Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego
Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.fogodechao.com/
  • Phone: (619) 338-0500
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 3:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse, Steakhouse, South American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: G Street and 6th Avenue
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking is offered during lunch and dinner, with limited metered parking street side.
A word from Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego
Fogo de Chão® (fo-go dèe shoun), is an authentic Southern Brazilian steakhouse. In 1979, Fogo® began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of our 16 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service.


We invite you to enjoy the delicious preparations of our gaucho chefs along with our gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list.
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Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
102 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (68)good for groups (59)fit for foodies (54)romantic (25)hot spot (25)great for lunch (17)notable wine list (15)kid-friendly (12)neighborhood gem (9)great for brunch (7)late-night find (6)vibrant bar scene (4)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)Show More
  • The Zoo
    Zooooo
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Eating at the San Diego Zoo Monkey exhibit would be more relaxing that dining at this place. They shovel the food in your face. Their are kids swinging from the rafters and rhinos grazing at the buffet.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • exceptional dining experience.
    cherdee
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    This is a must go for special occasions. Service, food quality, ambiance, all exceptional. Highly recommend this restaurant. We spent our New Years Eve dining here and wasn't disappointed.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse -
    mommyofaj
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We love this restaurant. The meats were amazing and all the wait staff were very attentive. Wonderful place to go for a special occasion. Go hungry.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic and Wonderful!!!
    MissT
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Fogo de Chao is a wonderful addition to fine dining in the San Diego region. Experiencing the Brazilian churrascaria steakhouse format as presented by the very welcoming staff met all my expectations. Now I won't have to be green with envy while watching Anthony Bourdain's visits to Rio and Sao Paulo. All the food is treated very lightly so the natural flavors come shining through, and that includes the GREAT Salad Bar. Very high on our list after our first visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great meat restaurant
    Diner
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Get ready to eat a lot! Very very good quality meats and a little bit of Brazilian flavor. Great variety of meats and cuts to choose from which are all accompanied (on the table) by rice, black beans, fried bananas, mash potatoes, and polenta. Excellent and fun night out as it's not your typical sit down restaurant. Great varietal salad bar to start the night out with as well. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    No churrascaria can beat my favorite Fogo de Chao in São Paulo, but this one comes very close. The caipirosca was perfect and we loved to see the kids experience this kind of dining. You can control the pace by using the red/green chip.Take your time, start slow, take just a little bit of the salad bar - you can always go back - because you like to enjoy the meat as well. If you are not careful you are done within half an hour and that would be a pity. The papaya mousse for desert was very good. They have valet parking, but there is a parking garage right across the street.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place for a family birthday
    Diana
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Our family had dinner here to celebrate my daughter's 24th birthday. We had a 7 year old and grandparents as well and everyone loved the food and the place. The meat was delicious, service was fantastic, and drinks were fabulous. We had their signature rum drink and martinis. The salad bar and the sides were very good too. Reservation through open table went fine. No issues. The price was high. . But we did expect that. Great dinner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time
    Chad
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Heard many positive reviews about this place so it was time to try. Overall, great experience and food was great. Service was a bit off - from the moment we sat down and didn't receive wine list or drink options, to how quickly they continue to load up your plates. I understand that's part of the concept but it really felt as if they wanted you out quickly. In addition, we were first sat the server did quickly identify that this was our first time but he never let us even look at the menus. I though that was a bit strange. Again, overall, good food and experience.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food Coma! :)
    XmasCelebration
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    It is a lot of food so be prepared to eat eat eat! The quality of both the salad bar and the meats are amazing and there is definitely something for everyone with beef, pork, chicken, and even fish. It is a comfortable and relaxed environment, although I'm not sure I would take young kids as it might seem a little overwhelming for them! For my family, this is more of a "special occasion" type of restaurant, and we are willing to go back for many more occasions! It was also nice that they have valet parking right out front, because parking in downtown San Diego can be challenging.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasure
    SerranoPepper
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    This is the fourth Fogo da Chao my husband and I have had the pleasure to dine at. This location is our favorite outside of Brasil. The salad bar had great selections however it was missing farofa. The meats were very well seasoned, and as expected, ample to eat. The staff were very personable and friendly. You got to go and try it for yourself!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a Pleasure...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    ...to dine at any of this chain's locations-food is always fresh, staff is very friendly and accommodating, never leave hungry :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat OK, the rest is worthless.
    rickd
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    So you go to this place for the meats, I get it. But the "salad bar" which is a main feature, was half empty when we went, and what was there looked tired and old. The side dishes that came out to enjoy with the meats were underwhelming too - I swear those were instant mashed potatoes. For the price, not worth it at all.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!!!
    luv2dine
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    What an amazing Christmas Eve dinner! Best Brazilian Steak House in the US for sure. I highly recommend it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Jackie
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Food was just fair. Meat was dry and salty. Salad bar was just ok. It was way to crowded and busy to truly enjoy. Many tables had screaming kids. Would not recommend this restaurant. Very over priced for the quality of food and service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very delicious and fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Loved the food and atmosphere I will be back. Looking forward to coming back. We left very satisfied all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good service, overpriced
    julzabq
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Just like the title. We went around Christmas time expecting something really great and it was not what we expected for the price. It was good but not great. We tried all of the meats but nothing really stood out. We also had the salad bar and there was also nothing there that was really great. All was just ok. The best part was the dessert. Our final bill ended up being over $150 two adults and one child. It took 20 minutes to finally get my credit card back after trying to pay. We were told the computers went down so if felt we were kind of held hostage at this point. Nothing was offered for the inconvenience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great birthday dinner
    winewoman
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    ThIs Place Was An Experience And A Wonderful Dinner. TheMeats Were TastyAndCookedProperly. TheSalad Bar Was All FreshAnd Had Items Not Always Found On A Salad Bar. The Side DishedThat They Bring WerE Always Warm And Delicious. When The Sever Realized It Was My Birthday, He Arranged For Dessert At No Extra Charge. The Molten Chocolate Lava Called Was Rick And Tasted Like It Had Good Chocolate AndGreat Ingredients. The Service Was Attentive And Very Friendly. They Smiled A Lot, AlwaysA Pleasure For Me To See.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food and fun experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    We've been to Fogo de Chao during the last restaurant week in September for lunch but two of our parties have not. Truly, just the salad alone is enough to satisfy most people but the main event is definitely the 15 cuts of meat.. beef, pork, chicken and lamb all excellent. Be prepared to be proteined out but you won't regret it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Well worth it
    ScottythebeeVIP
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Great place. The meats were excellently prepared, and very tender. The salad bar was also quite different, and had some interesting sides like huge asparagus spears and shiitake mushrooms. Loved the fried polenta. Did not need to eat breakfast the next day. This was quite a lot better than the strip mall places in Vegas.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fogo de fair
    HAZ1
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    Service great, meats delicious, dessert excellent, buffet lacking
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Something for everyone
    ALoha
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    A fun place to dine with a large group. A little leery of the salad bar at first, it was a perfect accent to start the meal. But don't eat too much because the servers coming to your table with amazing cuts of different meats will surely fill your tummy. Green means bring me more meat and red means I'm taking a break. Just flip your card so the servers know.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    RobertM
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    This was the second time that I was here. I will go again and recommend it for others. It is a special experience in the way the food is served.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great location and food
    GSam
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We booked this Rest. for Thanksgiving weekend while visiting our Marine Son in San Diego. The food was excellent and the service was great as well. If your a meat lover and enjoy various varietes of meats then this is the place to go. The gouchos come around every 3-5 min with a different variety to try out. The restaurant has a very classy look to it, great for special occasions. You won't be dissapointed.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun to try once
    anonymousVIP
    Dined on 11/27/2013
    This is a one-time-fun place. A tourist attraction. Food ok, but not exceptional. Service is good but rushed. As soon as you signal the "green" light for meat the onslaught begins. There is no sense of pacing the meal to try a few cuts at a time. You are inundated with waiters offering all the meat at once. Even if you signal for a pause, they come anyway. Corkage expensive. In my opinion, for the cost and the experience, one is better off going to their favorite steakhouse and picking their favorite cut of meat.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My reservation wasn't recorded
    seanc623VIP
    Dined on 11/25/2013
    This is the second time that I've dined here, and the second time that my reservation through Open Table hasn't been properly recorded. Very aggravating. I don't understand why this is so difficult to take care of. Both times, I've notified the hostess of the reservation upon arrival and she's noted it. Everything else about this restaurant is great, but they have to take care of this problem if I'm going to come back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Resturant
    Lundy
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    I simple loved the atmosphere, it was quiet and relaxing. The staff took such great care to ensure that our experience was amazing and unforgettable. The food at the Salad bar was amazing. The salad was crisp, the vegetables were crunchy and juicy, and the salad dressings were perfectly done, but I have to say that when we flipped that card over it was an amazing non-stop serving of the most delectable meats that were tender, cooked and flavored to perfection. We will be returning very soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unlimited Meat
    Benny
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    The place and food are awesome that includes the salad bar. The service attendant are willing to Help and clean your place keeping the table nice and neat. First time we went and surprisingly enjoyed the unlimited meat. Unbelievable it's fantastic. The only thing that I don't like is the parking area, you can only park on a meter parking and it's had to Get open parking unless you want to pay the $15 valet parking.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another memorable dining experience
    R8rsfanjeffVIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    I don't normally patronize "chain" restaurants, but Fogo De Chao is a rare exception. Every one of their restaurants has been, while different in some of the details, an absolutely fantastic experience. They brought in experienced staff from other restaurants around the country to act as a core team for the new store, and is shows in the exceptional service. I highly recommend the restaurant for special events.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great variety
    Noella703
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    I'm not a huge steak eater so it was nice to taste different cuts of beef but also taste the lamb, pork and chicken. All delicious! Wonderful food, I'm so glad I finally got to go. :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food!
    NavyDoc
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Outstanding food and service! kinda pricey, but definitely worth it! We ate during dinner, I wonder what is the difference on a regular lunch...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Plenty of Mean; Accommodating for V
    Steve
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    While plenty of meat available they were also very accommodating for the two vegetarians at our table. There was fish from the salad bar, along with plenty of vegetables. Overall a very nice venue, excellent food and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall nice experience
    CANDB
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Very pricey...17 + for a cocktail, 19 for a glass of wine...food was good. Surprisingly thought the lamb was the best. Loved the aged parmesan at the salad bar. The waiters/gauchos are very attentive and friendly. Overall very pleasant experience. It is very noisy, so if you are looking for a quiet romantic evening, this is not the place for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brazilian in SD
    scotthinsd
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    Excellent food, great service and the usual great experience. Completely enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eater
    Eater
    Dined on 11/2/2013
    The front desk was very insensitive the girl that walked us to our table was rude and did not even listen To the fact we did not like the table she ignored us we told the waitress she responded and got us a better table Ur front desk needs work the food was great service was great we liked it very much but for the front desk no way it was like are doing u a favor they almost ruined the nite
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food and service!
    Amsd
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    A place where you do NOT have to seek a waiter as the management and servers are constantly around checking your needs. Yet, the red/green badges offer unbothered time to enjoy the food and the company of friends. Quality of the salad bar was superb as well as the various cuts of meat. Definitely a place to visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food, Lots of fun!
    Kelly
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    It was my first time at Fogo de Chao and we had a great time! It's a group style service and everyone was really informative and nice. The salad bar was fancy and yummy. The side dishes that came to the table were all good. I liked the bananas! We each had a Brazilian drink, I had an alcoholic one and my husband had the Brazilian soda. Both were good. We tried all the meats possible and most were petty salty but good. We also had Brazilian desserts, the ice cream was okay but the Flan was good. It was fairly pricey, but for the amount of food, totally worth it. Fun restaurant!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience
    RobertM
    Dined on 10/28/2013
    This was a new type of dining experience. No menus, but an opportunity to enjoy many of the fine dishes. This is a great experience brought from Brazil. It is a top notch restaurant and I will definitely be returning. I recommend coming with a good appetite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot
    BustersHouse
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    The selection of meat was great and service was wonderful! There was always someone nearby to help? As soon as we turned our cards to green, servers were at our table to offer us meat selections within a minute! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brilliant experience !
    Meghann
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Amazing service, wonderful selection of items (even for vegetarians!). Fantastic attention is paid to each table. I mentioned, through open table , that it was my husbands birthday and they brought out a slice of cake with Happy a Birthday written on it. So great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We loved it! Best Brazilian BBQ
    Fogogo
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    Excellent place to eat meat. Everything was of excellent quality. Can't wait to come back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.