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“Great food, worth a visit for serious carnivores” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Fogo De Chao

Fogo De Chao
Ranked #98 of 38,123 Restaurants in Sao Paulo
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Brazilian, Barbecue, Grill
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Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Beijing, China
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14 reviews
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“Great food, worth a visit for serious carnivores”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

This is a seriously good meat restaurant. Arriving a bit early we had no problems getting a good table and although staff English was limited they managed to explain everything in a friendly and concise way. Once we had launched our first attack on the very large, fresh and tasty salad bar the meat started to come immediately. Everything was nicely done with nicely BBQ seasonings and the taste of the meat was absolutely brilliant. Good flow of food, possibly a bit too fast, but it was always accepted when we needed to take a break and digest a bit - and at once we flipped over to green (bring more food) the meat started coming again.

The only reason why this is not a five star review was the wine discussion we had, where several (decently priced) wines were 'out of stock' and all staff wine suggestions pointed to very expensive wines that weren't even the same grape/region as the ones we wanted. Up sales is usually ok, but we felt that the staff attitude was too pushy and not even trying to listen to what we we looking for. A tip is to be firm, and keep requesting the wine you want rather than accept a much more expensive alternative.

Anyway, when the dinner was over the staff helped us get a taxi and we left very full but very satisfied with the food.

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“AWSOME!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

averything and more of what U expect from a real brazilian bbq!!
AWSOME!!

AWSOME!!AWSOME!!AWSOME!!AWSOME!!AWSOME!!AWSOME!!

Visited April 2012
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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“But It's Just the Same as the US Version!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

My customer offered to take me to the best churrascaria in Sao Paulo. Imagine my suprise when we pul up outside the Fogo De Chao. "But it's just like the one back home in Philadelphia" I thought - and it was. If you've eaten in any of the US-based FDC's then you'll know exactly what to do when dining here. The only difference is that the waiters all speak Portugese, although most of them speak enough English to explain the menu. My advice - play dumb, and they'll cater to your every whim.

There are a few differences in the menu. I noticed (at least on that night) there were no sausages, or filet mignon (and chicken) wrapped in bacon, and the cuts of meat were slightly different. That said - the meat was wonderful, the service was friendly and attentive and the atmosphere was electric. At 7pm the place was empty. By 8pm it was hopping and absolutely packed. As a visitor I'd advise you use a taxi to get there or go with a local. There is valet parking but it can be challenging. The main dining area is also about twice the size of the standard FDC's I am used to - so that made it seem even busier - even though the tables were spaced further apart.

So the standard advice applies. Eat sparingly the 24 hours before your visit. Avoid the bread and the sides and use the salad as a warm-up act to get the taste buds going. Leave your vegetarian friends behind.

I was torn between four stars instead of five - but decided to go with 5. Although I was disappointed not to visit a "native" Brazilian churrascaria I put that emotion aside and decided the food and service was worth a five. However, if you are an adventurous tourist, I'd recommend you go elsewhere and get a little more authenticity at a slightly cheaper price.

  • Visited June 2012
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“Always a pleasure to return”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2012

The best churrascaria in the world, bar none. Fabulous service, amazing food.

DO NOT waste time with the salad bar or any of the bread at the table, avoid the chicken and the sausage, it's pointless, eat only meat.

The Argentine cuts are INCREDIBLE. The picanha is a close second. The novo picanha also superb. The prices are reasonable, the desserts are sublime. Have a digestif with the dessert.

Tip the excellent service big.

  • Visited August 2012
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Coral Gables
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“You can not miss this one while in SP”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2012

Everything is perfect about Fogo de Chao!!!
If you really want to have a close encounter with traditional Brazilian food, Fogo the Chao is the place to go. With an extraordinary repertoire of local dishes, the different meat cuts is something you must try. Only one advice, go with plenty of time and with a big appetite, and bring family or friends with you so that you can enjoy conversation while savoring the pantagruelic parade of food

Visited May 2012
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