Most of Cuiabá's better restaurants are located in the Goiabeiras neighborhood, conveniently located close to the city's hotels. Cuiabá's a bit far from the sea.
(Av. S. Sebastião 2324, Goiabeiras; tel. 065/3322-5471)
offers fish from the great inland fishery of the Pantanal. Pintado, dourado, paçu, and piraputanga are served up grilled, fried, or in filets.
(Av. Getulio Vargas 1147, across from Praça Santos Dumont; tel. 067/3624-9992)
offers steak and excellent local fish dishes. Piraputanga is a less-known local fish, served stuffed with palm hearts. At night, it's also a popular local tavern.
Mercearia da Pizza
(Av. Filinto Muller 840; tel. 065/3623-0800) is the best pizza place in town
(Av. Ipiranga 560; tel. 065/3321-3661)
specializes in hearty Portuguese fare. Think codfish and potatoes