A new steak restaurant in County Durham has opened to customers – with a host of rave reviews greeting the owners from the opening day.

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse officially opened its doors and joined a host of other well-known restaurants at Walkergate in Durham city centre.

The venue, which is known for its steaks, cocktails, and other drinks, works unlike many other restaurants – with customers paying a set price for the meal and turning over a green or red card depending on whether they want more food.

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The menu at lunch starts from £22.95 Monday to Friday and £26.95 on Saturday and Sunday, while it will cost you £34.95 from 4.30pm each day of the week.

Boasting prime steaks from Picanha to Maminha, Durham’s newest restaurant also offers chicken, pork, salad, and a host of cocktails.

While Rio might have just opened in Durham, the popular spot also has a restaurant in Middlesbrough and two in Newcastle, which also sometimes visited by Newcastle United footballers.

Here are some images of the new Rio Steakhouse:

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Earlier this year, Toon aces Joelington and Bruno Guimaraes were spotted in the Rio Quayside restaurant, with fans attempting to get snaps of the Brazilian pair.

And it already appears that Rio has made an impact on the Durham community, with Walkergate Durham praising the new restaurant and its team.

Taking to social media, the official Walkergate account said: “WOW! We're blown away at just how beautiful Rio Brazilian Steakhouse - Durham is. Best of luck to Zal (the owner) and his team, we know you're going to smash it. Welcome to Walkergate Durham.”

Alongside the good luck message was some snaps of the restaurant, which shows a sleek new bar stocked with beers, spirits and cocktail shakers, while other pictures show big bowls of sides and salads in ice, and a fully stocked buffet style setup.

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