Estancia Churrascaria - Arboretum
Awesome... but at a price!Estancia Churrascaria is perfect for a special occasion. This place is spendy, but worth it. Service and food are the best in Austin!6/14/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesomeI'm from Brazil and that's the only place I can find food that looks like the food from my country!
Great service and everything is so good!6/12/2013 12:00:00 AMCompany DinnerWe had our company dinner with 8 of us attending and we were able to enjoy each other's company and eat a fabulous meal!6/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGood food, good serviceIt was our first time at Estancia, but not our first time at a Brazillian Steakhouse. Estancia was less expensive than the other in town, and the food was just as good. Extensive drink and dessert menu, more meat options, but a smaller salad bar. The salad bar choices made up for the size, though. The service was excellent and our plates were never empty. Great place for a nice date, but it doesn't feel "stuffy" or too formal. Will definitely go again.6/9/2013 12:00:00 AMTwo thumbs up!My boyfriend and I LOVED this place. It has definitely become one of our favorite places to go on special occasions. I had been there once before but he had never been and the our waiter and servers were very helpful to us, making sure that we had everything we needed and all of our questions answered. All of the meats that we tried were delicious but we especially loved the lamb chops. Everything was so flavorful and juicy. The overall experience was very exciting and romantic as well. We highly recommend Estancia!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat place to eatGood food, Great service. I always leave satisfied.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe BestTook my wife and parents for dinner and as always they did not disappoint. The food, service, and drinks were excellent. Can't wait to go back on Father's Day.6/7/2013 12:00:00 AMDelicious as always!Awesome meat and amazing salad bar! Service is always over the top!6/6/2013 12:00:00 AMNice ExperienceThis restaurant is a good choice for a special occasion, but is a little pricey for just a regular dinner out, unless you have a BIG appetite and can eat your money's worth, since its an all you can eat. The salad bar is very good!! I could have made a meal just on that alone. There is a nice variety of meats to try, and the flavors are good, but most are undercooked for our personal liking. If you like meat rare to med rare then this is the place for you! Wait staff were very nice and attentive. Place was very clean and not so noisy you couldn't carry on a conversation. All in all a very good experience and would go back again. Would definitely recommend.6/5/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful experienceFrom the time we arrived to the time we left, we were treated as if we were their only customers. There weren't many customers when we arrived but it was getting busier by the time we left. But we were always treated very courteously. The food was outstanding. One thing I really enjoy about this restaurant is being able to sample different types of meat instead of having decide and settle for just one.6/4/2013 12:00:00 AMI love this place......ItI love this place......It was almost like dining in Brazil (with the exception that Brazil also offers dessert as part of the cost). Seriously though, who has room for dessert after indulging in all that food? It was a great experience and I look forward to visiting again soon.5/31/2013 12:00:00 AMEstancia was greatWe went there for my 60th birthday. The service was very friendly and attentive to our every desire. The food was great. We had a fantastic time!!5/27/2013 12:00:00 AMWe love coming to Estancia!We love coming to Estancia! The staff and chefs always make us feel right at home. The salad bar is amazing, and the meats are always cooked to perfection. There's so many wonderful things to eat, you'll need at least two trips to try them all.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful start, noisy finishThe food was wonderful; my three dinner partners were first-timers to this style restaurant. Everything was presented extremely professionally (including wine presentation). The salad bar was varied and was more than enough for one of my party. Meats were presented quickly and when I asked for a specific chop it was brought out quickly. The Key lime pie was exquisite!
Our reservation was for 6PM. By 7PM almost every table as full -- and it was quite loud. Two of my guests had hearing impairments, and even though we were in a corner, it was getting hard to communicate. Don't think this would be a good place for a romantic dinner for two, unless it was for a lull time.5/24/2013 12:00:00 AMNew dining experienceWe had never been to a Brazilian steakhouse so this was a new dining experience for us. The salad bar is unlike any other you've tasted. There was such a large choice of vegetables, cheese and antipasto besides salads, it was delicious. Then the chefs bring various meats to your table the whole evening. We tried a Brazilian cocktail and dessert that our waiter suggested which were excellent. Then he offered us an after dinner liquor that we had never had and it was tasty. I highly recommend this restaurant. It is a different dining experience - fun and delicious.5/23/2013 12:00:00 AMWow!Overall experience was fantastic ! Best service I've ever had dining out..5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMLove the meatsNot only is the service top notch - they truly make you feel like you are the only customer in the restaurant - but the food is absolutely superb! We topped our dinner with a fun flaming after dinner drink that was better than dessert!!5/20/2013 12:00:00 AMfave placeWe eat here almost 2x a month ..I recommend this place to my friends from out of town..great people with excellent ambience..5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGood Churrascaria!Great price point, good food. Great service. Very nice decor as well. Wine prices and selection were very good (being from Napa, I know a little bit about wines). I would definitely visit here again.5/15/2013 12:00:00 AMMother's Day LunchMy wife, daughter & myself went to Estancia Churrascaria for Mother's Day. Upon arrival, they gave my wife a long stem Red Rose. The waiter's catered to my wife & we had a great time. My daugher would like to have seen more fruit served at the salad bar. However, everything else was excellent!5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food - but crowdedMother's Day lunch. Crowded. To be expected I suppose, but the number of tables they squeeze into the place don't help. Also, being seated next to the salad bar made things more difficult. Better to be far from the salad bar and somewhere on a corner or otherwise not as close to neighboring tables.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMA very unique restaurantMy family and I began frequenting Estancia Churrascaria when the restaurant was originally located in South Austin. We have continued attending on a regular basis until present. The service, quality of food, courteous and friendly staff have always been and continue to be truly outstanding.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMIf you like meat, this is the placeIf you've been to a Brazilian steakhouse, then you have a good idea of what Estancia is like. Big salad bar, with lots of options to start your meal out with. Then a bunch of wait staff going around the restaurant with a nice variety of meat on skewers. They are all good, but the house steak and the lamb are excellent. They serve the meat with a variety of seasonings, so you are sure to find one you like.
We've been there a couple of times. If you are going there on a feasting holiday like Mother's Day: it will be crowded, and there will be a lot of noise due to the crowd as well as the large number of wait staff moving around the restaurant. If you have problems with constant movement and sound - avoid Estancia on those days.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMgood food service could be betterAlthough there's lots of meats coming and the thought is that you'll get the meat that you want, it really wasn't executed in that fashion. I wanted to start out with lamb or lamb chops first. I had to repeat myself to multiple guys until I finally got lamb maybe 10 minutes later, even though one meat server would promise that he'll go get it. This happened throughout the meal. I also felt that the main waiter was a tad unattentive to us and didn't come to our table that often. I still recommend it. It was mother's day. The meat servers are moving fast but maybe they'll need to focus on giving the customer the meat that they want faster.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMMeat lovers paradise!The food was excellent - everyone at our table tried every type of meat - even my son who doesn't like trying new foods was having them carve off meats he had never heard of before. It was fun we tried new foods without being afraid - if we liked it we asked for more. The concept is cool perfect if you have a large group of hungry people. The waiters seem to instinctively know when someone has turned over a card to green for more food, because your table suddenly has three or four waiters with different meats on skewers ready to carve you a piece of meat. Fun experience for our family.5/12/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat dinnerThe service is fantastc. The steak was the best steak I have ever eaten.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMPerfect for a Mommy/Daughter date!I took my 3 year old for our Mother's Day dinner, and we both loved it! The service was prompt - we had our drinks, including a glass of wine, before we got back from the salad bar! The servers we great - it didn't take long to get whatever you needed, whenever you got low on any of the sides or your plate looked over-used, they were there and ready to exchange them.
The food was phenomenal! I've been to similar restaurants before, they seem to be a part of the same chain because everything from the layout of the restaurants to the taste of the food was exactly the same.
It was a little pricey and crowded, but all in all, well worth it!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceFood was excellent. I would have given 5 stars for service, but we received the wrong dessert and wrong mixed drink, which were corrected. The service is like organized chaos and impressive to watch. Also, their Caipirinha’s were very good, go for the top shelf version.5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMA very pleasant experienceThree of us went for a "ladies' lunch" and had a very nice experience. The salad bar is beautiful - with enough options to make a meal of that, alone. The service was excellent but unobtrusive, so we always had food (all of which was excellent) but never felt rushed; we spent hours chatting and enjoying ourselves. Leave room for dessert - they have an excellent variety and all are delicious. Although it would be easy to get through the meal on a regular "lunch hour" the price, atmosphere, and experience warrant a longer meal. Definitely worthwhile for a special occasion.5/10/2013 12:00:00 AMService was impeccable. FoodService was impeccable. Food was excellent. Other area restaurants need to send their servers here to learn the ins and outs of the service industry. Can't wait to return.5/8/2013 12:00:00 AMVegetarians and Carnivores delight!Went to this restaurant for our anniversary. I love vegetables, he loves meat. This place had the best of both worlds. Be prepared to spend $100+ for two. The service is attentive and friendly but be sure to come hungry!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMHot off the spit!As usual, Ironi's staff outdid themselves. Service was snappy, with lot's of friendly smiles and attention. Salad bar was beautiful, tidy, and well stocked. Meats were tasty as usual, and hot off the spit. It is always a special treat to visit Estancia with my wife.4/26/2013 12:00:00 AMService and food were great.Service and food were great. The birthday dessert was fantastic ( creme brûlée).4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMkeep on grillenI enjoyed it alot, i've been three times now and i'll be back4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was a wonderful meal andIt was a wonderful meal and nice evening...our 39th wedding anniversary....which I mentioned in online reservation. To our delight, when we were served our dessert, a Happy Anniversary greeting adorned the plate. The service was outstanding, friendly and polite. The salad bar is a meal in itself. Wish we lived closer!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a large group of co-workers.We had a large group of co-workers. The food was great, the service extremely accommodating. I would do another team event at this location. But - be ready to eat a lot of food!4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMalways great food and service.always great food and service. best salad bar around.4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMFood is awesome. The staffFood is awesome. The staff caters to request. Everyone is friendly. Great variety of meats and salad.4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMThe staff are exceptional.The staff are exceptional. They were friendly and the service was outstanding! It's a great place for groups because you won't have to wait long for the food to come out. The minute you sit down, they'll start bringing food to the table. We love this place!4/14/2013 12:00:00 AMWe enjoyed our lunch at Estancia.We enjoyed our lunch at Estancia. The food was good, and the salad bar had a lot of variety. It was my son's birthday and they gave him an elaborate dessert that he loved. My only issue was with the salad bar. They were changing it out in the middle of our meal, and it was difficult to go back for seconds with no spoons. They were apologetic but it was disconcerting, and I decided not to go back to try the items I had left for later. The other thing I noted - the side dishes (garlic potatoes, bread, polenta and bananas) were brought to the table, but not replenished. We have been to Fogo De Chao in Austin, and these were constantly refilled. It was probably just not a good time of day.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMFantastic Food, Stellar ServiceSix star service and extreme quality and variety. Estancia Churrascaria provided an exceptional experience in food, drink, and wonderful service. Incredible salad bar surpassed only by the fantastic meat selections. The staff was very attentive and gracious but avoided being intrusive--a perfect balance. I very much look forward to my next visit.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMA nice experience...Lamb wasA nice experience...Lamb was the star at our table.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMWonderful service! The staffWonderful service! The staff was full of amazingly considerate and informative people. Loved the experience4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding dining experienceOutstanding dining experience for us and our guests from Houston. They declared it one of their best dining experiences - not matchable in Houston's broad array of restaurants. We were introduced to Estancia when it was on the South side of Austin. The Arboretum site was even more enchanting and the food & service every bit as good.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my first experienceThis was my first experience at a Brazilian steakhouse; my husband has dined at Fogo de Chao in several cities, and when we saw that Estancia was participating in Austin Restaurant Week, we decided to try it. I'm not a big meat eater but found the salad bar and side dishes delicious. Husband said he remembered Fogo having more choices but had plenty to try at Estancia. The service & presentation were outstanding. Excellent flan and molten chocolate cake for dessert. Ambience was relaxed fine dining. Will certainly return (probably for lunch, which is a better value).4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMWon't be disappointedI was a little hesitant about this place. Being a fancy restaurant in the arboretum I figured we'd be in for another meal where the wait staff looks down on you for not ordering the $100 bottle of wine. We were completely wrong. My wife and I went for our anniversary and it was an amazing time. The staff was kind and courteous, they helped us with the menu, made us feel special, and when it came time for the good stuff, the chefs were all there within a minute of requesting more meat. The food was great, the ambiance was great, the staff was great. The only con was we were sitting by a table with a middle aged man and his mom/step-dad. He kept arguing about video games and such. His voice carried so much that it was tough to ignore.4/9/2013 12:00:00 AMWent for restaurant week.Went for restaurant week. Service was exceptionally excellent.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMVery accommodating staff.Very accommodating staff. Wide range of food and drink. Try a little of everything. Clean.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMThe meats were plentiful ,goodThe meats were plentiful ,good quality and well cooked. The salad bar had a lot of choices, fresh, but unoriginal. The sides served with the meal were both starches, no veggies. Just too meat heavy a meal for me.4/7/2013 12:00:00 AMSecond to none dining experienceExcellent doesn't even begin to describe the dining experience provided to my friend and I at Estancia Churrascaria
The service we received here could not have been any better. The gauchos made it a point to be sure we had what we needed without making us feel crowded or rushed. As a matter of fact, most of them took into account what our favorite cuts were and always seemed to know exactly when to come back and deliver more
The meat itself was cooked and seasoned to perfection. If you didn't like the perparation of a particular cut, you could request it to be cooked to your liking
For all of you out there wondering, "How does it stack up next to fogo de chao" Please let me assure you, I'll now be frequenting Es4/6/2013 12:00:00 AM