As is the case with much of Brazil, particularly the traveler-friendly coastal cities, Florianopolis is known for its fresh seafood, churrascaria/por kilo establishments, and a nod toward both Portuguese and international cuisine, including the Azorean leanings of the nearby town of Riberão da Ilha. World travelers, take note: the best part about Floripo's dining out is actually how inexpensive it is, especially compared to places like Rio and Sao Paulo.
As you'll see time and again in Brazil, seafood is plentiful and an integral part of the cultural experience. Particularly in eateries around the Lagoa da Conceição, where a local tradition called the seqüência de camarão (sequence of shrimp) is a dish that any out-of-towner needs to try once. It's available at places like Restaurant Maurílio on Joaquina, as well as Blackbeard and Chico's on the Avenida das Rendeiras, a popular strip on the Lagoa da Conceição. Other local specialties can be found in the aforementioned Riberão da Ilha, a fishing community just south that specializes in oyster and other seafood dishes.
There a handful of churrascarias, eateries where a succession of grilled meats are brought to your table, and por kilo (pay by weight) restaurants in Floripo. Mein Haus Churrascaria is a popular spot, while there are plenty of per kilo joints on both the island and mainland; try Centro, which has three locations in the city.
There are plenty of nice restaurants in the outskirts of the city, as well as innumerable places with a water view or beach location. One that stands out and is, sadly enough, often frequented by tourists, is Bar do Arante. Here you'll join the unique tradition of diners that have tacked slips of paper over every inch of the little place, marking their place in the lineage of customers. It sort of reminds us of the graffiti you'll find in a high school bathroom stall; except it's much cleaner here. And the language is a bit nicer. And you won't find a Goth kid in here surreptitiously smoking a cigarette...
So maybe that was a bad analogy. Either way, the place is worth stopping by, tourist stomping grounds or not.
Anyway, Florianopolis is both inexpensive and culturally viable when it comes to food, especially if you forgo the resort food and buy your food at one of the local markets. Take a look at our individual listings for more info, maps, user reviews, and more if you're intrigued by what the city has to offer.