Opened in 2001, the Restaurante Pedra do Baú is located at the base of one of the main sights of São Paulo: the Pedra do Baú, in São Bento do Sapucaí. Its cuisine offers the authentic cuisine of Mantiqueira, a mix between the Minas Gerais cooking style and countryside cuisine. Open on weekends and holidays, the restaurant offers self service buffet where, for a fixed price per person, you can help yourself and still have the dessert.
In 2001, a dream motivated Mr. Joaquim Sertão to open a restaurant and soon persuaded his wife, Dona Terezinha, about the idea. Mr. Joaquim, who was a farmer, built with his own hands the first tables and chairs. Otherwise, the kitchen was in the hands of Dona Terezinha, which started producing traditional dishes from the countryside.
In April of the same year, the restaurant opened counting on help from the whole family. With only six tables, which were distributed in the garage of the couple's home, the first customers began to arrive: friends in town who were attracted by delicious whelks and rednecks chickens. It didn’t take too long for the fame of the restaurant spread to other cities.
Many climbers, who left their cars parked near Joaquim’s home, began to attend the place, which was attracting new visitors. Shortly after, the six tables started not to handle the movement and customers spreded aroud the property. Then, Mr. Joaquim decided to make a reform to expand the place.
The first reform was carried out in the kitchen, which until then was home made, in 2003. The following year, the restaurant suffered a big loss: Mr. Joaquim Sertão died. Thus, Fabio and Rosa, son-in-law and daughter of Mr. Joaquim, join Dona Terezinha to continue the restaurant. Under the management of Fabio and Rosa in 2005, the construction of the hall was made, expanding the capacity of the tables. The following year came the construction that would make the restaurant a tourist attraction in the region: the wooden deck.
The possibility to have lunch at the top of the mountain accompanied by the beautiful landscape of the region has attracted many visitors from different places and the house started to be always full and has become a tourist reference in the region.
Over the last ten years, several works were carried out and the movement grew increasingly. Between 2014 and 2015, a major expansion was made: the hall had its folded size, the construction of covered deck, the construction of a new wood stove, the adaptation of access for people with special needs, comfort station, the new decor and the works of reuse water and wastewater treatment.
After many years and many works, the Restaurante Pedra do Baú has established itself as one of the top restaurants in the area. First there were six tables. Today we have 68 tables with seating for 272 people, parking for 200 cars and receive on average 800 people per weekend. The kitchen is under the Chef Fernando Paes command and our staff is trained to provide the best service to our customers..
Our cuisine exalts regional dishes: pasta, meat and side dishes are served directly in the wood stove. For a fixed price you can eat at ease and have free dessert. The gastronomy of Mantiqueira has elements of the rustic kitchen and mining added to ingredients and customs of the top of the mountain. Because it is a cold region, with temperatures ranging from 2 ° to 26 ° C, has special dishes that help to warm and soften the cold of the mountain. In our buffet you find tutu de feijão, braised pumpkin, parsnip cream, jerk chicken, lasagne, pastelzinho, garlic and oil spaghetti, pork ribs, fish, handmade sausages, suckling pig in pieces, cracklings, eggplant milanese, farofa and other traditional dishes. In addition to the hot dishes we also have 17 types of salads, all with fresh produce harvested in the region. In the table of desserts we have a few simple options, but delicious as sweet figs, grated papaya, pineapple cream, figada, soft unripened cheese with guava and pumpkin with coconut. .