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“Meat overload, but plenty of sides to round out the meal”

Rodizio Grill - Denver
Ranked #217 of 3,103 Restaurants in Denver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $16 - $35
Cuisines: Barbecue, Brazilian, South American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cross street: 18th & Wynkoop
Transit: Light rail and 16th-Street Shuttle are only 2 blocks from the restaurant.
Description: Rodizio Grill is the first authentic Brazilian Steakhouse restaurant or Churrascaria in the United States. It was established in 1995 by Founder and President Ivan Utrera, a native Brazilian born in Sao Paulo. Rodizio Grill is an award-winning restaurant featured in national media, including USA Today, The Washington Post, CBS News, NBC News and others.
Reviewed September 10, 2012

This was my first experience at a Brazilian-style steakhouse, so keep in mind that when reading this review.

We went to Rodizio recently for lunch on a Friday. Parking turned out to be more difficult than I thought, as the pay parking lot next door shown on Google Maps no longer exists, a casualty of the construction around Union Station. Rodizio is located in the old icehouse building, and they've left plenty of brick visible in addition to the wood and more modern materials used in the restaurant. The atmosphere is upscale, and the clientele overwhelmingly male. The lunch crowd was small.

The waitress explained how the place works -- you can get "just" the very extensive salad & sides bar, or get "the full Rodizio" which includes the meats. The salad bar would have been a good meal in itself, although a number of dishes were mislabeled. It's way, way better than your average salad bar, including all sorts of sides (e.g. steamed asparagus and mashed potatoes).

As it was lunch, the selection of meats was somewhat limited (but still plenty). We had three cuts of beef plus pot roast, chicken, bacon wrapped turkey, and also grilled pineapple. Not every meat was fantastic, but all were good (we passed on the chicken hearts, and there was no seafood offered). We walked away happy and very, very full.

Overall we were pretty happy with the experience and will probably be back. There would be more choices available at dinner, but as the price nearly doubles we'll probably stick with lunch.

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Thank ajm80031
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Reviewed August 12, 2012

We went to Rodizio Grill over a 5280 weekend. After having been to many brazillian steakhouses, I was looking forward to a wonderful meal. Unfortunately it was not here. The menu items were extremely limited and the service slow. I mean slow enough that you could sit 5-10 minutes before a gaucho would make it to your table. Though they had a few unique items (grilled pineapple), we were there for the meat. Too bad we never had more than 5 to 6 pieces. It was a let down.

Thank ImGame
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

Food is good and there's enough at the buffet.
Service was bad, we ordered a bottle of wine, and 5' after opening the bottle, the waiter came back to tell us that the restaurant was closing in 10'... that could have said before we ordered it...

Thank kromega
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

Rodizio Grill is just okay, the food is good, it's just not as good as other Brazilian Steak places in town. Fogo De Chao is about three blocks away and is far superior.

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Thank Amy O
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

If you haven't been to a Churrascaria, let me explain what it is. A churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse. The concept is this- Gauchos or Passadores (meat waiters) come to your table and offer you meats, veggies, and fruits that have been grilled rotisserie -style over wood/charcoal. There is a "salad bar" which offers fresh salads, soup, and starchy sides. The salad bar is always "self-serve" and vegetarians can opt to skip the meat service all together and eat from the salad bar exclusively at a reduced price. There are typically plenty of offerings. Dessert is never included.

I have been to two other churrascarias, this one in particular ranks at the bottom. Why?
1) The atmosphere is nice- loft style, open and modern, but too modern, giving the restaurant a cool/cold uninviting ambience.
2) Parking can be a nightmare. The nearest lot is about a block away, which is affordable (except on game day), but once you add $5 to an already expensive meal, it starts adding up. We lucked out and found a metered spot, so we paid a paltry $2 for 2 hours.
3) Service is confusing. We weren't really sure who our "real" server was. Because the salad bar is self-serve and the gauchos bring the meats, when we needed refills or dessert, we really weren't sure who to ask.
4) The salad bar was lacking. Compared to other Brazilian steakhouses (Texas de Brazil and Pampas) the salad bar seemed quite pedestrian. Potato salad? No thanks. I have seen smoked salmon, lobster bisque, sashimi, and fresh european cheeses at other places, this one's salad bar seemed better suited to a backyard barbeque. It wasn't bad, but there was nothing really stellar EXCEPT the collard greens - which were absolutely delicious, cooked al dente with the perfect amount of garlic and bacon. Mmmm.
5) Meat quality issues. The sirloin was the best, followed by the chicken dishes. Warning: the chicken hearts are inedible. The chicken thighs were moist but not trimmed, the same went for the beef, we were left spitting out gristly chunks of cartilage and tendon back onto our plates.

TIP- sign up for the newsletter at their website to be offered a FREE birthday meal when a regular meal is purchased. Lunch is $18.99, dinner is $34.99. They serve lamb ONLY at dinner.

Tipping can be a little confusing at Rodizio Grill because one feels a little less pampered than at other Brazilian steakhouses. My husband who is typically a generous tipper wasn't sure if we should tip like it was a buffet or a real-sit-down-restaurant. I attribute this to the lack of "warmth" and/or personal attention by the staff. They really need to work on this. In the end, we tipped the proper 15% however will likely not return.

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Thank Savvypueblochick
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