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[SEA] Ipanema Brazilian Grill?

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Hello all;
Has anyone tried the new Brazilian restaurant in downtown Seattle called Ipanema Brazilian Grill? It is housed in the old Wolfgang Pucks location on 1st Ave. and Seneca. I am interested in trying some Brazilian food with some atmosphere; Seattle seems to be short in this area, any suggestions? Thanks Seattle Chowhounds!

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  1. Is it true that the same owner of Buenos Aries Grill owns this restaurant? We were planning to go next weekend, does anyone have any rumors on the food or anything.

    Jenny Hanson

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    1. re: Jenny

      Yes, it's true (same owner as Buenos Aires Grill). I've linked Nancy's Leson's column below. One report on the food so far that I've heard isn't good (very dry meat, expensive).

      Link: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

      1. re: KathyR

        It's a shame that the other owner, who started Rio in the U-district, had a falling out. Rio had good meat (served on skewers the size of swords), good sides, and killer caprihinias. I think Rio was better than Buenos Aires Grill.

        Still might try Ipanema, though..and fingers crossed on that the seafood restaurant.

        1. re: baselle

          I ate at the U-District version of this restaurant last summer, and it was probably the most mediocre churrascaria I have had...if it's worse than that, I'd definitely not go.

          1. re: Jeff

            It's definitely mediocre. I had lunch there recently, and it is very expensive for what you get (i.e., the quality, not the quantity, since it's "all you can eat" -- in name anyway). Dinner is even more expensive. And the servers were nice enough but unprofessional, and they were overwhelmed. They seemed to delibertately avoid eye contact so we could not ask for anything. Also, if you ate the beef, you had lots of choices, but if you had pork, like I did, then you only saw one pork tenerloin that seemed to go around the room for about an hour, and some sausages.

            If it was cheaper, I'd probably go back because the quality was not that bad. But at those prices for lunch ($15 for one type of meat and the salad bar, $25 for all of the meat), I'm inclined to stay away.

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              Culinary Fool

              Happy Hour is the way to go. 4:00 - 7:00 Daily. The bar menu is 1/2 off with a few drink specials. Many of the bar offerings are small portions of the "all-you-can-eat" meats. I've only been once so far but am going back again next week. We had one steak dish, one shrimp and empanadas. It was all very tasty and not dry at all.

              Link: http://spaces.msn.com/members/culinar...

              1. re: Culinary Fool

                Don't think of making reservation unless you are ready to give them your credit card number; and if you don't show up, they will charge you for the number anyway. Prepare to come and wait for a long time. the attraction is that it is different.

                1. re: Culinary Fool

                  Don't think of making reservation unless you are ready to give them your credit card number; and if you don't show up, they will charge you for the number anyway. Prepare to come and wait for a long time. the attraction is that it is different.

      2. actually, i went to Ipanema last week & thought it was quite good. of course, i've had no prior experience with "churrascaria rodizio" but i have eaten at the Buenos Aires Grill & thought that Ipanema was much better; nicer service, much tastier meat, better value. i'm thinking that, because we went on a weeknight, the overall experience might have been better than other people's - less busy so better service & quicker access to meats fresh from the fire...

        1. In the interest of updating in case somebody searches...

          I just went with my wife's Brazilian family for a Sunday afternoon lunch and had a good time. I went a couple years ago for dinner and found it to be good but expensive, but for $14/person for lunch, I don't think you can beat it. The sides were good and fresh and there was plenty of tasty meat cooked in the traditional 'salt-only' way as well as a couple of other interesting takes on Brazilian grilling including a Parmesan pork and a passionfruit marinated chicken leg that both came off well. We ordered a few sides of bacalhau, coxinhas, pao de queijo and fried-bananas to satisfy the craving for traditional Brazilian food and they all came out pretty well. Having been to a very nice churrascaria in Sao Paulo and Plataforma in NY, I feel comfortable saying that while Ipanema is not as decedent as either of those, it is a solid churrascaria worth visiting...for lunch. I still don't think I'd go for dinner, but who wants to eat that much for dinner anyway?

          I'm happy to recommend this place after staying away for a couple of years.

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          1. re: eternalX

            On another note, I ate dinner a few months ago at Beunos Aires and found it to be over-priced for what it was.

            1. re: eternalX

              Thanks for that note. I was just about to go this weekend (after reading a few reviews which admittedly dated from the early 2000's)

            2. re: eternalX

              Plataforma in Manhattan was my introduction to churrascaria (maybe 7 or 8 years ago), and it probably spoiled me for life. I have since had great churrascaria in Rio, but nothing comparable around here.