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Pampas

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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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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 33
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 8
    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
Nice brasilian food

Nice ambience and service. Good food. As a brasilian restaurant it's ok but same dishes like chicken they do it spicy, that's not really how brasilian do it but maybe it's the taste that local customers like. Overall I recommend this restaurant.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
Nuno A
via mobile
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Princeton, New Jersey
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129 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped in for a meal with a party of 8 and was very impressed with the overall service and menu. If you like the Rodizio option be ready for a lot of meat! Over the course of the visit we tried every option - each was well-prepared and full of flavor. The salad bar is also available for any needed... More 

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Thank Rbakken
Los Angeles, California
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116 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you'd like this traditional style Brazilian dining and are very hungry then this is definitely the right place for you. You certainly will not be leaving this restaurant hungry. Food quality was great. The side bar and meats were fantastic. The welcoming staff and reservation organization were abysmal and was the biggest let down of this restaurant. These group... More 

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Thank lbizarre
Palo Alto, California, United States
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79 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

If you like meat and lots of it, this place is for you! However, you could get by with the interesting selections at the salad bar too. Quite pricey.

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Thank Karen W
Moraga, CA
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Way over priced for the quality of the meat and salad bar. Took my elderly uncle and aunt there visiting from overseas and was embarrassed by how tough the strip steak and other cuts of beef were. The lamb and pork were only slightly better. And the salad bar was nothing special plus they must use a ton of MSG... More 

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1 Thank Timothy F
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38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015 via mobile

Nice ambience and service. Good food. As a brasilian restaurant it's ok but same dishes like chicken they do it spicy, that's not really how brasilian do it but maybe it's the taste that local customers like. Overall I recommend this restaurant.

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Thank Nuno A
San Fran
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123 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Great food and excellent service is the summary of my experience here. My companion and I are veterans of Brazilian churrascarias. We love them and have been to many, in a number of cities, from SF to Vegas, to Phoenix, Atlanta, NY and Tokyo. So we know what we like and what to expect. I was a little bit concerned,... More 

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1 Thank trvlin_man
Ramat Hasharon, Israel
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136 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015 via mobile

In addition to a la carte menu the restaurant offers a great diversity of meats off skewers in all you can eat fashion complemented by salad bar. The meat diversity is considerable, ranging from skirt steak, top sirloin, beef fillet (prepared two different ways), lamb, turkey, chicken and two type of hot dogs. Some are tastier than others but the... More 

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Thank Ariel L
San Jose, California
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28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We only came here for Happy Hour. We had enough for four people for 30 dollars. It was all a bit too flavorful. The lamb meatballs were full of spicy flavor, and the ribs were drenched in sauce. The cheese bread was well done, though, and didn't have excess flavor. The yucca fries were good, but the breading was a... More 

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1 Thank ezwu
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015 via mobile

Very good meat and service. Priced as similar Brazilian steakhouses. Will probably go here again. Our waiter was very friendly.

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Thank Ola L
Mountain View CA
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015 via mobile

We went there for dinner tonight expecting an amazing experience and were we underwhelmed. We were told when we sat down if we wanted our meat cooked differently just to ask. Well we asked and asked for rare beef. Medium cooked beef continued to shoe up at our table. Finally after the third time we complained to our waiter meat... 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: Steakhouse, Brazilian, Barbecue, South American

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?