I'm surprised this restaurant doesn't get more mention for Ipanema requests.
This is my 3rd time in Ipanema over the past 2 years and this place is a must stop for me along with Porcao in Flamengo.
The caldo verde is killer. Thick and yellow with bits of potato, loaded with linguisa and kale. Totally delicious. The picanha Vinicius is enough for 2 healthy appetites at 76R and comes rare on a sizzling metal stand so you can cook it to your desired doneness. The picanha is so tender and flavorful it is addicting. I eat here at least three times per visit.
As a public service announcement, I highly recommend against trying the restaurant across the street. Pretty much the same menu but with a catchier name (Garota de Ipanema). I decided to try the caldo verde there yesterday to compare. So sorry I did. The soup was white, clear, and reminiscent of water thickened with flower or corn starch. There were 3 pieces of hot dog tasting bits instead of the delicious linguisa served across the street. It was so bad I had to go to Vinicius Restaurant today to get the taste out of my mouth.
I cannot recommend Vinicius Restaurant enough for the caldo verde and picanha. On Rue Vinicius de Moraes in Post 9.