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.
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.
Opened in spring of this year, Nossa is owned by duo Simone Bonelli and John Borghetti, who seamlessly bridge their Italian and Brazilian backgrounds, while simultaneously paying homage to the Italian influence that’s prominent in Brazilian cuisines thanks to multiple waves of migration since the late 19th century. The menu features an assortment of tagliatelle pastas, as well as chicken lasagna, plus a succulent half-roasted chicken that’s served with nossa rice (organic coconut, lime zest, and cilantro stems), black beans, plantains, farofa (a toasted cassava mixture), salsa campanha, and chimichurri. Small plates like pão de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), fried artichoke, and striped bass and plum ceviche are ideal for sharing, as are salads like the grilled lettuces with gem lettuces, peanut romesco, crispy shallots, and feta. Stop by during happy hour (Wednesday and Thursday from 5-6 pm and Friday and Saturday from 3-6 pm) for $2 off glasses of wine & sangria, $1 off draft beer, $3 off pitchers/carafes plus discounts on some of the small plates, the Nossa burger (picanha, short rib and brisket burger with roasted tomato, cheddar, red onion, lettuce, palmito, malagueta mayo, sweet potato fries, and chimichurri), and linguiça sandwich (Brazilian sausage, pineapple, cilantro, avocado, and spicy mayo).
How to book: via their website.
Owned by chef Natalia Pereira who hails from Vianópolis, Brazil, Woodspoon recently earned a Bib Gourmand designation by the Michelin Guide for high-quality dishes that showcase the flavors of the Minas Gerais region in southeastern Brazil. You can’t go wrong with any of the dishes listed under “Woodspoon Favorites,” especially the Brazilian chicken pot pie with tender shredded chicken, hearts of palm, olives, and corn, that’s served alongside a mixed salad and housemade green salsa. Or tuck into moqueca, a traditional seafood stew with black cod and a secret coconut sauce that’s served over cilantro rice. The menu also features popular street foods like coxinha, which translates to castle in Portuguese and describes the shape of this towering chicken-stuffed pastry. Wash it all down with a glass of Woodspoon’s signature sangria, available with red or white wine.
How to book: via Tock.
Established in 2019, H&H Brazilian Steakhouse takes a modern approach to the traditional churrascarias of Rio Grande do Sul, a state in Brazil that embraces the gaucho (South American cowboy) culture. Helmed by Henrique Huyer, H&H offers all-you-can-eat and a la carte menus, both of which prioritize organic produce and grass-fed beef, and can be enjoyed in the restaurant’s elegant dining room or on the string-lit patio. Treat yourself to a Brazilian-style weekend brunch for just $39.95, with unlimited picanha (prime culotte), fraldinha (bottom sirloin), maminha (prime tri-tip), galeto ao primo canto (chicken drumstick), baby-back pork ribs, and Brazilian sausage served tableside, plus the option to add bottomless mimosas for just $22 more. If your appetite isn’t quite that large, the eight-ounce truffle filet mignon and Brazilian sea bass that’s served with a housemade special sauce and Brussels sprouts also make for compelling options. Stop by for weekday happy hour from 5–7 pm to enjoy discounts on Brazilian cocktails, beers, and wines by the glass. The restaurant also hosts live jazz every Tuesday evening.
How to book: via their website. Walk-ins for dine-in are accepted before 9:30 pm.
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.