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Espetus Churrascaria - San Mateo

1721 reviews
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$50 and over
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Brazilian Steakhouse
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  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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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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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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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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Cross street
7th and 8th
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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
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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CynthiaT (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 24, 2016

We were seated in the section by the bar. It was quiet in the area and we had all the meats come to our table. If there was anything that we didn't have, we would just ask and they would bring the meat to our table. The pineapple is my favorite! I also like the filet mignon, Pork belly, flank steak and garlic steak and Parmesan cheese Pork. It's all good!

flyinglow (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2016

This is my second visit to Espetus. The first time was for lunch and this time was for dinner. Outstanding service and food just like the first time. This has quickly become my favorite restaurant! A little on the pricey side for dinner but well worth every penny.

Haniel (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Expensive for what you end up getting. Spent time to research the foods and get excited for what they had in store. Was slightly disappointed with the quality of the food. About half of the meats I ate were overcooked.

FrankyHLYWD (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 17, 2016

Have been here many times and will go back many more. The staff are always friendly and helpful .

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 11, 2016

The very hospitable and friendly environment stood out! There was an incident when I dropped my knife, I didn't even have to ask for one, someone saw and in an instant, I was provided with a new one. That is superb customer service! Plus, it was my birthday during the visit, my family was so curious on how many times the gauchos sing happy birthday in a day, so we asked, we expressed that we didn't want to put them through another one since we heard them sing it 5 times already, to my surprise, they still sang me a happy birthday, and was told, next time, I'll bring everyone to sing u a happy birthday! It was a great experience! Have been referring this place to everyone I know!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 4, 2016

Everything was great

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

This has never failed. The staff is there at any point and time. My go to place in this area.

bippy (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 3, 2016

Great service throughout. If you like meats, this is the place.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

Took dad here for his birthday on a Wednesday evening. No wait upon check in, we were seated right away after confirming our reservation. Excellent service throughout the night! I'd definitely suggest the filet mignon, top sirloin, and the grilled pineapple! Yum!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

The food is outstanding and the atmosphere, service and wait is excellent. The Churasscia style cut beef is the best in the peninsula. The salad bar offers a wide variety of salads with all the compliments. The price is just right for the amount food served. I would highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.