Midwest Grill - Cambridge

3.2
59 reviews
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$30 and under
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Brazilian Steakhouse

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Cambridge’s Midwest Grill specializes in Brazilian barbecue fare, including a full hot buffet as well as rodizio-style dining, with waiters bringing skewers loaded with fresh and juicy meats right to your table. When you choose the buffet meal at Midwest Grill, you can able to help yourself to as much crisp and cool salad items, as well as hot and tangy Brazilian barbecue dishes, as you like. If you choose to order the rodizio-style meal, which is surely recommended, you will be brought as much Brazilian-style barbecued meats on skewers as you can eat. The variety of meats include Brazilian sausage, beef sirloin, chicken breast, pork loin, pork ribs, lamb, chicken hearts and other seasoned and barbecued specialties.

Be sure to enjoy your incredible meal with the national cocktail of Brazil, a caipirinha with passion fruit puree. Midwest Grill also offers delivery services.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Brazilian Steakhouse, Barbecue, Brazilian
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Hours of operation
10:30am - 11pm
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(617) 354-7536
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Casual Dress
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Cross street
Elm St
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Valet parking available on Friday and Saturday
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Entertainment
Brazilian Jazz every Friday and Saturdays
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Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2017
Overall 1food service ambience

Unbelievable! I just came from the restaurant where I presented a Groupon. The waitress was nice, but a cook (or manager?) started making excuses not to accept it lying (saying that it was a discount of only 5$ when it was 15$) and later even threatening me.

He refused to let me talk with the manager/owner called Gilmar and lied again saying that because the limit of the groupon was for no more than two people, he would only accept it if I came with someone else. The folk barely spoke English, so I explained to him in Portuguese what "limit" means and he went BALLISTIC!

He started Cussing , saying that I was like other stupid Americans trying to bring stupid papers to eat for free, that he had bills to pay and that I was being a scammer (all in Portuguese, a language I speak for I am Brazilian-American). In one moment I really feared he was getting the knife to threat me! I tried to calm the folk down (the waitress also helped). I later apologized to the waitress for I didn't expected that her day would get so crazy because of the confrontation. Before leaving the maniac started explaining other workers that I was "trying to eat for free" and I then asked what was his name and If I could record his behavior. He went silent and I left. I never saw such behavior in a supposed professional setting. BEWARE!

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P
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2015
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

There is absolutely NO PLACE to park in this area so the restaurant makes a mint with a $15 valet - however she was really nice. Since it is a buffet place, the waitress' only job is to bring your drinks. It was early so there were maybe 25 people in the entire place and 14 were with me. Only 5 of us ordered drinks yet it felt like they went all the way to Brazil to get the rum for my caipirinha... With all of that said, the food here is fantastic. I think we'll limit our visits to good weather days when parking is better or the T is an option but we will definitely go back.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

An absolutely excellent food and great value. The service was wonderful...very friendly people.

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2015
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was good, but the service was terrible. It was my first time at a Brazilian BBQ grill and I must say I expected much more as far as the service. The waitress didn't greet us when we came in, she just pointed to a dark corner and told us that was our table (Didn't walk us there), so we decided to go find seats on our own, in a lit area. Then she didn't bring our plates or drinks over until we were sitting for at least 15 minutes. But I can say the servers who brought the meat on the skewers were very friendly and polite. They are the ONLY reason why I gave the service a 2 star rating.

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New England
24 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Delicious and perfectly seasoned grilled meats sliced from the skewer at the table (beef, chicken, pork, lamb, sausages and more) and a buffet loaded with salads and side dishes. Relaxing atmosphere and very friendly staff. -104k

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New England
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Meat was great, but the buffet was awful! Get the fresh stuff, don't expect to get anything good except the meat that they walk around with.

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DJ
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Took my family to dinner. Three of us had all meat service and the rest went for the buffet. We were disappointed with the meat selection and the taste.

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c
New England
11 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2014
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The meat selection was great although there were not as many choices as some other rodizios. There werent many people there and they still made a great selection but patience was needed. The caipriinhas are great, the meat was cooked perfectly, and the buffet had more than enough to fill me up and I didnt get to try everything so I look forward to going back.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was a bad experience all together. The service was incredibly slow. We had finish our first round of food from the buffet and our drinks had not arrived. I chose to have the "rodizio" , but before my first serve of meat, I was already satisfied with everything else that I had from the buffet as it took forever for someone to come to our table. My companion did not have any meat and when we asked for the bill, once again it took forever, so we decided to walk towards the cashier only to have our designated waitress insisted that we had two "rodizios", when my companion clearly stated he was not going to eat any meat. Horrible food, horrific service. Not going back!

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Miami
81 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was late and I made a reservation for 11pm. When we arrived they said they were closing and that it was a mistake... not sure whose mistake, but they gave us a bar menu and we were able to eat. When the food did not come for a while I asked the waitresses who in turn asked the cook who was leaving and he snapped at her that it has been sitting there ready for a while. It was lukewarm, but we were hungry and ate it. Some items were very god, like the black beans and some was good but not great. It might have been the hour, but I have had really good Brazilian food, so I was disappointed.

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New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2014
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

If you are hungry I would suggest going to another restaurant. They say that the meat is endless. Between options was at least 5 minutes. The servers and "gauchos" were rude and unpleasant.

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PL
New England
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lots of choices from the buffet and the meat servers who circle the room. You may need a reservation. We had them all three times, but did not need them on our third visit.

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BV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Overall a good place and value. Having eaten here at least 10 years and seen the restaurant and buffet selection both grow, I was disappointed on my last visit. Maybe the selection varies by night but there were fewer meats than before and the beef ribs were very tough. The cold salad bar was OK but no longer included hearts of palm. The hot buffet, which used to include chicken wings and other appetizer-type dishes was now mostly starches like rice, potato and fried banana, with beans, a mixed vegetable dish and chicken nuggets. I noticed (but didn't sample) an attractive bar menu which included lobster for $8.99 and 10 cent wings among other offerings. The live music Friday night was great, with both male and female singers.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Very little quality food, could not even make a martini

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The meat selection was amazing. There was so much that I did not realize until after I left that I did not try the pork as our plate was full when that came around. My son commented that the lamb was so tender you almost did not need to chew it. The whole family really enjoyed the live music.

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New England
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect place, great food, great service, will def come back to. GREAT!!! A+++

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New England
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2014
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Got my drinks an hour and a half after I got there. The buffet was almost empty and food was not fresh . This was 3 hrs before closing and an almost empty restaurant. The meats they bring to the table are delicious. Parking sucks so prepare to pay $10 for their valet service
. Not worth to pay $25 per person for that. Never again!

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The quantity and variety of food you get for the price is good.The quality is mixed.The servers that bring the meats to the table are fantastic,however the waitstaff are very sub-par.The waitstaff didn't ask if we wanted refills on beers/cocktails, we only had our water refilled after the table behind us asked for it too, and we were seated next to a closet that we repeatedly had to get up for for staff to access.At the end of the night, our table of 4 received a check for 6 diners.We told the waitress it was wrong, and she stated it was just the way the computer works, but the price was right. She brought another check, for 5 diners.Again, we had to correct them, including shadowing the computer screen. They couldn't count 4 diners. WTF.

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New England
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

but meat was dry and some was hard to eat. don't think I would go back. waitress was great. Found it much more expensive than I thought it would be with a groupon.

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Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Fun spot for a large group. Service was a bit slower than usual but our server was covering two rooms. A fun time.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2014
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Meat and chicken were over cooked place looked dirty and worn out the Buffett looked non appealing dirty plates the icecream scoops were in really dirty water food wasn't that bad maybe if everything wasn't over cooked might have been better

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

We few into Boston on a Friday and bought the groupon for this restaurant. Unable to go that evening we planned on going the following Friday before our our flight home.

We had a small breakfast, made our dinner reservation counted the minutes until dinner. Afraid we might hit traffic and miss our flight we came in early.

The girl that seated us was very nice. The young man that came around was very nice.

But the food was not worth the price, and the 18% tips that was automatically add for a party of two, to me was just wrong.

The chicken, mashed potatoes & green beans on the plane was not only better tasting, more filling and at $6 a better price & I got a free of Coke Zero and coffee.

For great Brazilian grill go to PAMPAS in Vegas

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n
New England
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Started badly - seated in a corner and had to get up so that wait staff could get ina storage closet. After several requests we were moved to t table int he main room. Seemed very short of wait staff - never got rolls and some meats were only offered once, but one woman who worked there - the one who found us a different table, kept coming by to check on us and was very appologetic about the initial seating. She make up for the other things that were lacking.

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New England
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2014
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was pretty good, but the service was terrible. Also did not make sense to buy the Groupon for it because in the end we spent about the same.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food is really good, good drinks, eat as much as you wsnt. There was live music when we were there on Friday night, makes for a great night.

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FM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

My experience was not good. The waiter didn`t take meat to our table. The meat was not good. After sometime the live music started and it was really depressive.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Glad we tried it and was good price. Food was descent, the chicken wrapped in bacon!! Yummo

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b
New England
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place to hang out with friends, family, kids! great food, drinks and atmosphere. we were so full! the food was great!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Had big hopes for this place, despite the poor yelp reviews, should have listened to the reviews! Although the server was a nice girl, she was gone 99% of the time, we needed refills, plates cleared, etc - she was never around. We literally started stacking our dirty plates on the floor to make room at our table.

The salad bar was very disappointing. The vegetables could have been a lot fresher. salad dressings in the bottles - not many options. The hot side of the buffet looked in edible. Online it shows a huge, delicious variety - not the case in person. The meats came around and were all dry and overcooked.

My guests and I are not picky/fancy people -- it was very poor and disappointing , especially at 25 bucks a person!

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c
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this was my first time visiting your restaurant - everything was excellent. Food - Service and the final touch was the music. Everything was Greeeeeat.

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New England
13 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This Brazilian BBQ used to provide a steady stream of juicy, delicious meats of all kinds. This time around the selection of meats was very limited (they served us beef 3 or 4 times to only once for a few others) and they were mostly all dried out, overcooked, and fairly tasteless.

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B
New England
27 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2013
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 2

The buffet (chicken wings, meatballs, salads) was passable, followed by a barely edible meat service. The server was very pleasant, but the meats were dry, too fatty or poor quality. We won't be back.

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M
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2013
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were looking forward to bringing some Irish cousins to this restaurant, and they were curious about the never ending stream of great food being brought to you right at the table. Well, that is certainly not what happened! The choices were poor - meats too burned and dry or too pink, no salt whatsover, very few choices, we got offered one type of beef, and had to ask to have more, the sausages and kielbasa kept coming back - those are not even Brazilian fair - and on top of that, we had to wait almost 10 minutes between each visit to our table.
We will not be going back, and we were very embarassed to have brought our cousins there.

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N
New England
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2013
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I did not like this restaurant. The salad bar was not very good and the quality of the meat was very poor. Also I felt like there was very long gaps between when they brought out the meat and several times I sat there with an empty plate. Also they only brought out steak twice during my time. I will never go back to this Restarant.

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C
New England
9 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Good for hungry folks.. No menu. 3 seafood dishes or the BBQ. Both include good hot food and cold food buffet. Good for groups, long tables.. BBQ and rolls rotate and come to table frequently. Fair price. Enjoyed it. Birthday dinner. Good desserts.

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New England
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2013
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When I heard about this restaurant I was a little worry since I been to so many buffet, well the food , service and ambient was
Every thing you need. Very amaze

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New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Went there for the lunch buffet, and the choice was very large! And not only meat, they have seafood too!

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CS
New England
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2013
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I don't need to go back to the Midwest Grill. While the food and drinks are good, one server at dinner time is not sufficient. Consider adding addional servers.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2013
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointed ..dried out over cooked meats(except the lamb).Not for a foodie palate.Staff was outstanding.Of concern we were there prime time on a Saturday night and much greater than 50% tables were empty!

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r
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, although the buffet did not have as many choices as I would have expected. But very tasty, Lots of different types of meats brought to our table, all very good. We enjoyed our meal.

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