The Grill from Ipanema - DC

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Brazilian
The Grill From Ipanema is the only authentic Brazilian restaurant in town. This restaurant takes pride in its hospitality and is committed to offering the best culinary experience so that one can truly taste traditional Brazilian cookery with different flavors and from different regions in Brazil. The inspiration of the menu is a reflection of the people, different cultures, and flavors within Brazil. Try our "Moqueca Mista a Baiana" style, it is a mixed seafood stew of fish, shrimp, mussels, squid, clams and scallops is prepared in a blend of palm oil and coconut milk with fresh cilantro, tomato, onion, scallions and green pepper (Please indicate how spicy) served in a clay pot with rice and fish broth, and a yucca purée on the side. Grill from Ipanema is a delightful surprise to anyone interested in a unique adventure from way down south.

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Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Sunday Easter Brazilian Brunch Buffet all you can eat Plus a Mimosa $36.95 p/p. We'll serve all traditional Brazilian Easter Gourmet Food.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Daily 4:30PM - 7:00PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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Indiana
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We visited for a birthday celebration, and because we heard it was a lot of fun. However, the food was just average. The cocktails were good, but the food came out luke warm. The only redeeming thing was that the service was great. The waitress was very attentive.

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SJ
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely staff, very attentive, spoke both fluent English and Portuguese. Food was authentic and very yummy. Reserved for my Brazilian mother-in-law’s birthday and they brought the table a complimentary and large serving of ice cream to share. Would return!

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LD
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ipanema has a really good selection of meal choices, and provides attentive, yet inconspicuous service. Food arrives looking very tasty and enticing.

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Very surprised that 18% tip charged on bill for a party of 3!

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is okay; it’s not terrible but it’s not great either, it’s average at best. My father and I both got their Baiao de Dios and it was incredibly disappointing, the steak was so incredibly fatty that a third of it was completely inedible. Their baiao was pretty bland and there was about 1 pound of it on the plate. My mom had the salmon and she said it was quite nice. Overall this place isn’t worth the money and I would not return.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely service... food ok.

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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

10 dollar corkage fee is very good for DC!

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Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the food and the service was excellent. One person in our party had an issue but the server quickly fixed it.

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DC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive and knowledgeable server, excellent Brazilian tapas, had the moqueca a capixaba with shrimp which was piping hot and delicious; highly recommend the coconut flan and the passion fruit mousse for dessert.

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TR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was outstanding, the best part of the whole experience.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, the service even better. We definitely enjoyed our meal. The prices were very reasonable. Will absolutely be back! Looking forward to trying their brunch!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

They seem to have a scam going with the 1,000 point reservations. Twice now I’ve gone after making a 1,000 point reservation to only receive 100 points. Not exactly sure how the 1,000 points work as far as who’s responsible, restaurant or OpenTable, but I assume the restaurant isn’t “checking you in” properly if you aren’t receiving the 1,000 points.

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Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great to have the best seat in the house. Really loved the service of what seemed to be a family restaurant. Liked the ambience which was samba like with a touch of lighting and Brazilian flare. Picture of the Brazil flag made from fruit was interesting. Flank steak was meh but the tapas were stellar including the yuca and the cod and chicken fried savory pastries.

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Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, drinks, and service. We brought our son’s girlfriend who is Brazilian and she enjoyed speaking to the staff in Portuguese.

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Mississippi
21 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of DCs stalwart classic restaurants and the most authentic Brazilian food you will find in the District. Delicious food. Great service. Heavenly flan. Best caipirinhas hands down!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a pretty place, good service and good food.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Brazilian restaurant!

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New England
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent casual Brazilian restaurant. Fun. Brazilian specialties especially seafood. And Brazilian wines. Fun dinner for nine.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took the love of my life on a Valentine’s Day exploration of Brazilian cuisine. We tried the feijoada and the feijoada croquettes and the fries yucca. Everything was amazing!!! This is definitely a place to come back to and we will over and over and over again!!!!!

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GS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This has long been one of my favorite restaurants, but this visit was a bit of a disappointment. I've often ordered the paella which I did last night. Compared to previous visits, this dish was dominated by rice. There was no shrimp or sausage as has been the case in the past. And the Caprhina was weak and not particularly tasteful.

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KG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the service was excellent

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NR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We went here for the first time to celebrate our anniversary and try out its restaurant week menu. I really liked that they had numerous options on the menu for restaurant week. Other restaurants were more limited in their choices, which I did not like. Each entree was amazing, and I especially loved the Brazilian style croquettes stuffed with cheese! Would love to come here again.

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DT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This might be one of the last restaurants where you can actually hear the person you're having dinner with. Restaurant week deal was good. Main course portions were generous. Very kind owners.

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RK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our New Year’s Eve dinner

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BA
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

My family and I frequent this restaurant because it’s offers a more authentic Brazilian food experience. The seafood options are great and so are the meat dishes. Be sure to try at least 2 of the petiscos (appetizers).

If you are intimidated by the Português speaking, fear not, English is just fine.

Sometimes there’s a bartender who crafts drinks. I’m not used to hearing a blender when I order a Caipirinha. I was not that impressed with the drinks. Also the Baião de Dois was not as good as I was expecting. In the defense of the chef, it’s not that easy of a dish to perfect. There was no carne seca, nor mandioca in it, seasoning was also missing. In short, don’t order this dish if you are intricately familiar with the real deal.

Lastly, the service and staff were great, friendly and super accommodating I certainly will return since we have been going to thus restaurant for years to sate our taste for Brazilian food not cooked at home.

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BN
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming to the Grill from Ipanema for many years, and I have never had a complaint with their food, their cocktails, or their service. This past Sunday I took a party of 13 people there and we all had a wonderful time. The staff were attentive and clarified billing everyone separately up front. I also discovered their brunch menu for the first time, and it had a lot of great options...the most important one being the bottomless mimosas. Everyone left the restaurant fully satisfied and said they would be happy to come back again. Definitely do yourself a favor and enjoy a wonderful dinner at The Grill from Ipanema.

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FS
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Went for early dinner in time to catch nutcracker. We had been to the Grill over 15 years ago. The food was authentic then. This recent time, it was mediocre. The pasta dishes were not good; over cooked pasta and didn’t have much Brazilian flavors. The yucca, grilled shrimp and skirt steak were ok. Caipirinha was fresh and the best part.

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VF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The service was very good!! The waiters were very polite and professional, the setting was also nice and clean. I felt the brunch special was a decent value, 3 course meal for $23, I got a small bean soup which was very tasty (a bit watery but flavorful), for my entree I selected the “bife acebolado” and was not pleased. The steak was stiff and flavorless- the onions undercooked. It came with a small portion of rice and even smaller portion of beans. For dessert, an average rice pudding. The caipirinha was probably the highlight of the food/beverage. Also, no parking and difficult to find a spot. To end on a positive... again, the service was good.

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has been consistently wonderful all the years I have been going. I love it, and if you try it, you will love it too!

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CL
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My only regret is that this restaurant is misrepresented on Yelp. Yelp shows it as having valet parking/garage parking which it does not have. This is a problem for us older folks with walking handicaps. HOWEVER, the food is legit Brazilian and delicious. Batida de Coco and Caipirinia were first rate. Service was mediocre. Locale is pretty and noise level is moderate. Highly recommend

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Difficult to find a place to park. Finally found Colonial lot and it closed at ten. Fortunately we moved our car to a street space near the Grill. We had two of the soups and both were excellent. We also had different entrees and enjoyed both. Service was perfect. We both had the National drink of Brazil, Caperhinia. No room for dessert and boxes of leftovers for tomorrow. We will recommend this terrific neighborhood restaurant snd will return

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a
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Thank you to our amazing waiter, my mom loved the drink and the food you recommended.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of if not my favorite places to go. The food is amazing and delicious. The staff is super friendly and the ambience is quiet and relaxing. Highly recommend.

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G
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I brought our two teens along to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Had never tried Brazilian food before but we love trying new dishes and everything was delicious. We ordered a bunch of tapas as well as a couple of entrees and just shared them all. Would absolutely return.

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SB
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Brazilian food in DC area. Don’t go there to eat a baked chicken breast. You can get that anywhere or at home. The mocqueca can not be beat. And the coxinha is actually better than those I’ve had in São Paulo. I always want to take an order home with me, but then I will not be able to stop myself from eating all four that night!

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j
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was spotty. Prices a bit high for drinks; 2 dinner entres and 4 drinks came to $107 including tax (tip after that). For some reason, the hostess changed our OpenTable reservation from 2 to 1 while I was parking the car; this cancelled the 1000 point bonus and we had to call OpenTable for an adjustment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The wait staff was very patient and knowledgeable! We were a large party who came to celebrate and it was great!!

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Baltimore
66 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a find in Dupont Circle!

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BC
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OUTSTANDING! Authentic Brazilian cuisine and atmosphere.

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

9 of us from a conference from all over the US. Fantastic meal, ambience and great service. None of us had ever heard of or been there before but all asked who made the choice and offered that he/she should be in charge of making the choice from now on. Everyone loved it!

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