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Brazilian Restaurant in Bay Area?

crystalrae Mar 3, 2011 08:11 AM

I want to try a brazilian steakhouse or just a really good brazilian restaurant. What suggestions do you have for me??

How does the pricing work at the steakhouses? Is it a flat fee and all you can eat or do you have to pay as you go??


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  1. Robert Lauriston RE: crystalrae Mar 3, 2011 08:22 AM

    Churrascarias are flat-rate.

    Espetus Churrascaria
    1686 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94102

    Canto DO Brazil
    41 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA

    Bossa Nova
    139 8th St, San Francisco, CA

    Espetus Churrascaria
    710 South B Street, San Mateo, CA 94401

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      crystalrae RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 3, 2011 08:26 AM

      Thanks for the info and the suggestions!!

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        Thomas Nash RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 4, 2011 08:30 AM

        Is Canto do Brazil really a churrascaria? I don't think so.
        Espetus is a respectable copy of what you get in Brazil.
        Mozzarella Di Bufala Pizzeria is a pizza place with some Brazilian dishes, including a first class and very authentic feijoada.

        Mozzarella Di Bufala Pizzeria
        69 W Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

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          kc72 RE: Thomas Nash Mar 4, 2011 08:35 AM

          re: Canto -- it wasn't when I went, but that was about 12yrs ago

          1. re: Thomas Nash
            Robert Lauriston RE: Thomas Nash Mar 2, 2014 11:04 AM

            Missed this post three years ago. I answered the "how does the pricing work" question and listed the four Brazilian places I knew. Canto do Brasil and Bossa Nova are not churrascarias.

            Has anyone been to Rio California in Oakland?

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              abstractpoet RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 2, 2014 10:18 PM

              Rio California is lunch-only, not a churrascaria. Sandwiches, empanadas, and daily Brazilian specials -- delicious feijoada on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

          2. re: Robert Lauriston
            The Librarian RE: Robert Lauriston Mar 2, 2014 03:03 PM

            How is Canto DO Brazil? Any particular dishes to try? I get my hair cut next door (Rodney at Studio BBR - the best!) and it always smells really great.

            1. re: The Librarian
              Robert Lauriston RE: The Librarian Mar 2, 2014 03:51 PM

              I haven't been in years, but I always ordered bacalao and coconut flan.

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            kc72 RE: crystalrae Mar 3, 2011 08:40 AM

            You can try Pikanha's in Pt Richmond. They have restaurant.com certificates available.

            1. myst RE: crystalrae Mar 3, 2011 09:57 AM

              I like the one in Palo Alto.

              Pampas Pampas - 529 Alma Street Palo Alto, CA

              Senzala Brazilian Restaurant - 250 E Java Dr Sunnyvale, CA

              Though honestly I can't eat enough at any AYCE to make it worth while....

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                bigwheel042 RE: crystalrae Mar 3, 2011 08:14 PM

                FYI, you have a few more days to use a Scoutmob deal to get 50% off Espetus. I went on Tuesday for lunch...I think this place is slightly overpriced without discounts, but they make a mean roast chicken here.

                1. Melanie Wong RE: crystalrae Mar 3, 2011 08:49 PM

                  Has anyone tried Pastel do Brasil? Not a steakhouse, rather sandwiches, pasteles, and various fried croquettes.

                  529 Alma Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301

                  Senzala Brazilian Restaurant
                  250 E Java Dr, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

                  Pastel do Brasil
                  290 De Haro St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                    bigwheel042 RE: Melanie Wong Mar 1, 2014 11:01 PM

                    oops, missed this thread because of Brazil/Brasil confusion. Here's a quick review of Pastel do Brasil: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4970...

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                    emi50 RE: crystalrae Mar 4, 2011 08:56 AM

                    I haven't been there, but in downtown San Jose:
                    Maceio Brazilian Steakhouse, 72 South 1st St.

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