Chamas Churrascaria
Chamas Churrascaria

Chamas Churrascaria

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chamas.us/
  • Phone: 9196821309x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Wednesday - Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse, Tapas / Small Plates, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: Meat Master - Marcelo Cremonese
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (bar only), Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Private and semi-private dining areas for parties of 15 or more can be configured to meet your group and event needs.
  • Private Party Contact: Rosana Silva 9196821309x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gregson Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is located across Brightleaf Square on Main Street.
    We will validate your parking ticket. Additional parking is provided on Peabody Street.
A word from Chamas Churrascaria
Chamas which means ‘flames’ in Portuguese, is an upscale and authentic Brazilian Churrascaria (shoo.rhas’karia). Treat yourself to our sumptuous forty item salad area including appetizers, soups, salads and side items. Enjoy the house baked Cheenies™, Brazilian cheese bread, and one of our signature drinks, the Caipirinha. Let one of our in-house wine specialists select the perfect wine from our extensive and award-winner wine list. Signal the Gauchos and they will start serving various cuts of beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and Brazilian sausage. These delicious cuts are slowly roasted to preserve all their natural juices and flavors and accompanied by mashed potatoes and sweet fried bananas. You may enjoy as much as you like. After dinner, enjoy our in-house made dessert selection, then relax with an after dinner drink at Amélia Café. With extraordinary service and hospitality, authentic food, and great ambience, it is more than the tradition of a Brazilian Steakhouse… it is Chamas!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Chamas Churrascaria reviews from OpenTable diners
31 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (22)good for groups (16)fit for foodies (10)romantic (8)notable wine list (8)neighborhood gem (5)great for outdoor dining (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Great for a group
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We went here to celebrate a birthday and the staff was great! The food was wonderful!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must-do in Durham!
    stewns
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Whether you live in Durham or are just visiting, you must experience Chamas. The restaurant is upscale ($40/person before tip), but for special occasions, it is fantastic, and the amount and quality of food you get makes it well worth the cost. The meats are cooked to perfection and the salad bar is filled with exquisite selections. If you are deciding on a fine dining experience in the Triangle, I 100% recommend Chamas above all others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great choice for meat lovers
    RoeK
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The men loved the meat along with salads...The Ladies including me, loved the salad bar only selection which included smoked salmon, shrimp, calamari salad, artichokes, cheese board, salads galore and the best ever spinach raviolis in a delicious alfredo sauce. The manager and wait staff where very attentive. It was a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A favorite Birthday Gift
    UncleDad
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My son enjoys Chamas Churrascaria as a birthday gift. Who needs a birthday cake when one can eat such high quality meats? Always a great experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overpriced but meat is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    The meat, which is what you go here for, was tremendous. If someone is looking for a Brazilian steakhouse, I would recommend Chamas. However, the salad bar contained canned items and their salad dressings were bottled. This was very disappointing to my wife. My two sons and I enjoyed the meat, though. All in all, the price was too high for what we got.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    pianistfrank
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    If you are in the Brightleaf area of Durham then you must dine here!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Fresh salad bar with cheese selection was unique and very tasty. Meat selection that was brought to the table was fantastic, perfectly done and very flavorful.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Closed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Went online and made reservations. I was very surprised when I got there to see they were out of business.
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  • Great waiters, so much meat!
    Foodlover
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Great waiters, so much meat! My boyfriend and I went for restaurant week. They had 10 different meat options, all very delicious. The filet wrapped in bacon and ribs were our favorites. We left Chamas very full and very happy. The servers took care of us and made sure we tried everything. It was a great dining experience and I recommend it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We have dined four times over the years at Chamas since they opened. The food is ok, and the service, once you make it known that you want service, is very good. They are moving to a smaller space, and my hope is that the food and service will reach a higher level because of the smaller setting.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very tasty
    ShaunaIAm
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Buffet itsself is pretty good and filling so don't be afraid of just getting that option! We chose to do the full rodizio and it was delicious! The waiters coming around with the meat were always available if needed and we had no concerns during our visit.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something different ....
    DJS2
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Service was good ... food was good ... would have liked for the items on the buffet to have all been labeled as this was our first time at a Brazilian steak house ... the atmosphere was neat (but they're moving soon so I'm not sure what the new place would be like .... overall it was good ... I'd go back, not so sure about my mom and my daughter (who aren't quite as adventurous).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great options
    janrebecca
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    You can either get the buffet which has salads, seafood, soups and is a complete meal on its own, or you can add the experience of endless meats including sausage, different types of steak, chicken (my favorite), pork, etc. Their signature cocktail is amazing!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lots of meat
    silvrshdw
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The meats are largely very tasty. The pork and sirloin tasted a bit off, and the sausage didn't have much flavor. But the lamb, garlic steak, and flank steak were amazing. (We didn't bother with chicken at that price.)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    DineOn
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    I'm definitely glad I tried this place, and glad it was during restaurant week so the price was reduced, but I would not go back. Our waitress couldn't tell us what meats there were and gave us a wine list book with no pages. There was only one other table of 2 people, which I always feel is a red flag/detracts from the experience. The food was yummy, but it's just too much food. And my biggest issue - gratuity automatically added to our check of only 2 people.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Bad Brazilian Steakhouse
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    My friends and I went here during the Triangle Restaurant week and I had hoped it would be good. Unfortunately it was not, there was hardly anyone there, which should've been the first sign. The salad bar was pitiful, 4 hot sides, some cheese, salad and toppings, and some meats. The mash potatoes and fried bananas were good, not hard to do, but the meat was just bad. The majority of the meat was overcooked to the point where I couldn't actually chew it. The chicken and filet mignon were my favorite, but the bacon wrapped around it was way too salty. When you pay a good amount of money for a place like this you expect some high quality stuff, which was not the case. I've been to other Brazilian Steakhouses and this was just pathetic. Skip it
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  • service needs improvement
    grey
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    When we went we were seated inside near the walls there were a few other parties around us who were seated and it took almost 10 mins before anyone came to help them. Our party had a very attentive waitress but I cant say that was the case for all the tables. If you pay this much for a dining experience servers should be very attentive to people in their sections.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 367 reviews are from the Chamas Churrascaria reviews archive.
  • Great First Experience
    lawlivero52
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I've never been to a Brazilian Steakhouse before, and Chamas was a great introduction to it. The salad bar was delicious, and I stuffed my face with the most meat I've ever eaten in my life. The service was great, friendly, and accommodating. I'd definitely recommend this place to a friend, though it is a bit different than any restaurant I've ever been to.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for low-carb eaters!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We are on a low-carb diet. This was fantastic. Great salad to start and the meat was amazing!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    It's great for date night. Not your typical dining experience. All the staff was so eager to please. All the food was delicious. Plus, it was my birthday and treated me to desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique but mediocre
    JamesVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    This isn't a bad choice if you're looking for an alternative to the typical reataurant. However, you will be disappointed if you compare Chamas to real Brazilian steakhouses or even an American steakhouses. The quality of meat is much closer to Longhorn than Wolfgang's. I think the prices are fair at $40 for the full service dinner excluding drinks and dessert.
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  • Maybe it was an off night
    WhiteEagle
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    We really wanted something off the "A La Carte" menu that was posted on the website but the waiter didn't seem to be aware of it. To make things easier all around we opted for the full blown dinner and we weren't disappointed by the quality of the meats. However, after deciding to go with the full meal and receiving our drinks, we never saw our waiter again for the entire meal. At some point we did get a waitress but I don't think she was actually assigned to us because she thought someone else was bringing us our check. Bottom line, the food was very good but the service was at best fair. We were also disappointed that the "A La Carte" menu from the website was not available.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cookie
    Cookie
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    I have been to quite a few of the Brasilian steakhouses and I'm afraid this one did not live up to comparable ones-the salad bar was limited and catered more to an American palate. The service was excellent. The sides they brought limited to mashed potatoes and fried bananas. We also were brought only three small pieces of cheese bread and kept asking for more but they keep saying they were in the oven all night so we never got any. The place felt large and empty. I feel for the limited food and expensive price tag it was not worth the price. I would not go again.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Great taste, limited selection
    Numinescent
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    I am used to churrascaria restaurants in large cities, where one can run laps around the salad bar, and you get stuffed before they run out of choices to try. By comparison, Chamas Churrascaria is fairly modest. The salad bar was very fresh and had some delectable choices, including smoked salmon and heart-of-palm, but otherwise the selection did not range beyond standard salad bar fare. The meats were delectable, and to the right level of doneness (a gaucho asked me whether I preferred my meat on a rare or more well done side). But while I was still getting going, the choices started repeating. Of course I did not mind getting second and third helpings of garlic steak and chicken legs, but overall I would have liked greater variety.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • Nice evening!
    Yuyo
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We went to have dinner with my wife and my mother in law. The food was excellent! The personal friendly! Do not miss it!
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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  • very good food and serive
    MRNS
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We enjoyed the food, both the variety and the quality of meat as well as the salad bar. Actually, the salad bar, with the variety of seafood and cheeses is a great meal for itself. Nice selection of desserts.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Anniversary dinner
    Ques
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Servers was attentive, friendly. Food was fresh and of the highest quality. Meat was tender and flavorful.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth it!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    We were traveling through and gave this restauant a try for something different. My husband said the meat was good however the salad bar and seafood options were not impressive. Hot food was dried out and cold choices were blah! The side of potatoes were very salty and a bit watery in texture. We are foodies so if you are ok with simple blah Buffett food and ok with spending the money for just meat then you will be ok. The building is very cool and atmosphere is nice.
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  • Great Place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    I will definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and family. Everything was just right from the amazing food to the romantic ambiance. The only thing I wish was different was if they had offered tapas. My husband and I went for tapas which were not being offered at that time. Had I known that in advance we would have gone elsewhere. I have learned that if you are planning on eating at a Brazilian steakhouse, you should come hungry. Unfortunately I was not hungry enough for the full buffet and meat options, but seeing as I only had two choices, I went all out and got the whole shebang. Either way I give this place 5 stars and can't wait to go back.
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    special occasion
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  • Pretty good food, but very pricey
    Daniel
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    So my girlfriend and I decided to try something new this Valentine's day. The meat was definitely tender, but not really seasoned all that much and there is not a salt or pepper shaker in sight! The buffet bar was tasty and had a pretty good selection. I had a good experience, i just feel like we definitely did not get our moneys' worth.
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    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very Authentic
    Next40yrs
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food was great service was great especially with the volume of business they do. Felt very authentic and enjoyed it.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OverRATED!
    Nikka37
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Was told by waiter that there were 14 types of meat to offer. Only had 5 and which were steak, pork loin, sausage, chicken, and bacon wrapped chicken. It was busy so we had to beg for more refills. We were in the corner and had to flag the guys for service.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We dined on Valentines day
    greatfoodgreatlife
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We dined on Valentines day and the service was lacking. The food was fantastic and the carvers were abundant but the wait staff seemed to be having difficulty. That should have been expected and preparations made. For the price, there is no excuse for not having drinks and getting mashed potatoes toward the end of the meal. Nor did the waiter ask if we were familiar with the concept. We waited on plates for everything and drinks that were not from the bar. Those came quickly.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful again
    Chinsmom
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Always a treat for us to come here. We celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary here and the service and attention to detail couldn't of been better. The food was excellent with well prepared meats and side dishes. Enjoyed our experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wife Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    I brought my wife here for her birthday evening the wait staff was very attentive never let my water get below half and the chef kept the meats coming. Great experience
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    notable wine list, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chamas Churrascaria
    stevietheshu
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    This was an excellent dining experience. The meat served on skewers was tender and flavorful and the restaurant has one of the best salad bars imaginable. However, make sure that you bring proof of any on-line reservation since they did not have mine on file.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a great choice for the price
    uncmandarinVIP
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We love a Brazilian steakhouse and tried this newer option. The food was only so-so and the service was only so-so as well (everyone was nice, but our plates were not replaced and our drinks not refilled often). There are definitely better options in the area for the price.
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  • Dinner for Two
    Rico
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food was great and the men with the meat were quick to resupply my needs. I had to request mashed potatoes repeatedly but overall my experience was good and I would have no problem recommended this restaurant; and I have done that already on several occassions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was a great lunch, however
    JPCQ
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    It was a great lunch, however service was not as pleasant as I had come to expect from Chamas, it could have been because they were busy due to restaurant week. It was also disappointing to learn they were not offering the famous cheese bread with lunch even though it was advertised on their website.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This one is all about the meat!
    Lauradrops
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We went for lunch during restaurant week and loved it. The sides are typical of brazzillian bbq, but the meat was amazing. We have been going to this type of restaurant for many years, and they have all been good but tend to run on the heavily salty side. Not complaining, as it is par for the course. Chamas had all the flavor but didn't seem to be as salty. The meats were also perfectly cooked and super tender.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate