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Pampas

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Brazilian, Steakhouse
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529 Alma St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1602 (University Ave)
The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is directly across the street.
650-327-1323
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Special occasions
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
GREAT GREAT GREAT FOOD!

This was a great restaurant. I decided to order the Rib-eye steak and it was marvelous. One of the best steaks I have ever had. I was overwhelmed by flavor and the steak itself was BIG. I tried my dads lamb chops and they were very tasty. The dessert was very nice and it went well with the dinner... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Special occasions
  • Reservations
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

This was a great restaurant. I decided to order the Rib-eye steak and it was marvelous. One of the best steaks I have ever had. I was overwhelmed by flavor and the steak itself was BIG. I tried my dads lamb chops and they were very tasty. The dessert was very nice and it went well with the dinner. The... More 

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Bowling Green KY
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96 reviews 96 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

This was a special occasion to celebrate with family, the selection and variety is too much! Things I wasn't willing to try and much that I was! Staff was helpful and friendly. I would not go here from a price point for a simple meal for our every weekend out meal but to celebrate well worth the price for the... More 

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Helsinki, Finland
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170 reviews 170 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is a place to go to when you want to eat a lot of meat. The choices of meat are many in the traditional menu - we tried 6-7 kinds and they were all excellent. The sidebar has about 25 choices from salmon and sardines to broccoli and Palm hearts. Reserving a table for 9 was not possible for... More 

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Mumbai
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Brilliant place for meat lovers and people with an appetite! Surprisingly a very nicely laid out salad bar for vegetarians .. there are some good veg options on the menu as well.. bar is cheerful and the service is prompt .. eat till you can!

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Bay Area, CA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

To start, there is alot of food. I will admit, I know nothing of the salad bar. Why? I need to space in my stomach for the meat. Pampas has a nice environment. Staff is friendly and helpful and on Saturdays they have live music playing. Crowd tends to be more towards the 20-30 year old market. Parking is usually... More 

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Los Altos, California
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154 reviews 154 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

This was my first visit to Pampas in Palo Alto. The food was pretty good. The meats were terrific, but the salad bar selection was disappointingly limited. The restaurant was quite loud, and the lighting was far too bright. Turning both down a few notches would greatly improve the experience.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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72 reviews 72 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

When the "Feed me" card gets turned to green, brace yourself. So much meat, SO tasty!!! Definately sample around and try to figure out which meats you like the best, then just wait for those to cycle around. Not that any of it wasn't delicious, but my favorite was the skirt steak. The salad bar was excellent as well. Loaded... More 

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Espoo, Finland
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189 reviews 189 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

We had a private room downstairs and got served a nice quite heavy Pinot Noir to start and then we had the normal Rodizio type of bbq experience. It was quite close to the experience I had when I lived in Brazil. The salad buffet could have been better but the meats were great. We also got, after ordering separately,... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Love their Rodizhio! Their salad bar is amazing!! And great selection of wines. Would love to listen a live tango trio! Or a couple of tango dancers and would be perfect!!

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Hayward, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We had an experience with Brazilian Restaurant in San Mateo and had reasonable expectation about service and variety of food in similar places. Our waiter provide us with a menu containing 30 different types of meat and poultry to be serve on ongoing basis. We ordered wine by the glasses and it was quite good. Unfortunately in reality only 6... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 529 Alma St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1602
    (University Ave)
  • Public Transportation: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is directly across the street.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Palo Alto
  • Phone Number: 650-327-1323

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 100
  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Steakhouse

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?