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Pampas

529 Alma St, Palo Alto, CA 94301-1602
650-327-1323
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Ranked #42 of 314 restaurants in Palo Alto
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Brazilian, Steakhouse
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: University Ave
Transit: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is directly across the street.
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English first
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I hadn't been to a Braziilian restaurant before so I was looking forward to this. We all decided to do the traditional carving table service, where the meat comes to the table at your leisure. First, you go and load up on vegetables and other items at a long buffet. After that, the meat arrives one at a time. When... More

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Farmington, New Mexico, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

It was a little expensive but we took two college students with us and definitely got our money's worth. They roam about bringing you fresh hot skewers of different types of meat/chicken that they serve you. You also make trips to their quite extensive fresh vegetable/side dishes buffet.

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London
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 via mobile

Three of us had a meal at Pampas after a long days travelling from London. It was good quality with plenty of meat, although you did tend to wait for particular dishes to make their way round. The salad bar was extensive and could provide a meal in itself. The only slight negatives were that most meat was served rare... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

The best Brasilian churascaria I tried in the US. This one reminded of Rio. They have all the carved meats coming to your table. It was nice to have good hearts of palm again. Highly recommend.

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Stanford, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I'm originally from Porto Alegre, Brazil - capital of the "gaucho" State, land of Brazilian churrasco - and a pitmaster myself, and I can say the experience at Pampas is far from authentic. Although it may look like it under US standards, the varieties of meat are not that many, and some items on the menu were not served at... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Had a great meal here, the usual orgy of meats, everything was very good (not just a lot of food, a lot of good food). Highly recommended for everyone but vegetarians.

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Rome, Italy
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144 reviews 144 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

A friend invited us in this restaurant during my last trip in California. It has been my first barbacoa kind of place and the experience has been very good. They keep serving you meat from skewers until you say "enough". We had many kind of meat: beef, chicken, lamb, everyone cooked really well. More, something I really liked as well... More

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Hachioji, Tokyo, Japan
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2014

Just a Fantastic !! Plenty of meats, salads, deserts. Everything is very delicious. Definitely recommend you, especially when you need to host your guests.

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Portland, Oregon
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

Eighteen of us entered and were accommodated with great style and big smiles. We left with full, happy stomachs. Would i take my wife here for a romantic evening? No, probably not, but for a different adventure with family members or work-mates, yes, it is a great idea. Some of the meat----the lamb----was, like others have said, overcooked, but the... More

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San Francisco, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The churrascaria was fairly priced, with ample grilled meats on large skewers being served by waiters strolling throughout the restaurant. The salad and vegetable bar was one of the best I've seen at these types of restaurants. The overall cost was quite reasonable, particularly for this type of restaurant.

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