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“Houston gem”

Churrascos River Oaks
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Ranked #265 of 8,357 Restaurants in Houston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $30
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Shepherd
Description: Further south than you have ever been before for dinner.
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Its a bit ambitious to call this restaurant a gem, but it truly is. It does indeed share a car park with a supermarket and a few other restaurants. So at first glance I wasn't that impressed. Once inside, the hostess did greet us politely, but asked us whether we had reservations. Being a naive tourist, my first response was, "this place requires reservations?" I'm not saying the restaurant wasn't nice but it does share a car park with a supermarket.. But that's where my idea of what might be mediocre ended. The waiter, in these days seldom seen, was a true professional. He was well versed in the house specialties, suave and very attentive. We were served plantain bananas accompanied with a delicious house specialty sauce. I ordered the Scottish grilled salmon, which was superb and my friend ordered their specialty steak. Perfection. Our dessert was also the tres leches. A little sweet but also very good. My only complaint was the restaurant offered a set menu that required us to order a three course meal, which was slightly off putting. But, nonetheless, I loved it.

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Thank Gloria H
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

Churrasco's on Westheimer caters to the neighborhood central Houston crowd with a menu full of spicy South American offerings, including a great basic steak - the Churrasco, available in 8, 10, 12 and 16 oz. portions. On a recent visit we ordered the Chicken Tinga appetizer, which was probably the best thing we ate. It features shredded chipotle flavored chicken, celery, avocado, cabbage, pico de gallo & crema on griddled fresh masa corn flatbread. Spicy and fresh with substance!The Queso Diazabal Fondue appetizer featured a smoked Spanish cheese that fell a bit flat and grilled rustic bread that was a little crunchy, but the lumps of crabmeat in the fondue were heaven. The Churrasco 8 oz. was juicy, flavorful and cooked perfectly - one under. Accompanied with roasted potatoes and carrots, this offering is perfect as an entree with a shared appetizer and dessert. The grilled fillet served with the Puntas de Salsa Verde was thin and dry and the mashed potatoes that accompanied the grilled tomato were a little cool. The restaurant was not busy, so it was a surprise to get a steak entree here that's less than perfect. (I was told they are using this location for staff training in preparation for opening a new Churrasco's in the Memorial area, so perhaps that includes cooks and servers). On to dessert, which was the piece de resistance - but an easy offering. The Pio X is a chilled sundae glass with a caramel/bread mixture topped by a rich, thick vanilla pudding. Very delicious with espresso. To present these offerings we enjoyed the very capable and amiable service of our waiter Ricardo, who was perhaps the most charming staff person we encountered during our visit. Bar service was a little weak, as the bartender was in training (he didn't know a McAllen 12 from what he called "Maxwell's" when another guest ordered it, and no lime in the gin and tonic). Very personable, however, as was the manager who stopped at our table to greet us. In all, this was an average meal at a less-than-average price in a venue that needs a little updating. It attracts locals who love the food and have been going there for years, however, and the fiery Brazilian flavors are worth a visit at least once to judge for yourself.

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Thank PathMinder
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Reviewed June 20, 2014

This place seats in the parking lot of Kroger on Westheimer accross the street from Saint Ann church and always has given us the best customer service and quality of food ever.
Place clean, staff friendly, lots of parking aound and the steaks are always cooked to perfection, chimichurri salsa is great and they have medallion sause which tastes great, chefs are really experts in the culinary and atmosphere is always great. Little expensive so NO to do everyday but special ocassions. A++++++

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Thank bryanmantezoni
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Reviewed June 15, 2014

The churrasco steak was fantastic. They use chimichurri sauce to marinate the steak to make it extremely tender. They also provide chimmichurri sauce for the plantain chips, which are a nice break from the typical tortilla chips at other restaurants. The mac and cheese side was delicious, but the tamale dumplings were far less stellar. The brussels sprouts were in between and on the sweeter side. The bacon wrapped filet and shrimp brochette had plenty of meat and vegetables, and they had already removed the skewer when it arrived which was nice; however, the steak was not nearly as tender as the churrasco.

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Thank Steve M
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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Our customer wanted us to try Churrascos for lunch and they stated it was a regular for stop for them. The food was not that good. I had a pork on flatbread with beans dish. The pork was very small portion and the food was mushy, cold and unappealing. The fried banana was actually ok but overall my partners did not like it either.

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Thank Anthony C
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