Espetus Churrascaria - San Francisco
Espetus Churrascaria - San Francisco
  • Address:
    1686 Market St
    San Francisco, CA 94102
    Neighborhood:
    Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness
  • Cuisine:
    Brazilian Steakhouse
    Price: $50 and over

Espetus Churrascaria - San Francisco

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.espetus.com/
  • Phone: 4155528792x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday-Friday: 11:30am-2:30pm, Saturday-Sunday: 12:00pm-3:00pm; Dinner: Monday-Thursday: 5:00pm-10:00pm, Friday-Saturday: 5:00pm-11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: Fernando Teles
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: For information please contact Amanda Love at amanda@espetus.com or call 415-552-8792.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please call for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Love 4155528792x10
  • Special Events: Inquiry about Banquets and Special Events at http://www.espetus.com/private-dining

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Gough St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Please note we do not validate any of these parking lots. We recommend that you check their hours and rates and use them at your own discretion.
    California Parking Inc. - 1 Franklin St., San Francisco, CA 94102 P 415-468-4860
    Ampco System Parking - 1650 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103 P 415-255-8601
    Star Park - 1540 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94102 P 415-503-0050



A word from Espetus Churrascaria - San Francisco
At Espetus, dining is a sensory experience of culinary style and variety. As a true Brazilian steakhouse, Espetus - which means skewer in Portuguese - features Churrasco techniques. This culinary tradition dates back three centuries, when gauchos, or Southern Brazilian cowboys, slowly roasted meat over open flame pits. For a prix fixe, all-inclusive price, diners select their favorites from unlimited premium choices like steak, lamb, pork or chicken, brought straight from grill to table. Incredible side dishes range from fresh salads to specialties like paella. The sleek, modern surroundings are accented with oil paintings of life in the Brazilian highlands. At the marble-topped bar, there’s a large, chilled jar of homemade sangria and extensive local and imported wines, with Malbec a favorite. You can also try the Brazilian national cocktail, the Caipirinha. Dining at Espetus is nothing less than a feast of traditional Brazilian flavors.
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Espetus Churrascaria - San Francisco reviews from OpenTable diners
177 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (132)good for groups (108)fit for foodies (78)romantic (48)great for lunch (37)neighborhood gem (28)notable wine list (26)hot spot (24)kid-friendly (23)great for brunch (13)late-night find (9)vibrant bar scene (6)scenic view (4)great for outdoor dining (2)Show More
  • Awesome service. Awesome food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food was fantastic and the servers and hosts were friendly and amazing. Loved every minute of out experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Brazilian Style Cuisine
    BestBrazil
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    All of the different meat selections had its own unique taste and were prepared perfectly. All of the servings were savory nothing dry. The pineapple was very nice touch. Ask for the signature sirloin one than once, it was our table's favorite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neat meat what a treat!!
    2GFamily
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Excellent food. Meat just kept coming and kept my husband happy!! Excellent service- love the uniforms by the way. Love the building and decor. Can't say I was disats with anything!! Def returning with my family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall
    MollyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Good food, good service, clean restaurant. Can't complain about anything.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good place for guys who can eat
    music4him
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I went with my friend just to celebrate 10th year of our friendship, the food was great and the experience was unique. However, because we're all girls, I don't think we ate the money's worth. It's better for the guys who can eat to go, since it's buffet. But I would go again for another special occasion! I'm glad we went for lunch, not dinner! Ha
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    The food was wonderful and we enjoyed the variety of meats! Salad bar was to die for!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awsome Dinner
    Luvyoshis
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    All was great! Food, service, drinks! Loved it!!!!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, but terrible table
    cmonsnseplse1
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The food was plentiful and as good as it always is. I had a dirty plate, after I refreshed my own plate from the salad bar, on my table way too long. We were sat in a corner by the bar, where there's no ambiance, when the table that came in right after us, with the same party size, was sat in the main dining room. I don't get it... Carvers were very friendly.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better in the past
    NlfpcVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went for dinner and this was our 4th visit, it seems they are cutting back. The meat selection was limited and the variety were definitely less than previous visits. The side dishes were excellent and one can fill up on just those. I am not sure I will return again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday Send Off
    Buddhabelly
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were a party of 11 carnivores, omnivores and herbivores. We all had a superb dining experience sampling everything. Third helpings on the "Signature Sirloin!" Don't roll out before trying the Crème de Papaya!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for the meat eater
    pennyreviews
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Our experience was wonderful. The waitress welcomed us immediately. The food carvers were polite, professioinal, and efficient. The buffet selection offered a great balance with fresh mango salad and arugula salad. The dessert selections sounded all appealing but the one we selected was a good ending to the meal. We plan on coming back to try some of the other offerings as we were so full yet satisfied.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no recommendation
    FranVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were so looking forward to our Brazilian dinner and were extremely disappointed. We have so enjoyed other Brazilian restaurants in the past. All of the meat served here was dry and over cooked. What a disappointment. Very expensive! Very awful.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect dinner with my mom
    yummers
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We were the first ones to arrive, the host greeted us and wished my mother a happy birthday which was very sweet. We were seated right next to the window. Our server was nice, and we let him know we were dining for the first time so he explained how everything worked. We went back and forth on if we wanted to have a drink or not and he looked annoyed by us. That was the only thing bad about the service, everyone over all was very sweet and helpful. The food was so fresh and yummy, we will be coming back with our family.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Excellent service, food, ambience. A great experience overall.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seafoodie
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Espetus continues to provide excellent food with excellent service. The menu is quite complete and offers a variety of types of food ranging from the signature meats to sumptuous salads, and also several different soups, stews, and condiments. The lunch menu is abbreviated with regard to the roasted meats but is still more than adequate for this time of day.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant for Carnies & Veggies
    deccodine
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We had been recommended to try this restaurant on our trip to San Francisco and we dined as a group of 11 persons, including both meat eaters and vegetarians. Everyone was catered for: the food was superbe: both the carved meats AND the salad bar. I strongly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Brazilian in SF
    TheGeoker
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I really like the flank steak there and the beef ribs. All the meats were great, but i think those were the highlights. My group had a great time, and we had no complaints about anything I would go again if I was a local for a special occasion. Thank you Espetus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Place
    Iveth
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great place to eat meat!!! I was there 8/8/2014 for my sisters birthday. The meat servers where great!!! our server was not really attentive as well as the manager on duty but the servers were amazing! great knowledge of the meats and the food that was out. Made sure they remembered you and what you liked and didn't like. Great place I would definitely recommend this place and would go and try the other one they have. The ambiance was good there was noise but enough to be able to have a comfortable conversation. This is perfect for a date as well as a family dinner there is a bit for everyone.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anther great time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Took my girlfriend for her birthday and we had a great time. The food is always great. Always remember to not fill up on the salad bar. Service was good. Overall another good experience at this place. If looking to not spend too much, lunch is an excellent option. Make reservations... especially for dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • food OD
    foodOD
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Had a wonderful time. If you love food you'll love this resturant. Upon arriving were were warmly greated.the waiter walked is through everything since it was our first time. The salad bar has a great variety and let's us experience food we have never had some we like some we didn't just depends on what you like.now the meat where do I start let's start with the ribs oh my they were wonderful great flavor and I'd you want them on the bone just ask they are more than happy to give you what you want the filet sirloin chicken were just as good the pork was a little dry and didn't try the chicken hearts but my husband and our friend loved them. Can't wait to go back .
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great food, great service, great experience! Staff is incredibly personable and helpful.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    The food was excellent and the service was superb.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Great Food
    InExileVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Espetus always delivers great food and friendly service in a tasteful, sophisticated space. They make you feel like family.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice surprise
    westmountwestmount
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Made an easy reservation on the Web. Table was ready for our party of 9 including kids. Buffet with vegies is fresh and tasty. The meat is real good. Good wine options. Good experience and good service. A bit expensive though for an average appetite.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Celebrations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This place is awesome for celebrations as well as good food. While this is not "fine dining" the Brazilian Steakhouse concept is well executed here. Impeccable service, wonderful variety of meats, good cocktails and wine make for a fun experience. Fantastico!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you sooo much
    lostlantis
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I can't compliment you guys enough, for how you surprised my girlfriend with the birthday cake and candle, with how little hint I provided during the reservation ... We loved the energy of the people who served the food and drinks... You guys rock!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding service - good food
    Zack
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    While the food is very good, say two plus steps below Michael Mina, it is still worth the trip. Service is outstanding!!!!, salad / veggie bar is great and the beef selection is good. One could also have a conversation and be heard and we never felt rush-like they needed to turn the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great filet and killer cocktails
    nikster
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The straight-forward (non-bacon-wrapped versions - which are also good but not as flavorsome) filet and sirloin were amazing. The Acai martini is a must - my boyfriend was a bit worried I might leave him for it! - and the buffet and breads they give you beforehand are delicious too. As ever, it is a rookie mistake to take advantage of the pre-meat dishes, but it is also nice to have an asparagus or two to wash down the twenty different meats you get offered with. With chicken hearts, parmesan steak, and ribs not even scratching the surface of what you get offered if you're brave enough to keep the signal green for the full couple of hours, there is more than enough to eat too, I promise!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love meat
    Jake2000
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    If you are a meat eater this is the place for you. AWESOME!!!!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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  • It's a Carnivore Soiree
    itsurgirld
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My friends and I came for my birthday dinner. Our server and all of the gaucho carvers were extremely nice. My son liked his meat a little more dead and they were able to cook it a little longer for him. Overall great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of food
    hrwoman
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The service was impeccable, the food was pretty good. I liked some meats better than others. It is a little pricey, but if you can eat a lot, then it will be worth the money. Just don't fill up on the salad bar.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic
    onlydbest
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Loved every minute of our experience. That is what it was, an experience.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dissapointed
    Lazlo
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have benen to a couple of Brazilian steakhouses before and I love the concept and the food so I had pretty high expectations goding to Espetus. Unfortunately I was dissapointed. The service was good and friendly an the sallad/side buffet was pretty good, bit unfortunately the meat wasn't. I had at least one piece of almost every kind and ony one that I liked was the Serloin (the first serving) the rest was tastless and aften overcoocked.
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  • Nice. Expensive.
    AHWCA
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    This is a steak house... Not especially great for a foodie. The salad bar was quite nice. The meat was good, but not worth the price. Service was very good.
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    good for groups
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  • excellent service
    edogg
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The staff at espetus was amazing. I made a reservation, they seated me within 5 minutes. The staff immediately gave me water, explained how a Brazilian stake house works and ordered my drinks really quickly. The food and selection of meat was excellent. I will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Come hungry
    RubyxCube
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    This is my second time at Espetus - SF. Both experiences were great -- friendly and attentive staff, restaurant was clean and presentable, meats were prepared to a nice "done-ness". Some of them were a bit on the saltier side but still great. I would suggest this restaurant for special occasions. Expect to eat a lot. Great food and great service does not come cheap!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Churrascaria in SF
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We have been coming to Espetus for over 10 years and have never been disappointed. Hands down best Churrascaria in the Bay Area. Flavors are so consistent and the selection of meats is wonderful. We look forward to every next visit!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MEAT MEAT MEAT!
    ITSACHEUNG
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    If you're a red meat lover, you definitely need to try! Their salad bar has an amazing and exotic variety as well! I also fell in love with their cheeseball appetizers :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meat!
    LDND
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Expensive, like everything else in SF -- but the food is outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    Blaze
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Everything was excellent, people were very friendly and the atmosphere was great as well
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.