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“Not quite up to its rankings”

Ragab Brazilian & International Cuisine
Cuisines: Brazilian, South American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Formally known as Espetus Brazilian Steakhouse, we present to you RAGAB Brazilian & International Cuisine. Same: ownership, management, chefs, and staff. New: name, prices, menu options, and drink specials.*Live Music every Friday and Saturday night*Please come check us out and see what the Brazilian Experience is all about!
Charlottesville, Virginia
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Not quite up to its rankings”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

To be sure Ragab’s is trying to replicate the “Brazilian Steakhouse” chiaroscuro experience but it falls a bit short of its goal. The salad bar is fresh and many of the meats are well prepared but I think they are trying to cut corners to save money. They appeared to have “renamed” the restaurant to drop the price and to eliminate some of the menu items including lamb and since when do Brazilians eat garlic bread on a skewer? The chicken and pork items were tender and well seasoned and some in our party enjoyed the rib eye. The garlic-flavored sirloin was simply the leftover trimming of the sirloin repurposed into bite-sized bits. On a pleasant Thursday night we were literally only one of two tables in the place. The best thing about the experience, as others have noted, is the efforts of Daniel and Kelsey who work hard to ensure you get the best out of your meal. Sure it is a fun, if pricey, change of pace but there are clearly better dining options in the area. It is a mystery how this place got to its lofty rankings on Trip Advisor.

  • Visited July 2013
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Lovely dinner!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2013

We chose this restaurant based on the reviews and a rodizio-style dining experience years ago. The restaurant was smaller than expected. We were cheerfully seated by the hostess. The tables were roomy, and the restaurant was not very full (Tues. night). We opted for the $20 all you can eat Brazilian Dining Experience on the menu.

The salad bar had three tables, not very large. The selections were decent and varied. One table held (what seemed to be) jasmine rice and black beans and sauce (yum!), and roasted potatoes and (soggy) broccoli. The second table was a pretty typical basic salad bar. The third table held a delicious and unique potato salad, a good pasta salad, prosciutto, slices of parmesan cheese, and another, softer cheese, cherry tomatoes stuffed with ricotta and spinach, both kalamata and green olives, and perhaps a few more items. We returned several times for a few favorites.

The meats were delicious. Our table favorites were the top sirloin, locally homemade sausage, and chicken drumsticks. Other selections were rib eye, chicken breast tender pieces wrapped in bacon, chicken baked with a parmesan crust. There was also lamb, which I usually like, but I didn't care for it last night. There were plenty of other options though! The meat is carved tableside, a bit at a time, with rare, medium, and well done selections. The carver rotates the meats, carving for the tables, and you are welcome to choose just what you prefer or try them all. We also enjoyed the grilled pineapple.

The food was great, but what really made this a wonderful evening was the service. Three people ran the whole restaurant, the hostess who also kept drinks refilled, the meat carver, and a person in the kitchen. They were fabulously attentive, pleasant, and it was obvious they really wanted the customers to enjoy their dining experience.

Thanks for a great night, Ragab!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Kelli B
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Shallotte, North Carolina
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16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere & service, food inconsistent”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2013

I liked the experience in general, but some of the Churrascaria items were very dried out and tough.

  • Visited July 2013
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Ringwood, New Jersey
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

This place was fantastic. Its small and quaint. I was amazed at the service, only three folks running the whole restaurant. The service was out of this world. We went for my husbands birthday and had a fantastic time. Try the specialty drinks they are worth it. The meats were perfectly sized and were served exactly as we asked for them. You can't beat the price for this $19.99 per person--unbelievable. You must visit this place you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2013
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Michigan
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40 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Put this in your Nav System and go now! 19th 5-Star review with one 3”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2013 via mobile

First Brazilian Steakhouse for me and WOW! $20 for an all-you-can-eat amazing dinner. Start eating as soon as you wish with fantastic salad bar (photographs) then well thought out breads, great meats and grilled cinnamon-pineapple rotates through. This place used to be $30 for dinner and included lamb and shrimp. At $20 for dinner, I'll do fine with the steak, rib eye, pork, and chicken! They even offer gluten-free cheesy rolls, which says a lot about the chef in a positive way.

I've never, in 49 years, seen such a "must do" in USA.

  • Visited July 2013
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