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  • Feb 29, 2008
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Pros: Great cuts and quality of beef, chicken, and lamb.

Cons: Very expensive - no doggie bags allowed!!!

The Bottom Line: A wonderful Brazallian themed steak house. A guaranteed good time will be had as well as your fill of meat.

My Los Angeles office held our Christmas party at Fogo de Chao last weekend (Dec 2007). What a treat in every aspect. I had been noticing this Brazallian theme steak restaurant due to the enticing meat cooking in the front windows.

This location is relatively new and in the West Hollywood section of Los Angeles on La Cienega Boulevard, a very busy and fashionable street.

Valet parking is "free" of course you had to tip the drivers but $2 to park in LA is a deal. The entrance showy and a large waterfall cascade makes a grand statement. The first thing you notice when you walk in is the racks and racks of wine. I was informed that there are over 12,000 bottles of wine at this location.

The salad bar is beyond compare, with many Brazallian styled dishes, hearts of palm, and artichokes. Cold cuts, pasta salads, large barrels of cheese, breads, fruits.

Seating was arranged in large long tables and that sat approximatley 50. There are other rooms that offer some privacy but this is not an intimate date restaurant. It is best enjoyed by groups of friends or families.

Drinks were plentiful and they encouraged Brazallian beer,wine and Mojitos. For non alcholic drinks, there were plenty of soft drinks and ice tea and ice water. On every table, "complimentary items included bread, baked banannas and mashed potato's". There are no salt or pepper or condiments on the table. The theory is the meat is cooked to perfection, thus no seasonings are required. However, if you ask, they will bring whatever steak sauces you wish.

Each service plate has round cards that look like drink coasters, red means no meat, flip over and green means I want some meat. So many cuts, all with Brazallian names of course. The meat is served on sword like skewers and cut at your plate. Each waiter asks how you prefer your meat cooked. When you tell them, they select the section that is rare, medium or wel done. There are little tongs that you grab your pieces with. Some standouts include sirloin, lamb chops, rib eye, chicken wrapped in bacon. There were 18 styles of meat. Literally every few minutes, a waiter was asking if you wanted more meat. Eventually I had to turn my card to red. As there is no menu, the service is continious and it was festive to be served in this manner. Desserts are excellent but are extra charge items.

Expense is an issue here with each patron paying approximately $75 per person, all you can eat. I am glad that my company picked up the tab, otherwise I doubt I would eat here again unless a really special occasion occured. As this is a buffet style restaurant, there are no doggie bags or take homes allowed. I had to discuss this with my waiter and was in fact allowed to take the remains of my plate home, but only because this was a prepaid meal.

A fun, festive, delicious Brazallian themed steak house. Due to the overt liquor consumption, I would not recommend children.

Recommended:
Yes

Kid Friendliness: No
Vegetarian Friendly: No
Notes, Tips or Menu Recommendations Sample all the meats for the full experience.
Best Suited For: Large Group

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