Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo
Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo

Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.espetus.com/
  • Phone: 6503428700x
  • 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: Latin American, Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Executive Chef: Fernando Teles
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
  • 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 Love 4155528792x
  • 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: Please contact Amanda Love, 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
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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo reviews from OpenTable diners
153 reviews since June 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (123)good for groups (96)fit for foodies (71)great for lunch (42)romantic (39)hot spot (34)kid-friendly (29)neighborhood gem (27)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (15)vibrant bar scene (12)late-night find (10)great for outdoor dining (3)Show More
  • Enjoyable evening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our family came to celebrate a 13th birthday. Making the reservations through Open Table was very easy and the restaurant was great as noting my comment of the birthday, so we didn't have to pull someone aside during the evening to help make it special. The sides and salad bar are amazing - a meal in themselves. And of course the meats are the stars. We didn't have an opportunity to try them all (some, sadly never made it to our table), but we certainly had a wonderful meal. I took a star off for the missing visits and another for very slow services on our drink orders (soda and bar service) and a forgotten dessert. Overall, a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Churrasqueria
    kikelinVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of the best churrasquerias that I has visit. Top quality in the meat, and outstanding service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went for son's b'day lunch. Excellent timely attentive service. Huge variety of salads/side dishes as well as several hot items in chafing dishes that were quite tasty. But of course, highlight is when the servers bring meats to your table & carve pieces such as red wine steak, chicken hearts, chicken thighs, parmesan pork, sirloin. The meat is beautifully seasoned/prepared. Sirloin was particularly outstanding. Wait staff well groomed/courteous. Offered water refills/new plates promptly. A lovely experience. Lunch is best value if you are nor a big eater/meat eater. Plenty of items for vegan/vegetarian if attending meat lover's function. My son has always gone to dinner so he missed grilled pineapple in particular but still content.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    it was my birthday and a close friend and decided to try Espetus Churrascaria, and good thing it was a great meal , experience, and I can not get over the service hands down best service I ever had in a restaurant. I will be going back there for sure with other celebrations of family members. it was a expensive dinner but well worth it. I would say I wish parking was a little better, but not a big deal really.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brazilian Bomb
    Kathyb
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I have eaten at 7 different Brazilian restaurants and I would rate this one at a 6-7. I might have given it more but when the waitress asked me how the food was I said it was good but I like their sister restaurant in sf better. She told us we ate too fast and didn't get all the selections. I think when you gone thru most offerings 2 and 3 times I thinks that qualifies as sampling "everything". The quality of meat was not that of their affiliate. The salad bar was fresh, unique but not always well stocked. They did accommodated my request to change reservation time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meats
    ChrisMcD
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    They have a very nice variety of never ending meats and lots of other sides to choose from. Pricey but a nice spot.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Standout customer service
    jjbf
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Had a great time at Espetus. The food was delicious; I loved that there are so many different types and cuts of meat. One of my favorites was the parmesan pork. What really stood out was the customer service. My boyfriend and I were there for our 6-year anniversary, but neither of us put in any sort of special request or had even let the restaurant know. The waitress in charge of our table figured it out herself and gave us an anniversary dessert even without us asking! Thank you very much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Anniversary Dinner
    2die4
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    My wife and I came here for our anniversary dinner. We had great friendly customer service from all the workers. The good was absolutely delicious and many variety of meats. The specialty drinks were very tasty as well. If you like meat, is highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat Heaven!!!
    Larry
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I thought about going to a prime rib house for my 38th birthday, but decided that I could have all i care to eat RIBs at a Brazilian Steakhouse. I am always happy when I arrive at Espetus, because the service is excellent, you can ask for specific items (like the mint Jelly to pair with the Lamb), and they bend over backwards to make you happy. The cost has increased quite a bit, and I unfortunately, always leave UNHAPPY because I've eaten too much and need to go for a walk before I can even think of lying down and going to sleep (also, because it's a hefty bill for just two people). Regardless, COME HERE if you enjoy meat! I would strongly encourage you to come for lunch if you can, it will allow time for the meat to settle before night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oso2k13
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Great variety of meats !! Evrything's cook perfectly.....Outstanding service !!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    munchinman
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Very good salad bar and a fantastic selection of meats like filet mignon, top sirloin, beef ribs, chicken, and pork. I had a half bottle of a pinot noir from Chile that went really well with the meal, and we also ordered mojitos and a martini from the bar which everyone liked. Our only mild complaint is that our reservation was at 7:30 and we arrived on time, but still had to wait half an hour to be seated. The good thing is that once you are seated you start eating right away!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late person arrival
    CaEducator
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We had one of our party members make it at the last minute. Really, he made it when we were on desserts. They were very accommodating and attentive to his food needs. They treated him as if he was there the whole time. And we never felt rushed to turn the table.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Brazilian rodizio restaurant
    Brazilian2014
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    As a Brazilian, I must say Espetus took me back to Brazil. The meats are very well prepared and the feijoada was amazing. The service was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service needs improvement
    foodonic
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We had reservation via open table. Yet we were made to wait for over 30 minutes! We had to rush through our dinner because of that. Otherwise the good was great!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat Lovers Haven
    AvidFan1234
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Love the Garlic Parmesan Meat the most. The meats are juicy, tender and sooo tasty. So many sides and salad to choose from. The receptionists and servers are very accomodating and attentive. The ambience is cozy but a little crowded. The waiting area is awesome...love the animal/leather theme on the seats.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Birthday!
    FoodLover
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Amazing food for my birthday! Came near opening and the buffet food was so fresh I wanted to eat more but saved my appettite for the rolling round of meats that came by. The pineapple with the meat was fantastic! Everyone was so stuffed and they surprised me with an icecream and candle for my birthday! Came with a baby and they had an optional car seat holder. It is pricey but oh so worth it! I liked the live Jazz music in the background. So full that we walked around the block before heading home!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food options are abundant (specifically on meat choices) but it is pricey. For a family of 4 it is well over $250 with wine. Not sure it is worth that much money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner at it's best
    MCR1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed the staff, service, food and drinks. I made reservations for my boyfriends birthday; The dinner exceeded his expectations and the food was delicious! It was a score in my book, thank you!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good not great
    baboon
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    If all the meat was as good as the lamb it would have been amazing. It seemed to lack seasoning and just not wonderful. Don't get me wrong it was good just not anything that special. They did bring a birthday ice cream out since we celebrating a birthday which I thought was really nice. Wine and drinks were very good! We were a little disappointed that we went and it wasn't happy hour but enjoyed drinks anyways. Overall everything was good (not outstanding) and I don't think it was worth the price tag that went with it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • quality meat, spot on service
    tuttoatavola
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The servers were like a well oiled machine, but not machines, like friendly people who allowed you to have a relaxed meal. Delicious meat and sides, we enjoyed the pineapple hot from the grill. Extensive wine list. A great place to celebrate with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lobster
    LOBSTER
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Excellent. Everything was perfect, from the relaxing bossa nova combo in the bar, to the outstanding food and service! Very special place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Totally AWESOME!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Heard a lot about this restaurant-nothing but rave reviews-I would say It did not disappoint -the variety of side dishes and taste was excellent and the 14 different kinds of skewered meats was OUT OF THIS WORLD !!! -Each one had its own unique taste & flavor and was tender and juicy. the meats kept coming non-stop till you could Not eat anymore.The ambiance was fantastic-the location was easy to find and free parking was abundant.TOTALLY satisfied with the whole experience......5 stars- Thumbs up !!! My entire family cannot wait to go again and have future plans for birthdays-parts-celebrations etc !!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Come with an appetite!
    Jules
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Very good service. The salads and side dishes are very unique and delicious. The meat selections were varied and cooked to perfection. It's a fun experience having the meat served from long skewers right at the table. Our waiter was very entertaining and informative.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous restaurant, great service!
    BabijoniVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Don't miss Espetus Churrascaria and bring your appetite. The service is spot on, beautiful salad/good bar, excellent wine selection and of course the meat, the apex of the experience is delicious. If you've never experienced a brazillian steak house this is the spot! Bon appetite!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meal!
    Foodhound
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is a great churascaria, but you should be aware that during the week the assortment of meats is more limited although still excellent. For the complete experience I recommend going on the weekend where the full variety of meats is available!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch is lacking the full Brazilian
    RoyDL
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Lunch is lacking the full Brazilian Experience. We went to restaurant for a Brazilian meal. The actual selection to meats was limited and the cuts were rationed out in thin slices. Not an experience for a true carnivore at lunch time. The server said the selection was limited for the Lunch menu. But at over $40/Each, “where was the beef”? To be fair, the food was tasty, some of the cuts were tough enough to pave a road. Others were yummy. But, the offered slices were thin and always very well done. Try somewhere else for lunch, dinner or weekends may be better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    FoodandFamily
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I recently celebrated my birthday with lunch at Espetus on Labor Day. There were many other tables celebrating birthdays too. The service was very attentive and there were different cuts of meat coming to our table very often. Picanha is my favorite. I have been there before and notice that this time there were less options for the salad bar and hot entrees, although everything I tried was delicious. The kids also enjoy the pao de queijo, fried polenta and fried bananas. The golden caipirinhas were very good too. We plan to go back for the next celebration.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Celebration location!
    jazziesmoma
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Great place to celebrate a special occasion! The meat is awesome and all the sides are great. It is well worth the price and we will be back! We took our sister and brother in law and they loved it. They were already thinking of who they will take there next!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    foodcriticbeast86
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Traditional Brazilian skewer experience. Meat lover paradise, vegetarians worst nightmare.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique, Expensive
    JudithHayward
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This restaurant is unique in that one can sample many different meats (beef, pork, chicken, lamb) prepared in a variety of ways. Even though it's all-you-can-eat, it's expensive at $55 per person, not including beverages or dessert. It's great for a special occasion -- or if you're trying to impress someone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of a kind experience
    49erFan2
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Went here to celebrate my g/friends bday. I was concerned about the price since I had gone online---however you get your money's worth. I think the green/red idea is great. I know the main course was the variety/different types of meat but the rice and lasagna available as part of the buffet was delicious. We left beyond stuffed but fulfilled. The different types of meat available was amazing to say the least. All the waiters/servers were friendly and helpful. At the end, they gave my gfriend a nice candle light ice cream gift. Overall, great experience. We'll be back for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Foodlover123
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Friendly and warm welcome when entering this restaurant. Good for group gathering. Nice meat and salad bar. Great services too...
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    All Meats seem very rare. Even chicken didn't look all the way done. Did not have heart of palm which is one of the dishes we were looking forward to. It was super noisy too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The only part that I didn't like was that we had reservations and we still had to wait a pretty long time other than that everything was good.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sweet and salty
    thevivster
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Came here on a Saturday night to celebrate my dad's birthday. Turns out everyone was celebrating their birthdays too. Parking is limited, so come earlier to grab street spots. Seating was quick, almost seconds after our reservation. Seating arrangements were a bit tight, but would have felt more comfortable with more room and less noise. Food-wise, the appetizers and side dishes were great and delicious. Good variety of vegetables and grains, and even some special chef's dishes. I'm glad I was able to try almost every type of meat they offered. Waiters are polite and patient. The only downside is that the meats were a tad too salty for me, which led to a headache after. Overall, ended with a big check, but was a good first experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • steak4me
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have been here for lunch and dinner, and I do not find much of a difference in the food though there is a higher price for dinner. For the same amount of money, I'd rather go to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse frankly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum
    Ladyblueyez26
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    If you love meat, different varieties you will love this place, so much to choose from. Salad bar had a variety to choose from hot bar had white rice and their version of rice, vegetables.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • etknoxVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The coconut sorbet was a great way to end the delicious meal.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sweet Anniversary
    joeMir
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We are busy business owners, it was our anniversary and we didn't want to skip it because of the heavy week we were having. We decided on Espetus and it was perfect. We beat the crowds by dining early 5:30ish and the food was fantastic, ambiance was great. Every person that came to our table was very pleasant. I'm not much of a carnivore but you won me over with your Top Sirloin :) We were able to forget about work and enjoy our food and conversation. It was pretty much a perfect anniversary dinner for us. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun Atmosphere
    LucyLu
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Outstanding service, good food and a great atmosphere to celebrate s special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.