Novilhos Brazilian SteakHouse - Bellevue

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Brazilian Steakhouse
Welcome to Novilhos!

The Brazilian "Churrasco" has been a tradition for generations in Southern Brazil, where Gauchos (Brazilian Cowboys) pierced large pieces of meat and slowly grilled them over open flamed pits.

With a fixed price and this unique style of barbecue, Novilhos features continuous service of sixteen selections of beef, chicken, pork, lamb and sausage, all slowly spin-roasted, preserving their natural flavors and textures.

When perfectly grilled, these delectable cuts are brought to you directly from the grill and expertly served by our carvers, dressed in Gaucho attire.

Novilhos' unique concept also offers an elaborated and sumptuous salad buffet with a variety of fresh cut vegetables, gourmet salads and side dishes, along with imported cheeses, cold cuts and other tasty seasonal items.

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AlisonD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

It was a wonderful experience for my partners birthday. When we did get meat it was great! We felt much meat choices passed us by even though we had our green coin flipped up. We finally had to get up and chase waiters down to get different types of meat. In addition we had requested a candle on the birthday dessert and somehow that was not communicated to all of those serving our table. Food was delicious. We will be back once the COVID rules let up.

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Ramz
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was great except for the receptionist. She wasn’t that welcoming

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you dont see a meat you want...ask your waiter. Service is top notch here.

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SheriS
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. My favorites were the House Special beef and the mushroom risotto. They came very quickly to our table with meat when the green side was up.

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CherylM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is outstanding and the staff is very courteous and attentive. Very nice.

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KayeC
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The food was great and the selection at the salad bar was wonderful. Unfortunately it took way way too long for the meat to make it to us. Our salads were long done and plates were empty before the meat started showing back up. Frankly I didn't pay those prices and drive that far for a salad bar to fill me up.

I would not recommend to a friend but not because of the service, because of the price for what you get. I thought it was very over priced.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great. The service and food were wonderful. Will be back soon.

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BillfromSeattleFlowers
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Novilhos Brazilian steak house in Factoria is our favorite, family get together, celebration restaurant for special occasions.

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Joan
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience3

My husband and I had dinner with friends at your restaurant. I was excited for them to try your restaurant with us. First we were told we only had an hour an half to eat and then had to leave. Then we had to ask our waiter 3 times to bring a glass of wine my friend had ordered and waited for half an hour. The rest of us got our beverages. No apology. One of the gentlemen serving filet mignon sliced, as he was serving, and cut my friends finger. We waved our waiter over and asked for a bandage since it bleeding badly. The waiter brought an antiseptic wipe and bandage an ask accusingly what happened. We told him and he said OK here’s the bandage. My friend wanted to let it go and we left. The more I thought about it the angrier I got. Why didn’t anyone apologize? Why didn’t the manager come over to ask if he was OK? The was a dirty spike with meat on it that poked him. I emailed the restaurant for an apology and have still not heard back from them.

DH
DebbieH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Some of the meats they brought out were VERY rare. When I asked for something a little more done, he gave me an exasperated look and shoved a chunk of meet off the very bottom of the skewer and walked away. We have dined here often, but this experience was NOT up to par with our normal experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My wife and I had a nice Valentine's Day dinner. The food was great. The meat just kept coming, service staff were friendly.

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Jenyse
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Good variety of food items to chose from. Salad bar is amazing and full of great selections!

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BridgetR
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

More expensive than my usual but really different, fun, and enjoyable.

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DayanaR
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Taste of the meat was a lot better this time. Some servers missed out table couple of times, but I have to say service was also better than last year when we went for my birthday.

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Hans
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a good time with friends a couple times a year, but usually only worth it with a discount like Groupon. The food is delicious, but this last visit the waiters were trying harder than usual at the upsell extras. There's a fine line between attentive service and appearing pushy.

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SondraT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Came here for birthday dinner with my husband. We usually come very often but the last few times, I have been EXTREMELY disappointed in the service. Our waiter only came by once to give refills on soda and cocktails. I asked 3 times for a glass of water and he kept apologizing and forgetting. We asked for more plantain and he never came back with more. Tried to serve us Pellegrino but after I told him we didnt order that, he moved it to the other table. He was just very scattered and not very friendly or helpful. We were placed in the back right corner in the upper room, not many people came in to serve with the meats unlike when we sit down below, was disappointed in that. The food tasted great, the salad bar had a great spread. Just was unhappy with our waiter and next time will request not to sit up top.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were great.

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Kate
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience1

For what you pay, this was unimpressive. The buffet was disappointing and the restaurant itself felt like a Cracker Barrel inside. Bright lights, table pushed very close together and kids running around everywhere. For a moderate to higher priced place, I didn't expect it to feel so much like a chain restaurant inside. We'd heard good things and took friends for what we thought would be an impressive night but were embarrassed by how downscale the restaurant actually was.

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vipKevinF
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Not a quality steakhouse. Rather a quantity steakhouse. Random temp on meats. Some almost raw to others that are well done and everything in between.

Just not my idea of a good steak establishment.

LB
vipLinhB
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Overall service was mediocre. Food quality was ok. Had to ask for more “expensive” cut meat.

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CathyH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We didn’t leave hungry! The beef was amazing!!! The salad/condiment bar also amazing!! As far as value, it’s definitely a “special occasion” restaurant.....the groupon helps and the waiter made it easy as he took care of it in the beginning! Overall a great experience and we will be back on another special occasion! Thank you!

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SamA
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Toooooo expensive for whats offered 300$ for 3 people including 15% tip

unbelieveable you might as well go to the best steak place jn Seattle

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SilverH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

This place really disappointed me in a big way! My husband and I had reservations at 5:30, was one of the first customers in the restaurant. We ordered a regular lemonade and a mojito, it took 20 minutes until I could find someone to ask what happened to our waitress and our drinks, they said the bar was getting busy so they were help guests that arrived after us first. I could not believe it, then 10 minutes later someone arrived with our drinks finally. We had almost eaten most of our meal at that point but I didn't turn the drinks away, then the manager came to each table with a bottle of their new liquor and asked if we wanted to try it, my husband and I shared a shot and l didn't think anything about it. No one even came to the table to ask us if we needed anything until we were close to finish, they asked us if we wanted a refill on the lemonade and we said sure, again not thinking anything about it as in most restaurants you usually have one more refill. We got our check and realized that you have to pay extra for even a soda and same price for any refill, we ended up paying $11 for a simple lemonade! Then they charged us $8 for a shot, which I didn't expect. I could not believe the experience we had at this restaurant and it's not cheap at all, one of the higher priced places I have been in a long time especially for a buffet when you have to pay separate for any drink and a dessert. The service was practically non existent and their system of helping first come customers is ridiculous and not informing customers of prices on drinks. We will never go back there, totally not worth it!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Often the servers would ask the people on the end but not people sitting in the middle of they wanted some.

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AngelL
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food as always was really good! Unfortunately, it seems the restaurant was very busy so, the servers were hard to be found when we needed a water refill or wanted to order dessert. Experience overall was very good.

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yvetteb
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, and food. I was a little disappointed in our seating as it was far away from the action. I told the hostess and she just said sorry there is nothing she can do. I told her it was my friends birthday and it was our first time. Next time I would recommend asking for main dining room closer to the salad bar and where all the action is.

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CourtneyO
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I always like to visit a place twice before writing a review so I know better if my time was a fluke or the standard. We visited both on a weeknight and a weekend.

First, the house steak was fantastic both times - truly our favorite on the menu! The filet minion was outstanding the first time and chewy the second. The other meats were all really good as well - we tried both the lamb and chicken. The chicken thighs were extremely well cooked and juicy! As we were Fogo people before this, we do believe that Novilhos has better prepared meats.

Now for why it isn’t 5 stars... the meat service is VERY slow! Multiple times on both our visits we sat with an empty plate (green side up) for over 10 minutes as there were simply no meat coming around at all. We also requested a particular type of meat and both times had to ask more than 3 times for it to be brought out. They truly should stagger when the meats are done so that there is always someone on the floor offering meats. I feel that their timing is off and you’ll have 6 servers come in a 5 minute span and then nothing for like 10 minutes. I guess I could load up my plate - but I enjoy eating it hot off the spit!

The establishment is small so you truly do need a reservation. You can try calling day of, but you’re better off calling the day before if you have a particular time you want.

The hostesses are lovely, as are the servers.

We will be back for sure - just hopeful we don’t have to wait so long between bites.

Oh - and it is directly across the street from AMC Factoria, so perfect for a dinner and a movie date night. Plan for 60-90 min for your meal.

KS
KrystalS
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our waitress was great, but we were a little disappointed with the amount of meat that came around. We upgraded from the monthly special to the regular cost in order to have access to nicer cuts of meat and only got then twice... The second time after requesting filet repeatedly and waiting over 20 minutes. I'm not sure if I will be back considering that with tip it was over $250 and most of the meat we were able to have for dinner was chicken and sausages.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time trying Brazilian food, is really good nothing out of extraordinary, it’s a good option for special occasions

ME
MrEightFifteen
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

WARNING: Groupon is not valid until >24 hours from date purchased. This is buried in the fine-print, and the staff are unwilling to compromise. We found that out months ago, and recently decided to return to use our Groupon before it expired. Online promotional pricing said January was $41.50 per dinner instead of typical $59.99; and we had already paid $30 for the Groupon ($60 value). We made reservations for two adults and dropped by. Staff wouldn't honor both, claimed that was "combining offers" and that we didn't mention the online pricing when we made the online reservation. Groupon isn't an offer, it's pre-paid service (basically a small loan). Again, it's all about the fine print. So instead of $53 ($83 Promotional Pricing - 60 Groupon value +30 Groupon cost), we paid $90 (120 Regular Pricing - 60 Groupon value + 30 Groupon cost). Using the Groupon was actually $7 more than their unavailable Promotional Pricing! We also received the worst service on our recent visit, and staff rarely came by with the meat (we only had about 6oz of protein each). Servers know something is up and get cagey AF when you ask questions about the pricing, you'll never win. Next time we'll just buy 2 nice steaks and cook them at home using Gordon Ramsay's 'How To Cook A Steak' YouTube video. Message to owner: Your borderline fraudulent promotional pricing looks like an attempt at price discrimination, but fundamentally it just lowers the perceived value. Definitely never worth $60/dinner. We'll never return.

JD
JonathanD
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I arrived with my friends at Novilhos Bellevue for our reservation at 7pm but had to wait around an hour until we were seated. The reason why we wanted to try this place was because we saw the special for $41.50 per person but was informed by the waiter we wouldn't experience the full cuisine. Instead of having the chance to try all 15 meats, we would be limited to only 11 meats. So we decided to just pay the full price and experience the whole menu. We regretted that move because it seems like the same 9 meats were offered to us throughout our dinner and there would be intervals of 10 to 15 minutes that no one would come to our table to offer meat. So we were disappointed of that and wished we stick to the special offer price. Overall the meats tasted great and enjoyed the side bar.

KM
KevinM
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great family dinner. Excellent food and excellent service.

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Cowpies2001
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Atmosphere was awesome. Staff was quick and friendly. The food, oh my, the food was amazing!!! My favorite was between the parmesan pork and the house special, and it just kept coming and coming.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Food was great, wait staff was great, however the guys serving the meat served the three same chicken and house special steak and sausage over and over again. Our waitress had to request servers with other meats to come over later on in the meal.

KZ
KaylienZ
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitress was amazing and the food was outstanding

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vipBrunchgirl
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Server broke the wine cork in a very expensive bottle of wine and did not offer to replace it. She brought hot food before we were ready for it. So it sat and got cold. She rushed us by asking more than once if we wanted more service, told us the salad bar was closing even though other tables were continuing to get food from it, she overcharged us but had already left so we had to find someone else to correct her error.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Birthday , no recognition.
Meat guys were good.
Personal service was lacking a bit.
Salad and food was great.

ER
vipEbayRocks
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

Over priced. Would have used Groupon if had known it could be used on a holiday

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Christmas Eve

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food n outstanding service....