Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sambarestaurants.com/Samba_Universal_CityWalk/about.html
  • Phone: (818) 763-0101
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Monday-Sunday from 11am to 8 pm
    Happy Hour 4 -7 Daily
    Samba Dancers: 6,7,8pm
  • 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!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
88 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)special occasion (40)great for outdoor dining (31)fit for foodies (20)kid-friendly (17)hot spot (17)romantic (14)great for brunch (12)great for lunch (9)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)scenic view (6)neighborhood gem (5)notable wine list (3)Show More
  • Meat lover's paradise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Didn't see the Samba girls this time. They made a point of telling my group before we even sat down there was a time limit on how long you could be there which I thought was rude. The food is great though and the location is perfect. Great every-once-in-a-while place to go for awesome food and energetic environment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not worth the price.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I couldnt enjoy my meal. They sat us upstairs in a tiny room, dark, no windows. I couldn't really enjoy my meal because we were anticipating on servers coming up. Once we did get em, we automatically got full. Their timing was a bit off. It was either zero servers or 6 servers at once. P.S. Citywalk really needs to do something about parking. 10 dollars for just being there for an hour is ridicilous.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Again dining experience
    PattyBB
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This is the third or fourth time dining here, we keep coming back because of the varied choices of food, not just meat and steak but their amazing salad bar. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 1st time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    went here for my bday with some friends. not what I expected. the salad bar had very few choices. most were not good. only the rice was good and and the mash potatoes. the meats were all good. some lacked flavor. some were too tough. others were cooked not even medium well..they were completely rare. not for me. I had to ask for lamb because it wasn't coming around. our server took forever to bring out our drinks. I was halfway done with my food by the time she brought out our first drinks. then I asked for another and she didn't bring it until we were done with our food. I asked to take it back and bring us the check. I would not come here again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun for girls' night
    ScoobyD
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Food was decent and we were seated right away. located in Citywalk so great place to walk around after being gluttonous.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kandii14
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Food was great but they didn't give enough for $42 bucks a plate
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hostess
    Smiley220
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The hostess at the resturant were snobby and rude. But other than that they everything was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time
    PetieVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Great food, friendly staff, good service, and if that's not enough, Beautiful Dancing Girls! We keep coming back here - always a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NOT on the same PLANET with TEXAS DE BRAZIL
    DSJeat
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    THIS is a waste of time for BRAZILLIAN STEAK LOVERS!!!only counted 5 meats served...of those 5 we only offered the PICANIA(signature)meat 1 time in the first hour..we had to request the second time..all I can say is WEAK!!!!!
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  • Great ambiance!
    Castrofam
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was ok but the overall atmosphere was fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor in All Level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    Meat servers like to skip around and only bring sausages over and over again. When they finally bring the beef, it is overcooked, dry, or full of fat or tendons. It is inedible. Complete disappointment. After becoming impatient waiting for long periods of time for anything to get to our table, we filled our stomachs with chicken and sausages and called for the check. Never returning again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • samba universal
    ahe1
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    good location, parking is plentiful but pricey, closes early. but, great service, good assortment of non-proteins, good assortment of proteins. some are overly salty, some are medium or higher temp when rare or lower temp would be better. entertaining dancers top off a good night dining out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Dinner
    CutieFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Food was ok. The steak was on the tough category. I have had better. The reservation process was easy. I had to make changes a couple of times. Overall it was ok. I wouldn't resist going back but it wouldn't be something I wouldn't be a priority.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Brazillian BBQ
    nradtke
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I've been to Samba Redondo, so I kinda knew what to expect with regard to food. Just as good, but a bit different atmosphere, due to it being near a theme park. Still, great food and very attentive staff. Keep an eye out for the drink prices though. We had this blackberry & basil drink that added up pretty fast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining Find at City Walk Universal
    suziq
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    After a full day at Universal Studios enjoying the fun and adventure, Samba Brazilian Steakhouse and Lounge is the perfect place to hang out with a cool drink -- and then enjoy a leisurely, taste-tempting dinner at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge. Timing is perfect when you make a reservation through Open Table . . . no wait time, the ability to request a special table, and the best way to plan your after hours stay when Universal Studio park closes. Check it out!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious, Delicious, Delicious...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    The meats are packed with so much flavor. Always a great time at Samba. I was bummed that there weren't any dancers the night we went, but still a blast. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice place to over stuff yourself
    alau1158
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    food is good. wish their signature steak (Picanha) comes out more often however. All in all pretty happy with their service, selection of food and quality of their servings.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gauchos stops coming after awhile
    DennisLapidReview
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Met Gauchos stops coming after awhile. They just have a quota or something. The Brazilianhe chic rice doesn't feel authentic. The fizuata is HOT authentic at alll. This is coming from a a guy that comes to Sao Paulo twice a year. Get it together guys. The Pichaca doesn't come often enough, there is no garlic steak. In short, it's OK. But not Great! Not like Fogo de Chao or Texas du Brazil.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    Dinky17
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    This place was awesome. Great atmosphere, most everybody was happy to be there, food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Your taste buds will Samba
    Pauline
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Friendly, professional staff. Delicious food and drinks. Great Samba dancers. Wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Brazilian dinner experience!
    akhammer
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    When cooked right, the pao de queijo (cheese bread) was amazing. The first batch was overdone, but the second batch was among the best I've had. Meat was ok...cooked well, but seemed to lack salt. I had been before and the meat was much better so perhaps I caught a bad night. Service was incredible and ambiance was fun.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Subpar Brazilian Steakhouse
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've been going to Brazilian steakhouses since I discovered them a couple of years ago. I have a few favorites, but I try others whenever I find them or when I'm traveling. I saw Samba as I was visiting Universal Studios. The good news was that they were not overpriced given their location. They were on par with other Brazilian steakhouses (which are normally expensive). The bad news was that they had the smallest salad/sides bar of any Brazilian steakhouse I visited. Their meat selection was OK, but the meats had less flavor than other places. I wonder if they don't marinate their meats long enough. I wouldn't go there again.
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  • so stuffed by the time I was done
    Jozer
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    took my fiance there to eat for our anniversary. She's a steak eater and she loved it. I had already been here before I knew how good the food was. Not only the meat but the salad bar had a lot of variety and the drinks we had were very good. A bit pricey but it is all the meat you c can eat, I mean all the food you can eat. The service was quick and my plate was never empty. for a special occasion I would recommend it or if you are really, really hungry and you are a meat eater and don't mind dropping a few bucks then this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brazilian Resturant
    wonderingVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Good place to go to at Citywalk if you want to do something more interesting than the usual chain restaurants. One of the best restaurants at Citywalk
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor Food/Overpriced/Bad Service
    Musicluv
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you love meat this is NOT for you! Waste of money and time. Selection of meat is poor, maybe 4-5 types, we asked for lamb over 7 times from waitress and manager needless to say we've never received! The salad bar is not more than ok. Just a waste of time and money! NOT RECOMMENDING AT ALL!
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  • City Walk vs Redondo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Redondo location has better performance, salad bar, meat etc Only good thing about this location fix parking cost and in the city walk get shop and or look around
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  • Great Service
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have to say that the service at Samba was magnificent. They were so accommodating and it was our anniversary when we visited and they gave us a complimentary cheesecake. We didn't even ask - they just took note from the reservation. It was very nice of them do so and they were so incredibly friendly. The food was good - the Brazilian sirloin steak was the best in my opinion. The service alone was enough to have me coming back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Restaurant With A Kick!!!
    em73lm71
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    This was the first time my family and I experienced Samba Brazilian Steakhouse at Universal City Walk. It was amazing!!! Chris, our server, gave us excellent service as well as all the gentleman who brought out the different kinds of meat, chicken, and fish! My favorites were the bacon-wrapped chicken and NY steak!!! Mashed potatoes and different salads were great as well! I would highly recommend Samba because not only is food delicious but the Brazilian dancers were so entertaining dancing all through the restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vickir
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    There were 4 in our party and we were all happy with the food, service and view. Our waiter was prompt with soft drink refills. Their garlic bread is the best. If you like meat - you can't beat this place for variety of meats and flavors. We will definitely go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrated our oneyear Anniversary
    Meats
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The staff was amazing , food was fabulous . Only recommendation is to go later so you can enjoy the night scene . Other than that it was perfect . My wife loves this place . We will be returning , happy life happy wife .
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • worth the try!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    great service, ambiance, food, enjoyed the little Brazilian dance..
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not impressed glad I used Groupon
    eagerdiner24
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    After having a reservation I was excited to try this place. Although it's nice the food was mediocre and salad bar didn't have much to offer. They have a lot of different varieties of meats but none are seasoned differently so they all taste the same. The samba dancers only danced for 5 mins to one song. For the price I was really disappointed. I'm glad I used Groupon, I originally was going to come to brunch for about 50 pp I'm soooo glad I didnt. Not worth the pricing at all. On other hand it is an attractive restaurant and our server was awesome so I guess that counts for something.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice restaurant.
    dancemom258
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We love rodizio grill and this didn't let us down! Food was great!! Service was good. Took a little long to get a glass of wine from the bar but that's the only negative. And the live entertainment added to the experience!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Rachel
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went for our anniversary and had the lunch buffet. Everything was excellent. Plenty of food, great drinks and desert. The waiter Johnny was very helpful. I highly recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Overpriced and Underseasoned
    Organic21VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We were at Universal City for a conference and decided to try Samba Brazilian Restaurant. We arrived a little early, but we're seated right away. Our server was very friendly and described how to get our salad and sides and meat. The salads and sides were ok. The biggest disappointment was in the meat. Different meats came around, although some meats never came by, often it was a sample of the meats. My biggest complaint was the lack of seasoning, except garlic steak. The meat was all very plain. For the price we paid, it just wasn't a great dinner. I don't think that I would visit another Samba.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Not worth the price
    foodie
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was disappointed on how long my husband and I had to wait for meat carvers to come to table. We ate more salad and pasta than meat. Not worth what we spent for meal.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Good!
    latheraVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Also the price is way too high for the quality of the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Brazilian Style Food
    Ziggy
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIBLE!
    bfinn
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
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  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.