Pelotas food

Pelotas food DEFAULT

Cocido con pelotas lub cocido de pelotas

The name cocido (equivalent to goulash) in Spanish cuisine refers to the traditional dishes that are often served on the tables. It is intense, strengthening and warming, which is usually served during cold winters. The basis of this dish are slow-boiling vegetables and meat, such as chicken, pork, beef or lamb, chorizo ​​and morcilla (type of black pudding) and vegetables, such as chickpeas and beans. In Spain you can meet with different variants of this dish, including cocido maragato, madrileño, lebani, montañes, Lalín, andaluz, puchero, olla podrida, puchero valenciano or just the title cocido con pelotas or cocido de pelotas. The latter is a specialties from the provinces of Alicante and Murcia. Of the others, it is distinguished by meatballs (Spanish: pelotas de carne), which are added to the broth.
Below is a recipe for cocido con pelotas for four people.

Ingredient for goulash:

  • 0.5 kg chickpeas
  • 2 pieces of beef
  • 1 chicken leg
  • 1 chicken drumstick
  • 1 pork rib
  • a piece of bacon
  • 1 piece blanquito (blanquito or blanquet is a type of white sausage from Valencia, made from lean pork, cloves, cinnamon and pepper)
  • 4 large potatoes and 6 medium
  • 1 leek
  • 1 parsnip
  • 1 turnip
  • 4 carrots
  • Parsley
  • Saffron or yellow food colouring
  • Salt
  • 150 g of thread-type pasta
  • Water

Ingredients for meatballs:

  • 0.5 kg mincemeat (300 g beef, 200 g pork)
  • 5 slices of bread
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • Chopped parsley
  • 50 g of pine nuts
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 piece blanquito
  • 1 lemon
  • Pepper
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt

A method of preparing:

At the beginning, put a chickpea into a large pot, which should soak earlier for at least 12 hours. Add meat, sausage and pour water. Boil it and get rid off the wastes from surface every 5 minutes. When these completely disappear, add vegetables (except potatoes) and simmer for a minimum of two and a half hours. During this time, prepare the meatballs – put the mincemeat in the bowl, soak bread and crumble, and then, along with the garlic, parsley and blanquito sliced, put into the grinder. When the ingredients are well grounded, move them into a dish with meat, add pine nuts, a pinch of pepper, cinnamon, salt, two eggs and mix for a few minutes until completely combined. Then put your mass in the fridge for about an hour. After this time, you can start forming meatballs, approx. 8-10 cm in diameter. To make it easier to prepare, squeeze lemon juice in the hand. Then come back to your brew, add saffron or food colouring, peeled and chopped potatoes and boil it for 40 minutes. When all the ingredients are cooked, drain and pour the decoction into another pot to cook pasta in it. Take vegetables and meat into a platter. Serve the dish on two plates – the first one with the stock, which contains pasta, meatballs and some chickpeas. On the second plate put potatoes, chickpeas, carrots and meat from the platter.
In conclusion, we can say that cocido con pelotas or de pelotas is a dish that enjoys a long tradition in the lands of Alicante. This is a dish usually served during holidays and sundays during the winter. If you have not had the opportunity to try it yet, you must do it! Certainly, its taste and warming properties will not leave anyone indifferent.



This article is about a city. For the river of the same name, see Pelotas River.

Place in South, Brazil

Pelotas (Portuguese pronunciation: [peˈlɔtɐs]) is a Brazilian city and municipality (município), the third most populous in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. It is located 270 km (168 mi) from Porto Alegre, the state's capital city, and 130 km (80.8 mi) from the Uruguayan border. The Lagoa dos Patos lies to the east and the São Gonçalo Channel lies to the south, separating Pelotas from the city of Rio Grande.

In the 19th century, Pelotas was Brazil's leading center for the production of dried meat (charque), a staple food made by slaves and destined to feed the slaves of sugarcane, coffee and cocoa plantations across the country.[3][4][5]

Currently Pelotas hosts two major universities, the Federal University of Pelotas,[6] and the Catholic University of Pelotas.[7] Together, they account for a population of 22 thousand higher education students.

The city has three football clubs: Esporte Clube Pelotas (founded 1908),[8]Grêmio Esportivo Brasil (also known as Brasil de Pelotas; founded 1911)[9] and Grêmio Atlético Farroupilha (founded 1926).[10]


Pelotas in 1852, by Herrmann Rudolf Wendroth

The history of the city begins in June 1758, through a donation that Gomes Freire de Andrade, Count of Bobadela, made to Colonel Thomáz Luiz Osório, giving him land that lay on the banks of the Lagoa dos Patos. In 1763, fleeing the Spanish invasion, many inhabitants of the village Rio Grande sought refuge in the land belonging to Osório. Later, there also came refugees from Colônia do Sacramento, which had been handed over by the Portuguese to the Spanish in 1777.

In 1780, the Portuguese rancher José Pinto Martins established himself in Pelotas. The prosperity of his establishment stimulated the creation of other ranches and growth in the region, creating a population that would define the early city.

The Civil Parish of São Francisco de Paula, founded on 7 June 1812, by Father Pedro Pereira de Mesquita, was elevated to the category of town on 7 April 1832. Three years later, in 1835, the town was declared a city, bearing the name Pelotas.[11]

In southern Brazil, 'pelota' can refer to a leather raft, and the name of the city comes from the boats made of cockspur coral tree covered with animal skins, used to cross rivers in ranching times.[4]

In the first years of the 20th century, progress was stimulated by the Banco Pelotense (Bank of Pelotas), founded in 1906 by local investors. Its liquidation, in 1931, was devastating to the local economy.[12]

In 1990, the Urban Conurbation of Pelotas was created as a result of a state law. In 2001, it became the Urban Conurbation of Pelotas and Rio Grande, and in 2002 the Urban Conurbation of the South. The goal is to integrate the participating towns and is the embryo of a future metropolitan region including the towns os Arroio do Padre, Capão do Leão, Pelotas, Rio Grande and São José do Norte, which have a total population of around 600,000 inhabitants.[13]



As it is situated on a plain near the ocean, the urban area lies on a low elevation, being, on average, 7 meters (23 ft) above sea level. The interior of the municipality is on a plateau called Serras de Sudeste (Southeastern Mountain Ranges). Consequently, the altitude in Pelotas' rural area reaches 429 meters (1,407.4 ft) in the Quilombo district.

The city stretches to the Laranjal, a bairro on the coast of the Lagoa dos Patos. Beyond the coastal regions Santo Antônio and Valverde, the area also has an even more remote area, the Balneário dos Prazeres (popularly known as Barro Duro, lit. "hard mud"), and Colônia Z-3, a fishing village that primarily explores the art of shrimping.


The climate is humid subtropical (Köppen: Cfa), a type found in Southeastern Australia (very homogeneous to Sydney, albeit cloudier and wetter),[14][15] without major temperature deviations as found in Brunswick and Savannah, Georgia (but still considered very high by Brazilian standards), due to the continentality and polar vortex position in the southern American cities.[16][17] Summers are warm to hot with regular rainfall. Winters are cool with episodic frosts (about 24 per year) and fog, with no noticeable difference in the amount of monthly rainfall.[18]

The hottest month is January, with an average temperature of 23 °C (73.4 °F), and the coldest month is July, with an average temperature of 12 °C (53.6 °F). The wettest month is February, with 145 mm (5.7 in) of precipitation. The average annual temperature in the city is 17.5 °C (63.5 °F) and the average annual precipitation is 1,379 mm (54.29 in), with rain regularly falling all year long. The relative humidity is very high (with an annual average around 80%).

An interesting meteorological occurrence was the first snowfall, which occurred on 8 July 1994 in Pelotas from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Before this date, there had never been any record of snow in the city. The phenomenon was weaker in the urban parts of the city, and did not cover the ground. However, the snowfall was more intense further inland, in districts such as Cascata and Quilombo, and was able to cover the vegetation in a white blanket. Snow grains were recorded in Pelotas on 4 September 2006,[19] on 5 September 2008,[20] and on 3 August 2010,[21] and graupel was registered on 12 July 2012,[22] and on 25 September 2012.[23] On 5 July 2019, the downtown area of the city registered, for 40 minutes, snow flurries with liquid drizzle, just before noon (with no accumulation).[24] On 28 July 2021, Pelotas registered snow flurries with sleet.[25]

On 19 July 1934 and 27 July 1935, the city recorded a temperature of -5 °C (23 °F), the lowest recorded in Pelotas.[26] The highest recorded temperature in Pelotas was 42 °C (107.6 °F), on January 1, 1943.[27]

Climate data for Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul (INMET, 1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 42.0
Average high °C (°F) 28.5
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.5
Average low °C (°F) 19.5
Record low °C (°F) 7.6
Average precipitation mm (inches) 109.8
Average precipitation days 9 10 9 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 7 7 98
Average relative humidity (%) 78.4 80.6 81.5 82.9 85.2 85.6 83.6 83.6 82.8 80.5 77.1 76.5 81.5
Mean monthly sunshine hours247.3 200.2 215.0 187.7 170.7 138.6 159.4 163.7 163.6 195.3 226.8 259.9 2,328.2
Source: Instituto Nacional de Meteorologia (INMET) - temperature records since 1931[28][29][30]
Climate data for Pelotas, Rio Grande do Sul (EMBRAPA, 1971-2000)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 28.2
Daily mean °C (°F) 23.2
Average low °C (°F) 19.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 119.1
Average precipitation days 11.7 11.5 10.3 8.9 9.2 10.5 11.4 9.7 10.8 10.6 10 9.5 124.1
Average relative humidity (%) 77.4 79.9 80.5 82.3 83.6 84 84.9 83.2 81.8 79.5 76 75.5 80.7
Mean monthly sunshine hours251.2 204.7 213 189.5 177.7 146.2 149.9 160.8 199.6 234.5 265.9 196.2 2,389.2
Source: (Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA), 1971-2000)[31]


The larger part of rural Pelotas is made up of grasslands, with low and herbaceous vegetation (pampa). Small groves of cultivated trees (Babylon willow, eucalyptus, pine, cypress, acacia, poplar and platanus) and native trees (Cockspur coral tree and araucaria angustifolia) are also found. Pelotas is 55 km (34 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean, and possesses a beach along the Lagoa dos Patos, called Laranjal. In the vicinity of the beach one can find quagmires and sand dunes.


Pelotas is part of the watershed of the Camaquã River. The streams Quilombo and Caneleiras drain the city. They meet to form the Arroio de Pelotas, which flows into the São Gonçalo Channel.[32]


Famous people[edit]

Pelotas is the birthplace and home of many nationally famous people, like the regional writer João Simões Lopes Neto (1865–1916), author of Cancioneiro Guasca (1910), Contos Gauchescos (1912) and Lendas do Sul (1913); Hipólito José da Costa, the founder of the printing press in Brazil; the painter Leopoldo Gotuzzo, whose works have surpassed the borders of Pelotas, winning awards and expositions even in Europe; and Antônio Caringi (1905–1981), an internationally recognized sculptor.[33]

Also from Pelotas are the poet Lobo da Costa (1853–1888), the lyrical singer Zola Amaro (1891–1944), the singers and composers Kleiton & Kledir and Vitor Ramil, the actress Glória Menezes, and the football players Emerson Ferreira da Rosa, Daniel Carvalho and Michel Bastos.

Places of interest[edit]

The Public Library of Pelotas was founded in 1875, and constructed with materials brought over from Europe. Pelotas has two theatres, the Sete de Abril and the Guarani Theatre. The Sete de Abril, which was constructed in 1831, is one of the most traditional theatres in Brazil. The city boasts three museums: the Carlos Ritter Museum of Natural History, the Leopoldo Gotuzzo Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Baroness.


One major attraction is the Fenadoce, a display of sweets prepared from traditional 18th century Portuguese recipes. More than 300,000 people come to the annual event, which began in 1986. Formerly held in different locations each year, today it is always celebrated in the Centro Internacional de Cultura e Eventos (International Center of Culture and Events).



The first immigrants to the region were the Portuguese, coming mostly from the Azores, something which profoundly influenced the culture of the city, especially in its architecture and cuisine.

The countryside of Pelotas

Another important immigration was that of the Germans (the majority from Pomerania — see Pomeranians), even though they preferred to settle in rural areas, unlike the Portuguese, who settled in the city itself. Also worthy to mention are other ethnicities that settled in Pelotas, such as Africans (descendants of slaves, mainly from Angola), Italians, Poles, French, Jews, Lebanese Arabs, etc. The number of descendants from indigenous peoples, despite being unknown, is probably very small.

Before the arrival of the first European settlers, the area of the southern part of Rio Grande do Sul, including the municipality of Pelotas, was occupied by Amerindian groups. According to archaeological evidence discovered there, the groups were: Minuane, Charrua and Guaraní.[34]

In a 2005 study there were 280,897 whites, 34,172 blacks, 25,395 of mixed ethnicities, 998 native Brazilians, 498 Asians, and 998 of unknown ethnicity.


In regards to religion, the majority of inhabitants (about 50%) are Roman Catholic, followed by Protestant religions (especially among the people of German origin), such as Evangelical Lutheran and Anglican sects. In recent times there has also been a growing number of Jehovah's Witnesses and Latter-day Saints.[35] Other noteworthy religions include Spiritism and Afro-Brazilian ritualism (such as Umbanda and Candomblé).[5]


The economy of Pelotas is mostly agricultural and commercial. The latter is largely represented by Arabs, mostly Lebanese (erroneously referred to as turcos, or Turks), and a few other foreigners.

The region is the largest producer of peaches for the country's storehouse industry, along with other products such as asparagus, cucumber, fig and strawberries. The city also is a great producer of rice and cattle products. Pelotas produces more milk than anywhere else in the state.[11]

Pelotas has industries tied to agriculture, textile, leather tanning and bread-making. Reforestation for the production of paper and cellulose has been a rising economic activity in the whole region.

The city is a large commercial center in the region, attracting shoppers to its sidewalk and neighborhood galleries and shops.

The rural area, also called the "colony", due to the fact that German immigrants built isolated farming communities there, is characterized by the production of fruit, rice, and livestock.

In times past the production of charque, or dried beef, was economically important.[3] The work was usually done by slaves. The charqueadas, as the livestock ranches were called, are still popular tourist attractions, the most famous being the Charqueada Santa Rita and the Charqueada São João.


Pelotas International Airport, which was originally built in 1930, serves 130,000 passengers annually with two runways. It is located in the neighborhood of Três Vendas.

The city also has a bus system, a port on the shores of the São Gonçalo Channel, and the junction of two major highways (BR-116 and BR-392) nearby.[32]


The city was strongly influence by Portuguese aesthetics, visible in its large houses with Portuguese ceramics on the façade. Pelotas is very rich in architectural treasures and monuments.

One example of the many monuments in the city is a fountain called, As Três Meninas, which came from France in 1873, and was placed in the center of the city.

The largest monument in Pelotas is the iron Caixa d'água, which is located in the Piratinino de Almeida Square, and is the only one of its kind in all of Latin America. It was constructed in 1875, and still holds the daily surplus of water in the city. It sits atop 45 columns, and all of its pieces are made of iron. It has forms that are reminiscent of Asian architecture, though all of the materials used in construction were imported from France.

The architecture of the city is distinguished by its churches, the Grand Hotel and the Public Market.

The construction of the Public Market was initiated in 1847 and finished in 1853, although between 1911 and 1914 there was a renovation. Its design was fashioned after the Neoclassical style, and was affected by Art Nouveau after 1970 when the building was destroyed by a fire and rebuilt. On it there is a clock tower and an iron lighthouse, imported from Hamburg, Germany, an allusion to the Eiffel Tower.

The Great Hotel was inaugurated in 1928. The building has four floors, presented in the Art Nouveau style. Today the building is closed and belongs to the city government.

The Church of the Redeemer, also known as the "Shaggy Church", is the headquarters of the Brazilian Episcopalian Church of the Anglican Communion, and became known for its characteristic vegetal covering. It opened its doors in 1892. Its tower is 27 meters tall, and its stained-glass windows are from New York City.

São Francisco de Paula Cathedral

The São Francisco de Paula Metropolitan Cathedral is considered the city's and the region most important religious edifice, due to its size, beauty and the works of art found within its interior. Its construction began in 1813. The cathedral shelters the image of Saint Francis of Paola, by an unknown artist, which was brought from Colônia do Sacramento.

The painter Aldo Locatelli, came from Italy especially to make the frescoes on the ceiling and walls of the cathedral, at the invitation of Dom Antônio Záttera, bishop of Pelotas at the time. Although Locatelli would choose to stay in Rio Grande do Sul and make many other important works in Brazil, including paintings and murals, this is considered his greatest work, together with the passion at the Church of São Pelegrino in Caxias do Sul.

Detail of a fresco by Aldo Locatelli on the ceiling of the cathedral

Also deserving attention is the Museum of the Baroness, which was constructed in the 19th century, occupying an area of approximately 7 hectares, possessing 22 parts and an interior patio. Lining it all were many cultivated and varied gardens.

In Pelotas there are still nine sculptures of Antônio Caringi, considered the best gaúcho sculptor.[33] Among them are: Oferenda, 1942, in bronze, located in the Ecumenical Cemetery São Francisco de Paula; Monumento ao Colono, 1958, in bronze and granite, in the Primeiro de Maio Square; Monumento ao Bispo Dom Joaquim Ferreira de Mello, 1942, in bronze and granite, on the Avenue Dom Joaquim; Sentinela Farroupilha, 1935, in bronze, 20 de Setembro Square; As Três Idades do Trabalho, in granite, Coronel Pedro Osório Square; Dr. Luiz Pereira Lima, 1958, in bronze, Piratinino de Almeida Square; Monumento ao Coronel Pedro Osório, 1954, in bronze and granite, Coronel Pedro Osório Square; Monumento à Mãe, 1968, in bronze and granite, Coronel Pedro Osório Square; Monumento ao Dr. José Brusque 1968, in bronze and granite, Coronel Pedro Osório Square.

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

See also: List of twin towns and sister cities in Brazil

Pelotas is twinned with:[36]


Pontal da Barra at the Colônia Z-3

There are five neighborhoods (bairros) in Pelotas and nine districts:[37]


  • Areal
  • Centro
  • Fragata
  • Laranjal
  • Três Vendas


  • 1st District- Sede
  • 2nd District- Colônia Z3
  • 3rd District- Cerrito Alegre
  • 4th District- Triunfo
  • 5th District- Cascata
  • 6th District- Santa Silvana
  • 7th District- Quilombo
  • 8th District- Rincão da Cruz
  • 9th District- Monte Bonito


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Top 10 South American food in Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

October 5, 2019Flossie Demartino

Discover Restaurants offering the best South American food in Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Pelotas (Portuguese pronunciation: [peˈlɔtɐs]) is a Brazilian city and municipality (município), the third most populous in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul. Pelotas is located 270 km (168 mi) from Porto Alegre, the capital city of the state, and 130 km (80.8 mi) from the Uruguayan border. The Lagoa dos Patos lies to the east and the São Gonçalo Channel lies to the south, separating Pelotas from the city of Rio Grande.
Things to do in Pelotas

10. El Paisano

Rua Marechal Deodoro 1093, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96020-220 BrazilSteakhouse, Grill, South American, BarbecueDinnerReservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Free Wifi[email protected]+55 53 3227-1507

Overall Ratings

4 based on 161 reviews

El Paisano

Reviewed By lrt61

The restaurant is an Uruguayan style parrilla. The parrilla is located at the entrance behind a glass window so you can see the food being cooked by the parrillero. The ambiance is special, with some dozens of old radios and memorabilia in the walls.The meat and specialties are great. Ask the waiter for suggestions, and drink wine or Patricia beer. I had the entrecot with cheese and onions. Delicious!

9. Restaurante Trem Bao

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Overall Ratings

4 based on 125 reviews

Restaurante Trem Bao

Reviewed By Lovefrance35

We had lunch here in a large group. Great service and the choice of food was amazing. Free coffee and desserts. Recommend the beans and the fish. One of the best lunches i have had.

8. Amor Amora Cozinha Artesanal

Rua Dom Pedro II 458, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96010-300 BrazilBrazilian, Contemporary, South AmericanLunch, DinnerDelivery, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Accepts Credit Cards[email protected]+55 53 3027-5490

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4 based on 162 reviews

Cozinha artesanal harmoniosamente servida em buffet de segunda a sexta das 11h30 as 14h, sabado das 12h as 15h, a noite jantar a la carte de segunda a sabado pos 19h.

Reviewed By MarciaZim

This cosy and nicely decorated restaurant offers a variety of fresh, criative food, catering also for vegetarians.

7. Restaurante e Churrascaria Cruz de Malta

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Restaurante e Churrascaria Cruz de Malta

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6. Imperatriz Doces Finos

Praca Sete de Julho 40 - Mercado Publico de Pelotas 179 - Lojas 39 - Centro, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96020-010 BrazilCafe, Portuguese, Brazilian, Fast Food, European, Deli, Diner, South AmericanBreakfast, Brunch, Late NightTakeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards[email protected]+55 53 30280352

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Imperatriz Doces Finos

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto

The Southern Brazilian town of Pelotas literally means "sweets"! The first Portuguese settlers in the region brought their tradition and knowledge in the production of sweets - made of eggs, sugar and love. Pelotas is nationally famous for its sweets and, while visiting this historical town, a stop at "Imperatriz Doces Finos" is almost compulsory. Located at the beautiful "Mercado Público de Pelotas", "Imperatriz Doces Finos" is actually recognized - by locals - as the best sweet shop in town. If you miss it, you will regret forever. Bon Appétit!

5. Restaurante Alles Blau

Rua Sete de Setembro 354 - A Centro, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96015-300 BrazilBrazilian, Barbecue, Soups, German, South AmericanLunch, DinnerDelivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service53 3225227

Overall Ratings

4 based on 314 reviews

Restaurante Alles Blau

Reviewed By Chew W

It is not easy to find a place for dinner especially a small town. We were lucky to stay in a hotel closed to Alles Blau. I didn't take lunch but I have a very delicious soup for my dinner. They are excellent soup with very mild taste. My family took normal dinner and there are large variety of dishes to offer. The price was very with the quality of food they serve.

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4. Churrascaria Lobao

Avenida Bento Goncalves 3460, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96015-140 BrazilSteakhouse, Brazilian, Barbecue, South AmericanLunch, Dinner, Late NightDelivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service (53) 3028-6197

Overall Ratings

4 based on 679 reviews

Churrascaria Lobao

Reviewed By von_klatka

Churrasqueria Lobao is a nice restaurant located on one of the main avenues of Pelotas. And you can eat oh so very good meat. In the middle of the restaurant you have a bar that has all the non-meats, aka fresh vegetables, salads, rice, these thinly cut potatoes that serve as a side dish here in Pelotas, fruits (for desert) and so on. So you choose a table, ask for soemthing to drink (remember that the "normal" beer size in Pelotas is 600+ ml, so if you don't want that much beer ask for half a beer, wich are the 300+ ml bottles), take the plate on your table and serve yourself all the non-meat you want. And then, please do sit down so the servers can come to your table with different cuts, sizzling hot, and ask you if you want a piece. And you can eat all sorts of meat, mostly beef but also pork ribs, lamb and I think those were little chicken (I guess) hearts. And you can't resist when the guy comes and asks you if you want picanha, oh yes I do! And you must also try this cut that they prepare next to you with yogurt and morango (strawberry) jam oooooh. Everything was so goooood. A must in Pelotas.

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3. Chu Restaurante

Rua Andrade Neves 3800, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96020-080 BrazilItalian, European, South AmericanLunch, Dinner, Late Night, DrinksDelivery, Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service[email protected]+55 53 3225 0250

Overall Ratings

4 based on 511 reviews

Chu Restaurante

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto

The historical Brazilian town of Pelotas, gateway to the Pampa plains, has one more reason to be proud of: Chu! A branché restaurant, with delicious food, great wine cellar, lovely service and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its architectural project is a prized one: an old building, totally renovated, creating spaces that are functional, warm and charming, very charming indeed! The fireplace and the herbs garden should be visited. Chef Chu is not afraid of showing his modern kitchen and his admired skills: a glass window reveals the secrets of a special scene. You look inside and there he is, tireless, present at all moments, creating an unforgettable moment for us. It was a pleasure having the opportunity to get to know Chu Restaurant, a delicious and wonderful surprise in Pelotas. Noisy? Yes, as most restaurants in Brazil are and this fact won't spoil your evening. The high ceiling is probably the reason for increasing the noise. Chu is a place for meeting friends, for family dinners and specially, a place for celebrations, where children are welcome. So, please, enjoy the Chu experience!

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2. Madre Mia

Rua Santa Cruz 2200, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96015-710 BrazilLatin, Bar, Fusion, Street Food, South American, Mexican, Pizza, PubLunch, Dinner, DrinksReservations, Buffet, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Free Wifi555333034075

Overall Ratings

4 based on 346 reviews

Madre Mia

Reviewed By IJr80

A much needed alternatve to the traditional Gaucha bbq with a tasty lunch buffet. The ambience is comfortable and big filled with art and alternative decor.

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1. Grelhados Batuva

Rua General Osorio 454, Pelotas, State of Rio Grande do Sul 96020-000 BrazilSteakhouse, South American, Brazilian, GrillLunch, Dinner, Late NightReservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service[email protected]+55 53 3222-0101

Overall Ratings

4 based on 475 reviews

Grelhados Batuva

The dream of providing a differentiated service , cozy space birthed on July 26, 1995 GRILLED Batuva , designed by Alfredo Luiz Mello Milk ( Civil Engineer ) , but having a family history connected to the branch of power . Every detail, from the choice of

Reviewed By VSOP_AOC

Batuva is one of the few restaurants in town that has a decent and consistent service. It specializes in Uruguayan style grill - parrilla. The menu includes more traditional grilled meat (picanha, entrecot, filet) and the house specialties where meat is served in sauce. The filet in cream sauce is the one to order. Fish is in the menu as well. The house has a good selection of wines - mostly Chilean and Argentinian. The obvious fault is not having a wine refrigerator. In summer, wine is not an option here. All in all, one of the best options for eating out in Pelotas.

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