Transport yourself into the Tijuca Urban Forest that surrounds Rio de Janeiro, with planted walls and flowered ceilings.
Then experience the true taste of a traditional Brazilian Churrasco.
And it’s all right here, on Albert Road in Middlesbrough.
Rio Steakhouse has claimed the number one spot on TripAdvisor as Middlesbrough’s top rated eatery.
Since opening in May, it has attracted strong support from customers across the town – while it’s also proven an attraction, with visitors from Manchester, Leeds, York, and Whitby making the trip to Middlesbrough.
Brazilian chefs take customers on an authentic dining experience – instead of ordering one cut of steak, diners can take in the theatre of enjoying 16 different cuts of beef, pork, chicken, or lamb carved at their table.
The customer is in control – choose from a host of items at the restaurant’s salad bar, including imported cheeses and cured meats.
Then, turn your Rio card to the green bull head and the front of house team will bring you your choice of meat. If you need a break, turn it to red.
A range of unique cocktails with a taste of South America include caipirinhas, margaritas, Copacabana Reveions, and Rio’s signature cocktail ‘Old Duarte’, made with Lagavulin whisky, Drambuie, Mozart chocolate, orange bitters, and garnished with orange zest.
The restaurant has been fully refurbished with an attractive outside seating area – with further plans for the exterior in the pipeline.
Rodrigo Grassi Duarte, co-founder and managing director, said: “The feedback we’ve received so far has been fantastic. We’ve achieved the number one position on TripAdvisor, people have complimented us on our service, our food, and the setting.
“We aim to take our customers on an authentic culinary trip to Brazil, and we’re delighted with how it’s going.”