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El Born

Rua Bolivar 17 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22061-021, Brazil
+55 21 3496-1780
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“tapas” (63 reviews)
“cheese balls” (4 reviews)
Closes in 27 min
Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Rua Bolivar 17 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22061-021, Brazil
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate at El Born on our first night in Rio opting for 4 small tapas dishes between the two of us. We tried the cheese balls (cheese balls wrapped in angel hair pasta), fish cakes, chicken and bacon skewers and patatas bravas. Each dish...More

Thank iamkirstydevine
Reviewed April 12, 2018

The atmosphere was great and the service was fantastic. The cheese balls are as good as everyone has commented. The salted fish cakes were good, there was a black bean tapas that was quite delicious and the fried avocado with tuna salad was tasty. We...More

Thank Kim C
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

A little more pricey for a backpacker budget but delicious food and lots of options for vegetarians which is hard to find in South America - and not just lots of cheese! Went as a couple (25-30years old) and my boyfriend eats meat - he...More

Thank Mifi99
Reviewed March 28, 2018 via mobile

Wow! What a great find in Rio! A cozy cool atmosphere greets you at this tapas bar. The staff is super friendly and helpful for us poor Portuguese speakers. The tapas were amazing and various creations came around quite regularly. The beef was grilled to...More

Thank R0bbysue
Reviewed March 22, 2018

Great tapas place! We ordered the chicken wrapped in bacon which was amazing as well as a croquette. Also had the shrimp risotto which was being offered and it was great! Lovely bottle of wine too :)

Thank TianiKev
Reviewed February 24, 2018 via mobile

Great tapas! All fresh and different. Octopus and shrimp were really good and the salmon with sweet potato was just perfect! Lovely atmosphere, friendly staff. We managed fine with a mix of Spanish and English. Wine is reasonably priced. Cocktails could use a bit more...More

Thank Katinka v
Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

Very nice place with good tapas and service. The bartenders made fantastic drinks and really nice vibes.

Thank Monica S
Reviewed February 10, 2018 via mobile

Food - 4 Cleanliness - 5 Staff - 5 Location - 5 Other positives - didn't order off the menu, if was just fun experience seeing what they'll bring out next to try to Other negatives - Value for money/Overall rating - 4 Would I...More

Thank 5redleader
Reviewed February 5, 2018 via mobile

We had the best dinner here at El Born! The tapas were fantastic and we only had the vegetarian options (which there are many). Lovely and fun atmosphere, and we had very good drinks as well (recommend the frozen mango drink and the traditional caipirinha)....More

Thank rlfisher02
Reviewed January 22, 2018 via mobile

Again, this was recommended in the lonely planet guide, and was exactly my type of tapas bar, stone walls, candle lit and a warm atmosphere. I did what the guide said not too and ordered too much! There was so much tasty food on offer!...More

Thank Wanderlust X
The rowdy Copacabana is one of the most traditional
and old areas from Rio de Janeiro. This neighbourhood
is a blend of Brazilian soul - crowded, rowdy and
traditional. This neighbourhood has a bit of
everything: bars with music, pubs, street fairs,
chaotic streets, and many shops. All these things and
more live side-by-side. There are options for all
price points and tastes. However, the most powerful
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Maria A
August 1, 2017|
Response from Gerencia_cliente | Property representative |
Hello... We really dont know yet... But we can keep in touch, okay?
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Jeanette C
July 17, 2017|
Response from Gerencia_cliente | Property representative |
Hi! Yes, we have a few options without gluten! :)
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April 29, 2017|
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No! You can go to visit us any hour that you can! ;)
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rua Bolivar 17 | Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro 22061-021, Brazil
  • Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Rio de Janeiro>  > Copacabana
  • Neighbourhood: Copacabana
  • Phone Number: +55 21 3496-1780
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