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Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo
Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo

Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.espetus.com
  • Phone: (650) 342-8700
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, 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: Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: Robson Barreto
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: There is plenty of street parking around the restaurant. If you prefer a private parking garage, the closest one is located on B Street/4th Ave.
  • Private Party Facilities: Book your next event at Espetus Churrascaria. Our professional staff will make your private event one to be remembered. For more information or to plan your next successful meeting or event, contact our Event's Coordinator at 415-552-8792.
  • Private Party Contact: Amanda Figueiredo (415) 552-8792
  • Entertainment: Espetus Churrascaria in San Mateo hosts Caipi-hour every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. In the restaurant’s lounge, guests can enjoy, with the purchase of a cocktail, a complimentary sampling of hors d' oeuvres. Bar specials priced at just $6.00 include such cocktails as a Caipirinha and a Brazilian Mojito. In addition, there is live musical entertainment without a cover charge.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact Amanda Key, events manager, to inquiry about banquets and special events at 415-552-8792 or amanda@espetus.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 7th and 8th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo
"Welcome to Espetus Churrascaria!" The flavors of Brazil come alive at Espetus with the Bay Area's very first Rodizio Style restaurant. The concept is simple; serve the meat straight from the fire on which it was cooked so that the flavor, temperature, & texture are perfect. In the Brazilian Language, Portuguese, Espetus means skewer. In traditional churrascaria (shoo-ras-ka-ria) meat is cooked on skewers over an open fire, brought straight to the table where it is carved directly on to your plate. For one set price, you will experience one or all of our succulent cuts of meat, continuously served until you are satisfied. Espetus also has a full salad bar overflowing with the exotic salads & side dishes of the Brazilian Cuisine.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I like this place. Saturday being the best night to go I think. More variety of meat I think. It's fun and the buffet section is nice too. I wish they would include some dessert with your dinner. A tiny one would be okay but it's not that big of a deal. Pace yourselves and just enjoy the experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "very expensive for lunch..................................................................................................................."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Went for a bachelorette dinner. Food was amazing and the employees were on top of it! They came around a lot! My plate was full of meat within 5 minutes! Great service! Would definitely go back again!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Our company brought clients from Germany and Switzerland here for farewell dinner and they loved it."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Very good food, lots of selection. I was stuffed. My only little nit picky complaint is that the cheese bread which is one of my favorites isn't the best I've ever had. But the staff is very friendly staff and they did a special dessert for our friends anniversary without us even asking."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Everyone was nice especially the manager King (I think that's how you say his name?). He made sure our experience was great and made suggestions of wine depending on our preference."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The best place around to feast on delicious meats of all varieties. The waitstaff are attentive and polite."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Skewered meats were seasoned perfectly. Servers very attentive and quick to bring next skewer."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The service was excellent, the food was delicious, the nice touch of a live piano and sax tandem was great. All around a nice time out for great food, more than enough varieties of meats in abundance to choose from."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "This was not our first time here, we took my husbands brother and his girlfriend who have never been to a Brazilian Steak house. We all have a great time and as always the food was outstanding. Love that you are not rushed through. If you have not been here before you should really go."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Place wasn't that busy for a Thursday evening. My family and I have never had this type of cuisine. Concept was interesting and different, but honestly the meats lacked flavor and was on the dry side. For $55 I would have preferred a steak house. The sangria was very good, probably best thing they had. Overall food was less than ok, sevice good but place is pricey. Trying it once in my life is good enough for me....don't think I'd be back."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Delicious meat comes to you so quickly and often that there's a signal on the table to let servers know to pass you by when you're getting overwhelmed."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "Been to several churrascarias in Brazil - this is just like them - even down to the same knives! Great food, friendly wait staff - and honest, too.. left purse on chair & all was returned."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "If you appreciate meat, this is the place to come. The quality is excellent, the way it is prepared delicious, the presentation unique and fun. My husband loves red meat and he is an excellent cook, griller and BBQ smoker and still we both thoroughly enjoy everything about this restaurant each time we go. The choices are plentiful , the salad bar is a plethora of treats because all the choices are fresh and tasty as well. I especially like their Brazilian chicken salad and simple, yet yummy, arugula with grapes salad, and the starter carbs that they bring to the table are also scrumptious. I highly recommend Espetus."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I took my girlfriend to this place for the first time. I was really impressed with the food quality and service. I will be sure to go back again!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "I was not aware that they were serving only dinner price all day for Father's Day. I wasn't made aware on OpenTable or when we arrived for our reservation for lunch. It was not until I got the check that I was blindsided... I had made this reservation for lunch, expecting to pay their lunch price (as stated when I made my reservation on opentable). This place should have advertised the ALL-day dinner price due to Father's Day (or any other holiday) so that customers are not surprised when they get the bill. The hostess should've made us aware of this also and it should've been advertised when making reservations through opentable (since they use this service)."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "The overall dining experience was outstanding. The ingredients were fresh, flavors bursting like fireworks, presentation was excellent, and the ambience was perfect for our group of four. In addition, there is such a diversity of food choices, I believe all dietary dispositions will find something of pleasure. Although we went on a Saturday evening, parking was a challenge. Other than that, I highly recommend this dining experience to everyone."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "This was our 2nd visit and we enjoyed the dining experience even more because we introduced our 8-year-old son to the Brazilian steakhouse scene. He loves his meat medium rare and I should warn you that the meats are cooked medium-well to well (must be an army of lawyers involved). We discovered something new; the Brazilian Martini - my wife loved it. Of course the meal starts with a round of Caipirinhas and I also tried the Brazilian Mojito - I will pass next time. Our favorite skewered meats are the top sirloin and filet mignon. Newly discovered is the parmesan-covered pork loin. Compared to the Brazilian Steakhouse in Singapore, this one rates right up there. On this Saturday evening, there was a 3-piece Jazz group playing near the bar."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Ambience, professional staff, excellent food, good times! The lamb was superb, garlic steam, filet mignon, sirloin, mahi mahi, grilled pineapple makes the perfect accompaniment to beef rib slices, grilled chicken... A true feast! Do yourself a favor and go when you are hungry... Enjoy!"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Thanks to Espetus, my very first churrasco experience was very well served. Obviously known for variety of meat choices, but it was a pleasant surprise that their desserts were also excellent. Our server had a bit of off night, which probably bothered herself more than us. Since I was a designated driver that night, I didn't care to go through the wine list closely. But, they seemed to have a great wine list as well. We will definitely be coming back here when churrasco craving hits us next time."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "We had eaten at the restaurant in San Francisco and had told some foodie friends about it. Three of us were celebrating birthdays and felt it was time to go. In an effort to avoid the city Saturday night traffic I decided to make reservations at the one in San Mateo. Could not be more pleased that we did! Service was great. Food, as always, was terrific! Will definitely be going back soon!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Absolutely enjoyed our dinning! It was our anniversary and my brothers daughters took them their for their anniversary and he recommended it. I will have to say the service was great our waitress was attentive and very nice. Would recommend this to anyone and we will be back. Well worth the price!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We have dined here for many special occasions. This time it was a birthday dinner for a few people. There was 14 in our group. The service is always on point and the food is always perfect. We were sat early. The manager remembered us since we have been so many times. The self serve sides area is impeccable. Every thing is so good. Love the Artichoke Salad and Beans/Rice. All the meats were cooked to perfection. Miss the shrimp but understand why it is no longer an option. Hopefully they will get another shrimp to offer. We will be back for sure. If you want to have a great meal this is the place to go."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "My wife would kill me for only giving them 4 stars overall since it is her favorite place and even though I have thoroughly enjoyed Espetus I haven't been so blown away that I would give it 5 stars. Meats are generally great (some are a little salty IMO) and so are the items served at the salad bar. In my two trips to the restaurant the servers seem harried and disappear a little more than I'd want, but not so bad that it is really much of a knock on Espetus. It may just be endemic to the Brazilian Steak House setup. My kids love this place as well and might give it 6 stars, but as the dad I have to say even at the kid price it seems a little pricey for them considering how little they eat. 4/5 will go again. "
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "It was our first time and my wife and I enjoy it so much. Excellent service, food was delicious. Looking forward to go back."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Everything is prepared perfectly and delivered to you table in the Brazilian steakhouse way. The ambiance is very smart casual, people wear whatever they want but Espetus make you want to wear a suit, tie and a smile."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "service was on time I experienced so many different flavors i needed my brain to pause to absorb it all. Frankly I was in meat heaven. Will do again soon."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "My family thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at Espetus. The salad bar has a good variety of quality foods. The meats were plentiful and delicious - juicy and not over-seasoned, a variety of doneness so everyone's tastes were satisfied. The grilled pineapple was a treat. Can't wait to go back! The only thing that could be improved is if they had a parking lot. Still, on street parking was found without much trouble."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We went to Espetus to celebrate my birthday.We were a party of 8 (and I had made reservations) we were seated as soon as we walked in. The salad buffet was delicious. All the salads tasted very fresh and healthy. And the meat was so soft and flavorful. My favorites were the sirloin and flank steak. And I can't forget to mention the cooked pineapple, it was so good! We'll definitely be back again!"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Good dining experience for meat lovers. Would be great to bring back the grilled shrimps on the menu. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Service and staff is not top notch. They used less experienced and professional folks to save labor cost. (younger and less experience) For the quality of the food you get for what you pay for. around $80/person (dinner with one drink + tip & tax) The restaurant is not worth it and would be very disappointment. Overall its good.. but does not deserve 4 or 5 star... Perhaps if you are on b-trip and someone else is paying for you... perhaps.... "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "My husband and thoroughly enjoyed our dinner out. His birthday dinner was off-the-hook wonderful. We sat for over two hours enjoying every morsel of our dinner, and the ice- cream dish was a perfect finish to an excellent evening. Thank you!"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Top Sirloin was excellent, salad bar was also very good. The place was packed since it was Sat Nt so with the noise level it was difficult to have a conversation."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We celebrate our birthday's here and come at least 3 times a year. Love the meats and salad bar , will continue coming Thanks"
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "We came for our niece's graduation and it was a great dining experience. Staff was very friendly and attended to our needs in a very prompt manner. Food was great and the salad bar was well stocked. The food was more or less same as what we have had in Pampas, but I really like it here cuz of the livelier ambiance."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "First time, was a great experience. Food was great, super attentive staff, definitely worth the money."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "After arriving on time for our reservation, we were offered the two worst tables in the entire restaurant, one right at the front door, on a freezing windy night, and the other was right across from the server's station. We felt very unwelcome. You have to love MEAT and lots of it. Rather like going to an expensive cafeteria/buffet, only having someone keep offering you more meat at the table. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Enjoyed the whole experience! Love the person who serviced us. Very attentive. I especially love the cheese rolls."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We went here cause it was recommended buy a friend so I decided to take my wife for mother's day. First off I called to let then know that we were stuck in traffic and they literally told me that they could only hold my table for 10 min so what ever I drove like a mad man to make it just in time only to be told that are table was not ready that it would be about 15 min (What Are you for real?) Any Way were had ordered some drinks at the bar while we waited for 15 min and the drinks never came we reminded the bartender about are drinks twice and he was like oh Ill make then right know which they never came I wasn't to happy about not getting a drink for 15 min just cause the bartender was more interested in talking to the other couple. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "We LOVED this place. I am not usually a carnivore, but there was not a cut of meat that was not fabulous. The side dishes were great and so were the deserts. A win-win as far as I am concerned. AND, the service was outstanding. Drinks, food, wine, extra plates were all delivered with extreme expedience. The bartender was so friendly and accommodating as were all the waiters. A lovely and fun birthday night it was! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014