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“Gone down over the years”

Churrascos - Westchase
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Ranked #550 of 8,552 Restaurants in Houston
Price range: $31 - $40
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Westchase
Cross street: Gessner
Description: Further south than you have ever been before for dinner. Churrascos "Westchase" hosts Wine Dinners the first Monday of every month featuring four courses and a selection of fine wines.
Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

This place was at one time a fantastic restraurant.... From the squeaky wheels on the chairs to the average service... Sadly they don't seem to be putting anything back into this place....must be the location.. Even the food isn't the same quality as the other locations or the other company brands

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Reviewed November 4, 2012

I have heard about Churrascos for years but never got around to going, I am so glad I finally went. Prices higher than your typical upper scale chain restaurants but the food is that much better. Our waiter "Rambo" was great, even gave out complimentary cigars. Unlike your chain restaurants, all the staff try to make your visit pleasant, they encourage staying as long as you wish(they do not push you out to get the next one in) you never feel like just a number.

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Reviewed August 14, 2012

Houston Restaurant Weeks lasts the entire month of August. For $35, at any participating restaurant, you get a 3 or more course dinner and $5 goes to the Houston Food Bank. We decided to make the drive and check out one of the places we heard was awesome: Churrascos. Churrascos has two locations in Houston and both are located on Westheimer. When you make reservations (highly recommended!) make sure you're sure of which location: River Oaks or Westchase.

All meals at Churrascos start with fried plantains served with two sauces, a spicy red sauce and garlicy chimichuri. The plantains are fabulous on their own and the service staff will keep refilling them if you ask.

The Restaurant Weeks menu is an abbreviated version of their regular menu. Select an appetizer, entree and dessert. Tax, tip and drinks cost extra. We started with the bacon-wrapped shrimp taquitos and scallop spoonbread. The taquitos were light and had a pleasant, but unusual flavor combination. The scallops were cooked beautifully. Both appetizers were designed to share between two people.

Next we got entrees: The Churrasco (their signature steak) and The Parrilladas (lamb chops). Both were cooked EXACTLY as ordered, or medium-rare for us. The lamb was better than I have had anywhere else and served with a huge plate of food including mild grilled sausage, a grilled skewer of beef, bacon and veggies, and delicious pile of creamy veggies and rice. Both meals came with pickled onions and a potato cake. Then another plate of grilled veggies and rice was served with the meal! Most eaters will not leave this meal hungry. But what sets this apart is the high quality of the food. It was all fantastic.

For dessert we ordered "The Original" Tres Leches, which was creamy, moist and delicious, as expected for tres leches. And we got the Pio X tequila soaked bread pudding. This reminded me of a tiramisu with tequila instead of coffee liquor (which I use in my own recipe). Tasty!

The wine by the glass list was limited to 2 on the Restaurant Weeks menu. However the red blend was lovely and paired nicely with both of our meals.

The service was fantastic and the decor was somewhat old-school for fine dining. My only complaint is the noise. I wish they had seated us away from the very LOUD parties (Pampered Chef party in a fine dining restaurant?????), but it seemed that the entire restaurant was chock full of large parties. At any rate, it was impossible to talk to my spouse at any sort of normal conversational level.

We'll likely be back, but will request a quiet table, assuming one exists here.

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Reviewed July 22, 2012

I don't know of any place in Houston that is so consistently top notch. A little expensive but less than most steak places. Efficient service, great wine list ( the owner is a huge collector), wonderful South American influenced dishes. Pollo Bahia is incredible ( coconut, hearts of palm sauce, cream sauce) Churrasco steak is wonderful, the corn smoked crab claw appetizer in lemon butter is astounding, Tres Leches is great but you MUST TRY THE COCONUT ICE CREAM MADE IN HOUSE (best thing ever!)

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Reviewed April 10, 2012

Note: this brunch is $27/person for the food alone, so you should expect to pay for the high quality buffet.

The brunch has a carving station, waffle station, omelet station, dessert area, salads, and soup.

Spend your time with the plantain-crusted calamari and shrimp. The calamari are particularly tender and there are several dipping sauces to go along with them. Also good is the pollo encomisado, which is a miniature version of their regular menu dish. Salads were fresh and the carving station had tenderloin which also offered a variety of dipping sauces. Don't forget to grab some plantain chips (and dipping sauces) to complete your plantain experience.

The dessert area was also impressive...avoid the churros, which are no good when at room temperature. Tres leches is a bit too sweet, but the Pio X pudding is awesome--that is highly recommended if you can't figure out which to try. Flan was good as well, but the Pio X was the table favorite.

Service was absent most of the time--it's a buffet, so you're basically on your own most of the time. It would have been nice to have our drinks refilled without asking at least once during the meal, but that didn't happen. Not a big deal--but the tip reflected the amount of service we got.

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