991, offering a glimpse into Brazil’s culinary diversity with a cozy and vibrant environment that immediately transports guests to the bustling, beachfront streets of Rio. Traditional dishes like feijoada, a black bean stew with slow-cooked pork, rice, farofa, collard greens, and an orange slice, are on offer, as well as an array of meat and seafood mains that are marinated in Brazilian spices and served with white rice, black beans, salsa, fried plantains, and a soup or salad. Breakfast is served all day, and the acai bowl with granola and seasonal fruits is a must-order, though you can also grab an acai smoothie if you’re in a rush. Popular among LA’s Brazilian communities, Cafe Brasil offers Brazilian coffee served with rapadura (an unrefined sugar from Brazil) and Guarana soda (similar to ginger ale), plus a variety of Brazilian empanadas made with mozzarella cheese.
How to book: Walk-ins only for dine in or order pickup and delivery online.