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About Pampas Palo Alto

The spirit of Brazil meets luxury and extravagance at Pampas in the heart of downtown Palo Alto. Here, the authenticity of the Brazilian churrasco comes to a modern dining emporium where impromptu gatherings, romantic rendezvous’ and large corporate events feel at home. On the plate, smoke meets spice, rusticity finds sophistication, tradition is re-imagined. Simply prepared meats are spit roasted to juicy perfection and sliced tableside without limit. Sample the array alongside one of our mixologist’s freshly muddled seasonal cocktails or a choice vintage selected by our sommelier. Take in the side bar, brimming with seasonal vegetables, fresh salads and artisan cheese; and watch our servers round the room with simply prepared meats, spit roasted to juicy perfection and sliced tableside without limit. At Pampas, we invite you to sit back, indulge and watch. Every meal is a show.

529 Alma Street
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Brazilian Steakhouse, Californian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Evening Lounge Open Daily at 5:00pm

Cross Street:
University Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(650) 327-1323

Website:
http://www.pampaspaloalto.com/

Entertainment:
Easter Brunch - April 16, 2017
Annual Grand Tasting Event - May 7, 2017
Mother's Day Brunch - May 14, 2017
Memorial Day - CLOSED May 29, 2017
Father's Day Brunch - June 18, 2017
4th of July - CLOSED

Catering:
For catering inquiries please contact us directly at events@pampaspaloalto.com.

Parking Details:
There is a 5 story public parking garage next door.

Public Transit:
The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is directly across the street.

Executive Chef:
Marc Briones

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
For private event inquiries please contact us directly at events@pampaspaloalto.com.

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Details
Sun 5:00PM - 5:15PM 7:45PM - 7:45PM

Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:15PM 7:45PM - 8:00PM

Fri 5:00PM - 5:15PM

Sat 5:00PM - 5:00PM

Private Dining

In the heart of downtown Palo Alto, fine dining meets entertainment and extravagance, and authentic Brazilian cuisine is served with contemporary style. Amidst this ambiance, you’ll feel at home whether you’re having an impromptu gathering, romantic rendezvous, family dinner, or business function.

Pampas Palo Alto Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.8

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Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Special Occasion (12)
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Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Fun (9)
Business Meals (8)
Authentic (7)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Comfort Food (6)
Great for Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Casual (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Much better than other Brazilian restaurants in the Bay Area. Meat quality is high and the cuts are prepared perfectly. Every slice of meat is a hit. The variety of cuts is large enough and they will bring your favorite one to the table upon request. Salad bar is nice, but than again you don't want it to be too good at a place like this because the meat is the thing.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

I took my boyfriend to Pampas for his birthday. We had great service, amazing food and a nice personalized birthday pastry.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE!!! STAFF IS VERY FRIENDLY AND RESPONSIVE. MY WIFE IS PREGNANT AND HAS TO EAT THE MEAT WELL DONE, THEY STAFF PREPARED A PLATE WITH ALL THE MEATS TO TRY FOR HER WELL DONE.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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·Dined on November 10, 2017

I took my girlfriend to Pampas for her birthday. The food was very good and staff very courteous and friendly. The salad bar was extensive and there was a very wide selection of roasted meats. The roasted pineapple was too good. They gave a complementary scoop of ice cream with a candle for my girlfriend's birthday. Great place for a birthday, anniversary or date.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

Phenomenal! Great service and food - the lamb was certainly the best meat dish. Those that complained that the salad bar is just an ordinary salad bar certainly weren't at the one I attended; tasty varieties of veggies, salads, and sides that were all very unique. It's pricey and loud there, but the food and service make up for it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 6, 2017

I have been to Pampas many times. This is the first occasion for which I am giving negative comments. The iced tea was too weak, mostly water...won't ever order iced tea again. Except for our main waiter who did pull off a nice request for dessert, the meat service was terrible...mainly due to one waiter who didn't seem to understand the concept of Pampas. My family and I will certainly go back, but if service is lame again, it may be the last time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Having experienced rodizios in Argentina and in the U.S., I find the meats at Pampas to not mirror the variety or intense flavor I have come to expect. I wanted to like the place, but I place this in the 'exceptionally good' category I have come to expect of most rodizios, but the meats were all very 'average'. Where most rodizios throw a very wide variety of beef cuts in your direction, on this evening I only recall a SINGLE cut of beef being offered to us, and it was flank steak.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Good service and tasty food. Couple of items from Rodizio menu never made it our table.

Tags: Fun, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food. Great service. Great experience. We came up from the South Bay and it was worth the drive.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Overall food and service was good. I did put that we are celebrating a birthday dinner in reservation but nothing was done for us. It would be nice if something special is given for my son. Salad bar is excellent. Desert option was ok.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was our first time at Pampas and we really loved it. The food was excellent, and the rodizio style of having rotisserie meats brought to and carved right at our tables was a lot of fun. We'll be back!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 2, 2017

One of the best places in Palo Alto for a special occasion, or if you want to treat someone to a thank you dinner that makes an impact. Just get the radizio and sidebar and you are guaranteed a great experience and can eat as much as you want. If you do have room left, the peanut butter cup dessert is outstanding to share as well.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

I used to love Pampas for a special occassion. The service is still lovely, but the meats have gone downhill in my opinion. There is not enough flavors for most of the meats unfortunately and sometimes they are well done which is not to my liking. Unlike Fogo de Chao, when they come around with meat, it looks like they have just enough for our table. Perhaps that was because we went on a Sunday night when it wasn't that busy. At Fogo, they come around with full skewer full of meat. For the Parmesan Filet Mignon, they came around to our table of 4 with 4 pieces. I guess it just seems like they make enough for each table. We didn't get the picanha but to be honest, we didn't ask for it. The Pineapple and chicken hearts were my favorite items of the night. The Chorizo was awful and dry! I guess the fact that the meats seemed one note does not encourage me to ever come back.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on September 18, 2017

Very good dinner

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Enjoyed a nice dinner with friends

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 11, 2017

My husband and I went to Pampas for a casual dinner. We have been to a Brazilian rodizio many times before. The salad/side bar was poor. The feijoada was not to standard taste. I ordered a sangria, which was undrinkable. The waiter took it from the table, and still charged us for it. The cheese bread was old/dry. The fried banana was undercooked, which makes it taste weird. The serving between meats took ages, and we only saw half of what was advertised. I ask for my meat a little more well done, and they came right at the end.
The meat overall was okay. The lamb and top sirloin was very nicely prepared and tasty, but everything else was bland.
I do not like to complain, but Pampas is really not a reasonable choice. There are better rodizios, if you are willing to drive to San Mateo.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Very satisfied with the level of service and the food. Staff were friendly and very accommodating.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

The food selection was less compare to few years ago. The meat was high in salt and services were good

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 29, 2017

Great place for large groups. no need to wait for all orders to be taken and food to come. fun to dine as a group with all the meats that keep coming. salad bar has a good variety as well

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Paleo Friendly
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 (London)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Ground floor and top floor too noisy and lot of children . Nice and quiet lower floor instead . Overall great diner and go for Rodicio menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Celebrating with my husband. The staff were so friendly, and the food was prepared amazingly well (more so than usual and we are pretty regular).
We love spoiling ourselves at Pampas, and are looking for our next excuse to visit!!

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Sadly, Fogo de Chao is much better than this. We went to avoid the "chain" restaurant and support a local restaurant in Palo Alto. The upstairs lacked ambience, although the space with the upstairs and downstairs was unique and different. That's where our appreciation ended. Essentially, we were there to have a tasty meal and the meat was not flavorful unless you had an exterior cut with seasoning. They probably didn't brine the meat because the chicken was so dry and the lamb was so overcooked. The salad bar was minimal with nothing "top shelf" as in, basic sides that any salad bar would offer. Not a lot of thought or flavor went into the dishes except for a very small, select few that were unique and tasty (asian pasta salad, rice, roasted mushrooms). The mozzarella cheese was awful. The broccoli lacked seasoning and was not very cooked... how hard is it to season and steam broccoli?!? We spent almost $240 for a two person dinner and our experience was nothing close to an equitably-priced dining experience at almost any other steak house. We would have had a better experience and food at a chili's for a quarter of the price. At least those meals have been taste tested. Very disappointing for our celebratory dinner for my spouse.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Good food but pretty pricey even if you just do an entree.

Tags: Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fun, Special Occasion
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

This was my third time at Pampas, this time I had taken someone for their birthday. It's always a good experience however, the birthday dessert wasn't free. I usually don't mind paying but the hostess told me over the phone that birthday dinners come with a complementary dessert. I did not have them remove it form the check, but I think that if in fact that is something Pamapa's honors - it should be know by ALL STAFF.

Tags: Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food is just as good as ever, but the service is lousy. They push bread and salads on you. Then they bring by the cheapest meat cuts first. You have to beg to get the filet of beef. There is no service, as your waitperson spends hours helping large Silicon Valley corporate groups.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Was good food (meat!!!) but overall experience just Ok - our dinner started from us noticing that we both got dirty napkins :-(

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Our hostess was very attentive and professional. Good selection in the salad section.

Tags: Bar Seating, Cozy, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent foods, Excellent Service!! Overall, Outstanding!!! Much better then Fogo De Chao or any other local Brazillian Steak House.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on August 4, 2017

Ambience was very moderate, more casual than romantic setting. Downstairs would've been more of an option of seating rather than upstairs since the lights were significantly brighter than wanted. Other than that food was great, filet mignon was fairly more well-done than previous experience. Drinks, strong, were great and brought by really quick. Over all the experience was great and would come back again on another special occasion.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Pampas is a great place for meat lovers. Steak and chicken were cooked to perfection. And the restaurant is spacious with modern decor, excellent ambiance.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 30, 2017

A little expensive and we didn't have any alcohol

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Really bad quality meats not prepared well and hard. Over priced for what they give you. Would not recommend and would not go back. Big delays in serving the food

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Went with a group of people including a two year old. We all had rodizio. First of all, the hostess was unwelcoming with a either take it or leave it attitude. Second of all, the meat selection was very poor, we dined for 3 hours with a large group and only saw no more than 6 selections of meat. Third, they gave us a whole lot of cheese puffs and at the end of the meal, we kindly asked a server (the ones that takes away dirty plates and clean tables) if we could get those to go since they will end up in the garbage anyway. The server didn't say a word and took the cheese puffs away. He came back a few minutes after and just dropped a bag with boxed cheese puffs on the table LOUD. Our group was shocked by his action because he dropped the bag from high up and made a loud notice on the table and just walked away. Very bad customer service especially at a fancy restaurant. Forth, our table server came to give us the bill and told us she did us a favor and didn't charge the kid (a two year old) because she didn't eat much. I've never been to a Brazilian steak house that would charge a kid under 6, so I don't understand why that server 'did us a favor and didn't charge us' for her meal. She didn't even have anything but her own food we brought for her! Overall very bad experience with both food and service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 22, 2017

We made a reservation at Pampas for our 38th wedding anniversary. It is not the fist time we went there... Meats are excellent. Definitely worth a try. I mentioned anniversary on reservation and we got a complimentary champagne. It was definitely unexpected, but very nice. Place is not cheap, but worth every penny.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Fabulous meat-eaters' paradise! Fun and festive place for us to have a special celebration.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Paleo Friendly
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The restaurant was packed. People on either side of us were pilling up plates like it was there last meal. What I remember as an elegant dining room looked more like a casino feed.

It was Stanford's graduation evening.

Tags: Healthy, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The service was terrible this time. We had to wait for the guy to come around, the waiter wasn't very attentive to us and my guest, very disappointment for us all. Even on this day for Father's day.

Tags: Tapas, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Great service, the staff was courteous and welcoming.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Healthy, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We went for Father's Day brunch. It wasn't too busy. The meats came out at steady flow. Limited drink options. Worst of all, moldy blackberries at the brunch bar.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 11, 2017

I love this place! It was amazing! Would recommend to anyone

Tags: Romantic, Comfort Food
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