Cervejaria Ramiro has always been a popular seafood restaurant, but became more so after it was featured in an Anthony Bourdain “No Reservations” episode in April 2012.
The restaurant is quite unassuming from the outside. The only thing that would suggest something special presided inside is the usually long lines outside of the restaurant.
Our wait time was about 30-40 minutes. Unfortunately, the line was not very organized during our visit and several people cut in line. When you enter the front door, the “lobby” is a small box about 12 feet by 6 feet.
Several display cases of seafood can be seen while in the “lobby”.
Once finally seated, we were given iPads that contained the menu in English. The menu also contained pictures, which made ordering a little bit easier.
Garlic bread was served without being asked. The bread looked like it had been made haphazardly, as some pieces had a lot of butter, while others had almost none. The bread was good, and provided a good vehicle to sop up butter and other sauces with some of the other dishes.
The Garlic Shrimp came in a metal dish straight out of the over. The shrimp were plump and juicy. A ton of garlic and butter accompanied the shrimp, which was nice and zesty. Only having the shrimp de-veined would have improved the dish.
The Giant Tiger Prawns are expensive at about $15 each, but they are huge nearly measuring a foot long. They are grilled to perfection, being tender but almost lobster like in texture as well due to their sheer size.
We finished off the meal with a mango. It was good but could have been sweeter. It was served at room temperature, but I would have preferred it being served ice cold due to the hot weather and my preference.
Cervejaria Ramiro does serve up some tasty seafood. Service can be a little scattered due to the place being packed from opening until close. It’s worth a visit if you’re a seafood lover.