Lots of Premium Cuts, No Attitude
A churrascaria is all about the meat, and lots of it. This was an unusually good experience at one of these houses of gluttony. No one in my family had a single piece of overcooked or tough meat, I believe a first in one of these places; not even the chicken. It was relatively early and busy, so it looked like all the skewers going out were being fully served, so nothing was going back to sit and overcook on the grill. Lots of pink. I was surprised to see prime rib, lamb, and fish in addition to the expected steaks and sausages. A common complaint at churrascarias is that you don't see the premium cuts more than once; we saw the trademark picanha 3 times. Mostly friendly and talkative servers, and a fun location in CityWalk.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun, loud, good overall.
Good food. Good service. Very loud so don't expect to have a conversation with your dinner mates unless you shout.
3/12/2013 5:00:00 PM
I heard so many good things
I heard so many good things about this place and it didnt disappoint!! Right as we walked in the Samba dancers were dancing with kids and everything was good. Very energetic for such a small place and service was good. One note that one of the meat servers did have an attitude and wasn't really polite. When the others have smiles and he has no facial expression and I asked one of them what kind of meat was the one he presented, he didnt know much about it. It would be important to know the meats if you're working in a place like this but that's is my opinion. Other than that drink were good meat was very delightful and the evniornment was energetic. I hope to come back soon with more friends and family!!
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Samba was great! I went for
Samba was great! I went for my birthday and got free champagne and dessert! The food is amazing!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Lot the Got Meat logo!! Superb service, great food and fabulous show!! My favorite meat served is the Picanha and Rib Eye. 10+
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
We went on a Groupon and with
We went on a Groupon and with all of the reviews I had read, it left me with mixed feelings. We arrived around 6:45 on a Monday night. The hostess was friendly and the restaurant wasn't very busy,yet! (About 50 people arrived as we were leaving) Our server Kelly was very energetic and friendly. She told us to help ourselves to the salad bar and then she explained the process of the gauchos coming by with the skewers of meat. The gauchos came by quite often and the meat was very good. The two Samba girls came out and they were very enthusiastic. Overall we had a very enjoyable dining experience and I would recommend this restaurant to family & friends.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
We came to celebrate my friend
We came to celebrate my friend Kim's Birthday and she had a great time dancing with the dancers...We all had a good time.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was absolutely delicious!
Food was absolutely delicious! Great service too! I will definitely come back.
4/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great first time experience!!!
It was my first time at Samba! Food was excellent. Our
Waitress was very attentive and friendly. Defenetly
going back again.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
This place was amazing! The
This place was amazing! The food never stopped coming and everything was top notch. We definitely plan on visiting this place again.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great food...dancers were
Great food...dancers were awesome... great atmosphere. Glad I chose this spot to celebrate my birthday. Impeccable service!
4/26/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner and Dancing!
Great food - Outstanding service - good value.
A great time for 2 or a group.
Loved the dancers!
5/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Bday at Samba
I went to Samba for my bday dinner and most guests had never been before and they loved it! The atmosphere is upscale laid back and quiet (unless of course the girls are dancing then the drums take over). You get your money's worth. Shy people beware the dancers do pull diners up to dance. I really enjoyed my bday dinner and the cheesecake was yummy (I normally don't like cheesecake).
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best of the Brazillian BBQ joints
I've been to 5 different Brazillian Steakouses/BBQ resturants in CA andone in Utah, this was by far the best of the best. The only thing the others had was a stage for their dancers to dance before grabbing the patrons to join them. Its just funny watching these beautiful girls give us a taste of Carnival in front of the salad bar. But they were talented and beautiful so if you can ignore the backdrop you will stop laughing and just have fun.
5/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Brazilian experience around!
This place never fails! I've came back time after time and it always is amazing! Great service, great selection of food, and fun dining experience! Will and have been recommending it to all my family and friends
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We enjoyed the service amazed the hostess and the waiters knew it was my daughter's birthday. The food was delicious it was our first time dining in Samba. We can't wait to return with friends.
5/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Everything I was expecting
My boyfriend and I went in for lunch at around 1:30 on a Saturday afternoon. It was relatively slow but that just meant great service for us. The server was coming around every few minutes with new type of meat. The sangria had to be my favorite part of the meal. Towards the end of our meal more people were coming in and becoming a bit crowded but that's exactly why I went in early. Over all loved the service, food, and drinks.
5/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
Feast for eyes and belly
The meats were exquisite and plentiful. The wait staff was fun, courteous and, I must say, quite attractive, both male and female. All around a fun night, even if a bit pricy.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
great bartender Rachel and great service and ambiance
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great if you like meat!!!
We found this place not too long ago, & this was our 2nd time here we as a family enjoy it a lot!! as far as for younger kids I don't think is their favorite food. I have a 8 yr old son who doesn't eat meat, basically fuzzy eater & he doesn't eat here, but what I do is a feed him his favorite food before we get there & he brings a game or a book to read while we eat & he is fine & we have a great time.
I definitely recommend it, but is better to make reservations, because the wait can be pretty long if you don't.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and FUN!
Excellent location, great food, and FUN, FUN, FUN! Love this place for their food and environment!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Meat, meat, and CityWalk
The dancing girls are just a distraction from the meat, though the businesses here have to do something loud to be noticed. Surprised to see the entertainment on Monday, however, but the place was full (good at a churrasceria - if the place is packed the meat is going to be freshly done and not overcooked). Lots of beef, a surprisingly good and moist pork tenderloin, a nice picanha, most of the beef had rare available. Even though we were outside, no neglect from the meat runners. Maybe we saw the sausage and chicken a bit more often than some of the more prime items, but this is a really good restaurant of its type, it's fun, the sides are good, it's energetic/noisy so kids are no problem. A bit less expensive than Valley competition, too.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was great. The staff was friendly. Dancers are beautiful.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
It is a typical Brazilian Steakhouse. They offer great meat. Be patient at the beginning and do not eat too much meat from the first offers.
Wait for the beef filet at the end.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our first time experience was Amazing!!! From the food to the service to the overall ambiance! Best birthday dinner yet!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great atmosphere, great great food! The servers and cooks custom make the items you like, and bring drinks quickly. Great time for a birthday with the family!
9/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Took a Date there that had never experienced Brazilian food or Dance And she and I Thoroughly Enjoyed the Experience!!!! My Date she Will being taking her Family and Friends there for Special Events
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Birthday Fun, Samba Style!
Loved this dining experience! Food and entertainment (lovely Samba dancers) were the best!!! I made a reservation through Open Table and mentioned that it was my husband's birthday. The awesome waiter surprised my hubby with a fabulous super-yummy desert, complete with lot candle and smiles! Loved it. Thanks!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We Loved It!
We went for a family dinner on a recommendation. We all loved the experience. It was unique. Can't stop raving.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun show to watch while eating.
I took my party of 11 to Samba for my son's 18th Birthday with friends and family. We all enjoyed the food and drinks. The 2 person dance girl team was fun to watch and they brought my son up to dance with them and he and his friends got a kick out of this. It's nice that the girls let you take photos with them and there is plenty of opportunity to take video clips. The food was good but at times it all seems to come to your table at once.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great customer service! Friendly,
Great customer service! Friendly, energetic and pleasant personalities.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fantastic Brazilian BBQ
In the middle of Universal Citywalk Hollywood, this Brazillian churrascaria is the perfect place to dine for those wanting to experience all that Brazilian cooking has to offer. With a wide variety of beef, pork, chicken, lamb, and fish, you will most certainly find the one sample that is sure to please. A word of caution though, pace yourself! There is nothing more sad than having to turn away a cut of meat because you're too full!
We dined close to the walkway under the umbrellas so we could people watch while dining. You cannot leave here without trying their signature "Picana" cut of beef. Recommend making a reservation as wait times can be longer than you'd like.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is good. Their are dancers, which if you like a performance during your meal this is the place. It is not my thing so much, but the restaurant was nice about putting us farther away from the action. The staff was also very friendly.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for an special ocassion
Samba is a great place if you want to celebrate an special ocassion because is a little bit pricey. Excellent food.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were there on Saturday and were an hour early and the hostess was kind enough to seat us ahead of time. The food and service were great and we will for sure be returning!
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
finally tried this place out, and man was the food good. the steak was very moist and juicey. salad bar had great choices and the deserts are really good. this place is a little pricey but well worth it. to top it off, they even have live dancers, which just added to how great this place is. i would recommend it to anywone who is looking for a nice place with good food.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
My wife and I truly enjoyed the selection of meats. Each meat was cooked to tender perfection.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was kinda slow at the beginning but the manager came and asked us how everything was.. If you've been to a churrascurria you know the deal the meat comes around..20 min into still no meat but after the manager came service was excellent.. Can't wait to go back..
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
We really enjoy dinning at
We really enjoy dinning at this place, we go to both locatison the one in Redondo Beach and in Universal City Walk. The food is great the sevice is excellent and the samba dance girls are beautiful.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
DO THE SAMBA!!
Great food and LOTS of it. Best and most consistent serving staff in all of City Walk. They make sure you're taken care of and having a good time too.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great ambiance samba dancers
Great ambiance samba dancers were fantastic and great entertainment. Food was good not as many meat options as other Brazilian Barbeques we've been to
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Served the Purpose
It was a pre-movie dinner. Service was slow. Meat was slow coming around. Tri-tip and top sirloin was best, other beefs were tough. Chicken breast wrapped with bacon was good; lamb was okay. The salad bar wasn't as great as we'd hoped; white lettuce, lots of strange cruise-ship buffet salads. They did acknowledge the birthday girl with a free dessert which was nice. Scantily clad samba/big bird girls came out and danced for 2 minutes: Vegas meets US concept of Brazil. I really wouldn't go back. Good, but not great.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding service, beautiful dancers... staff and Manager were very attentive.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great price, place, and people.
We have a couple places like these in the Bay Area and it is great to experience these in another area. We were seated right away and had a lot to choose from in their salad bar. The meats were on constant rotation and the Caeser salad had cheese on it which I appreciated. There were plenty of sides, however there were no plain black or green olives. I requested the grilled pineapple near the end of the meal and was surprised to find it rubbed down with brown sugar. I usually only have it grilled, but the brown rub and the char from the grill gave the pineapple a slightly sweeter, but juicy pineapple taste. The location on the Universal City Walk is convenient as we had been at the park from open to close and didn't have to leave to eat.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent. We were
Food was excellent. We were the only diners at 11:30 AM on a Saturday.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
We visited on Thanksgiving night and really enjoyed the experience. Salads/sides were plentiful and it was nice to have traditional favorites like mash potatoes and stuffing to add to holiday feel. The various meat options arrived quickly and while I was hoping to try some more exotic options
.(only served steak, chicken, turkey) they were well prepared.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
My friends and I had a great experience we will be back for sure. Food was great dancers great service was great.
11/28/2013 4:00:00 PM