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Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse
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Ranked #3 of 4,727 Restaurants in San Antonio
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Neighborhood: Far North Central
Reviewed March 15, 2014

There was a broad and appetizing selection at the salad bar, but as with all churrascaria one can suspect that with an all-in price they are encouraging customers to fill up on the (cheaper) salad instead of the (expensive) meat. Fair enough, its a free world, just bear it in mind. The meat was delicious and each time the waiter came by (and they were always watching out for the moment you flipped the card from red to green) there was a choice of how well you wanted the meat cooked. You will be reminded of the garlic beef the following morning, but it tasted great at the time. Middle of the week and plenty of families eating there so clearly popular.

Thank Trevnmin
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Reviewed March 8, 2014

Dined at this Brazillian steakhouse for the first time as part of a birthday celebration for grandson and spouse. Meals are 1 price ($42/person), which includes the quite robust salad bar and an unlimited amount of beef, lamb, pork sausage, pork ribs, or chicken served table side. What really makes this restaurant unique is the roving servers, each with a different cut of meat on a skewer - ribeye, top sirlon, filet, etc. - and when you desire to have another serving of meat, you simply turn the card over at your plate (red indicates "not now," green indicates "I'm ready"). If the next server is not offering the type of cut you wish, you simply tell him that you're waiting for xxx cut of meat, and the server offering that cut will shortly arrive at your table. You're asked what doneness you desire, and the server cuts the meat from the skewer for you to savor. If you dine here and don't go home with a full stomach, you've missed a great opportunity to do so.

Our table of 8 had every cut of meat available, and not one had any serving that was not done to the doneness asked for, and every serving had a most satisfying taste. You will not find a more professional, friendly, and responsive wait staff than those here, who truly go above and beyond in making sure each guest is totally satisfied with all aspects of the dining experience.

As other reviewers have suggested, if you're dining here for the meat selections, it's probably wise to skip the salad bar or hit it very lightly, and instead enjoy the roving meat selections and the shared sides placed at each table and refreshed as they are consumed. Full service bar, although draft beer is not available.

Two hours and 8 full stomachs later, we were all quite satisfied with our dining experience, including the two birthday celebrants, who were also each presented with a cake and ice cream dish to honor their new age.

A somewhat expensive restaurant, but given the amenities and offerings, well worth it, especially for special occasions. Make reservations, though, as the line of waiting customers grows quite rapidly - especially on weekend nights.

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1  Thank SASprings
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Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

I went to this restaurant for the second time last weekend. And just like the first time the service was impeccable. Everyone was so attentive and kind. Not to mention the food is amazing!! I love this place and can't wait to come back!

Thank M_Tucker28
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

We discovered this place a few years back and we have brought several people to try it out. The food is never ending and it is good. You will not be disappointed. Be sure to bring an appetite!!

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Thank Carrie M
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

I hate to be the bad guy here but I just tell it like I see it. Our first visit to this restaurant and probably our last. The only thing that impressed me was the number of wait staff and servers. It was very crowded and most of the people were working there. They cant help but over serve you because of the numbers. The variety of meats and cuts were ok...lamb, chicken, pork, steak, etc...but if I compare the quality of beef served....I would say Sam's Club has a 4 pack of Filet Mignon for about $30.00 that puts theirs to shame. The salad bar was pretty good, lots of stuff, some identifiable and some not. The Cabernet by the glass is $11.00 per pour and is a no name brand you never heard of before. So to sum this up I suppose if you are into a "Las Vegas" style production restaurant, and really dont care about food quality, by all means you need to visit the Chama. If you really want a good steak, marinade some Sam's Filets in Allegro and smoke them on the grill.

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