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11 Places To Eat Brazilian BBQ in Los Angeles

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2008_10_hasmapscoffee.jpgBrazilian Steak Houses, also known as churrascarias, are a meat lovers dream. A Churrascaria and a typical Steakhouse are different in many ways. First, when people arrive at the restaurant, meat waiters dressed as Gauchos (Brazilian Cowboys in a sense) from Southern Brazil walk around to tables with knives and skewers with various types of meats speared and ready to eat. Once seated, the server explains everything.

There will be a red and green object at the table where green means keep the meat coming, and red means stop because you're completely full. So putting the object, usually a card, on green, gives the Gauchos the okay to continuously come to the table with a variety of quality meats that are fire roasted, most times, in charcoal. Some examples are: smoked sausage, pork spare ribs, bacon wrapped chicken, filet mignon, ribeye, top sirloin, rack of lamb and chicken parmesan.

Before starting with the meats, there are two types of gourmet buffets. One is a salad bar offering a variety of cheeses and veggies, with salad options available as well. Then, there's the hot buffet where the Brazilian side dishes can be found, like black beans, garlic white rice, collard greens, fried plantains, Brazilian bread crumbs called farofa, and most people's favorite, Pao De Queijo (that gooey Brazilian cheese bread). When everyone feels like they can't breathe anymore from eating so much, flip over the card to the red and the Gauchos will stop coming. The best way to finish the meal is with strong Brazilian coffee and for better or for worse, an item from the dessert cart that gets wheeled alongside the table. Not usually included in the All You Can Eat price, but as an option just in case.

Here now, a compilation of Brazilian All You Can Eat Options in Los Angeles and regular Brazilian restaurants where traditional cuisine can be found, all of which includes the meats and side dishes that represent Brazil's delicious food culture. —Keyla Vasconcellos

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Fogo de Chão

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133 N LA Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
(310) 289-7755
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Known as the ultimate Fine Dining Churrascaria in Los Angeles, Fogo is located in Beverly Hills and is the place one regularly holds in comparison when picking a Brazilian steakhouse to dine in. In addition to an empty stomach, make sure to bring a full wallet because the prices are pretty steep. It’s beyond worth it for the All You Can Eat option, Including 16 cuts of fire roasted meats and a gourmet salad bar with over 30 items including imported cheese, fresh cut veggies and other Brazilian side dishes. Not to mention pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), fried polenta and fried plantains at your table at all times. If you don’t leave here stuffed, something went terribly wrong.

2. M Grill

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3832 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010
(213) 389-2770
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Another AYCE option resides in Koreatown, but don’t worry, it’s still as authentic as Brazilian Churrascaria’s get. Not as pricey or extravagant as Fogo De Chao however, some very delicious options. M Grill prides themselves on choosing “the choicest meats” like chicken hearts, linguiça (Brazilian Sausage) and picanha which is Brazil’s most prized cut of meat and their specialty item. M Grill also offers a salad bar with hearts of palm, a variety of cheeses, potato salad and a hot buffet including rice, cream of corn, fried yucca, fried plantains and collard greens. After eating all the meat you can handle, the grilled pineapple with cinnamon is a must for a sweet finish, also included in the price.

3. Pampas Grill

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6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 936-3704
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Located at the Farmer’s Market at The Grove, it’s a little different from the all you can eat concept. You start at the salad bar where you can find veggies, chicken stroganoff, rice, potatoes and pasta. Then of course the different types of meat and at the end you weigh your plate and pay by the pound. A great option if people prefer to spend less money eating at a fine dining Brazilian Steak House. Its very casual, and the lines are usually long but don’t let that deter you because it goes quickly.

4. Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine

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7181 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 436-7999
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A couple of of these eateries are around but the most popular one is in the heart of Sunset. Bossa Nova is not an AYCE concept but a Brazilian Restaurant with options from the grill including traditional meats like picanha, beef skewers, different types of chicken dishes and it’s all served with the traditional side dishes like black beans, white rice, Brazilian salsa and farofa (Brazilian bread crumbs). Other options include salads, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and pastas. Everything is done with Brazilian herbs and spices and the Brazilian touch. Another great aspect is that if you’re out in the town really late, Bossa Nova on Sunset stays open until 3:30am.

5. Cafe Brasil

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10831 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 837-8957
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You can find this cozy little gem in both Palms and Culver City. A variety of different Brazilian options including appetizers like Brazilian style empanadas called pasteis or coxinhas, which are like croquettes but stuffed with chicken and cheese. Café Brasil is known for their feijoada, a traditional dish consisting of a beef and pork stew served with white rice, black beans, collard greens, and farofa, the Brazilian yucca bread crumbs. The Executive Lunch is a great deal for a quick bite for the best price of $9.50, including your choice of protein with rice, beans, fried plantains and salsa.

6. Tropicalia

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1966 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 644-1798
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In the heart of Los Feliz, Tropicalia is named after a music movement started in Brazil in the late 1960s. Their motto is to “bring the same innovation and creativity to the cuisine of Brazil and exotic flavors that are representative of the country.” Here,you can Moqueca de Peixe can be found, which consists of a stew with coconut milk sauce, cilantro, tomatoes and onion.It is customary in the north east of the country. There is picanha and feijoada here as well but some Mexi-Americanized dishes too like Brazilian burritos and Brazilian fajitas in a malagueta sauce that packs some heat.

7. Wood Spoon

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107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 629-1765
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Wood Spoon is tucked away in the fashion district of downtown and is a small and quaint Brazilian Eatery. They are known for the Brazilian chicken pot pie with olives, corn and heart of palms. For the indecisive, start with the mix plate, which has a variety of different appetizers including coxinha, potato croquette, and pasteis. Another option is the Carne De Panela, which is a like a Brazilian Pot Roast served with polenta, black beans and mustard greens. Guzzle it all down with Guarana, a very popular soda, a strawberry limeade or Sangria.

8. Mesa Brazilian Eatery

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10917 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 824-0240

A newer addition to the Brazilian spots in LA is Mesa Brazilian Eatery in Westwood. This is the one of the most casual and inexpensive places to enjoy the cuisine of Brazil. Here, order first at the counter and the options are more limited, but the rice bowls are really popular. The bowls consists of collard greens, beans, rice, salsa, lots of steak or chicken and a homemade sauce. Moqueca can also be found here, which is the seafood stew with coconut milk. All the appetizers found in other places are found here as well. like pao de queijo and the fried empanadas called pasteis.

9. Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

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1000 Universal Studios Blvd
Universal City, CA 91608
(818) 763-0101
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This Churrascaria has locations in Redondo Beach and Universal City Walk. There are definitely mixed reviews but what is great about these steak houses is that while people are eating, music turns on and performers come out and start dancing to Samba in outfits that you’d see at Carnival in Rio. Samba is definitely a great place to get a couple of drinks, like caipirinhas or caipivodkas, a drink made with Cachaça, a Brazilian Rum or Vodka and muddled limes and sugar after winding down or catching a movie at City Walk.

10. Samba Grill

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735 East 12th Street #403
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 749-0260

Samba Grill is a great casual place for a quick lunch if one works downtown. The portions are huge with popular options like chicken stroganoff and garlic picanha. There’s the salad bar and a hot bar filled with the Brazilian cheese bread, linguiça chicken, with the traditional sides of white rice, black beans and collard greens. The same options as most Brazilian spots but easy to take with you.

11. Gauchos Village

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411 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203
(818) 550-1430
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A little farther away, but Glendale has an All You Can Eat Churrascaria option. Tons going on here, like Samba dancers, happy hour and World Cup deals, to root on Brazil. Also, if one isn't super hungry than the buffet by the pound is available for a smaller price and less food. Craving picanha, guarana, pao de queijo and in Glendale? Gaucho's Village is the place.

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1. Fogo de Chão

133 N LA Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Known as the ultimate Fine Dining Churrascaria in Los Angeles, Fogo is located in Beverly Hills and is the place one regularly holds in comparison when picking a Brazilian steakhouse to dine in. In addition to an empty stomach, make sure to bring a full wallet because the prices are pretty steep. It’s beyond worth it for the All You Can Eat option, Including 16 cuts of fire roasted meats and a gourmet salad bar with over 30 items including imported cheese, fresh cut veggies and other Brazilian side dishes. Not to mention pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread), fried polenta and fried plantains at your table at all times. If you don’t leave here stuffed, something went terribly wrong.

133 N LA Cienega Blvd
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

2. M Grill

3832 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90010

Another AYCE option resides in Koreatown, but don’t worry, it’s still as authentic as Brazilian Churrascaria’s get. Not as pricey or extravagant as Fogo De Chao however, some very delicious options. M Grill prides themselves on choosing “the choicest meats” like chicken hearts, linguiça (Brazilian Sausage) and picanha which is Brazil’s most prized cut of meat and their specialty item. M Grill also offers a salad bar with hearts of palm, a variety of cheeses, potato salad and a hot buffet including rice, cream of corn, fried yucca, fried plantains and collard greens. After eating all the meat you can handle, the grilled pineapple with cinnamon is a must for a sweet finish, also included in the price.

3832 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90010

3. Pampas Grill

6333 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Located at the Farmer’s Market at The Grove, it’s a little different from the all you can eat concept. You start at the salad bar where you can find veggies, chicken stroganoff, rice, potatoes and pasta. Then of course the different types of meat and at the end you weigh your plate and pay by the pound. A great option if people prefer to spend less money eating at a fine dining Brazilian Steak House. Its very casual, and the lines are usually long but don’t let that deter you because it goes quickly.

6333 W 3rd St
Los Angeles, CA 90036

4. Bossa Nova Brazilian Cuisine

7181 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046

A couple of of these eateries are around but the most popular one is in the heart of Sunset. Bossa Nova is not an AYCE concept but a Brazilian Restaurant with options from the grill including traditional meats like picanha, beef skewers, different types of chicken dishes and it’s all served with the traditional side dishes like black beans, white rice, Brazilian salsa and farofa (Brazilian bread crumbs). Other options include salads, sandwiches, pizzas, burgers and pastas. Everything is done with Brazilian herbs and spices and the Brazilian touch. Another great aspect is that if you’re out in the town really late, Bossa Nova on Sunset stays open until 3:30am.

7181 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

5. Cafe Brasil

10831 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

You can find this cozy little gem in both Palms and Culver City. A variety of different Brazilian options including appetizers like Brazilian style empanadas called pasteis or coxinhas, which are like croquettes but stuffed with chicken and cheese. Café Brasil is known for their feijoada, a traditional dish consisting of a beef and pork stew served with white rice, black beans, collard greens, and farofa, the Brazilian yucca bread crumbs. The Executive Lunch is a great deal for a quick bite for the best price of $9.50, including your choice of protein with rice, beans, fried plantains and salsa.

10831 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

6. Tropicalia

1966 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

In the heart of Los Feliz, Tropicalia is named after a music movement started in Brazil in the late 1960s. Their motto is to “bring the same innovation and creativity to the cuisine of Brazil and exotic flavors that are representative of the country.” Here,you can Moqueca de Peixe can be found, which consists of a stew with coconut milk sauce, cilantro, tomatoes and onion.It is customary in the north east of the country. There is picanha and feijoada here as well but some Mexi-Americanized dishes too like Brazilian burritos and Brazilian fajitas in a malagueta sauce that packs some heat.

1966 Hillhurst Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027

7. Wood Spoon

107 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Wood Spoon is tucked away in the fashion district of downtown and is a small and quaint Brazilian Eatery. They are known for the Brazilian chicken pot pie with olives, corn and heart of palms. For the indecisive, start with the mix plate, which has a variety of different appetizers including coxinha, potato croquette, and pasteis. Another option is the Carne De Panela, which is a like a Brazilian Pot Roast served with polenta, black beans and mustard greens. Guzzle it all down with Guarana, a very popular soda, a strawberry limeade or Sangria.

107 E 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

8. Mesa Brazilian Eatery

10917 Lindbrook Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90024

A newer addition to the Brazilian spots in LA is Mesa Brazilian Eatery in Westwood. This is the one of the most casual and inexpensive places to enjoy the cuisine of Brazil. Here, order first at the counter and the options are more limited, but the rice bowls are really popular. The bowls consists of collard greens, beans, rice, salsa, lots of steak or chicken and a homemade sauce. Moqueca can also be found here, which is the seafood stew with coconut milk. All the appetizers found in other places are found here as well. like pao de queijo and the fried empanadas called pasteis.

10917 Lindbrook Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90024

9. Samba Brazilian Steakhouse

1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City, CA 91608

This Churrascaria has locations in Redondo Beach and Universal City Walk. There are definitely mixed reviews but what is great about these steak houses is that while people are eating, music turns on and performers come out and start dancing to Samba in outfits that you’d see at Carnival in Rio. Samba is definitely a great place to get a couple of drinks, like caipirinhas or caipivodkas, a drink made with Cachaça, a Brazilian Rum or Vodka and muddled limes and sugar after winding down or catching a movie at City Walk.

1000 Universal Studios Blvd
Universal City, CA 91608

10. Samba Grill

735 East 12th Street #403, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Samba Grill is a great casual place for a quick lunch if one works downtown. The portions are huge with popular options like chicken stroganoff and garlic picanha. There’s the salad bar and a hot bar filled with the Brazilian cheese bread, linguiça chicken, with the traditional sides of white rice, black beans and collard greens. The same options as most Brazilian spots but easy to take with you.

735 East 12th Street #403
Los Angeles, CA 90015

11. Gauchos Village

411 N Brand Blvd, Glendale, CA 91203

A little farther away, but Glendale has an All You Can Eat Churrascaria option. Tons going on here, like Samba dancers, happy hour and World Cup deals, to root on Brazil. Also, if one isn't super hungry than the buffet by the pound is available for a smaller price and less food. Craving picanha, guarana, pao de queijo and in Glendale? Gaucho's Village is the place.

411 N Brand Blvd
Glendale, CA 91203

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