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Samba Taste of Brazil
Samba Taste of Brazil

Samba Taste of Brazil Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.sambatasteofbrazil.com
  • Email: jlpantano@qwestoffice.net
  • Phone: (952) 935-2708
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Contemporary European
  • Executive Chef: Gabe Pantano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, High Tea, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Weddings , family or office parties from 20 to 200 people, catering only the food or also available serving.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can close part or full facility to accommodate up to 70 peoples seated or 150 stand , buffet or a la carte .
  • Private Party Contact: Joe or Gabe (952) 935-2708
  • Entertainment: Live Music Fridays and Saturdays .

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th Avenue
  • Public Transit: at same block!
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Free parking at streets around Samba and also Free Parking ramp at half block.
A word from Samba Taste of Brazil
Enjoy the flavor of Brazil in a large variety of dishes with Brazilian and its European / African / Mediterranean cuisine influences : Picanha , Churrasco, Feijoada ( black beans stew ) Moqueca ( shrimp , fish or veggies with coconut milk and palm oil ) Seafood, Pastas, Risottos , Salads , Paellas and much more. Lots of options of Low Carbs , Low Calories , Veggies , Gluten Free . Live Music Fridays and Saturdays . Cozy place for a date and family or office parties!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was excellent and offered a great selection. We loved it and will return. However, as gracious as the servers were, it has got to be among slowest we have experienced."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Great food and friendly staff! We went on a week night, which was very quiet. The menu is huge and I need to go back soon to try more items. Loved that gluten free items where clearly marked."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great as always - try the toffee cake - hot and amazing!!!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Stumbled upon this restaurant. Have been to Brazil, have friends in Brazil. The food authentic, great taste, service excellent, really a very enjoyable night out! Would highly recommend!!!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I tried this restaurant just to see what the menu held. The collard greens were garlicky but oily too. Not sure if I ate the meal correctly as the plate was set in front of me with no expiation since everything was separated."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "The food was great! It's nice to try something different. My cousin tried their passion fruit and guava juice and it was delicious! There was a small store that sold some of the foods that are home to Brazil so we stopped there on our way our and picked up a couple things to try at home."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "If you are looking for some great Brazilian and Latino food, this is one of the best options in the Twin city area! Server was friendly and respectful, and the food was great"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We decided to try Samba as part of Restaurant Week. The dinner choices were great, and ample. Good flavors - the lobster bisque was excellent. Our one negative was that the menu stated that the entree had "crab," when in fact it was "sea legs." We provided that feedback, and it was received graciously, which was nice. We did make sure that we qualified it with the fact that the dish was wonderful - just seeking truth in advertising. All in all, a great meal and restaurant and we will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Food was not as good as I thought that it would be. They use imitated crabs rather than real crabs. That is not consider as seafood for me."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Brazilian restaurants in MN are about as scarce as 40+ temps in winter, and the few available are churrascarias -- nice, but not feijoadas, etc. Samba appeared 4 years ago, complete with feijoadas and Brazilian beer (some good wines, too). The food is great -- cod and shrimp in particular, the service is excellent (thank you, Victor!), prices are reasonable, and it's very family-friendly,so if the trek to Hopkins might seem a bit long for some diners, they'll be well rewarded. We certainly were!"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Fantastic experience. We had a visiting Brazillian student with us who said the food made him feel like he was back home. Joe and his family welcomed us like we were visitors into their home. The food bursts with flavor and freshness. Our four boys (including one very picky eater) loved everything, asked when we could go back (before we were even finished) and were still talking about the food the next morning! In fact, we picked up a few items at Sambas in store market to continue the taste of Brazil at home. We will be back and we have been recommended Samba to friends and via social media."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "This was one of the weirdest dining experiences of my life. Our waiter took forever to even come to our table and it wasn't even close to busy in there. Throughout the night he kept apologizing every time he came to the table to refill one of our drinks or take a plate away. He was saying sorry and excuse me over and over for absolutely no reason at all! It was so weird! As for the food, it was marginal. Some of it was good, some not so good. I may give it another chance but I might wait a while."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Unique and friendly restaurant. It is not Fogo de Chao (thank goodness because Fogo is obscene on many levels including price and quantity). It's foreign dining without being overly-pretentious. The Lobster bisque is to die for. Palm salad is great, but ask them to back off on the vinaigrette . Gluten Free options to finally satisfy people with Celiac Disease. They were kid friendly and had menu choices, but only for children/parents who are reasonably patient - it isn't McDonald's. My 3 children loved the experience. One ate Brazilian style, one ate an excellent hamburger (yes, Brazilians know beef and the bun/prep was perfect) and one ate Mac&Cheese. The restaurant was familiar, yet the warmth of Brazil was felt."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We had a great time. The service was amazing. Our waiter was very friendly! We ordered the Tropical Salad. I don't like fruit with meat normally but it was delicious. My Moqueca was so flavorful! My husband got the Feijoada. He loved it. I didn't care for the extreme taste of the sausage in it. We got bananas and icecream for dessert. The icrecream was to die for!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Samba Taste of Brazil is a perfectly fine restaurant that's perfectly for dining before or after seeing a movie or play in downtown Hopkins."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I brought my boyfriend here for valentines day dinner, as we wanted to break out of our "bubble" and try something new. The food was amazing!! Prices were a little high at first, but you get a lot of food for the money. Great wine selection as well, and it was the best steak I've had in a long time. By boyfriend had the sausage and shrimp paella and absolutely loved it, and he doesn't usually go nuts about food... So that's a good sign. The service was a little slow at first, if we wouldn't have ordered an appetizer or wine, it probably would have seemed longer. They were busy with valentines day I suppose, but it was definitely worth the wait. Very cool atmosphere as well, will absolutely go again soon!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We made the reservations for Valentine's Day as we like trying new places based upon reviews. We were blessed with the opportunity to meet the owner and his son and to learn about their time in the United States. Somehow you can always sense when people are genuine and these two definitely are. With the bare floors and lack of noise dampening features, the restaurant did get a little loud although not full. The tables are nothing to write home about and some updating, especially to the wire grated tables are highly recommended.. The menu is extensive but there was definitely a need for more seasoning. Unfortunately our food was delivered barely warm. I'd give the restaurant another try if in the area."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "If you like Brazilian and a friendly welcome check out Samba. Been back several times and the food has always been a delight."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Flavors are amazing...food is intriguing and staff is very accomodating. Small restaurant, but that only adds to the ambience. Highly recommend"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Everything about Samba was fantastic. We had a number of appetizers (shrimp and mussels) which were exceptional! Everyone in our group had a different entrée and all were both unique and fantastic! The menu is a mix of traditional Brazilian and International dishes. The owner waited on us and his attention to detail and personality will certainly have us coming back again!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "The adult menu was very good but the children's was not. They serve Kraft Mac n cheese. Mac n cheese is simple to make, it doesn't need boy come from a box, especially in a restaurant. Also, it should be served with a veggie, like steamed broccoli or frozen peas to make it a more healthy meal. I've eaten at this restaurant with a group of adults before and everyone was happy with their food."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "Having traveled in Argentina and the Iguazu Falls area, discovering Samba was a real find. The food seemed authentic to that area of South America. Not a large wine list, but certainly adequate. Desserts were terrific. The perfect place for dinner before attending an event at the Hopkins Center for the Arts."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "The Bobo and the Sangria were both two of the best preparations of their kind was have ever had. The chiaroscuro was slightly overcooked but I failed to specify that I like my meat bloody when I ordered. The sides were great. If you are thinking about going, you absolutely should. Make sure someone in your party orders the Bobo!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "It was very quiet in resturant. We had a appetiser of sausage and onions very greasy. Chicken soup which was wonderful the main course was a paella the seafood was very good but the rice was so oily we could hardly eat it. The waiters were in back it looked like they were playing a game and we were not offered dessert."
    Dined on 11/14/2013
  • "This is a great neighborhood restaurant in downtown Hopkins, just 2 blocks from the center for the arts and movie theater. It is a family run business with authentic Brazilian food. Prices are reasonable for both food and wine; a real find! Our service was very good, food excellent and live music capped off the evening. I would highly recommend Samba."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Always on the lookout for unique neighborhood restaurants, my wife and I were excited to find Brazilian food in Hopkins. Our excitement was well warranted because the restaurant is a winner. The feijoada and bean soup were delicious and perfect on a chilly night. The fried yucca is not to be missed; we could eat them all night! The attentive, friendly service topped off the delightful experience. We will be regulars."
    Dined on 10/31/2013
  • "My favorite is the shrimp moqueca. The wines are moderately priced and very enjoyable."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "Best flan I have had in my life!!! Total foodgasm!!! Yummy drinks you can get by the glass or pitcher.decently priced for food you can't get just anywhere with nice sized portions. Guitar player/singer makes for a great backdrop! Totally planning to visit again!"
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "Joe and his family serve up delicious dishes from his family's recipes from Brazil. He is a delight in his own right. It's always a good thing when the owner of a restaurant is working the floor and charming the crowd."
    Dined on 11/2/2013
  • "Dined with 5 frequent travelers. Enjoyed the friendly staff and ambience. The appetizer flatbreads were loved by everyone. Main course selection is broad with good to very good food."
    Dined on 10/29/2013
  • "After hearing about the great food at this restaurant, my husband and I decided to give it a try. It was definitely authentic Brazilian cuisine, but not a great date night place. Lots of groups of women having a nice time there, though. Probably also a great place to take families because of all of the great food choices. For the money it was ok."
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We tried Samba based on their Open Table Restaurant Week menu, and it was delicious, especially the black bean stew! Nice and quiet, with attentive servers. Definitely going back to try some more things!"
    Dined on 10/23/2013
  • "This place is a gem in a coffee shop like atmosphere that anyone who dines out often like we do (my wife and I go out to dinner 4-5 times a week) will surly appreciate, it was not pretentious although with the quality of food they could have have been. We felt that the gentleman who was serving us could have been the owner, with the knowledge and the care that he took care of us. I am not that savvy with Brazilian food, but if this is what the traditional food tastes like, then I am SUPER excited to go for the World Cup as my wife and I are planning to do. Please don't tell anyone about this place as my wife and I would like to keep it secret so it doesn't change. We have already told a dozen people and will continue to do the same. Golden!"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "Great food, especially the Brazillian selections! Also great music. The waiter was informative about the unique food selections and made excellent recommendations. Loved the red sangria too!!"
    Dined on 9/14/2013
  • "I love this place. I found it through Restaurant Week a couple years ago. I've been back several times, and the owner always remembers my husband and me. The food is amazing. It's much cheaper than most Brazilian food in town. Take note, it is NOT a Brazilian grill with the unlimited meat. I've been to Fogo de Chao and Rodizio Grill. I prefer Samba."
    Dined on 8/3/2013
  • "We lived in Brazil for 14 years. We loved the food and prepare Brazilian style meals fairly often. We have eaten in other Brazilian restaurants that do not serve authentic Brazilian food (including some very pricey ones). This was our third or fourth visit to your restaurant and we brought three family guests. Everyone enjoyed it. The selections in your grocery section are wonderful as well. The service was excellent, and the ambiance vibrant and conducive to a very pleasant meal and conversation. Prices are reasonable. Thank you! We will be back!!"
    Dined on 7/18/2013