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Samba Na' Brasa Review?

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doberlady Mar 4, 2008 07:45 AM

Would like some reviews on the Samba brazilian restaurant in Fleetwood? Kid friendly? I can't find a website.

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    wm3 Mar 5, 2008 05:12 AM

    no kidding, this is one of the worst churrascos i have ever been to. the food was the typical overly salty selection of dried out meats, and then to top it all off the salad bar stunk too. at the end of the meal they come around with a cart full of desserts, say try whatever you like, and then after charging like 40 dollars a head for poor quality everything, charged another 6 to 8 dollars a piece for boxed synthetic cream pie, and something supposed to be coconut flan, that tasted like no frills junkit!! don't waste your time or money. with tax and tip for 2 adults and one child i wasted 125 dollars and what could have been a perfectly nice sunday evening.

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      doberlady Mar 5, 2008 07:31 AM

      Oh gosh- that sounds horrible. We went to the one on Central Ave and I was not happy with that one. All the meat was well done and the mixed drinks were terrible

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        laylag Mar 5, 2008 05:52 PM

        Has anyone tried the new one in Port Chester - Copacabana. It took the place of Pantanal, also Brazilian and I'm curious if Copa is any good.

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          wm3 Mar 6, 2008 04:16 AM

          its the same owner as samba na brasa, so in short....no thanks.

      2. roxlet Jan 3, 2009 08:43 AM

        I went to the Samba Na'Brassa last night as the adult part of a 14 year-old's birthday dinner. I thought that, in general, the meat wasn't too bad and was fairly well-cooked. We were at a table for 3 and there was a table for 8 for the kids. They really enjoyed the food though I think that the idea of never-ending meat was the most exciting part. However, the kids were ordering pitchers of soda, which turned out to be $13 each. Four of those babies (one of which sat untouched on the table) came to a whopping $52! Since we were guests, I don't know what the final tally was, but it w a lot -- and a lot for what we had. I was glad that I had been invited, but I doubt that I would ever go on my own.

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          jenzsta12 Jan 22, 2009 07:14 PM

          If your planing on going to Samba Na' Brasa, first you must be prepared for a few things. For one, you are there for the meat, so steer clear from filling up on breads and pastas at the salad bar. Second, try not to run up your bill with sodas, alcoholic beverages and desserts. if you stick to the pre fixed menu, I guarentee that you will have a reasonable bill.

          The food at Samba Na' Brasa is excellent. The waitstaff is very friendly and professional. Each of the meats are tasty and delicious. I would highly recomend this returant to any meat lover. If you do not enjoy red meat, this place is not for you. The resturant's atmosphere could be suitable for a casual evening out, or even a special occasion.

          I plan to eat there again soon.

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            roxlet Jan 23, 2009 03:36 AM

            I would agree with some of what you're saying. I would completely avoid the buffet with all the salads. They are mediocre at best, and the shrimp definitely tasted off. Besides, you're going for the meat, so why fill up on all these salads. The meats were pretty good, with the beef rib meat and the pork tenderloin being the standouts. But this is not a gourmet restaurant. It is a place for volume eating (which they discourage by encouraging the salad bar with filling and pasty pastas and mayo laden salads), and it is mediocre at best.

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            BkwdGalaxy Jan 22, 2009 07:16 PM

            Samba Na' Brasa is absolutely my favorite place to eat. I don't go often, because it is a bit expensive to make it a regular stop, but the meat is incredible. I'm talking juicy, succulent, and melts in your mouth. I've read other reviews complaining about the salad bar. Not to be insulting, but who goes to a place like this for the salad? You go for the meat. And, yes, the dessert cart is overpriced, but I have good news for you... Congress has yet to pass the law requiring restaurant goers to buy from the dessert menu! And you probably shouldn't after you stuff your face with an endless variety of meat products. When I went, I made them bring the top sirloin back. That's my favorite. If you want a salad, go somewhere else. If you want dessert, stop at Carvel on the way home. Make this the place you go for dinner.

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              rolise Jan 23, 2009 08:07 AM

              When i drove by last Friday night I did not see the valet parkers. Is Samba Na'Brasa still open?

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                jcmods Jan 26, 2009 05:40 AM

                Seems to be closed. Jeez maybe they can put a Trader Joe's there now that the A&P Supermarket is about to be bought by a CVS. Of course a "good reasonably-priced" Brazilian place (the type that serves feijoada and seafood as well as tons of meat) would be nice. Seems like most of the brazilian around here is Churrascuria which doesn't exactly thrill me. Would like to see something more along the lines of the defunct Brasilia in Newark. I have been wondering if Lincoln BBQ on West Lincoln ave might be it....despite the name. I only found one comment that said the food was too salty (but I have also heard that they have Fejoada on Saturday).

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                  rolise Jan 26, 2009 08:44 AM

                  I have not been to Lincoln BBQ but there is another restaurant further along Lincoln that also looks interesting, the sign said buffet, i am not sure about the name.

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                    varsitysg Jan 26, 2009 01:01 PM

                    I live in that neighborhood and have eaten at the place you're talking about and I drive past it every day and cannot think of the name. "Churanos" or something like that. Lincoln BBQ is good as is The Portal Bar & Grill. they are all within the same half block of each other. Caveat: I am not a foodie and not an expert when it comes to Brasilian cuisine, so when I say something is good, thats according to my own personal taste.

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                  varsitysg Jan 26, 2009 01:13 PM

                  I'm not sure of the restaurants current status, but on Fri & Sat nights, the owners now convert the place to a nightclub and allow promoters to hold parties, which often get out of control and there have been two stabbings there since Sept with one stab victim critically injured with a severe wound to the abdomen and another stab victim being seriously wounded. I get the impression that if the restaurant was doing well, they wouldn't have to open up the place to these types of parties.

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                    Sloth Jan 26, 2009 02:47 PM

                    I passed by on Friday and Saturday night this week-end and it was not open for anything. The lights on the porch were off and it was obvious that no one had salted the sidewalk in front in a few days (I had to grab the railing to keep on my feet). I hadn't heard about the nightclub and violence. More than ever I would like to see something useful take the space.

                    Funny, I never ate there. I guess because it never smelled enticing and they rarely piped Brazillian music outside. It was usually along the lines of what passes for dance music these days.

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