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Rodizio Steakhouse in North Providence, RI a BIG Disappointment

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bigboy Jan 8, 2007 05:04 PM

Tried the Rodzio Steakhouse hoping to try the Brazilean style of serving meats at tableside but left very disapointed. Had high hopes Saturday night as the place was very busy and had a 40 minute wait for a table. There is a buffet area which is not that great and they advertized many different kinds of beef but it was at least 30 minutes waiting at my table for a "gaucho" (their term) to offer any kind of beef. Kept being offered chicken, turkey, and sausages, which I don't mind sampling, but I wanted beef.

In short, I got very little of what I wanted and mediocre buffet items for $27/person.

I do like the concept of Rodizio but I hope to try a good Rodizio in the future. Any ideas where I can go?

  1. sashimi73 Jan 8, 2007 09:10 PM

    Wow, that sounds completely different from my experience there. I have eaten there on 3 occasions over the past several months, and each time all manner of meat was brought to us almost as soon as we sat down, and continuously until we told them to stop!
    I found the items on the buffet to be fresh and diverse also. My SO and I think this place definitely has their act together and delivers a consistently great meal.
    JMHO!

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      tigger2261 Mar 18, 2007 02:10 AM

      a friend just went this week on a friday also, he stated that the food was terrible.
      this friend eats out almost every weekend somwhere in this state, so his opinion is very reliable. my sister had gone there when it first opened and the food was good, but not like was advertised on the local infomercial, and i noticed the price has been also adjusted from 26 to 28 plus, too many restaurant choices in this state to wait anywhere for forty minutes.

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        Garris Mar 18, 2007 01:00 PM

        Hum, I was hoping to try Rodizio soon myself... These reports are disappointing...

        Has anyone tried the churrascaria dinner at Cafe Brazil in East Providence? I've only done the lunch buffet, which I've enjoyed (although I don' t know "authentic" Brazilian...).

        - Garris
        Providence

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          foodrating1 Nov 18, 2007 06:26 AM

          My wife and I went to Rodizzio's Steak House in North Providence on Saturday night 11/17/07. We had heard some nice comments prior to our visit. Unfortunately, we were very dissapointed. The food was mediocre at best. The atmosphere was again, mediocre. The servers or grauchos...(whatever they call them)... descended upon you like vulchers after you turned the "indicator" to green. The sad part is, the portions of beef are tiny little carvings. Each piece of meet carved is about a couple of bites. Granted, you can have them come back as much as you want, but it's more of an aggrivation having a line of meat cutters serving you luke warm beef, chicken, pork, etc.

          The bar was mediocre. I was dissapointed with the fish with stuffing. It was not warm enough. I wouldn't say it was "cold" but it definitely wasn't warm/hot. I've seen a better bar at much less expensive resturants.

          All in all...the I'd give it a rating of 4 out of 10. The total price for both my wife and I was slightly over $90 with the tip. That included a beer and one martini.

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            inwarwick Mar 27, 2009 06:59 AM

            I was hoping to try this place tonight but after reading the posts I think I'll stay clear.

            For a real Brizilian Rodizio the best one I have been to is in NY, bit of a drive for dinner but if you look at their website you will get a better idea of what it should be like.

            http://www.churrascariaplataforma.com/

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              Frank Terranova Mar 28, 2009 08:48 AM

              Totally aggre with this person i have been there in NT twice top shelf as long as you can consume that much meat. Remember all you can eat should tell you something about a restaurant. :)

              1. re: Frank Terranova
                Morganna Mar 28, 2009 11:09 AM

                except in this case, a Rodizio is a Brazilian "thing". It's not like the US idea of "all you can eat crap buffet for cheap". Rodizios are, to the best of my understanding (as someone who has only travel shows to go by), supposed to be a good sort of dining experience in Brazil, not a cheapo cop out of crappy food. :)

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              daydrmr1364 Jun 12, 2009 07:38 PM

              Ate there tonight read the reviews but decided to try it anyway the chicken and sausage seemed to find its way to our table too often and when the beef came around it was overcooked and oversalted the best thing was the lobster bisque but even that was lukewarm ponderosa has a better buffet at a fraction of the cost very dissapointed

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                OOliver Jul 11, 2010 08:18 PM

                Does anyone know if this place is still open? Everytime I drive by, the parking lot is always empty and the place looks closed. I've been wanting to take a friend there. Has anyone been recently, or has anyone heard anything about it?

                1. re: OOliver
                  chefjohn Oct 16, 2010 12:18 PM

                  If you like that style dining, I would recommend a drive to the Cape. I live in RI and have been there twice. I would go again.
                  Brazilian Grill
                  680 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601-5413
                  (508) 771-0109 () ‎

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                  Brazilian Grill
                  680 Main St, Hyannis, MA 02601

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                foreignaffair Oct 14, 2010 05:53 PM

                I think a lot of these comments have to do with people not understanding the concept of a Churrascaria. I have been to many of them. In Brazil and abroad, and obviously, the best one's are in Brazil. However, if you are going to try a Churrascaria in North Providence, then you are not really getting the full experience of what this is all about. Although, we do have to give them credit for trying to bring a new concept to our little State.
                A Churrascaria is a place where you sit down, without any hurry and just enjoy nice conversation with the people that you went with. Meanwhile, the Gauchos (not Grauchos Mr Foodrating1) will serve you at table side small pieces of carved meat (as much as you want for as long as you want) To fill you up, they usually have a salad bar with a variety of ethnic foods. This important, because meat is very expensive, so they hope you will try the salad bar.
                The meat is not supposed to be very hot. It is supposed to be fully cooked, but cool enough for you to be able to taste it.
                As you sit there socializing with your friends and family, they will keep bringing you a variety of meats. You don't have to like them all. In Brazil, people one of the big items on the menu are chicken hearts. They are tasty. I don't think they would dear try that here. Organ meat is not big in American Cuisine. They also serve Fried Buffalo Mozzarella, which is outstanding.
                See... here in the US, we are accustomed to having a plate a food dropped on front of us by some disgruntled waiter/waitress who hate their job and can't wait for you to leave.
                In all fairness, not all of them, but a good portion for sure.
                So, we eat all of the food on our plate as fast as we can, so we can leave quickly and go shop at Kmart,. At the Churrascaria, they almost make you stay there a long time, so you can actually enjoy your company, the food, and the ambience.
                The Gauchos dress they way they do for a very good reason. They are German descendents who came to Brazil to escape from the war. They colonized the South of Brazil, and adjusted to our culture, but yet, held on to their heritage.
                I have been to many countries, and only in the US people eat the way they do. It is not an enjoyable night out. It is simply a plate of food dropped on front of you. Eat fast and get out of here. If you saw the place with different eyes, and actually enjoyed the company of the people you are with, then a night out at the Churrascaria should bring a smile to your face.

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                1. re: foreignaffair
                  Morganna Oct 15, 2010 05:24 AM

                  Souza's in Burlinton, VT does chicken hearts. I loved it there. :) Of course, it makes no sense to go there now because of our surgery (unless I could talk them into letting my husband and I pay half price because we can no longer consume as much as an average person).

                  The food was saltier than I expected, but really good there. I like the whole idea of it. :)

                  1. re: Morganna
                    applehome Oct 16, 2010 02:51 PM

                    Some places (Oasis Grill in Lowell) let you pay by the pound instead of the $27 AYCE. You go through the salad/beans/rice bar, then you tell them what meats you want and they take it off the grill and cut them up for you, then they weigh the plate and charge you something reasonable. The last time my son and I ate there, we ate for less than $20 for both and had lots to eat.

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