My brother LOVES meat, and I'm thinking of getting him a gift certificate to Espetus for his birthday. I've never been, and they don't have prices on their menu. Has anyone tried this place? What would you say an average dinner for 2 with a couple of drinks would cost?
According to a quick scan of yelp the AYCE meats and salad bar is $50 with drinks, tax and tip extra.
"love thy brother as thyself"
And don't fill up on the salads and side.
"Espetus Churrascaria has a full salad bar overflowing with the exotic salads and side dishes of the exquisite Brazilian cuisine, featuring 15-20 types of salads and hot plates like rice, Feijoada (black beans stew with pork meat), Moqueca de Peixe (Fish stew with Brazilian palm oil) and Paella. Selections slightly vary depending on the day you visit."
I only went once a few years ago, but it was only okay.
For similar money you could get a decent steak at Alfred's Steakhouse or AYCE ribeye at Prime Rib Shabu Shabu.
Alfred's Steak House
659 Merchant St., San Francisco, CA 94111
Prime Rib Shabu
308 5th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118
Restaurant.com has Espetus certificates. I just checked and they are currently sold out, but if timed well you could get 25.00 off the cost of dinner for two for the price of $2.00. The place is still expensive, but the certificate might make it a little easier to take.
Going against what everyone else says, I would definitely recommend an Espetus gift certificate for your meat-loving brother.
I tried this place in December 2008 and quite enjoyed it. Sure, a few of the couple dozen or so cuts of meat we tried were dry, but I remember these being few and far between.
It probably doesn't compare to its equivalents in Brazil or even NYC, but if you've never been to any of those, you won't notice. The main area its online reviewers seem to think it doesn't measure up is the salad bar, which won't matter if you're there for meat.
And if your brother loves meat and has never been to a churrascaria, it'll be a memorable experience. I would recommend it over House of Prime Rib just because of the variety of meats you get and the experience of having it brought to your table on skewers until you're stuffed.