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Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge
  • Address:
    1000 Universal CityWalk, #101H
    Universal City, CA 91608
    Universal City
  • Cuisine:
    Brazilian Steakhouse
    Price: $31 to $50

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sambarestaurants.com/Samba_Universal_CityWalk/about.html
  • Phone: (818) 763-0101
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11 - 3
    Brunch:Saturday & Sunday: 11 - 3
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3 - 9
    Friday & Saturday: 3 - 11
    Happy Hour 4 -7 Daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Our beautiful Sambarinas perform at various times throughout the night, every night of the week!

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge
A dizzying array of sizzling, fire-roasted meats ranging from Picanha (Brazilian top sirloin), Pork Tenderloin to savory sausages, chicken and lamb are skewered, slowly roasted over an open flame and then expertly carved right at your table. And as if that wasn’t enough,we've paired our succulent meats with an extensive buffet featuring salads and freshly prepared hot and cold side dishes. Churrascaria roughly translates from the Portuguese word for barbecue and is a centuries old culinary tradition. At Samba, we honor the traditional rodizio feast, while infusing it with new and unexpected tastes inspired by the pulse and energy of Brazilian culture. From the moment you walk into Samba, you know for sure this isn't your average Brazilian steakhouse! Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "My fiancé and I saw a Groupon opportunity and decided to try it out as it is close to home. The Sangria was delicious. There were several different kinds of sale to choose from. The cheese bread was good. My favorite part was the different meats that circulate through the restaurant. The garlic beef and the sausage were my favorites. But the others, tri-tip, etc. were also good. There was also some live entertainment, which I think happens hourly and consists of two dancers dancing the samba. They encouraged folks to join in, too. Overall, it was a deliciously nice experience which I would do again."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "None of the beef was close to edible. The worst money I spent on a two week vacation to California, and that was with the groupon. City walk was jammed, but there were only to tables taken in the restaurant. Ignore all other reviews. That says it all."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "We received much attention from waitress and food server, the meat got better and better later on the night, and the samba dancers really interacted with our group. It was a great experience overall and would recommend my friends in the future!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I have always received GREAT SERVICE at this wonderful restaurant, except THIS time. 1st - I checked in with a Reservation with the gentleman behind the counter; which turned out to be reported as a NO-SHOW, I had to later provide proof of actually being there. 2nd - I had to wait at least 20 minutes for the PICANHA to come to the table because it WASN'T READY; according to the gentleman carrying the wonderful looking SKEWERED meats. Great food is worth waiting for, but this is not one of those places where food is made to order, meats are placed on the grill and continuously need to be REPLACED or RE SKEWERED and this day they weren't being replaced fast enough."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Everything was good except it was incredibly hot. Our waiter was fantastic."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I bought the Gaucho Feast deal. I was told it included fish but I never got any at all. Instead, they were coming back to our table with pork sausages over and over again. Right before we left, we asked the server about the fish, he replied: "Did you ask for it?" We were told we were gonna have everything and since we paid, we expected the best as a customer. We ain`t going back, unless is free of course."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "A definite gem of citywalk, great food and drinks. Very romantic place to go."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Good high quality food w live entertaining Brazilian dancers!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "great, friendly service from everyone! plenty of awesome food options!! starting with a well-stocked salad bar, then tasty appetizers! main course rounds kept coming and coming with lots of choices (steaks, chicken,lamb,etc.) to top it all off: brazilian dancers!! what a show!!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Hungry?? this is the place to go.. large variety of meats brought to your table right off the grill.. want more no problem someone will be coming by every few mins with a new offering. We were there at 5:30.. the meat was alittle slow and under cooked or over cooked till about 6"15 then everything changed and the food was better fresher and faster. I think it was just a bad timing on our part. The dancers were a wonderful surprise.."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "The servers keep bringing cuts of meat until you say no more. Fun to take guys who cannot consume vast amounts of food."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Delicious and abundant food, attentive and friendly staff, and an exciting show of brazilian dancers to boot! We love the concept of the brazilian barbeque with so much variety of meats, sides, and beverages. You can tell the staff enjoy their jobs and they make sure you are having a wonderful time. We will be back!"
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "The food was good but not outstanding for the price it cost. The staff started off being rude and uptight later. I felt like I shouldn't be saying yes to the meat that I was paying for, the attitude seemed to get better later on. In my opinion ,Too expensive for the quality and quantity. Not a good choice with kids either."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I was beyond full and couldn't stop eating food here is amazing"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Unfortunately we did not enjoy our experience here. I am originally from Brazil and to be honest, I did not have high expectations, and they couldnt even meet those. The salad bar is not great, lots of selections, but VERY FEW real brazilian dishes. The meats were not cooked well and they were not high quality meats. Service by the waiters was fine, but most of the meat passers were not friendly, did not listen and need training on how to properly cut the meat. We had a groupon and ended up having an issue with it. The first manager we spoke to did not handle the situation well at all, the second manager resolved it. But we left the place very unhappy and stressed... Will not be coming back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I was not super impressed with Samba, but I am quite a churrasco snob. The salad bar was okay and the picana was pretty good, but I feel it lacked some authenticity. I understand they have a crowd to appease at city-walk so in sure serving 100% authentic Brazilian style food may not appeal to the masses, but I was just a little disappointed. I felt they mostly served pork meats... It felt like a filler. The manager/owner was making her rounds around the table and I can't complain about that. She was the nicest and really wanted to make sure everyone was enjoying their meals. Overall, 3-stars."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "I would have given 5 stars but there was no Samba dancing during Father's Day brunch ambience was boring!!!!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "This was our first visit to Samba. I took my father, husband, and son there for their Father's Day brunch and everyone was very impressed. Great service, plenty of food and we were seating as soon as we arrived. We will be back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We couldn't believe our experience here. Only one carver walking around for the first 45 min and within that 45 min we only got 1 small slice of tritium and one piece of pork sausage. Horrible! Then we they finally had 3 carvers they were bringing out the meat way over cooked and dry. We had a total disappointment. We love Samba in Redondo Beach but this location was Horrible. Not to mention we had to pay 15 bucks to park... Another rip off and Samba said oh we don't validate on Sundays... The restaurant will have to give us a free meal if we ever decide to go back to change our minds. Then maybe they will get a better review and we may refer people to their restaurant"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Their brunch comes with bottomless mimosas or sangrias. It was our first time for Samba's brunch and it did not disappoint. We sat outside and the weather was great. The food w is always well. We stick the the steak and red meats. The sangria was strong, but very good. We have an Annual Pass at the nearby theme park so we headed right over. We must have indulged a little to much on the food because we ended up falling asleep during a ride. Still a very good place and the waiter was very attentive to us during our meal."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "excellent food and the entertainment was outstanding..good for groups and special occasion large parties.."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "The Samba is an exceptional treat to anyone who loves swords with sizzling meat and succulent poultry,dripping with juices, served right to your table. We enjoyed all of the offerings!"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "We were there 5/25/14 and there was not lam meat! I paid for the price of weekend dinner, and there was no lam? Very disappointing!!!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I didn't give 5 stars because they kept walking past us and the 2 things we wanted kept passing us by. Also the meat is a bit on the salty side. I found myself very thirsty."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "I was sadly disappointed with Samba. The salad bar was so-so. Most of the meats were too rare for my tastes. The dancers were horrible. They danced for 2 of the 90 minutes I was there. I did not consider that entertainment. Samba did not live up to the hype. Not some place I would ever have to go again! "
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We had a family dinner there for the full price, no coupons, etc. The food was not really amazing. The fish for example was completely raw, some of the meat was too rare. And all in all the really delicious meat was not served often enough. The service was really poor. We raised a complaint about the food and asked for fresh plates (because the old ones were full with that raw fish and blood) but nothing happened. We had to call the guest manager so that finally new plates arrived. Including tip we paid $ 230 and I think that was twice as much as it was worth it."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "The Salad Bar has great variety. Different Salads, Pasta, Cheese Balls,(Definite), Rice, Black Beans, Plantains(also a must), and a few other sides that would make anyone not knowing what they're doing, full from just that. The Picanha was my favorite, a must try. The Garlic Steak & The Pepper Steal were next on my list of must try again. Bacon Wrapped Chicken. Yes I said Bacon Wrapped. This was good, just a little dry. I didn't know if they had regular chicken, so when I could get the guy away from the table across from us, I kept getting more. The Lamb and Fish and Pork I didn't care for too much, but the pork sausage was another must. The Beef ribs were good, and the chicken legs were a little too pink close to the bone for me."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The service was great, i was disappointment with all the red meat options they were all really really hard to chew and not tender. The only one I absolutely loved was the special, that was the only tender piece of meat. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "the meat was tasteless and the entertainment was 3 girls that danced for 5 minutes.very disappointing"
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I went to Samba during a trip to Cali. It wasn't the best Brazilian Steakhouse I've been to but probably not the worst. Some of the meats weren't seasoned enough and some of the good selections weren't available by the time the staff made it near our table which resulted in long waits at times. I think the drinks and entertainment made up for this."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "I will never eat here again, the meat was sub par and the service was slow. I have eaten at the Samba in Redondo Beach and it was much better. I really don't understand why their meat had no season and it took soooooo long to get it. "
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "We went there for a one year anniversary. The reviews on yelp were bad but believe me I got the best service I ever got. I have done Kravings in woodland hills/encino but it couldn't compare to the service. We has NON stop meat and even when we stopped ordering we had non stop meat. Our serve even gave us free desert and I would never regret going there. Best service Ever!!"
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The thing that made my wife's bday the most enjoyable was the staff and their smiles. Oh and the food was great!"
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We dined for dinner at Samba's Universal location. We enjoyed the salad and other hot idem buffet as we delious meats were brought by table to table."
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "Really enjoyed the show and environment! The food and service was incredible. Try the kale salad on the salad bar; its amazing."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great food, wonderful atmosphere. Loved our servers and the entertainment. Will absolutely return."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "All the cuts of meat wer.e really tasty. The drinks were great and the live entertainment was really wonderful"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "Food came by sloooow! With a 2 hour limit, we got 2 meat choices in 45 mins and when it came the beef was like shoe leather. Cheese ball bread was the best thing there! Thank god I had a groupon or I would be upset with paying $40 per person"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "I gave a very good only for our server in regards to service, otherwise the hostess was very very rude and didn't check us in properly and no lamb or garlic rolls came around at all! This was very disappointing since those were two of the top three items we enjoy the most there! I would have given the food a better rating if they had those items as they always do. No one could tell us exactly why. Hmm, poor management maybe!"
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "First time at Samba. The servers were so friendly & accommodating. The food is great. The meats are cooked to perfection. The Servers walk around with skewered meat. Sometimes they passed us on, despite the fact that we were literally in the middle of the entrance & close to traffic. After waiting 20 min for the meat the receptionist came by & we told her we haven't gotten any meat. Then the meat started coming. The Samba dancers were great. There were little kids there & they really enjoyed the interactions with the dancers. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014