Natal Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Natal

November 11, 2017 Cedrick Jardin

Gateway to the stunning beaches of Rio Grande do Norte, the city of Natal is perched on Brazil's Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Potengi River. Escape the bustle at secluded Pipa and Pirangi beaches or live it up at Genipabu and Tibau do Sul. The city is surrounded by Dune State Park. Go on a buggy ride over 30-foot sand dunes or tour the dunes on a dromedary tour. The city is home to the cleanest air on the continent, according to NASA, and also to the world's largest cashew tree.
Things to do in Natal

1. Mangai

Avenida Amintas Barros No 3300, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59075-810, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 +5584 3206-3344
Excellent
68%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Mangai

Reviewed By mariofwt - Brasilia, DF

Mangai is one of the most famous restaurants in Natal. With a rustic yet tidy atmosphere, it combines a wide range of excellent local dishes in a buffet with a high quality service. Our feeling was: "Humm, this is diferent, I like it! ".
It's a must go if your'e in Natal.

2. Camaroes Restaurante

Av. Engenheiro Roberto Freire, 2610 | Ponta Negra, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59090-000, Brazil Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Seafood, South American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$71 +55 84 3209-2424
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 14 reviews

Camaroes Restaurante

Reviewed By davidoffski - Leiden, The Netherlands

I had already visited the "old" Cameroes (Potiguar) before, and made a review for it. Now I visited the newer Cameroes twice. No use repeating what everyone says about Cameroes: they live up to their reputation, cannot say anything bad about it. As a starter, try the bolinhos de bacalhau. Wonderful! From the shrimp dishes I recommend Bonfim or Flor de sal. I also enjoyed their fine pina colada.
Both shrimp dishes are more than enough for 2 people. Cameroes is not cheap and it can be very crowded (expect to wait at least half an hour for dinner, they have a waiting area) but you will not regret your visit.

3. Casa de Taipa

Rua Manoel AB de Araujo 130A | Alto de Ponta Negra, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Brazilian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (084) 3219 5798
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Casa de Taipa

Reviewed By Bichoazul66 - Montreal, Canada

Tapioca is sort of a big deal in the North East of the country. This restaurant has the best tapioca I've had so far in Brazil. Definitely worth going, we ended up going three times we liked it so much. Super friendly staff, coconut water straight from an icy cold coconut. For me it couldn't get any better. Ordered fried shrimp as a starter, two salty tapiocas and a traditional cartola sweet tapioca for dessert. Worth every penny. Best part is you can actually take off your sandals and dig your feet in real sand when sitting outside.

4. Camaroes Potiguar

Rua Pedro Fonseca Filho 8887, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59090-080, Brazil Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$47 - HK$71 +55 84 3209-2425
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Camaroes Potiguar

Reviewed By 343Patricia - Rio de Janeiro, RJ

I have been to Restaurant Camarões many years ago and loved it. Last month went again and was pleased to know they have at least 3 different addresses in Natal now. Great food, very good service and prices are reasonable. Good selection of wine too, totally recomend it !

5. Dolce Vita

Rua Mossoro 603 | Petropolis, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59020-085, Brazil Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$24 - HK$63 084999559605
Excellent
76%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Dolce Vita

Reviewed By nsegoshi - Sao Paulo

I was really impressed when the waiter opened the door for me.
The modern and clean facade, the cozy environment and kind team made me feel very comfortable.
The menu is very well balanced with options of plates that can be harmonize with wines, appropriately maintained in coolers.
I do recommend for those who are willing to get out of the tourist's standardized routes and have new experience of senses.

6. Le Soleil

Av. Senador Dinarte Mariz, 7829 - Hotel Ocean Palace | Ponta Negra, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi French Lunch, Dinner (84) 3219-4144
Excellent
81%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 176 reviews

Le Soleil

Reviewed By Jose V - Buenos Aires, Argentina

Nice restaurant inside Ocean Palace 5 stars hotel, french food very gourmet and tasty.Most nights there`s a piano player that makes the experience very pleasant.

7. Manary Gastronomia & Arte

Rua Francisco Gurgel 9067 | Ponta Negra, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59090-050, Brazil Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Brazilian, Seafood, South American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +55 84 3204-2900
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 985 reviews

Manary Gastronomia & Arte

Fazemos parte de uma história de 18 anos servindo momentos de aromáticos Prazeres, memoráveis experiências, borbulhantes comemorações, além dos saborosos pratos que vivem na memória de tantos que tivemos o privilégio de receber.Manary Gastronomia & Arte, com linda vista para o mar, propõe uma gastronomia brasileira sem fronteiras. Nossa culinária preza pelo quiabo e pelo jerimum, pelo camarão e a manteiga da terra, e pelas apresentações elegantes e contemporâneas que dialogam com a alta gastronomia mundial.Suas sobremesas - elogiadíssimas - prometem uma breve jornada ao encontro da felicidade.No menu, além de oferecemos nossa arte culinária, apresentamos o lúdico trabalho do grande artista local Flávio Freitas, que desvenda suas ilustrações juntamente com nossos pratos.Durante o dia, a pedida são os drinks e petiscos servidos no descontraído bar da piscina. À noite, o ambiente iluminado por tochas e velas, faz aflorar nossa característica mais marcante: o romantismo.- Horário de Funcionamento: 12h às 16h, 19h às 23h.- Aceitamos todos os cartões de crédito.Cobramos taxa de serviço de 10%.

Reviewed By OYamamoto - Sao Paulo, SP

The Manary Gastronomy & Art, restaurant in the eponymous hotel, is very well located, almost inside the Ponta Negra beach. There are two dining spaces, an outdoor, infront of the pools and other indoor, air-conditioned. The place is really beautiful; the view stunning. The menu consists of a few but varied dishes (starters, salads, fish and seafood, meat, pasta and risottos and desserts). The wine menu is also small, but it is possible to find some good options. The Octopus with Spicy Sweet Potatoes, the Wok of Shrimps and Vegetables (Eastern-style stir-fried of shrimps and vegetables, served with jasmine rice) and the Crispy Fish (grilled in potato crust over the aracacha purée and orange velouté, capers and parsley ) were very good, as well as the Lemon Flourless Cake (almonds cake filled with white chocolate ganache served with a vanilla ice cream). The service is attentive and friendly. Not a cheap restaurant but really worth it.

8. Mina d'agua Comida Mineira

Avenida Campos Sales 622 | ao lado do Banco Santander, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59020-300, Brazil Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Brazilian HK$24 - HK$102 +55 84 99634-1399
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 236 reviews

Mina d'agua Comida Mineira

Restaurante oferece a tradicional comida mineira, preservando receitas das famílias de seus idealizadores. Tudo é servido em panelas de pedra sabão e um fogão à lenha de verdade. Os doces, pimentas, conservas, cachaças e queijos vem diretamente de Minas Gerais, preservando assim, ao máximo os sabores mineiros.

Reviewed By whitemouth - San Benedetto Del Tronto, Italy

When I travel, one of the things I enjoy the most is trying the different foods, the specialties and what is really authentic. The place is amazing, they have a great buffet with a lot of specialties from Minas Gerais(a region in the south of Brazil) Some of them change every day but some are always there. The Buffet style is really characteristic from the wooded stove warming it up to the big pot containing the food. A variety of at least 30 different choices plus the salads and the dessert choices. The owner, a real Mineiro, is welcoming the people at the entrance and sitting them. Strongly recommend that for the great food experience and the medium/low cost. My recommended: "Fejoada" and/or "Tropero" with "Farofa", "Frango com Quiabo" and "Torresmo"!

9. La Brasserie de La Mer

Av. Engenheiro Roberto Freire, 3800, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59090-000, Brazil Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards International, French, European Lunch, Dinner HK$71 - HK$188 +55 84 3642 7007
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 839 reviews

La Brasserie de La Mer

Designed by the renowned architect Samara Gosson, has an atmosphere classic and elegant style, where you can enjoy the frenetic apparent cuisine. The beautiful crystal chandeliers, furniture, decorations and China cabinet that give us comfort and sophistication in order to overcome the imagination of most demanding. All this, added to the rigor of the French service, so you can enjoy an impeccable service and pleasant moments.

Reviewed By Jens H

It is not the best meal that I have ever had but it is very good. The service is amazing. I had a lobster dish that good but chewy. The broth was decent, it felt like it was missing something though it could have been better. However, the price is great. I am going back to eat there again this week to try another entree.

10. Camaroes Midway Mall

Avenida Bernardo Vieira 3775 | Midway Mall, Natal, State of Rio Grande do Norte 59015-450, Brazil Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Brazilian Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$141 - HK$188 +55 84 2010-2424
Excellent
78%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 946 reviews

Camaroes Midway Mall

In the comfort of the largest mall in the city, combining practicality and flavor, Camarões Midway Mall has dishes for two people and a ever-innovative menu.

Reviewed By Gentle_Giant_10 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom

We arrived relatively late, around 9.45pm. Our waiter gave non existent service, being far more interested in playing with his phone. Moqueca was very poor, it seemed that the prawns were pre-boiled, then put in whatever dish was ordered. Like eating bullets - tough on the teeth. Quality was no more than average, quite disappointing really.

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