Chima Brazilian Steakhouse - Philadelphia
Chima Brazilian Steakhouse - Philadelphia

Chima Brazilian Steakhouse - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.chimasteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 2155315820x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm, Friday: 5:30 -10 PM - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Brazilian Steakhouse, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 20th and JFK
  • Public Transit: Septa bustop #33 and #38 at entrance of restaurant.
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Chima Brazilian Steakhouse - Philadelphia
Located in Center City Philadelphia, Chima offers a serene dining experience with a touch of exclusivity. From the moment you enter our beautiful location on 20th and JFK, you feel the warm welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy our full rodizio dinner served by authentic gauchos or enjoy a cocktail in our chic lounge.
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Chima Brazilian Steakhouse - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
294 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (208)good for groups (187)fit for foodies (143)romantic (100)hot spot (68)notable wine list (60)neighborhood gem (42)kid-friendly (29)great for lunch (27)vibrant bar scene (25)great for brunch (20)late-night find (19)scenic view (10)great for outdoor dining (5)Show More
  • Great EVERYTHING
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This place is awesome. The selection of meats is amazing. The servers are all friendly and quick. I went with a group of 5 during restaurant week, a hectic time. We were seating about 5 minutes after our reservation time which was amazing because it was so crowded. The hostess made sure everyone was comfortable. When we were seating we had 3 servers, so never had to wait for anything. The meat guys were prompt and very nice. The food is amazing and made to your liking. The salad bar has so much variety. The prices aren't bad for the regular dining days, especially for the quality selection. Overall everything was amazing. The experience is worth it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time at Chima
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The Meat there was good. I enjoyed the Flank. The restaurant was really busy waited 15-30 even with a reservation. The salad bar area was very clear to be filling assortments nonetheless good and complimentary. Needs more vegetable options and fruits. Dessert should of been included for restaurant week would of made the spot a deal closure but it lands a Good-Very Good rating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I had a great time at Chima the food options were great the service was great and the setting was intimate even with the crowd.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not a Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Went during restaurant week...service below par...too long of a wait time for meat to be presented..sides out and cold by the time we got meat service...so not worth it
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    This was my first time experiencing Brazilian steakhouse experience. The price always kept me away but i decided to take my girlfriend on her bday which happened to fall during restaurant week. For under $100 and all you can eat meat with a deluxe salad bar; you can't be disappointed. The meat servers kept coming around to make sure we had our fill. They were friendly and a few made a few jokes along the way. I would recommend this place to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My first Brazilian Steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I really loved this place it was my first time and I will deff go back in the hear future. The food was outstanding as well as the service. My friend worked there and so she recommended it to me. If your looking for a nice place to take your gf or loved one this is defiantly I must go. I had a blast and I'm sure you will too.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent food and service. Booked mentioning a special occasion and the staff suprised our party with special attention. Love the attention to details by all at Chima
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We paid for the more expensive choice of all the meats. It took forever to get the meat cuts we wanted. The filet wrapped in bacon can about 5 minutes before we left. We also upgraded for the cheesecake dessert. When it was time to order dessert, they were out of cheesecake.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I visited this establishment during restaurant week. The establishment chose not to include their prime cuts of meat for the restaurant week price. I did not have an issue with this except for not being able to try the lamb. It's one of the main reasons I chose Chima over Fogo de Chao (a friend said they liked the lamb better at Chima's). The creamy mashed potatoes were outstanding. The salad bar was amazing. The service was excellent. The manager stopped at our table and had a laugh with us. All in all it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No sides
    BobbieAnne
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Although the meat and fish items were very good, I didn't care for the 3 sides provided. After visiting there I doubt I'd return. The space is so large that I felt I was in a warehouse.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chima
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Went to Chima for restaurant week. The waiter gave my date and I the option of eating the restaurant week menu or the normal menu for 17.00 more. Opted for the normal menu. Food and food service was good. Alcohol service was slow. I assume because it was restaurant week and crowded affected the service. Had a good time though.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I went for restaurant week and while I understand it is a discounted rate, I was unimpressed by the selection. The salad bar was great but the quality of the meats were not up to standard. Very fatty cuts, dry and tough. Sides were brought out within minutes of the appetizers and left to get cold. Not what I am used to for a Brazilian steakhouse.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never Disappointed
    PhillyFoodFan
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been to Chima several times and I have never been disappointed. I have found the going early when the restaurant begins to seat everyone for dinner has been great. Loking forward to my next visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dining experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I have come to China several times usually the experience is good and the food is great however this time I came with a group of 4 as opposed to 6 or sometimes 8 and the service was not even nearly good I understand that it is restaurant week and you guys were very busy however I feel as though waiting for 25 to 35 minutes between an entree or meat was just not called for. I felt embarrassed and kept apologizing to my guest for the long wait between servers and as a result will most likely try to refrain from visiting Chima.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do Not Go During Restaurant Week
    CarlyVIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We made the mistake of going here during restaurant week. We managed to get a table without any trouble; unfortunately the servers seemed to differentiate between restaurant week and full paying customers. I understand it was busy but we were repeatedly not served when the waiters came around with the selection of food we had paid for. It was only after speaking with the manager that we were finally served after about 30 minutes of waiting. Overall an underwhelming experience and will likely not be back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bypass restaurant week
    Steakasarus
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I understand and knew ahead of time that the restaurant week option was a select lesser menu. I have no issue with this and I was completely happy with the choices that would be available. I was a little disappointed that I spent so much time just sitting there with an empty plate because none of the selections we were eligible for seemed to come to the table. I think the seating should be established based off which me he you are going to dine off. I think this may help with the flow. Or else simply have more servers with the cuts that are available to the restaurant week menu to avoid frustrations as server after server walks by. My waitress did flag down servers for us and I appreciated that but I was underwhelmed this year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service review
    bc0806
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Food was great although lamb was omitted doing restaurant week. Service was superb - very attentative.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    Foodie4Life
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Dinner at Chima was wonderful!! Our reservation was at 4:30 pm on a Sunday. This reservation was booked during Restaurant Week so I was expecting a little bit of a wait. However I was pleasantly surprised. We arrived at exactly 4:30 and immediately taken to our table. The wait staff was wonderful and catered to our every need. The selections of food was AWESOME. I will be visiting this restaurant again...very soon!! ☺
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Envymom
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    I thought the staff was very, very attentive for how busy they were. The waiter told me they were doing over 1,000 sittings for Sunday. I was amazed how great they were, fast, efficient, attentive and very friendly. I would highly recommend as I keep going back again, and again so I definitely do like it there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    luv2explore
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This was my visit and it will not be my last. Food and service were excellent. My friends and I thoroughly enjoyed our dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience!
    Hey59donna1
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Couldn't have had a better time or better service. Attentive waitstaff, management and servers! All happy to see that you had everything you wanted and when you wanted it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was good but not too memorable
    Sflow215
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service and atmosphere was great. However, the meat selection was just ok.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food
    chris
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was great, just go hungrey cause you will leave extremely full. price is alittle high but well worth it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my new favs
    ChrissysEats
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This place is now on my top 5 fav spots!. I told my boyfriend that this is where I want to have my next birthday dinner. Everything was delicious and we were happy and stuffed by the end of the night. I highly recommend this place. U are constantly eating something different and all of the meats they serve were awesome and cooked to your liking. And the experience was different and fun!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    love2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My third time coming here. Every time I come it gets better and better. I took my fam (parents, sister, niece 6y.o and nephew 9y.o) Sat eve, no crowd. Everyone loved it. They're still talking about it a week later. Many options from the salad bar/sides. Every choice of meat that I tasted was well cooked and flavorful. Definitely need to pace yourself. My cocktail (mojito), the best that I've tasted. Did not have room for dessert, but mom absolutely loved the hot bananas and ice cream. What made the experience amazing is the customer service from our waiter, the servers, and managers. They would ask which specific meat we were waiting for and they would send them right to our table. Everyone was kind, friendly and had a smile.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Amazing , I loved the food and service. The meat was so tender
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great serivice not so much
    unhappycustomer
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    There was a blonde hostess named Hannah who was extremely rude to me and our waiter Nick was no better. The food was excellent but I must say that I would have had a much better time had the service been better. Both Hannah and Nick made me question whether or not I wanted to ever come back. I made sure to remember their names just so that I could be specific when writing a review. They made me feel uncomfortable, unwelcome, and rushed. Honestly I don't think I will ever go back. It was my second time at Chima and my first experience was amazing which is why I returned but this time around just put me in a bad space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chima is Great!
    Mohit
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The great ambiance is what sets he mood when you first walk in although you may have reserved a table they still may make you wait, but it's worth the wait for sure! The hostesses are really nice as well as the waiters. Service is very prompt and waitress was great! Food was great best selection of meats!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come ready to eat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food is amazing but make sit to come hungry ... Buffet style and trust me you will eat !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food, a bit noisy
    CollegeFoodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Sat down (no wait with our reservation, people were waiting out the door) and our server told us they work in teams of four, so we would have four servers for the eventing...odd. Wine list was overwhelmingly long for someone looking for a glass, in an iPad because it was so long. Salad bar was amazing, everything from salads, soups, rice, fish salads, meat salads! We had the restaurant week menu (9 meats instead of 15, which is 35 instead of 52, and cuts out most lamb) Overall it was amazing, highly reccomend. Come hungry, if your not super into lamb go during restaurant week to save some money. Don't bring a vegiatrian here :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    nikkir
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    My 3rd time. I really enjoyed everything except for the added gratuity. We actually tipped twice because we didn't know it was already included on the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to eat
    Tamika
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My son and I had a great time. It was my sons first time there and he loved it. The reaction on his face when started eating was priceless. GREAT job keep up the awesome job. Oh out waiter was the best!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • restaurant week service
    HSWTF
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Well if you don't mind only seeing your waiter when you sit down and for the check at the end then you will be happy. However, to watch him swoon over the 6 tops and neglect you and your dinner companion really got under my skin. Chima booked way more than they could handle, we waited 30 plus minutes past our booked reservation to be seated. I guess when you are more worried about the amount of money you are going to make than the kind of service you are going to provide your customers, you are in for a bad ride. Also, some people were rudely loud.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waited 30 mins with my reservation
    Qeerty
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had to wait 30 minutes even though I scheduled a reservation a week in advance. Once seated the food was pretty good, nothing overly special, and the service was very good from the waitstaff.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    MBROTHERTON21
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Incredible place...Great service for servers and waiters. Food is spectacular and variety is great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nope
    dalogical1
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Were seated at 830 for a 745 reservation, 45 minutes went by before anyone on our table got their first cut of meat, 25 minutes wait till we got the next cut. Drinks order was filled once and they had to be reminded that we needed a refill. A 18% tip was added to our table of 3 people with no obvious way to take it off the cheque. We got charged for refills on the drinks and ended up paying $55 each for dinner that's advertised as $35. Will never go there again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Chima
    Megh
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We have been to a couple other Brazilian steakhouses and I have to say Chima was not my favorite. Service was good in the beginning and then as dinner went on our waiter seemed to be disinterested in our table. We waited twenty minutes with the check before he took it and got us change (which they had to scramble for). The food was very good. The only complaint we had about the food was one of the steak carvers flung a piece of meat right into the arm of my friend and then left it on the ground. Maybe it was just an off night for service at Chima?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, slow service
    Love2trynewthings
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Meats were good when they got to the table, we never had to turn our card to no thank you. Could be because it was Restaurent week , but was busy and slow. It was our first time there so not sure if every night is the same. We sat for a good 40 min with just fish, chicken and sausage offered, finally brought some steak . After being offered steak 3 times in an hour, just tired of waiting. For the price I felt that we were only brought steak after a long wait and long in between, was a disappointment . Servers and host were nice and food was good when it finally came.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience!
    mattyice15
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Couldn't have been more satisfied with this restaurant! I go here every year for restaurant week and it gets better each time. No where else will give you this bang-for-your-buck! Not only is the price affordable, but you eat until you are satisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    My husband really likes this place anytime we have a chance we try to make it out to CHIMA! If you go once you will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.