Carnaval Brazilian BBQ

4.3
2067 reviews
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Brazilian
Located at Bannatyne and Waterfront in the historic East Exchange. Our team is proud to bring all the elements of an authentic Brazilian BBQ dining experience to Winnipeg. Our passionate team comprised of Brazilian nationals and Canadian trained staff will ensure that the authentic culinary experience is one your senses will crave.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 4

The server was not bery attentive did not even ask if we wanted drinks

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

All the meat was over cooked and dry. Quality of the food just wasn’t up to par with other Brazilian BBQ places, such as Copa Cabana or Brasa. It’s a great experience if you haven’t been but otherwise if your looking for a great cut of meat cooked right this isn’t the place.

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RV
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Meat was just a bit salty for my liking but service was great and the staff was very friendly.

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L
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service— food is hot and non stop -unless you put up stop sign
Lots of choices —a meat eaters paradise 👍

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RW
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

The food was not good. Most if the meat was too dry and some was just too fatty. The flavor was not very good on any of the meat. The salads were good as were any other sides that we ordered. It is NOT worth the $55 that they charge. I was sick for the rest of the evening even though I did not eat a lot. I would not go back

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VB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for mother's day special with a friend for Moms' night out. Love the ambience and the all you can eat bbq! Service is always great ... the pibeapple could come around a bit more often :)

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing meal tonight at Carnaval Brazilian Bbq ! Food and service was excellent! Definitely will be going back !

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L
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious! They come around frequently and as long as the green side is up they will keep on bringing the meats! This was my first time here and I would definitely return again!

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MB
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious as always! Most certainly get your money’s worth! The meat was tender and juicy, especially the beef and very well seasoned. The sides were delicious as well. We had the risotto, kale salad, roasted vegetables and chick pea salad. Most definitely recommend checking Carnival out!

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DK
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good but a little over done, especially the pork was dry because it was over cooked. The side dishes were very good.

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TP
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was an overall good experience. However nothing that extremely appeasing. Our hostest was very good friendly qnd inviting, waiters where fine, food was good but the value just wasnt .

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GC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was very poor had to wait four sides and ask more than once. Add to ask for drinks other than that food was good

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KP
Manitoba
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was fantastic we were disappointed the pork loin only made it around once in over an hour, it was the best of all the meats we tried but were already on dessert before it came back around

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JL
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was slow. Food was all salty. Only good thing was the sides

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MA
Manitoba
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've always enjoyed my time at Carnaval, and this birthday celebration was no different. Amazing food, attentive service, and I recommend the white wine sangria.

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LV
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I loved how they brought all the different kinds of BBQ meat right to your table and cut it off the "sword" right in front of you. If you liked one more than another, you just wait or ask for the one you really liked. The sides were of great value!

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Very expensive, service was slow (poor). Service from meat severs was better but a lot of beef was tough and stringy. Not a lot of vegetable choices or side dishes. Everything else is extra and expensive ( desserts, coffee, etc) The $55.00 charge plus add ons is definitely not worth it. We would never return. The Keg is definitely better value, less expensive, far superior service and nicer dining experience.

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DV
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great experience..Awesome food and service..We'll be back for sure..

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MM
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Very mediocre meat... very salty and fatty. Only went there because we had a gift card. The only positive was our waiter who was supper nice and pleasant.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Carnaval is a nice establishment, with quality food, a nice vibe and fantastic service. The butler boys (not sure the name of the meat gents), our server and the host staff were fantastic. Trying Brazilian style BBQ is a special treat at the only Brazilian restaurant in Winnipeg.

The purpose for my "no" response is based upon the value for money that the restaurant provides. I do understand that it is an "all you can eat" style restaurant with the one option of dinner selection on the menu with numerous food options coming at you, although I don't believe that 55 $ is a good value price. The food is fantastic and I understand business practice of that standard of restaurant are unique, and that the restaurant caters to the upper class, but it is very expensive.

Our choice to attend carnaval for Dinner, was based on our 100$ Gift Card win at a local wedding social, although our total bill came to 140$ including food, tax, and tip (for two people). Our menu selection consisted of food only, without any beverages (we drank water) or dessert.

After our 100$ gift card we owed 40$ on our bill which is fine, although quite stiff for a big pile of meat and sides. Don't get me wrong, the food was excellent.

Would we attend Carnaval again? Probably yes, although for lunch instead of dinner as the cost is a fraction of dinner.

Lastly, because of the nature of the restaurant, food waste seems to be abundant. The concept of having a red and green card to ask for more is really fantastic, although then you pile up your plate, and don't feel or aren't able to eat all of it. Food waste annoys me greatly, and is a dark spot on the restaurant industry as a whole, and is especially bad at Carnaval.

Overall the experience was above average, although not reccomend for anyone outside of the upper class.

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DL
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was definitely an enjoyable experience the only thing I would change is it the server's could be a little bit more careful and not drop the drippings all over the table. I would definitely recommend this place to other people and I will definitely be back.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. And the service was superb. My hubby and I will return again and again.

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D
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

ultimately it was amazing cant wait to visit again.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! We enjoyed the entire experience and would definitely recommend. If you are looking for something unique and fun, Carnaval is a must try! The pineapple with cinnamon was the icing on the cake for me...perfection!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Horrible servers she didn’t even come around much screwed up the drinks . Had to ask for water 5 times before she finally brought a container filled with some .

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MS
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Celebrated my and a friends' birthday last Saturday. Service/food was very good, and I especially liked our server singing Happy Birthday (even though I kinda cajoled it out of her).

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JW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This place is amazing , if you want a true Brazilian bbq experience thats is full filling And offers all you can eat look no further. I came two weeks in a row its so good , reminds me of the bbqs we use to have at my jiu jitsu professors house!! The staff is amazing many smiles and pleasant greetings.

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DK
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

There is something about skewers of meat arriving at your table that brings out the primal carnivore in a person. The experience level of this place is off the charts for that reason. Having meat carved at your table is a treat for the senses. However, the side dishes we ordered, with the exception of the mushroom risotto, were not up to the standard of the service or the uniqueness of the dining experience.
However, if you're there for the sides you are there for the wrong reasons. This is a place to indulge your inner carnivore until you are forced to go home and enter a meat coma.
Each of the meats were very tasty, however, it is a very beef heavy menu and a lot of the cuts were tough cheaper cuts. There were some nice cuts peppered in, but the pork shoulder was actually the best of them all followed by the beef rib.
It is very easy to over eat here, as there are 13 meat selections offered. There was also a lot of variety with beef, pork, ribs, chicken, lamb, and wings all being represented with various degrees of deliciousness.
The location and décor are very nice, however the tables are too small making dining cramped and table placement a game of tetris. The gauchos were extremely nice, and attentive. We couldn't eat our last offering fast enough before the next one came.
All in all, I really enjoyed the experience even if the food was hit and miss. I cannot honestly say I would eat there often, but I definitely recommend eating there once or twice. Be warned though, do not go there before any evening out on the town. Once you finish, you will only want to go home and take a nap to give your digestive system a chance to process the shock and awe that all you can eat meat will give it.
I give the place 3 stars, and if they ever figure out that side dishes are important too, I would upgrade that.

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S
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Got there right at opening. The gauchos were non stop. So much meat. I wish I had left more than 1.5 hours. Could have eaten more, but had a show to get to. Super tasty, and a great way to entertain friends.

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k
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The price of dinner for 3 with 2 drinks , 2 teas and one dessert was over $230. That is expensive!

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RK
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Let's start with the MUSIC, way too loud and not a good choice. The meats were very good except for the pork ribs (lukewarm and tasteless) The sides were a waste of time, must have gotten a real bargain on sweet potatoes, very little of any other vegetables were included, the cheese balls were dry and tasteless, the caesar salad and the risotto was very lacking in garlic, and the risotto was dry and over cooked and the garlic mashed potatoes were lumpy and somebody forget the garlic? If this is the best you can do then I would say that you will not get my business ever again. I would like to close with a statement about your prices, EVERYTHING WAY OVER PRICED AND TOTALLY NOT WORTH IT.
RON KAUS

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JM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Your prices are a little to high. Maybe you could charge a little less especially for people who don’t eat pork or sea food. A cheaper option for them would be nice.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful unique dining Experience! Very nice atmosphere. Service was very friendly, took time to answer all our questions and were always respectful. Meats were a bit too salty and ribs needed more flavour. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

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F
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. All staff was very friendly and fast. Food was amazing and so much of it. Our server Camila D. Was perfect! We never had to wait for anything and she always checked on us and took our empty plates and glasses away immediately. I loved at the end when we would chat, it was like we knew each other for a long time. I highly recommend Carnaval and cannot wait to go back. It was refreshing to see all staff look happy, friendly and fast.

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OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much Meat!!!

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A
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely wonderful
I would skip dessert and just have more pineapple!!

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TS
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a fabulous birthday celebration for my son's 16th Birthday! Fantastic food! We'll be back again for sure.

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PR
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good but not great. Some meats were dry like the pork

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m
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, great staff. We really enjoyed our dinner and was appreciative of the staff with any questions we had. This restaurant has quickly become one of our favorites. Make sure you have a big appetite cause you will want to try a little of everything.

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OT
Manitoba
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, ambience, and service are fantastic. It was rare to see an empty plate, as the servers came around at a perfect frequency.

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