Américas River Oaks
Américas River Oaks

Américas River Oaks

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cordua.com/
  • Phone: 8322001492x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;

    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;

    Saturday and Sunday Brunch: 10:30am - 3:00pm;

    Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Michael Cordúa
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Cordúa has taken the best of his portfolio along with the most talented staff in event planning and hospitality to create a contemporary “one-of-a-kind” event production company.

    Combining the flavorful cuisines of North, Central and South Americas with progressive techniques and European discipline, MjC Events delivers the food Houstonians have loved for years with the impeccable service and hospitality you’ve come to expect from Cordúa Restaurants. With remarkable attention to detail, at your location or ours, our Event Managers will help you create your dream experience!
  • Private Party Facilities: Teamed once again with architect Jordan Mozer, Américas River Oaks highlights and celebrates the gifts the Americas gave to the world, its native ingredients and tropical tapestries. Located in the heart of River Oaks Shopping Center, Américas is ideal for your next event. Whether you are in need of a private space for a business meeting in the Macondo, a celebration in the Alegrias, a quaint private dinner in the Corazón or the entire restaurant for your upcoming holiday party, our event managers welcome the opportunity to create a memorable experience for you and your guests!
  • Private Party Contact: Darla Hickman 7139610911x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Shepherd
  • Public Transit: Metro Bus available
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Self parking and complimentary valet available.
A word from Américas River Oaks
The third incarnation of Américas, the global culinary experience from famed chef and restaurateur, Michael Cordúa, is now open in the heart of River Oaks. Partnered once again with celebrated architect and designer Jordan Mozer, who brought his outstanding talent and vision to the original Américas in 1993, Américas River Oaks will be a unique dining experience that represents the weaving of South, Central and North American cultures and cuisines—from Alaska to Chile. Cordúa, whose reputation as one of the leading proponents of authentic Latin cuisine, returns to his foundational roots and creates a stage to showcase the yummy foods that the Americas have given to the world. Continually blazing a trail of New World cuisine that keeps critics raving, FOOD & WINE recognized Cordúa as one of the pioneers of the modernization of Latin cuisine when naming him into the Hall of Fame: 50 Best New Chefs of all time in 2008.
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Américas River Oaks reviews from OpenTable diners
276 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (184)romantic (130)fit for foodies (128)good for groups (95)hot spot (68)great for brunch (61)neighborhood gem (53)great for lunch (53)notable wine list (49)vibrant bar scene (43)scenic view (16)late-night find (16)great for outdoor dining (13)kid-friendly (7)Show More
  • careful paying with credit
    daddy73
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I took my wife for dinner for her birthday everything was good. The check was for $105.00 dollars for 2 people I paid $100 cash and $5.00 in a credit card plus tip. So I sign the $5.00 receipt and added $15.00 tip. The next day I checked my bank account and noticed that they did 2 transactions in my account one for $105.00 and another one for $5 plus 15. Tip. So what happen with $100 cash I gave the waiter ( pedro)?? When I told him $100 cash and $5.00 credit. Why did he keep the $100 cash. Charge my credit for $105 with out telling me and charge again for $5.00 so I could sign that receipt. Waiter knows that I will dispute The $105 with my bank and I will get my money back. But he kept the $100
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration
    JanWestU
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Americas did a wonderful job at our dinner to celebrate a birthday. The complimentary plaintain chips were a hit with our guests. The main courses were excellent. Our guests raved about the carnitas (pork and shrimp) and we loved the churrascos steak. We loved the bread pudding dessert as well as the lovely tres leches that the restaurant comped for our birthday celebration. They also brought champagne to celebrate the birthday. All in all a wonderful evening. Our server (think her name was Sara?) was excellent and very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Americas Brunch
    LadyHuck
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    It was a lovely dining experience. The Brunch at America's includes many of the tasty dishes from their regular menu, so it is a great opportunity for newbies to taste. For a $12.00 addition, you may have endless Mimosas, Sangria and Mojitos. The avante garde décor is a bit jarring at first, but then you will find the ambiance and service a relaxing and enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the churrasco
    annie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Seating along the walls is TIGHT! We were placed here first and had to slide into the chairs (we are not large but the people on either side of us were). Hostess took no notice-we asked to be moved. Dining room was a little noisy but able to carry on a conversation. Started with the lobster corn dogs and mojitos-very good. For a main, we each had the Churrasco, their signature steak. My dining partner and I like them cooked to different degrees-both were prepared perfectly to our taste-they were delicious. The sides could use some work-dry, tasteless. We finished with the Tres Leches cake which was moist, if not overly flavorful. The food was good-a little pricey for what you get-I'll be trying other places before I return here.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a pleasure
    Tucker
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I took some friends for their first time and it exceeded all expectations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Celebration
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We were a party of six celebrating two birthdays. The service was excellent and the churrascos were delicious. Our friends loved the complimentary flaming tres leches. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy per Usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This place is an amazing place to take your special someone out for a night of great dining. The staff is so amazing and the food equally so.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Our service could have been better. Food was very good however.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food....
    None
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The good was good and my request to have a special slice of cake be brought out for my oartner's birthday was fulfilled! There were two of us, and we were seated at a table big enough to sit at least seven people. The table behind us had a huge party, so their noise level made it difficult for conversation. But the wait staff was great!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed
    TXDCBevo
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The service was NOT good. She knew it was our anniversary and yet, didn't care. She kept apologizing for her lack of service. The food plate for sharing was as big as side dish. It was strange, awkward and the food was mediocre. I would NEVER spend this kind of money for this food again. It is our last time there. I would save your $100 and eat anywhere else. Consider La Griglia. It is in the same parking lot and soooooo much better on all accounts.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Happy customer!
    Marz
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Reserving was super easy and had availability! So relieved! Staff at the front desk were kind and welcoming Bar staff was welcoming and helpful! Pedro out waiter was incredible! Really really awesome service! Can I just say I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Americas! Thank you for making my birthday dinner fun and entertaining! Please keep it up!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service - order carefully
    AllysonJVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our server was fantastic. He provided just the right amount of attention. However, I ordered my filt "medium plus" and further explained that meant "between medium and medium well." Unfortunatley, the filet was served very well done and was not any good. We took it home and fed it to the dog. When the server asked how everything was, I just didn't have the heart to tell him. Lesson learned - order filets at Americas "medium" at maximum!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    Good4me
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Our first time here. Service was best I have had. Food was perfect. Ambiance was correct. Every detail was attend to. We are going to be regulars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for dinner
    marlene
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The service was awesome. Our waiter was very attentive without being overbearing. We chose from the restaurant weeks menu and really enjoyed all 3 courses. Easy parking and a nice short walk to River Oaks Theatre made this the perfect choice for date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    LagosgirlVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We had a work lunch here recently and many of the party had not been here before. The Ceviche flight is always very popular as well as the steak lunch choices. One of the steaks was over cooked and they brought the person a separate plate of rice, lentils, yucca, etc to have while they waited for their dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food AND service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Love everything about Americas!!! Free valet, friendly staff, awesome food and very interesting atmosphere! Always enjoy my visits here for dinner OR lunch! Awesome!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice dinner
    JbrayVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Brought a group of co-workers here for a special dinner. The food and service were excellent. My only complaint is that we requested a quiet table and were seated in the middle of the main dining room, which made it difficult to talk among our group.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I took my wife and her parents to Americas for my wife's birthday dinner. Americas has always been a special occasion place for us. First when we got there the greeters were disorganized. They were looking for my name and am not really sure if he every found it but sat us anyway. Well it turns out that the person who greeted us was our waiter as well. Our waiter was not very good at all. He left us sitting there many times to where we had to ask other waiters where our waiter was. He had no other personality and when we ordered did not explain the menu. We overheard all the other waiters around converse with their guests but not ours. I felt bad because she and I were looking forward to a great dining experience but did not get it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tHEY COULD DO BETTER
    POWELL123456
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    STAFF SEEMS TO BE HANGED OVER. HOSTES WAS VERY RUDE. WE ASK FOR THINGS SUCH MENU AND HE INSISTED WE SHOULD GET BRUNCH. IS CHOICE CUSTOMER WHAT TO EAT. SUGESTING IS SUGESTING NOT FORCING. SITTING WAS HORRIBLE. WE ASKED FOR BETTER TABLE AND IT WAS DENIED. I FOUND A MOSQUITO ON MY MILK, RETURNED AND NO APOLOGY GIVEN NOT THAT I CARE BUT THE THING WAS THAT THEY NEVER BROUGHT MY MILK FOR COFFEE. ORANGE JUICE OVER PRICE WHEN IS A TAMPICO ORANGE JUICE. ONE VALET ASSISTANT FOR 200 GUEST. LITTLE BIT ANOYING WAITING UNDER SUN FOR 20 MINUTES.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    As usual, Americas was wonderful The portions were generous and food excellent
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional service, terrific food!
    LynneR912VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went during Houston Restaurant Week - what a great experience! Service = outstanding, menu choices = excellent, food = perfectly prepared and served. It was our anniversary, they brought celebratory glasses of champagne - a lovely touch!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • HRW Review
    HRW14
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great menu for HRW! Out waitress made great recommendations and was very patient. once the food started coming out it was paced very well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Superstar
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I absolutely LOVE the decor, & the restrooms are BEAUTIFUL!!:-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Location
    Latino1
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    the food was incredible. If you enjoy latin fusion food this is definitely a place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Americas River Oaks Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We went to Americas River Oaks for Restaurant Week in Houston. Some waiters at other restaurants look down their noses on people "dining on the cheap" but not here! We had excellent service and the food was also very good. I especially liked the idea of the $5 glasses of wine that complemented the food. Don't miss the interesting bathrooms while dining here.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One word, CHURRASCO
    Htxlove2dine
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Had their Carnitas Pibil & Beef Tenderloin taquitos to start. Very delicious! (ask for the spicier habanero salsa) The churrasco is their signature dish, & it's the best tasting tenderloin I've had. Finished it off with their Alfajores!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Always2hungry
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The banana chips are very good. My meal was very good, the desert Tres Leches was awesome!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor service
    ShoxVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Poor and uncoordinated service. Mediocre food. Valet slow and disorganized.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bad food, Romantic atmosphere
    Neveragain
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    My girlfriend had raved about how this place had the best steaks. When I went with my husband, I was looking forward to trying their signature steak paired with their private labeled wine. I even got the largest 12oz size. My water was almost empty for a majority of my meal time and my waiter didn't offer to do anything when I told him after the first bite that the steak was mushy. The tuna appetizer was good. Dessert was soaked in sweetness and not edible.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Endless Bloody Mary's!
    DonnaBellVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Abundant buffet-delicious! All the favorites included in a lavish spread including an omelet and waffle station. Mimosas, Mojotos, Bloody Mary's $12.99 endless! Great for entertaining a group!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Americas
    raquel
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    You can never go wrong with Americas. Starting from the free plantains with dip, every course after is never average. Everything about it is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • started off well but went downhill
    dancergirbookworm
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I was excited for my first trip to Americas with my family. We had a reservation at 7:30 and were seated promptly. Initially the service seemed excellent, but after our waiter introduced himself, it went downhill from there. Once we had placed our food order, I don't think we saw our waiter again until he brought us the bill. He never checked to see if our food was OK and I was unable to order another glass of wine because we never saw our server again until the end of the meal. Since this is my first and probably last time to visit this restaurant, I can't say if this type of service is typical. But I can say that I won't return to this particular Americas. My family spent too much money to receive such poor service.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The churrasco is not a top 20 steak. The server was a B with no consideration and a lack of smiles. A bit noisy inside but not overwhelming. The empanadas were amazing. The ambience of the restaurant is what saves this review.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • America's for Restaurant Week
    Risaj
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    America's chose to stay with the $35.00 dollar Dinner option instead of the new $45.00 one. The menu offerings at this price are really nice and we enjoyed each course and the wine pairings very much. The wine pairing is also at a discounted glass price from regular wine menu pricing...I asked if it was a smaller tasting pour...nope full pour just discounted for the Special Menu for Restaurant Week! Very Nice. From the Valet to the Reception area to the Server - the staff is friendly, outgoing, very unpretentious, and makes one feel right at home in this Beautiful setting. I am very pleased we chose America's for our Friday Night Restaurant Week dining experience and plan to be a regular from now on.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hostess
    Great
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The only problem I had was the hostess at the front desk. She was on the phone and not once acknowledged me standing in front of her. After a few minutes I sat down. It was at least 15 minutes before she offered to help me. That is not a good way to start lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Definitely check out HRW menu!
    EKHouston
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We went for Houston Restaurant Weeks. You gotta try it - the selection is so much more extensive than most HRW menus. PLUS they have excellent wine pairings for a steal. Everything we had was awesome. Angel Wings, Tuna Ceviche, Lomo y Mar, Carnitas, Alfadores, Tres Leches. My favorite dish of the evening was the Carnitas, but only by a slim margin. Loved it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time
    mateo98
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    first time I went to Americas. Everything was excellent. no complaints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nanou
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We loved the decor annd the privacy of the tables. The service is very friendly and the food good. I recommend this neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Customer Event
    Salesguy
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Food was perfectly prepared. Many of my guests said it was the best Tres Leches and beef they have ever had. The waiter was very engaged and funny. Pedro made great recommendations and the rest of the staff was constanly filling up and taking care of us. The prices were resonable for the quality of food received. I will be back next time I am in Houston.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food but Lacking Salt
    Pctechnocrat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My wife and I recently visited America's for Houston Restaraunt Week. The portion sizes were good for one, filling but not texas sized. My wife was happy with her meal, beef and shrimp. I was satisfied with mine - Churasco Steak, but overall I felt it was lacking salt, I am generally not a salt heavy person but there are no salt/pepper shakers on the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate