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“Requires more creativity, especially for the price!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue

Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue
100 5920 Macleod Trail SW, Calgary, Alberta T2H 0K2, Canada (Alyth - Bonnybrook - Manchester)
403-454-9119
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Ranked #46 of 2,927 Restaurants in Calgary
Price range: $19 - $32
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Private Dining
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Alyth - Bonnybrook - Manchester
Cross street: 58th Avenue & Macleod Trail SW
Transit: A short walk from the Chinook station.
Description: Gaucho Brazilian Barbecue is located conveniently on busy Macleod Trail. Gaucho means ~ cowboy ~ and refers to our chef and owner Edmilson Rodrigues. Ede comes from the land of the Gaucho in the south of Brazil and has spent a lifetime introducing his food and culture to his guests. In our restaurant we feature a style of dining made famous in Brazil called, 'Rodizio'. Rodizio dining is like nothing you’ve tried before. To do it properly, budget an evening – or at least a few hours – and come hungry! Your barbecue chef of the evening will come around with massive churrasco-style skewers, each with a tender cut-of-the-day. Meat will be sliced straight to your plate, and it won’t stop till your table turns its card over to display the red side. To compliment your barbecue we feature hot and cold side dishes on our side bar. Our side bar is always changing to assure that our food is fresh and in season. Staples on the side bar include feijoada, the national dish of Brazil and bocconcini cheese made fresh weekly by local craftsmen. We recommend you try one of our traditional cocktails to 'open your stomach'- as Brazilians say! Remember to leave room for dessert like our traditional milk flan or the famous Barbecue Pineapple served on coconut ice cream and topped with guava sauce- we call it the 'Crowned King'! Gaucho has something for everyone! Come taste the experience!
Calgary, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Requires more creativity, especially for the price!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Visited here for 2 birthday celebrations, we figured something new/different would be fun. Waitress was friendly and encouraged us to try authentic Brazilian cocktails, which were fantastic. The salad bar was decent but don't expect younger kids (10 under) to eat much from it as everything has sauces/feta. I personally loved the cucumber/pineapple mixture and the bocconcini salad. Meats were plentiful, but lacked enthusiasm. Pork loin & Parmesan steak were hits with us but wings, sausage, ribs, rump steak were bland. Wished they offered pineapple or perhaps mushrooms to change it up. We noticed other tables were offered garlic bread but we were not. Ambience was fair, we felt the table next to us was too close as getting up to visit the salad bar or restroom meant knocking chairs. Overall we're glad we tried something new but not somewhere we'll rush to again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Tries hard, but doesn't score a bullseye”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

If you are a fan of BBQ, this is a good choice. The quality of the food is excellent, as is the variety. Sevice at par for an upscale restaurant.
Not to time in which it took to come around. The lapses servers was too long. The different items, which is what this type of meal is based on, was very good. From lobster to octopus to all kinds of beef. Downside was the wait.
If you are not in a hurry, and let's be straight here, this is a carnivors delight, (save the salad bar for other places), this is a meat joint which is well above ordinary.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Terrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

Worst meal, cold and tasteless. The ambience was terrible, service slow and definitely overpriced for what we received.

Visited September 2012
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Edmonton, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

My husband and I went to Gaucho's expecting that it would be similar to the Brazilian BBQ in Edmonton. The salad bar had a nicer selection of warm items and salad items that people actually eat. This was a nice surprise. We knew not to load up on the salad bar items though to save room for the wonderful selection of meats that are brought to the tables. My absolute favorite of the night was the pork loin which had a tangy sauce and rosemary, (I think) which I truly enjoyed. We did notice that it was a very lively atmosphere, so if you are looking for a romantic setting, this might not be the best place. But if you are looking for superior selection of meats, this would be a great place to go. Not good if you are a vegetarian though! We loved it!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Excellent restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

Well, how should I describe better this restaurant than in a single word of " Excellent"
I had the same quality of food only in Argentina, nowhere else in N America or Europe.
Of course this restauran is for those who eat meat, but i would like to mention the salad bar too, where any vegetarian or vegan can find something for there teste too.
The food is good, has taste, meat weel done and with lots of condiments, no gravy a la N America to ruin your visual pleasure, salads are always fresh and testy, rice weel done, and the mashed potatoes are great.
Service also excellent, with a little hint of S America, sometimes latino music for completing the ambient.
As for price, indeed is a little expensive, specially the dinner, but well, anyone can afford once a meal here.
Parking might be an issue, because of a small parking lot in a pretty busy place.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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