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Mar 3, 2011 08:11 AM

Brazilian Restaurant in Bay Area?

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. 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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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Thanks for the info and the suggestions!!

      1. re: Robert Lauriston

        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

        1. re: Thomas Nash

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

          1. re: Thomas Nash

            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

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

          2. re: Robert Lauriston

            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

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

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

            1. 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....

              1. 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. 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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                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    oops, missed this thread because of Brazil/Brasil confusion. Here's a quick review of Pastel do Brasil: