Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo
GREAT, but...Tres leches cake was disappointing. We were all looking forward to it but the whole table agreed it was bad that day6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome Service & Food!This place has the friendliest group of employees! From the reception desk, wait staff, and meat slicers! Not to mention the food is fantastic! All combined, my husband and I had a great 9 year anniversary dinner here!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAuthentic, savory Brazilian foodEspetus is a high end authentic Brazilian steakhouse. Excellent buffet and meat service and excellent service by the waiters. For newcomers to this barbecue style, my advice is "Do not let your plate fill up with meat". You want to have thin slices each time and refuse additional meat if you still have plenty in your plate. They will keep on bringing fresh, delicious and hot meat as for long as you want. If you get your plate full, the meat will be cold and not taste as good anymore.
I know you will be full by the end, but try to share one Passion Fruit Mousse for dessert.
Enjoy!6/2/2013 12:00:00 AMRequires a massive appetite.We discovered churrasco by word of mouth, after friends convinced us to try it with two simple words: "endless meat". Sold on that premise alone, we decided to try Espetus, since the smells walking by were enough to drive a person insane. Once we were seated and the meat started flowing, we were in heaven. All the meats were extremely juicy, flavorful and varied, and the service was top notch; quick, attentive, and eager to please. Extremely well-mixed caipirinha, as well. This is a place to go extremely hungry, if you want a piece of everything. Recommend skipping the anemic salad bar; you came for meat, not filler! For those looking to save a little money, lunch prices are cheaper for exactly the same meal and service.6/1/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Overall!Food was a little pricier on weekends and holidays. But there were more choices for the meat and service was very courteous and prompt. The bosa novva music in the background was a big plus!5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderfulThis place had great service. The meat selection was pretty good too. Highly recommended.5/27/2013 12:00:00 AM25TH ANNIVERSARYTHIS WAS OUT FIRST TIME HERE AND IT WAS OUTSTANDING SERVICE IT WAS OUR 25TH ANNIVERSARY AND THIS WAS A GREAT CHOICE WE WILL BE BACK FOR ANOTHER SPECIAL OCCASSION. OVERALL A PLUS 10.5/26/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Meats, Salad Bar & Hot FoodsWe go whenever we have a special occasion to celebrate. Great for groups too.5/25/2013 12:00:00 AMGood experience but pricey...First time this past week for dinner. Great food, good service. They had live music too. Bill would have been painful except for the fact that we had a gift certificate. Definitely a nice place to celebrate a special day, but would be hard pressed to go there "on a whim". With soft drinks and a shared dessert for two, after tip expect to pay around $160.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMthe intro/verse/chorus/bridge/outroGlorious food, reliable service, impressive atmosphere. I'll definitely come back.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMYou gotta try it if you haven'tGreat restaurant. Nice choice of meats and sides. You will be too full for dessert! A bit pricey at $54.99/person for dinner, but worth it for special occasions. We have been to the SF location, as well. It's been awhile since we've been to the SF one, but this location is a lot bigger and seems to have a little bit more variety for sides (paella, for example). Would love to see a location in the East Bay.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMOverall good dining experienceIt is the 3rd restaurant of the chain I visit, the other 2 being the one in San Diego and the one in San Francisco. Compared to the other 2 the ambiance was less attractive (very formal) and i felt food was rushed (may be because I had booked for a 21.30 dinner. Quality of food was as expected and good value for money.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat timeVery intimate dinner or lunch. Food is awesome and so as the service. They were constantly checking up on us and bringing good food. Best service i have ever had!-5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMFun LunchI took my cousin from Italy for lunch along with 2 other people and we had a GREAT time. My cousin remarked how the meats which were brought to the table were always HOT off the fire and she appreciated that. The buffet portion of the meal always inclueds so many interesting choices that you just want to try them all. Everything from the food to the service is very inviting and it's a relaxing way to spend some leasurly time with good friends and great food! I have been several times for dinner, this was my first lunch and it did not disappoint. I highly recommend!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMI tried to write about myI tried to write about my visit here, however couldn't find words to describe my experience. The place is very beautiful and staff is really friendly. They do take care of you at every spot. They have actually created food as piece of art which tempts you by looks, smell and taste. Overall I would recommend this place to anyone.5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMMy first time at this restaurantMy first time at this restaurant and food and atmosphere was great!5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMBest churrascaria on the PeninsulaHaving tried several churrascaria rodizio-style on the Peninsula, this is the best. More expensive than most but you do get genuine food (incl. feijoada) and they keep on bringing meat to your table without having to ask. They'll start with lesser-quality meats but if you're patient the chicken wrapped in bacon and filet mignon will make their way to you.
My experience with them started on a sour note with inadequate phone service. Twice they put me on hold for long times (4mn and more) and once never picked up the call again, leaving me on hold forever.
We went on a Sunday night and it wasn't very busy, though they did have a couple large groups. The room is large and not ideal for a romantic dinner. Service was flawless.4/21/2013 12:00:00 AMWhen every bite of meat isWhen every bite of meat is warm and juicy, seemingly hot off the fire, over a a full hour of dining , it is an amazing experience. Not burnt, or dry, or in need of steak sauce.
One could only replicate such a feat, if they were standing over a bbq the entire time, or like a Korean bbq where you have charcoal at every table and can pick from the grill with impunity. The only negative was finding street parking, which took a few turns around the block.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always, very good selectionAs always, very good selection of spit fired meats. The salad bar had plenty of fresh food to chose from, even though it was lunch. Price for lunch is moderate (around $50per person lunch and $75 per person for dinner, if you eat desert and have a beverage.). This was my fourth visit and I would go back! Easy to find location. I have enjoyed Brazilian BBQ at six different restaraunts and this is tied for number one on my list. The crime brûlée and the sirloin are my favorite dishes! Always pleasant gauchos serving.4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMMeat. Swords. What else do you needYou like meat on swords? Then you'll like Espetus.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMMeat lover's MeccaSumptuous and delicious! Great service staff that helps you enjoy dining experience is a huge plus!
This was our 2nd trip to Espetus San Mateo. We find this restaurant to be much superior than what Pampas is now (i.e., its meat selection & tenderness) and even slightly better than Fogo de Chaõ in Los Angeles (better rodizio). Clean modern set up with plenty of parking around and great hop in and out off of 101 makes this location better than its San Francisco counterpart.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was our first visit toIt was our first visit to Espetus and we were very pleased. Everyone was very friendly.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA Taste of BrazilOne of the best "churrascarias" I have ever been to. It is nice to see that the owners brought to the bay Area a true Brazilian experience with superb food quality, decor, brazilian music and staff. We started off by drinking a caipirinha and enjoying some appetizers in the bar while waiting to be seated - that really set the mood. Bravo!4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMSuperb service and excellentSuperb service and excellent generous portions of meat deliciously prepared. The salad bar had a large variety of items and they were delicious. All the meats were cooked to perfection except for the pork (slightly dry). An excellent place to go if you have a large appetite. Highly recommend.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMbeen there, done that.after all the times we walked by or ate at charlie's taqueria across the street, we can now say, been there done that. but it wasn't all that special for the price of the dinner meal.
on the plus side: everything was laid out very nicely. the wait staff was very attentive.
on the minus side: the spinach/salmon salad and guacamole spots were totally vacant when we went by, NOT what i would have expected in an establishment such as this. i never saw the filet mignon come out of the kitchen, and by the time i realized we could ask for it, i had had enough meat. we arrived at 5pm on a sunday, and it was very nice - by 6pm it was way too noisy for comfort.
we would recommend espetus churrascaria to others, but with reservations.3/31/2013 12:00:00 AMOur 30th Wedding Anniversary!We really enjoyed the evening, it was very special. Very wonderful ambiance, the food was great. I am still full.. lol. Wonderful overall. We will go and visit again. I loved the desert. Thank you, for the attentive service. Over all it is very wonderful. Our son will be visiting your restaurant soon. Thanks again. Have a great "Easter Holiday" ......
Rob & Clara Bowling.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMAs always this place neverAs always this place never fails to please the palete. Be for warned that you cannot just sit there and expect great service you must reach out to the servers for a great food experience. They will make or break your time invested there. For the most part the dining expereince is fairly good for a place that is pretty busy! Enjoy!!! Fun spot to go for a couple hours.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ambiance.The experience was unique. The service was impeccable. We really appreciated Amanda- she was great! Everyone was friendly and accommodating. I liked the energy of this place. We would come back here for sure.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMTop Brazilian Restaurant in the BayWe've celebrated my parents' birthdays here on different occasions and we've enjoyed the food and atmosphere. During our recent visit our main server, Kim, was just outstanding. He was thoroughly engaging and made the dining experience all the better. We will definitely come back and celebrate more family events here in the future.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMReally good Brazilian meatReally good Brazilian meat house. They had 14 different types of meat, from filet mignon and sirloin steak to bacon-wrapped chicken, grilled shrimp, and sausages. Makes a great caipirinha.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMNice experience, but very expensiveWe had a great time. The food was tasty, and the service was excellent. I am happy that I tried this restaurant, but due to the high prices it's not any place I can afford to frequent.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food and drinks were great.The food and drinks were great. Dessert was to die for! We had amazing service.3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe best!Have been here about 7 times and we love it every single time. The food is divine. The servers is tremendously great. We love every detail of our dining experience.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMFirst visit was great!This is a nice neighborhood find. I had heard much about it thought the last couple of years but the worry about the high price point always kept me away. My family decided to give it a trty finally and we were glad we did. The food was very food and the service was truly top notch. It was a very good, authentic representation of a Brazilian churrascaria. Yes, it was pricy, about 60 pp without booze, but honestly, where else can you spend that kind of money to get an outstanding salad bar and a constant flow of well prepared high quality meats. I will totally return.2/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food at a very goodGreat food at a very good price level, what more can be said. Well done.2/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat buffet-style Steakhouse!Would definitely go here again! Would recommend this restaurant for special occasion becuase it is pricey but worth it! Had such a pleasant experience.9/12/2012 12:00:00 AM