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Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo

4.4
1721 reviews
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$50 and over
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Brazilian Steakhouse
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About

Espetus Churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse. This restaurant began in 2003, as an homage to the Brazilian cowboys who would cook each night by roasting meat over an open flame. Today, this form of dining has evolved to a totally unique culinary experience. Guests at Espetus are seated with a red and green painted wood block on the center of the table. If the diners are hungry, they place the green side face up and servers will come by with a wide array of grilled dishes on skewers. Whenever they are hungry, they simply flip the block to red.



Espetus has an extremely large and varied menu for guests to enjoy. Guests can enjoy items like sirloin steak, top sirloin, filet mignon, flap steak, grilled chicken, marinated shrimp, rum-soaked pineapple, pork belly, flame-grilled bison and many more. Espetus also has a cold bar with items like rolls and pasta.


Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian, Latin American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(650) 342-8700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Fernando Teles
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Private party facilities
Book your next event at Espetus Churrascaria. Our professional staff will make your private event one to be remembered. For more information or to plan your next successful meeting or event, contact our Event's Coordinator at 415-552-8792.
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Private party contact
Amanda Love: (415) 552-8792
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Catering
There is plenty of street parking around the restaurant. If you prefer a private parking garage, the closest one is located on B Street/4th Ave.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th and 8th
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Entertainment
Espetus Churrascaria in San Mateo hosts Caipi-hour every Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. In the restaurant’s lounge, guests can enjoy, with the purchase of a cocktail, a complimentary sampling of hors d' oeuvres. Bar specials priced at just $6.00 include such cocktails as a Caipirinha and a Brazilian Mojito. In addition, there is live musical entertainment without a cover charge.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Amanda Love, events manager, to inquiry about banquets and special events at 415-552-8792 or amanda@espetus.com.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4
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4.3
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5.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Excellent quality of meats, an amazing choice of fresh side dishes and very friendly service! We loved it

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4.0Dined on June 4, 2016

Constant barrage of food coming to your table and everything is so good.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2016

I'm becoming a regular at this restaurant. Food and service are consistently excellent. I plan to return soon and recommend my friends visit.

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

Apart from the usual excellent dining experience, the pork belly and grilled pineapple has become one of my favorites. Of course, theres the usual pao and deep fried polenta to start you off on the right foot.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Every time we come here the service is fabulous, food is delicious, and the ambiance is great. We have recommended this place to many friends who would all agree. We will continue to come here and recommend friends or bring friends with us. It is great for a romantic dinner for two or a group of friends. The overall price is not bad for the service you will receive and the food you will try. I highly recommend any one try this place at least once.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2016

Great food

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2016

We come over to Espetus once or twice a year for special occasions. Usually my birthday and always a group of at least 6 but up to 20. Never any issues. Food is always fantastic and the service is impeccable, outstanding and so much more.

We absolutely love dining here.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

Meat is cooked perfect, and the buffet you could just eat from there and be satisfied. The servers are fast and courteous. Again, the best restaurant in the Bay Area......

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

My guest and I, had a wonderful evening. We were celebrating a birthday. For us there were no negative comments. We were hesitant to eat the chicken hearts, so we cannot say whether they were bad or good. All the other meats were delicious and well prepared. One of the best features, is the array of salad and assortment of vegetables available. Culturally, we did not find the milk cake good, but I'm sure if we had been raised to eat that type of cake, it would have been great. The relaxed ambiance of the restaurant made our day, after a stressful work week. We like our the waiters did not make us fill out of place or ignorant because it was our first visit, so we will return and soon.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2016

Everything was awesome!

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4.0Dined on May 14, 2016

Fun place to eat with friends. The selection of meats they bring around is great.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2016

Espetus Churrascaria is a great restaurant for everyday dinning. It has a extentive salad bar and
the Entrees are fantastic. The meat is carved at table side and taste freshly grilled. Everyone I have brought here has been enjoyed every aspect of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2016

After procrastinating the whole week for Mother's Day, we had to settle on making a reservation for the next day. Although there were still more guests than we expected to be dining on a Monday afternoon, the servers were very attentive and hospitable. In addition, the meats were slices of juicy heaven, the salad bar was extensive, and the dessert was to die for. We cannot wait to come back soon!

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

i went to the restaurant on Mother's Day. There is a good place for my mom. The service was very well. And we like all meats.

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5.0Dined on May 8, 2016

Espetus! All you can eat Brazilian meats! Enough said. Pricy if you aren't an eater.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

I simply love this restaurant. For the most part the staff is nice and courteous. Food is a plenty!!!! I always need to be fork lifted out! 😀

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3.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Parking was horiable and servos poor, not Friendly. No one wared that you had to walk over three blocks for parking and that's half servers didn't speak English and desk clerk was rude. Would not go there again or tell anyone I liked that it's even worth dinning at😡😡😡😡😱 wife was not happy and it was Mother's Day with whole family very disappointed.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

Brazilian barbecue was definitely a fun thing to try, and really tasty. It's something I'd definitely recommend people try, but at $70 a plate, it's not something that I'd do regularly.

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4.0Dined on May 7, 2016

This is one of our favorite special occasion restaurants. We usually only go for special occasions because it is pricey. It is all you can eat but it's still not a great value. The food is great especially if you're a meat lover. They do have a buffet of sides and salads but the reason to go there is the meat! Servers come by your table with large skewers of meat and slice off as much as you want

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2016

With plenty of choices in the bay area, this is still a good place to go for carnivore variety. Side dishes are good as well.

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2016

Espetus was a nice change of pace for a traditional steakhouse, being a Brazilian style steakhouse. They serve many different kinds of meat which they bring to your table and slice it how you prefer. The meats are on large skewers so it seems like they grill the meats in a large rotisserie though I may be wrong, it's my first time there. Did I mention that it also AYCE? So come hungry or else it would be a waste, there were a few cuts of meat I missed due to being full very quickly. Other notables were a buffet style for side dishes and salads as well as live music and a good selection of drinks and their desserts were delicious. It's quite pricey so be prepared for a hefty bill if you order drinks and dessert. Avoid at all costs if you are a light water otherwise it would be a waste of money.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2016

We had a very good time for my wife and our other couple we invited. The food was excellent. The servers were polite and attentative. We never had a meal presented to us in that type of fashion.
All you needed was some Brazilian women dancers shimmying by the table. : )
Thanks for the experience.
Donald

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2016

Food was excellent! If you like meat, go easy on the salad offerings or you will walk out overloaded!

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

I've heard so many good thing about this restaurant from so many people also pictures, finally decided to go for my birthday. It was beyond my expectations! I'm not too familiar with Brazilian food but it was delicious and well worth it for me. Although, the meats took a while for them to come back to our table. I'm a slow eater so I didn't mind too much but my friends had to ask a couple times for them to come to our table. Also, some of the meat only came around once.

Overall, I hade an amazing dinner and an experience of a life time. I wish to go back with a date next time 😊

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Pricey but well worth it. The food was excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2016

So my 4* review is because I was never introduced to my server!!!food was good and people very polite and attentive, but that little detail made me wonder how does that place works....since I worked in a restaurant with the same concept of food and believe me there is chance for that to happen!! Or might be 'cause I look young and they thought it wasn't worth it!but letting them know I still tipped 20%... it is a nice place to dine the food is good at least the beef !!! Chicken and pork I prefer pampas in Palo alto!!

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2016

Amazing food and service. Had a wonderful time.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

The food & service was excellent. The bacon wrapped filet minon, pork belly & grilled shrimp was delicious! Espetus is one of my go to steakhouses.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2016

Love this restaurant! Food and service was amazing!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2016

Service and food wss excellent!

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2016

All staff was great. Took care of the vegan guest by showing him salad bar and noted food with milk/yogurt or chicken stock. Every one was friendly. Great set up with big glass windows. Lots of space and not noisy at all. Food was great! Will definitely come back.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Amazing server.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2016

Went for lunch and had a plate of the salad bar which has much more than just salad. The meat on the spit was seasoned well and maybe a little too salty sometimes, but overall very good. Enjoyed several servings of about 10 different choices of meat. Service was excellent and as long as it said go, the servers kept coming with the meat. I liked the pork belly the best.....

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2016

This was our first but not last time at Espetus. The food was delicious & the service was excellent and even though we were full, we shared their yummy chocolate cake dessert. The Coconut Mojito was excellent. We can't wait to go back again.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2016

Fine dining

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2016

Loved it!!

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2016

This restaurant has incredible food, good service and cozy ambiance. Have been coming back for years, and despite the higher end prices, it is worth it!

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Espetus was a great experience from start to finish. We celebrated my 12 year old's birthday, and he was just impressed and delighted at the ambiance, the food, the service, so it was a great choice and a smashing success. The service was friendly and attentive in a genuine kind of approach everyone was ready and glad to explain the unique dining experience of enjoying Brazil's broad spectrum of tasty grilled meats. I certainly recommend Espetus for birthdays, anniversaries or just a special night out, for any one, family or romantic type event.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2016

Amazing!!!
Everything was on point. We definitely be back!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2016

Make sure not to fill up on the salad bar... The Best experience EVER will follow!

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