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“Efficiency over charm, but a meat lover's delight.”

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse
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Ranked #10 of 2,035 Restaurants in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $48 - $48
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Private Dining, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Market Pl.
Description: Fogo de ChaoR (fo-go dee shoun), is an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse. In 1979, FogoR began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of our 16 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service. We invite you to enjoy the delicious preparations of our gaucho chefs along with our gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list.
Baltimore
Level 6 Contributor
369 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
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“Efficiency over charm, but a meat lover's delight.”
Reviewed February 25, 2014

We tried Fogo de Chao when they first opened in Baltimore, and recently dined there again to celebrate a friend's birthday. I was a little surprised at some of the changes that have been made to the operation. There is a lovely bar in the waiting area in the lobby, and I advise everyone to start there with a drink as you wait for your buzzer (really?) to go off. Even if it is a short wait, it can give you an early start to exploring their large and excellent wine list. You can begin with the salad bar, which is very nice and has many good selections, but I remember when they first opened that it was much larger, with enough eclectic cheeses to open up a shop. There used to be so many selections there that you could fill up entirely and ignore the meat altogether. I guess they decided to cut back on that to save expenses, and after all, the meat really is the star, although with the long line snaking around tables to get to the salad bar you might think otherwise. There is not an assigned waiter, as the "Gaucho System" they use makes every server your waiter. The system could use some refinement as it took me quite a while to flag someone down to order a bottle of wine for the table. When we flipped our cards to green, we were instantly beset by gauchos offering many different cuts of meat: tender garlic steak, sirloin, bacon-wrapped chicken and beef, sausages, ribs, a delectable house special, and several others I can't remember. It is easy to stuff yourselves, even pacing yourself with a judicious amount of flipping your card to red and back, but we somehow left room for dessert. My chocolate mousse cake was just as creamy and sweet as it sounds. You certainly get what you pay for there, but I wish the experience was as great as the food.

  • Visited February 2014
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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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“Divinity.”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

The most beautiful array of fruits and vegetables, and the meat just keeps on coming. Friendly staff. Bring your appetite.

Visited November 2013
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Lititz, Pennsylvania
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199 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
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“The Best of the Best”
Reviewed February 24, 2014

Everyone should have this experience at least once. The food was amazing, it is a meat lover's heaven. Of course it is 50.00 a person but it is well worth it. They have numerous waiters and staff that are at your call, they clean your table off before you need to ask. I wonder exactly how many staff members they have there. Can't say enough about how wonderful the overall experience was!!!

  • Visited February 2014
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Columbia, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“A grand night out”
Reviewed February 22, 2014

This is definitely a special occasion place, but it's totally worth it. Omg. The food is excellent and the service very attentive. You will eat too much, but you will leave happy. It's a very expensive place, but considering their menu consists largely of unlimited quantities of meat, that's not surprising. It's located right by the touristy part of the city, so plan ahead for parking.

  • Visited August 2013
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South Strafford, Vermont
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77 reviews
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“So much food and so much fun!”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

This place isn't a meal; it's an experience! With a huge salad bar and some terrific wines, the delectable meats are just the basis for the grand adventure of a meal here. Go with friends (as we did) or for a romantic evening. The service is attentive; the meats delicious; and what could be more fun than great food with great friends? Make it a must!

  • Visited March 2013
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