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Where to Find the Best Brazilian Food in Los Angeles

Find your favorite Brazilian dish, or discover a new one you've never tried

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The Olympic Games ended this last weekend with a bang, celebrating the athleticism and sportsmanship of its competitors. The world received a glimpse of Brazil's diverse culture and many would say it was a success despite the political turmoil. If you're feeling a certain void from the competition, fill that emptiness with delicious Brazilian cuisine that LA has to offer. Here, you'll find everything from comfort foods to street foods from all corners of LA, with an explanation of what to order at each place.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Empadāo at Wood Spoon

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107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 629-1765
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One of the most authentic and unpretentious Brazilian restaurants in town is Wood Spoon. Its warm and inviting atmosphere makes for a great meal filled with Brazilian favorites. With multiple standouts on the menu, the main attraction is the empadão, a Brazilian chicken potpie with hearts of palm, olives, and roasted corn.

2. Pāo de queijo at Wood Spoon

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107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 629-1765
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One of Brazil’s most popular snacks or appetizers is pão de queijo. It can be served before a meal, at a birthday party or as a side item in many establishments. Think puffed bread shaped into a ball with a chewy, cheesy center. Wood Spoon makes pão de queijo from scratch and is a great opener to any meal. Bonus: it’s usually gluten-free because it’s made with tapioca flour.

3. Coxinhas at Cantinho Brasileiro

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10925 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA

Interestingly enough, Cantinho Brasileiro is located inside a Hispanic meat market in Palms called El Camaguey. Open until 3 p.m., Cantinho Brasileiro boasts delicious Brazilian dishes for lunch. An incredibly popular street food dish is the coxinha. It’s reminiscent of a fried croquette in the shape of a chicken leg. Inside a coxinha, you’ll find marinated shredded chicken in a doughy center. Cantinho Brasileiro raises the bar by adding catupiry inside, which is similar to a lighter cream cheese filling.

4. Stroganoff at Ta Bom Truck

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(323) 902-7591
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The Brazilian food truck Ta Bom specializes in a variety of Brazilian dishes and the Brazilian Stroganoff is its bestseller. The variation between the old-school Russian dish and the Brazilian one is diced beef or chicken, onions, mushroom, tomato sauce and heavy cream on a bed of rice. To top it off, shoestring potato chips are added for an extra crunch. Follow Ta Bom’s Twitter to find out where it’s headed next.

5. Pastel at Mesa Brazilian Eatery

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10917 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-0240

Located in Westwood, Mesa Brazilian Grill is as minimalistic as it gets. And you may think twice before walking in but don’t be fooled; it has some of the best, affordable and speedy Brazilian meals in town. A favorite here is a street food called pastel. Imagine a wonton and an empanada having a baby and becoming a Brazilian snack. Inside you’ll find gooey cheese or order it with meat and cheese for a great appetizer before your meal.

6. Churrasco at Pampas Grill Farmers Market

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6333 W 3rd St #618
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 931-1928
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For those wanting a casual meal, where you pay at the counter, Pampas Grill inside the Farmer’s Market at The Grove is a fantastic choice. Start at the buffet, then choose which cut of meat you’d prefer and afterwards you pay by weight. And voila, you have a delicious Brazilian meal without the steep price tag.

7. Feijoada at Cafe Brasil

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10831 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 837-8957
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For colorful ambiance and traditional Brazilian food, Café Brasil prepares feijoada extremely well. Feijoada is a staple in most Brazilian kitchens and consists of a black bean stew with pork and beef, cooked in low heat for hours. In Brazil, it’s customarily served on Saturday afternoon and meant to be enjoyed with family. Accompanied by white rice, farofa (toasted cassava flour similar to breadcrumbs) for added texture, collard greens, and an orange slice to help with digestion.

8. Moqueca at Mesa Brazilian Eatery

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10917 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-0240

If you’re craving a fish dish for dinner, step into Mesa for moqueca. Moqueca is a fish stew made with coconut milk, tomato, onions, garlic and palm oil. Different regions of Brazil have distinctive adaptations but it’s usually made in a clay pot and cooked slowly. It’s tangy, comforting, flavorful and a great Brazilian dish to step out of your comfort zone.

9. Pudim at Brazuca

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3001 N Sepulveda Blvd Ste C
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(310) 546-1414

For dessert, head over to Brazuca for pudim de leite. Pudim is Brazil’s version of flan but creamier, sweeter and richer. It’s a signature dessert that you’ll find in most households and Brazilian restaurants, and one that you should save room for after dinner.

10. Brigadeiro at Ta Bom Truck

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(323) 902-7591
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Another traditional dessert is the brigadeiro. It’s a chocolate truffle made with condensed milk, chocolate powder and rolled in chocolate sprinkles. For a quick treat or snack, order a few at the Ta Bom truck to appease your sweet tooth. Brazilians grow up eating these delicacies at birthday parties and celebrations of all sorts. You’ll find it at many Brazilian restaurants and it is also extremely simple to make at home.

11. Caipirinhas at Fogo de Chão

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133 N LA Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 289-7755
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Yes, Fogo De Chāo is a churrascaria where carnivores get to enjoy all-you-can-eat meat anytime. However, prior to engaging in the buffet and gorging on steak, order a caipirinha. It’s a Brazilian specialty drink made with muddled limes, raw sugar and cachaça (a Brazilian rum made from sugar cane). The cocktail is strong, fresh, and simple and Fogo De Chao makes some of the best in town.

12. Açai Bowls at Ubatuba

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549 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 388-8958
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One of the most popular Brazilian specialties has taken Los Angeles by storm. Acai bowls are trending all over town with creative and healthy variations of the Brazilian fruit acai with granola and fresh fruit. With many delicious options around, Ubatuba in Koreatown stands out. The puruba bowl made with passion fruit, strawberries, pineapple and granola transports you to Copacabana Beach right in the middle of summer.

1. Empadāo at Wood Spoon

107 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

One of the most authentic and unpretentious Brazilian restaurants in town is Wood Spoon. Its warm and inviting atmosphere makes for a great meal filled with Brazilian favorites. With multiple standouts on the menu, the main attraction is the empadão, a Brazilian chicken potpie with hearts of palm, olives, and roasted corn.

107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

2. Pāo de queijo at Wood Spoon

107 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

One of Brazil’s most popular snacks or appetizers is pão de queijo. It can be served before a meal, at a birthday party or as a side item in many establishments. Think puffed bread shaped into a ball with a chewy, cheesy center. Wood Spoon makes pão de queijo from scratch and is a great opener to any meal. Bonus: it’s usually gluten-free because it’s made with tapioca flour.

107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

3. Coxinhas at Cantinho Brasileiro

10925 Venice Blvd, Culver City, CA

Interestingly enough, Cantinho Brasileiro is located inside a Hispanic meat market in Palms called El Camaguey. Open until 3 p.m., Cantinho Brasileiro boasts delicious Brazilian dishes for lunch. An incredibly popular street food dish is the coxinha. It’s reminiscent of a fried croquette in the shape of a chicken leg. Inside a coxinha, you’ll find marinated shredded chicken in a doughy center. Cantinho Brasileiro raises the bar by adding catupiry inside, which is similar to a lighter cream cheese filling.

10925 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA

4. Stroganoff at Ta Bom Truck

Los Angeles, CA

The Brazilian food truck Ta Bom specializes in a variety of Brazilian dishes and the Brazilian Stroganoff is its bestseller. The variation between the old-school Russian dish and the Brazilian one is diced beef or chicken, onions, mushroom, tomato sauce and heavy cream on a bed of rice. To top it off, shoestring potato chips are added for an extra crunch. Follow Ta Bom’s Twitter to find out where it’s headed next.

5. Pastel at Mesa Brazilian Eatery

10917 Lindbrook Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Located in Westwood, Mesa Brazilian Grill is as minimalistic as it gets. And you may think twice before walking in but don’t be fooled; it has some of the best, affordable and speedy Brazilian meals in town. A favorite here is a street food called pastel. Imagine a wonton and an empanada having a baby and becoming a Brazilian snack. Inside you’ll find gooey cheese or order it with meat and cheese for a great appetizer before your meal.

10917 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024

6. Churrasco at Pampas Grill Farmers Market

6333 W 3rd St #618, Los Angeles, CA 90036

For those wanting a casual meal, where you pay at the counter, Pampas Grill inside the Farmer’s Market at The Grove is a fantastic choice. Start at the buffet, then choose which cut of meat you’d prefer and afterwards you pay by weight. And voila, you have a delicious Brazilian meal without the steep price tag.

6333 W 3rd St #618
Los Angeles, CA 90036

7. Feijoada at Cafe Brasil

10831 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

For colorful ambiance and traditional Brazilian food, Café Brasil prepares feijoada extremely well. Feijoada is a staple in most Brazilian kitchens and consists of a black bean stew with pork and beef, cooked in low heat for hours. In Brazil, it’s customarily served on Saturday afternoon and meant to be enjoyed with family. Accompanied by white rice, farofa (toasted cassava flour similar to breadcrumbs) for added texture, collard greens, and an orange slice to help with digestion.

10831 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

8. Moqueca at Mesa Brazilian Eatery

10917 Lindbrook Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024

If you’re craving a fish dish for dinner, step into Mesa for moqueca. Moqueca is a fish stew made with coconut milk, tomato, onions, garlic and palm oil. Different regions of Brazil have distinctive adaptations but it’s usually made in a clay pot and cooked slowly. It’s tangy, comforting, flavorful and a great Brazilian dish to step out of your comfort zone.

10917 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024

9. Pudim at Brazuca

3001 N Sepulveda Blvd Ste C, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

For dessert, head over to Brazuca for pudim de leite. Pudim is Brazil’s version of flan but creamier, sweeter and richer. It’s a signature dessert that you’ll find in most households and Brazilian restaurants, and one that you should save room for after dinner.

3001 N Sepulveda Blvd Ste C
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

10. Brigadeiro at Ta Bom Truck

Los Angeles, CA

Another traditional dessert is the brigadeiro. It’s a chocolate truffle made with condensed milk, chocolate powder and rolled in chocolate sprinkles. For a quick treat or snack, order a few at the Ta Bom truck to appease your sweet tooth. Brazilians grow up eating these delicacies at birthday parties and celebrations of all sorts. You’ll find it at many Brazilian restaurants and it is also extremely simple to make at home.

11. Caipirinhas at Fogo de Chão

133 N LA Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Yes, Fogo De Chāo is a churrascaria where carnivores get to enjoy all-you-can-eat meat anytime. However, prior to engaging in the buffet and gorging on steak, order a caipirinha. It’s a Brazilian specialty drink made with muddled limes, raw sugar and cachaça (a Brazilian rum made from sugar cane). The cocktail is strong, fresh, and simple and Fogo De Chao makes some of the best in town.

133 N LA Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

12. Açai Bowls at Ubatuba

549 S Western Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90020

One of the most popular Brazilian specialties has taken Los Angeles by storm. Acai bowls are trending all over town with creative and healthy variations of the Brazilian fruit acai with granola and fresh fruit. With many delicious options around, Ubatuba in Koreatown stands out. The puruba bowl made with passion fruit, strawberries, pineapple and granola transports you to Copacabana Beach right in the middle of summer.

549 S Western Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90020

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