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My sister in law ate there last night and she said you have to be a carnivorous animal to eat there! LOL They give you SO much meat she said. It came out to $165 per couple plus $20 for parking. I'm not much of a meat eater...I'm a chicken/seafood/veggie person. I just don't want to spend that much money and then not really eat anything. Our friends want us to go there...will it be a waste of money for me?

Thanks,
Kelly

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  1. You can look at the menu here - http://www.fogodechao.com/dining.htm. Unless you like your chicken wrapped in bacon, you should go somewhere else. You would be spending a lot of money for the (ample) salad bar.

    1. Yes, it will. They have a nice salad bar but if you're not much of a meat eater, you're wasting your money.

      1. I totally agree with the above posts. Unless you are a die hard meat fan, it isn't worth it. I do love the little cheese puffs they serve, but not for that amount of money. My DH and I went and loved it, but the low point was the chicken! We went for the beef!

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        1. re: danhole

          It's a grazing hole for carnivors; however, if you can afford it, give it a try for the experience. The salad bar is worth the $20 something price point.

          1. re: danhole

            Unfortunately, I have to agree. The salad bar IS nice: fresh cheese, some nice thin slices of salmon, and meats, veggies, a few types of potato salads and the like. They also bring endless polenta, plantains, and something else (forgot) to the table which are also pretty tasty. However, I don't know if I'd consider it worth the price point.

            If it's for the group/party/occasion or something, sure, I'd say go and enjoy the experience, but otherwise I'd steer clear. If you do go, I'd recommend to those getting the meats to go for the lamb (oh man the lambs were fantastic both times I went). The beef ranges from ok to great. The chicken is more than mediocre, it's actually pretty bad. And stay away from bacon wrapped anything.

          2. If you go, you'll be going for the experience. So enjoy, but don't expect to feel like you ate your money's worth.

            1. You can go and just eat from the salad bar. You'll get charged less than you will if you eat the meat too. The sallad bar is really good - high quality etc., but its also around $25. $25 for all you can eat salad, no matter how good, is probably not for everyone. Also, I'm pretty sure that most of the side dishes that they bring to the table only come if at least one person in your party has the meat. In any case, the last time I dined there, one of us had the meat and the other opted only for the salad bar. With one cocktail the tab came to around $90-$100 as I recall.

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              1. re: Marvin

                1 meat ($44.50) + 1 salad bar ($19.50) + 1 cocktail (???) = $90-100

                That's a really expensive cocktail. That being said, for the OP and anyone curious: their wine list, while extensive, is quite pricey.

                1. re: Wangus

                  cocktail is actually reasonale if the $90-$100 includes tax and tip.

                  I'm waiting for right occasion to try Fogo de Chao near me but I am planning on trying it.

                  1. re: Wangus

                    IIRC, the salad bar is not $19.50, more like $25-$30. And the $90-$100 included tax / tip.

                    1. re: Marvin

                      Unless the price is different per location, the salad bar was definitely 19.50 when I went a week ago. However, I didn't consider tip when you said 'tab'.

                2. I really hate to say it, b/c I love it, but probably so. It's worth going to, at least once, though, if nothing else for the watching the madness. They'll give you as much or as little as you want, but obviously, if you don't want a whole lot, your price per plateful is going to be pretty high.

                  The salad bar is fantastic, it has the "basic" salad stuff, plus smoked salmon, fresh mozz balls, artichokes, and a a nice beans/rice sidedish, among others.

                  I can and do eat my money's worth there, but I also used to be a defensive lineman.

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                  1. re: wabbitslayer

                    I've eaten at The FogoDeChao in Houston only once but truly enjoyed the experience. Im wondering where the OP lives, since the prices may be different in different markets, and I can't imagine how dinner for two was $165 unless there were several caipirnahs each. I can't recall if they charge for sides and I dont remember looking at appetizers. (In Houston they do not charge for parking). Yes, it is carnivore heaven, but even a reluctant vegetarian could have a satisfying meal grazing at the elaborate salad bar. Its not really a place one would eat on a regular basis (let's face it all that red meat is a cardiologist's nightmare) but once in a while it's a fun treat.

                  2. The salad bar is great. The service is excellent. And I'd stab my own mother with a dinner fork for one of those lamb chops. In fact, I've entertained the idea of slipping the lamb chop guy a $20 at the start of my meal to keep me on his radar.
                    All of the "complimentary" sides are tasy, also, but they're just filler. eat the meat, that's why you came.

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                    1. re: keeter2121

                      keeter - next time you go tell your waiter that you especially like the lamb (I did too) and he should make it a point to keep the lamb gaucho circling your table. That is what they did for us. At the beginning of the meal, he told us that if there was something we especially liked to let him know so he could keep us satisfied. He also asked our preference of how the meat was cooked, so that we always got medium rare on the beef.