Pampas Palo Alto
Pampas Palo Alto

Pampas Palo Alto

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pampaspaloalto.com/
  • Phone: 6503271323x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch:
    Monday - Friday 11:30am - 2:00pm

    Dinner:
    Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

    Evening Lounge Open Daily at 5:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Nikki Baverso
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: For catering inquiries please contact us directly at catering@pampaspaloalto.com.
  • Entertainment: Friday and Saturday evenings feature live music from 6:30pm-10pm.
  • Special Events: For private event inquiries please contact us directly at events@pampaspaloalto.com.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: University Ave
  • Public Transit: The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is directly across the street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a 5 story public parking garage next door.
A word from Pampas Palo Alto
The spirit of Brazil meets luxury and extravagance at Pampas in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. Here, the authenticity of the Brazilian churrasco comes to a modern dining emporium where impromptu gatherings, romantic rendezvous’ and large corporate events feel at home. On the plate, smoke meets spice, rusticity finds sophistication, tradition is re-imagined. Simply prepared meats are spit roasted to juicy perfection and sliced tableside without limit. Sample the array alongside one of our mixologist’s freshly muddled seasonal cocktails or a choice vintage selected by our sommelier. Take in the side bar, brimming with seasonal vegetables, fresh salads and artisan cheese; and watch our servers round the room with simply prepared meats, spit roasted to juicy perfection and sliced tableside without limit. At Pampas, we invite you to sit back, indulge and watch. Every meal is a show.
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Pampas Palo Alto reviews from OpenTable diners
100 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (69)good for groups (55)fit for foodies (39)romantic (23)neighborhood gem (20)notable wine list (19)hot spot (16)vibrant bar scene (16)kid-friendly (12)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (3)late-night find (3)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Not the old Pampas
    TooshortnickLee
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Service was exceptional. We had a vegetarian in our group and Pampas had a veg entrie over and above their salad bar which I found quite tasty. Food was not up to usual high quality. Some meat was dry with little taste. Several of us had digestion problems. Food service seemed to slow toward end of evening. We will return, but we will delay to give repairs time to catchup.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, go with friends!
    otterlyanonymous
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The Rodizio is THE reason to go here. All-you-can-eat of a wide variety of meats and their salad bar is awesome! I recommended going as a group and checking it out! Make sure to reserve a table as it can get pretty packed. My only complaint would be that the live band was nice, but at times it was so loud it made it hard to converse at the table. Next time I will ask to be seated on their lower level.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great variety
    Scot
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Their side dish / appetizer / salad bar was pretty impressive - especially since we were focused on the meat. The variety and flavors of eat were great. The beef offerings included rare slices (our preference) and also had more well done pieces for those who preferred. The sausage was especially flavorful and the grilled pineapple was quite tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • very nice!
    pigi
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Very good meats, great variety. The roasted pinapple is really good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great high- protein binge
    Pannonius
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Loved the variety of cuts and the rich salad bar. Great service - you have to come hungry to do justice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good - a lot of food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Key at any Brazilian steakhouse is to not load up on the salad bar items instead use your salad bar choices to accompany the meats as they come out (i.e. The cheeses go well with the cheese filet the sauteed mushrooms with the sirlion etc). Eat slowly so you can enjoy the meats as they come out, and as for meats you have not yet tried that are on the menu, the waiters don't remember what meat the served you last time so you have to ask, or they will likely serve you the same meat a few times, not a bad thing if you like it, but there is soooo much to taste and it is all good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant poor patrons
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food, overall, is quite good. There are a wide variety of meats brought to your table and although they missed our table a few times, in the end we got our fill. My fiance and I were sat in the lower section of the restaurant, where someone allowed their kid to run wildly around the dining area screaming. People don't dress up and don't act with any propriety and the manager does nothing to enforce this behavior. Disappointing, because generally the place is nice. They don't do much for birthdays, which is disappointing, but they did at least find a candle and put it in our dessert. It did the trick.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Waste of money
    Potatosalad
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Stuck in lower level. Staff was inattentive. I never received beef but got pork two times and chicken once.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great for foodies
    CAfoodie
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    I've had Brazilian style dinners at other places and Pampas ranks amongst the best of them. Very friendly service, excellent wines at $$$ prices, bad if you're on a diet. Lamb chops were the hit of the night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    abeditor
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Well designed restaurant with great ambience, great food that arrives hot. Knocked them on service because they reminded us 5 times (no kidding) that we needed to close out our tab at the bar before sitting down to eat. By the third reminder we began to wonder with bemusement if they thought we were going to run away without paying. For now, I don't take that as a knock against the restaurant, but I guess we'll see if it happens again next time we go there.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meat, meat, meat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Those familiar with Brazilian steakhouses know what to expect: meat, meat, and meat. The salad/sides bar is quite good with delicacies such as proscuitto and chunks of real parmesan cheese and tomatoes that actually taste like tomatoes ... but don't eat too much or you won't be ready for the meat, meat, meat. On this occasion I enjoyed the roast lamb but it was rare even to my taste (and I like my lamb rare) ... but the lamb chops were closer to medium well than medium (let along medium rare), perhaps to make up for it. The sirloin is almost always my favorite, even more than the filet, of the beef offerings. The bacon-wrapped turkey sounds like a great idea but the turkey is to dry it's not worth the effort. On the whole, satisfying.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My experiences have been great!
    MsWilla
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Everything we ate was delicious. Staff unbeatable in the downtown Palo Alto area. Come early if you want a quieter dining experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • cprvws
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The food is very good except for the lamb which was too dry. The only problem we had that there wasn't much variety in the meat that was coming around, basically it was all beef. Once at the very beginning we were offered some turkey and once at the end. We were never offered any pork or chicken. The choices at the salad bar are very good but I got stuck behind some guys and they were busy talking rather than selecting items. If the actual salad part was on both ends and the extra items in the middle it might make the flow better.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • amazing
    msbonbon
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Everything from food to service was great. However we did the buffet and was not aware that we had to ask for certain items if we wanted a certain one more. We thought that the selection would keep circulating around. As there was one specific one that was offered in the buffet but was at a request only and was not told that. Would be nice if we were made aware of this from the start.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous!
    Brittany
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    After relentlessly trying to get a reservation for my group of 6 at the nearest Brazilian restaurant and having no luck, I decided to try something a little further from home. Pampas had the exact time I was looking for available THAT weekend. We were seated immediately and were surprisingly delighted by the friendly staff. The food was delicious and they made sure to bring back our favorite meat selection so that we could have 2nds..and even 3rds! The overall experience was amazing. A large party arrived towards the end of our meal, which elevated the noise level, but this did not take away from an overall great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as always!
    AskPriz
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Tried Fogo de Chao finally earlier this year, wasn't as impressed compared to Pampas. Came back for the first time in two years and the quality is still there. Great place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Huangla
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Picanha, both Frango and Picante, abcaxi, codeiro are the best - tasty -5 stars out of 5 the others are 4/5
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just as Expected
    AlabamaGRL
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I give Pampas 5 stars not because I'm a foodie and it's an amazing display of creative menus or beautiful execution, but because it delivers the experience of a Brazilian steakhouse. Meats prepared well, served at your pleasure, with great salad and side choices on the cold bar. Our waiters were fun and clearly enjoyed watching people eat themselves silly. They key to really enjoying the restaurant is pacing yourself so you enjoy and can try the things you liked again. Of course, there is the a la cart menu, which may meet the criteria of creative dishes with flawless execution, but we did not opt for that experiment. We went all in for the Brazilian steakhouse experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great anniversary dinner
    Thmbscrw
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We chose Pampas for something different for our anniversary. The food was delicious and plentiful, and the service was fantastic (the meat servers were almost too quick). We had a 5:45 reservation so were able to take advantage of happy hour pricing on drinks, which made the bill very reasonable. Everyone was very friendly. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding experience
    ReneeSVIP
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Our meal at Indo was outstanding from beginning to end. The food came out promptly and well prepared from the kitchen. The service was excellent and attentive and the food was to die for! We started with black pepper mussels and only regretted that we had no bread to sop up the sauce, the ginger salad was refreshing and fresh, and the meal continued in this manner. We will definitely go back and highly recommend the restaurant for interesting, good, Asian cuisine and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LotsOfMEAT
    BarryVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Second time for us in a couple of months, I think we will wait at least a year before we come back. Everything is great, but the experience was better in our minds than the actual thing. Not all the food was cooked to my liking this time, some to rare and some to well done. The side table stuff was excellent, as well as, the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    HungryBella
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My mom and my brother were in town visiting. My brother is an executive chef of small chain in Southern California. I was really looking forward to bringing them to Pampas for their visit. We were sat at the closest table to the bar which was very loud. All of the meat that came out was extremely undercooked and little selection. There was one skewer came out and even the waiter noticed the meet was undercooked and cold yet he still served it to us. The sausage and chicken was over cooked. The salad bar was anemic. The service was mediocre and the manager never visited our table. For a $250 dinner no one paid any attention to us. We left underwhelmed and hungry.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A fun package
    Yankeerev
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    When I arrived with my wife to celebrate our 25th Anniversary the restaurant was mostly empty. We were seated at a table for two tightly between where two large groups would be seated...not very romantic at all, so we asked to move and the manager was very helpful to direct us to a quieter and more personal location... The food was excellent. We both had the all you want to eat package - the best option by far. Tasty food and plenty of it. We were not rushed at all. Arrived at 6 and left at 8:20...so it was a great experience beyond the food. Clearly, if we had not asked for a different table we would have been miserable... I was surprised and disappointed that nothing special was offered or done as it was our 25th...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Promises a lot, yet...
    opadine
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Nice place, very attractive architecture. Should be a great place for steaks. And yes, the NY steak was big and juice, yet the ordered medium- turned out to be medium+, if not more. The sidebar looked good and the selection is great, yet the taste wasn't anything special that would make me come back. And finally, the wine list is a remarkably extensive one, yet when I asked bottles other than those they recommended, we found out that they did not have the bottles. So I wonder how many of the wines listed really exist in their cave.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeding Expectations
    BakoFoodTravelers
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our first time experiencing the Brazilian dining experience. The food bar was very good. The service and the meat were even better. From chicken hearts to top sirloin. I heartily recommend Pampas Palo Alto.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OK Brazilian steakhouse at OK price
    maxion
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I have certain expectations for Brazilian steakhouse, Pampas isn't exactly what I expected, on both good and bad sides. But first, the expected: The salad bar has plenty of choices. The meat is cooked right and juicy. The good: the price, albeit not cheap, is more friendly than I expected. The bad: the variety of meat is just so so. It does have quite some common cuts of beef and chicken plus a couple of sausages. But only chicken heart is some-what uncommon.The service is friendly but not steakhouse-level. The family next to me told their waiter it was their son's BD, the waiter went straight saying there won't be any complements without a valid ID. How about something smooth like "Happy Birthday! And if you can show an ID, I can..."?
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent but not perfect
    Alexander1
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    This is the best restaurant I like it but not perfect as I had a baby and this is the first time I went to the restaurant after my delivery with my husband and my baby and I felt as I am not welcoming as usually from the waiter and this was really hurt. The manager was really good he came and apologized but why all if that. And why there is no changing table inside the restroom. Is this restaurant forbid babies I didn't understand.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • evening out
    msglin70
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    First time here and it was great...food, service, staff were at it's highest level...definitely a place to come to with an empty stomach because you will definitely get full
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rodizio is overwhelming but good
    gradstudentlady
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I got the Rodizio (unlimited meat that servers bring around) and honestly it was a bit overwhelming. I should have just stuck to a la carte for a more portion-controlled meal. The servers came by almost TOO often and we had to keep saying no otherwise our plates would have been PILED with meat. I wish they would give smaller portions so it would be easier to taste everything without wasting entire slabs of meat. That said, the meat was very well executed. The steaks were high quality, generally cooked medium, nice and juicy. The lamb tasted like rosemary and mint and was very moist.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food and not just steak!
    cookie2monsterVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    There are a number of restaurants that serve "rodizio" style. But none that I have tried has the level of perfection and delicious flavors to each of the meat offerings that Pampas achieves. Every dish is prepared exceptionally well and that includes a huge and diverse salad bar that is in itself is a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big Disappointment
    Debbie
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    We saw the great reviews and thought we'd ignore the few bad ones. Well, unfortunately here comes another bad one. The "side bar" wasn't nothing special and had few straightforward veggies, the meats were not very good. I think of the many choices they offer, maybe 6 came by our table ( after we complained) and then I liked maybe one of them at best. Then comes dessert. We had a good start until we realized they didn't get my friend's order in. :( they also told us they didn't have the chocolate something it other and by the time our desserts came, they were offering it to other tables. No time management. Will we recommend or go back? Not so much. Fun concept. Go to Dim Sum if you want it executed well.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Simply Outstanding!
    nrnr
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Outstanding service, food and drinks with ambience and vibe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to be
    SiliconValley2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I've been here 4 times and that validates, it is a great place to dine, relax and catch up with family and friends. You experience a touch of privacy because tables are not crowded.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but spotty ambience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food here is really very good as is the service. However, the noise factor made this visit really poor. We were seated by screaming patrons and loud music which made it difficult to enjoy the food. There were several open tables (pun intended) in the lower dining area or upstairs yet the table we were seated by was the closest to the bar & band. Poor judgement at best.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food but very noisy
    oca1963
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We were a small party of 5. We got the table closest to the bar. The food was great but unfortunately there was a horrible jazz band playing some of the worst noise I have had the displeasure of having to listen to for a long time. It was almost impossible to have a conversation. I will definitely check next time if there is a live band and what kind of music. Also: get a table as far from the bar as possible!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • jill
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    funny, we have lived in the area for years but always thought the restaurant was just a bar. someone mentioned it and we gave it a try. next time we will plan better as we could only get an early reservation and we had a late lunch. needless to say I wasn't able to sample all the meats but the salad and vegetable bar was excellent and the meat that I did eat was outstanding. The beef tenderloin was a little overdone though and I didn't have the courage to try the chicken hearts but we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too cold!!
    SFeats
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing as usual. Everything from the salad bar, every morsel of meat was perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned and absolutely fresh. Our only complaint was that it was very chilly when we came in and when i asked to be moved, nothing happened. A cold draft seem to be directed right at our table. It took a good 25 minutes before we began to feel any difference at all. It never did really warm up sufficiently. Given the overall excellence of the restaurant. I was really surprised at this lack of attention to our comfort.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were not served all cuts!
    Inconsistent
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We kept getting the same cheap cuts while other tables were getting all of the cuts. I went to the other side of the service area and those tables were treated well.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Dinner with flavor!
    BarryVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Tasty food that keeps on coming to your table. My only problem with the dinner was it was my birthday and they knew it, but did nothing. Otherwise the meal was near perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 61 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 779 reviews are from the Pampas Palo Alto reviews archive.
  • EDWARDVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I was disappointed to learn that lunch is not served rodizio style, and felt the the "mixed grill" I was served was overpriced The sidebar was nothing special and the service was disjointed. My wife waited more than 30 minutes for her salad, which was served less than five minutes before her ala carte lunch entree was put on the table. Pampas Palo Alto is laid out in an unusual manner, as all tables at lunch line up against the far wall with no service in the middle part of the restaurant. It feels a bit like lunch in a bowling alley.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet