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“Definitely visit for dinner!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant

Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 79 Restaurants in Mineola
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Portuguese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant is an authentic Portuguese rodizio renowned for its classic briquette-fired cuisine.Founded in 1992 by Manuel Carvalho, Churrasqueira quickly captured the attention of The New York Times, earning rave reviews and a frenetic following that continues to this day. Fame for its chicken and its spirited atmosphere and celebrity sightings as well as its flavorful fare, Churrasqueira is a source of pride for Mineola’s large Portuguese population – and a staple for anyone that loves classic latin and portuguese cuisine.
New York City, New York
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128 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Definitely visit for dinner!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

Last night we had a family dinner at the restaurant. Bairrada gets crowded very quickly and they don't take reservations. The prices are a bit high but the portions large. The meals come with fantastic bread and olives to start and vegetables, fries and chips. I ordered the skirt steak, which I had never ordered before and it was the most flavorful and tender beef I've had in a long time. My husband ordered the porterhouse steak which was not as tender or good. Service is excellent and the atmosphere is noisy. Pitchers of delicious sangria are worth ordering as are some of the desserts. I ordered the carrot cake and really enjoyed it. There is street parking or a parking lot in the rear.
It's worth a stop although there may be a wait for a table.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank 4cheerysmile
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Ossining, New York
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114 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Absolutely worth seeking out - Meat lover's Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 17, 2013

Churrasqueira Bairrada is best if you don't plan on doing much for the rest of the day. If you have a vegetarian friend, bring them along as the designated driver. They will be happy, but still be able to fit behind the wheel.

I have people come to Long Island to work for a few days at a time. One later-in-the-day meal is always planned here. The food is always overly abundant and delicious. Expect a wait if you are going after 5; no one has ever said that it wasn't worth it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank RM234
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Florida
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60 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Portugese Delight”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

Urban restaurant packed on a weekday night to enjoy the specialties of the house. We were referred to this popular local favorite by our clients and they were spot on. Rodizio is the house special...grilled meats that never stop. Arrive regularly at your table on skewers and you given whatever amount you desire. Family style veggies. Tasty Frango de Churrasco was my favorite (BBQ chicken) while other associates enjoyed Bronzini (whole fish) and Grelhado (grilled swordfish). A pitcher of sangria added to the mood and we were content.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank wefirst
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Garden City, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Churrasqueira Bairrada Restaurant Great Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2013

Churrasqueira Bairrada has great food and a very reasonable price. I really liked their BBQ chicken.

Visited December 2012
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Minneapolis
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149 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“What a feast -- a meat lovers dream”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 9, 2012

This is one great Portuguese restaurant in a heavily Portuguese community and filled regularly with locals, always a good sign.

Meat is the word here. Along with great deserts. There is what looks like a fine fish menum but why bother.

I had the Costela de Porco, pork spare ribs with some kind of subtle dry rub, no sauce - absolutely fabulous. My friends got the Rodizio, all you can eat meat serenade of spare ribs, chicken sausage, chateau briande, pork loin and more all served tableside and all tasty. This was accompainied with a delightful and simple salad and home made potato chips, fries, a white salsa and black beans.

We succumbed to the deserts - a to die for Mississippi mud cake and some cream thing called Heavenly Whites that was heavenly. Also flans, cheesecakes and more.

This place is not cheap but it is more than worth it. And the atmosphere is classy and friendly and appears to be frequented by locals. I hope to be back and bring my wife.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank kjff
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