Our History - Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine
Experience the exciting flavors of Brazilian and Continental cuisine at Brazilian Bossa Nova Cuisine. From pasta and homemade artisan pizzas to our famous grilled dishes, we've got something for everyone!
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Our History

 Bossa Nova’s story started in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in the early 70’s when chef Francisco developed a curiosity in culinary while growing up in the northern state of Bahia, cooking alongside his grandparents during his young life.

After his young years of “playing in the kitchen”, Francisco started his professional career as a financial and credit adviser in one of the largest banks in Brazil. He also attended physical education college in the 80’s.

  Francisco moved to Los Angeles with only $50 in his pocket, in search for new opportunities. His early jobs included working as a pizza delivery person, a residential building manager, painter, and even bought and sold used cars, doing whatever it took to honestly pay the bills.

He started his professional kitchen career in the US at Cafe Brasil, a new Brazilian restaurant his personal friends started, in 1991.

During the 90’s he attended and graduated from the prestigious Cordon Bleu Culinary School. He also worked at Sofitel Hotel and Resorts, one of the most upscale and sophisticated hotels at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Aurelio started his career by serving the Brazilian army, attending Reserve Officer Army Academy. After he graduated, he studied accounting at the University of Rio de Janeiro. While attending college, he was admitted at Coopers and Lybrand as a trainee auditor. He worked as an external auditor until 1988, when he decided to move to the US and pursue his American Dream. He started in the restaurant business in 1989, where he worked as a pizza delivery person, busser, waiter, and cashier. He also worked as a tour guide for Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

In early 1993

Bossa Nova 1993

In 1993, Francisco and Aurelio joined forces and opened the first Bossa Nova restaurant in West Hollywood. The community was extremely receptive and supportive, and we became an instant success. Our original Bossa Nova restaurant still stands strong, to this date.

1998

Bossa Nova Sunset

In 1998, we opened up Bossa Nova’s second location on Sunset Avenue. Making sure to serve the (notoriously late-night) Hollywood area, this restaurant stays open until 3:30AM everyday.

2007

Bossa Nova West LA

Continual success in Hollywood led us to open our third Bossa Nova restaurant in 2007. Located in the Westside of Los Angeles, we are proud to serve Westwood, Cheviot Hills, Santa Monica, Culver City, and the surrounding communities.

2018

Bossa Nova South Bay

Followed by the success of our established 3 stores, in 2018 we opened Bossa Nova South Bay offering our already known dishes as well as baked goods and Brazilian and Continental Gourmet products.

Our Awards

Bossa Nova Downtown location is on the way and scheduled to be opened in the first part of next year.

Up to this date, Francisco and Aurelio still have the passion and love for Bossa Nova when they started back in 1993 managing the stores as they did back then with the help of the terrific Bossa Nova team.