Ana Ramos is 100% correct
A la carte - Rubayat, i prefer Alameda Santos unit then Faria Lima
Rodizio - Fogo de Chão, Av 23 de Maio
In previous posts were mentioned Paulista Grill, Vento Haragano both were great places a decade ago, nowaday i dont konow...
About Barbacoa, isnt there a la carte?
I think I have tried almost all of the above restaurants. I have had much better experiences with Vento Haragano, the outfits are traditional from Rio Grande do Sul (where I spend most of my time) and you can get chimarrao (gaucho tea).
Jardineira has the best "salad" buffet to go with, bar none.
You might also want to try the the Rubaiyat on Faria Lima on Saturday for a great feijoada.
But, my favorite place for the money is about two blocks away from Praca Republica, Boi na Brasa (the one on the corner, not the one in the middle of the block). Enormous cuts of meat well cooked, large servings of side dishes, beer in cold aluminum mugs and very inexpensive. Two can eat there for the price of one at the other restaurantes. But it is a sit down place, not rodizio.
I stayed at the Emilano Hotel and the concierge recommended Barbacoa. They made reservations there for my girlfriend and I and the food was amazing! The salad bar was great too and the service was outstanding! It was really refreshing after spending 20 days in Europe with overpriced restaurants. I've been to many Churrascarias in Brazil but I found Barbacoa to be the best so far...i highly recommend it.
I am going to Sao Paulo in a month for business. It's my first time in Brazil. Seems that eating meat there is a must but could you please explain how it works ? My brazilian colleague will take me to a meat place and I want to know what to expect before going there. Thank you so much for your help.
we have two types:
a la carte
Rodizio ( kind of all u can eat type)
there is a huge salad/japanese and whatever you can imagine for starters and then...ALL kinds of meet that you cam imagine comes to your table ....
best ones, in my opinion
A la carte: Rodeio, Rubayat and Dinho´s
Rodizio: Fogo de Chão, Jardineira, Barbacoa
Thank you for your imput. I can't wait to test it!
Rubiyat and Fogo de Chao are great, but try Fogo Gaucho if you are in Tiete. Just as good as Fogo de Chao, but WAY cheaper and friendlier.
Just returned from Sao Paulo and loved it! I went to Fogo de Chau and the meat was of great quality. THe salad bar war excellent too. We also went to Figueira. What a beautiful place! We sat under the century old fig tree. The food was absolutely exquisite and service impeccable.
To top this all, my colleagues took me to Sao Paulo Number One Samba school "Rosas de Ouro", and we saw their rehearsal for the February Carnaval parade. It was just fantastic! We danced all evening!
Can't wait to visit Brazil again...
Another convert !