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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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4.3

service

4.3

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4.2

value

3.8

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (14)
Good for Groups (13)
Special Occasion (13)
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Good for Birthdays (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Fun (9)
Fit for Foodies (9)
Business Meals (8)
Authentic (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Romantic (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Creative Cuisine (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)
Late-night Find (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2017

Great place for special ocassion, although most meats are pretty rare and you don't get all the choices unless you tell the waiter.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 11, 2017

This is my 6th or 7th time to Pamaps and I think the food quality has been getting worse. The meat is not as juicy and it is a bit overcooked for most of the meats that I tried. I remember a few years ago, every single meats was cooked perfectly.

I still will go back if I cant find any other Brazilian steak house around the area.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

I made reservations for 7:45pm and were seated promptly. We had an amazing meal, food and drinks was on point. Our waitress was sweet and suggested really great options for dessert which we ordered. We received our bill and paid while we were having our dessert. We were there a max of hour and 15mins when the manager came over and said that they have a large party waiting for our table and implied we had to leave. I paid $200 for dinner... I wasn't aware I was renting the table for a hour and 15mins. Overall food is great but management needs to be trained better on handling situations.

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 (New England)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Excellent value for money. We paid $60 per person for an unlimited amount of high-quality meat and sides. Waiters were very responsive and the mix of meats was very good. Highly recommended for special occasions, better than average dinner or a date (but not a first date). Avoid if not a meat eater!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 1, 2017

Fantastic waiter who spoke Portuguese and Spanish. Good food and choices for everyone.
We started at 7:30 and felt rushed. Plates taken away and other obvious prompts by several staff that they were ready to close. We were having a mom's dinner out and are hardly late nighters. At the price point, I felt we should not have had to gulp our wine and rush through the dessert.

Tags: Tapas, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Quality of meat is everything for these restaurants. Unfortunately, this was just above average - not bad, better than a famous Brazillian place in Beverly Hills, but not great. The meats were cooked and seasoned well, though. The pineapple was sour, meat wasn't very moist, sausages were like chewing on salty sawdust. The salad bar was alright, not as big a selection as the high end places.

The best part was their service, the food kept coming and we didn't have to look around for someone with the right skewer. When we asked for sausages, they brought them right out.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 21, 2017

Fantastic veggie, salad, cheese bar that can be a great meal itself. Rodizio meats are always excellent and never disappoint. Perfect for family, business, friends.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 19, 2017

Food has deteriorated. It used to be good. Espetus and Fogo de Chao are more authentic Brazilian food. Worse thing is the waitress who didn't know her product line. Moreover, she took my guest's credit card in lieu of mine even though I had given my card at the start and explained why. She even asked me in front of the guest if it was okay to take his card. I said seriously "no" and even added that I made the reservation. She ignored that but came back later saying that they don't Diners Card (or apparently for that matter, Discover) embarrassing my guest.

I will never go back again. I'll discourage everyone I know from going there. The epitome of poor service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

The price you pay for the quality of meat is defiantly not worth it. We had the Rodizio and we were not impressed. A person can only eat so much meat and it's not worth $52. The salad bar is nothing to brag about either. We probably would've been better off and more satisfied ordering entrees instead.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 13, 2017

Anniversary

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Pampas is our go to restaurant for excellent. low carb, meat filled dining, with the best salad bar (the term seems inadequate) in Palo Alto.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly
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 (Denver)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We really enjoyed our experience at Pampas. The meats were well cooked and prepared. Our favorites are the leg of lamb, the fillet minion, and the tri tip. The pineapple is surprisingly good. It is recommended to go light on the salad bar because the meat will fill you up fast.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on February 11, 2017

First time. Delicious. Service lacking. Nice private room. Small but nice bar. Good drinks. OVERWHELMING amount of food. Delicious and amazing "salad bar." The cobbler was fabulous. Took forever to get coffee.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Fun, Bar Seating, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

We have been here many times and have recommended to many friends, co-workers, family members, etc. The food is top notch, service can be either fair or good, and the ambiance is very comfortable and romantic. I love the brick and light fixtures! Unfortunately during this visit we had an incident with the hostess who was rude. I called ahead to see if we could arrive "a little later than 6:00 pm" (our original scheduled time) and she replies "we can do 9:00 pm" with a sharp attitude. I said "no thank you, see you at 6:00 pm" as I was hoping for maybe 6:15, 6:30 pm or somewhere "a little" later than 6:00 pm. When we arrive we were supposed to have two glasses of sparkling brought to the table as we were celebrating an early Valentine's Day. My husband called ahead to arrange this ahead of time but when we checked in with the hostess the same rude hostess tells my husband "you know they aren't free right?". Again, rude. We then waited 15 minutes for the sparkling to arrive to the table and we had to ask our server twice to bring it. Our server was very sweet and probably the best one we have had there! Too bad the hostess had such a stanky attitude.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Healthy, Romantic, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

This was LITERALLY the best dining experience I've experienced so far. My boyfriend and I celebrated an early Valentine's Day here and we decided to go with the rodizio, which is the all you can eat option. All the meats was melt in your mouth tender. Our favorites were the filet mignon, tri tip, pork loin, chicken hearts, and lamb chops. Pretty much everything, you can't go wrong with any of the options. We LOVED the chipotle steak sauce, which really enhances the flavors of the meat. Though you don't need it, since everything was seasoned perfectly. The side bar had a HUGE variety and everything tasted great especially the mushrooms! You might think it's expensive for the $51/person for the rodizio, but I believe you get your money's worth when it comes to the quantity and quality of the meat. The waitstaff was very friendly and informative. We definitely come here again and bring our families!

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 11, 2017

A better beer selection would be nice. ( bottles )

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

The service was poor. We were told that we couldn't be seated without a reservation and the restaurant was empty! We booked with open table and were seated within 5 minutes? There were very few servers circulating and we were offered the same poor cuts of meat multiple times. They were out of certain cuts of meats it was not a good experience. Save your time and money go to Fogo De Chao!

Tags: Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2017

So delicious! Love the meat selection, and the all you can eat everything is worth every penny!

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 2, 2017

This place was great. We go here every year for our anniversary and they have never failed us. Their cheese bread is to die for too.

Tags: Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2017

Excellent atmosphere and delicious food! Staff was very helpful and explained ridizio perfectly. The meats were cooked to perfection and the roasted pineapple is out of this world! I enjoy the red sangria!! Delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Fantastic food selection, in particular with the meats (obviously). The lamb was phenomenal and all the dishes in the side bar were great. The wine list was impressive and the service impecable. My only problem with the place was that the AC was on pretty high, so take a sweater or a jacket with you. The AC also made the meat cool down really quickly which was not the best. Still, unique dining experience and one of the best Rodizio's I've ever been to.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2017

my main complaint is about the food, for some reason they kept trying to serve us the same chicken with bacon over and over again, until our server noticed we didn't want to eat it,then she asked if we wanted to try any specific cut of meat. So we ask for some of the lamb and and couple other cuts of meat but after they brought what we asked for the rest of the stuff keep ignoring our table.
It was quite disappointing for our first time not sure if we comeback or recommend it to any of our friends
We will just stick to espetus better service and better quality

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We decided to go last-minute on a Friday night so we had choice of 5:30 or 8:30 and chose 5:30. Since there were few people there the service was superb. The only thing was that the only servers coming around were the beef guys, and there are far too many beef selections. We had to request the turkey and sausage and it took a while for them to come and by then we were full. The key is to keep your card turned to green but let the beef guys go. The skirt or flank steak was tough and the sausages were not my favorite style (too chunky) so just pick and choose the things you like and you should be good. $52 is overpriced if you can't stretch your stomach for so much food but at least they are generous.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2017

Meats were cooked to perfection, great salad bar.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 21, 2017

My Birthday

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2017

Service was good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 16, 2017

Love coming here. Excellent quality meats and side bar is amazing. Better than any other Brazilian Steak House in the Bay Area. Service is top notch, decor and ambiance is impressive.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2017

My friend and I did the all you can eat option. We both agreed that most of the meats were quite excellent but there were a few that were just meh. We were seated in the downstairs area which was quieter and felt more intimate and the service was quite good. We both ordered drinks and were happy with our cocktails.

Tags: Fun, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

The Meats were overcooked and salty today. The salad bar was better then the meat. :( i liked my first visit better.

There were some dirty plates and cups that i had to have switched out multiple times.

Overall this time around i was disappointed. Our server was attentive and we tipped her well.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2017

Out of all Brazilian steakhouses this one has the best sides. Our waiter was great. There was one server who constantly skipped our table and others did too. Once we mentioned this to our waiter, all servers stopped at our table. I suggest to request seating on the main floor. This time I was in the basement and didn't get as many servers coming with meat. Last time I sat on the main floor servers were coming to our table constantly.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great experience. Very attentive staff. Food was great!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Pampas is the best Churrascaria in the Bay Area. My wife is Brazilian and she's very discriminating when it comes to Brazilian food. She loves the food at Pampas. The food and service were superb on our latest visit on New Year's Eve. It's always expensive meal, but it's worth it. We were disappointed there was little acknowledgement of the holiday. There was no live music, decoration, or celebration of any kind. Given the degree to which Brazilians celebrate the New Year's Eve and the 6 hour time difference, that's disappointing and a missed opportunity for the restaurant to make money.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2016

I found a piece of glass in the minestrone soup...I bit into it. I was very happy that my meal was complimentary without my having to ask for it. Pampas is an awesome restaurant. The food is delicious.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 22, 2016

You get what you pay for, and this place is fairly inexpensive for churrascaria. The meat was less-than-great, and the lamb chops were very gamey. The service was excellent and the sides-bar is fantastic. The decor is great and I love the high ceiling. I would not go here again, however, since the meat is the "plat principal" and it was sub-par.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2016

The food is great! Both the meat and buffet taste good.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 21, 2016

All the meat was way over cooked. Taste was great, but if all the meat was at least medium rare it would have been spectacular.

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 (New England)·Dined on December 21, 2016

The waiter showed a stone cold face through out. All meats were over cooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 18, 2016

No changing table available in the restaurant. Not family friendly

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

I came here many times before and this time seems down graded significantly. The meat quality was not as good as it used to. I asked for ribeye and server said "no ribeye available for rodizio". The meat selection were much less than other equivalent restaurants and we were there on a Saturday, the most busy day of the week. I would think twice if i would come back. Three stars would be a fair rating but no more than that. Hope it improves later.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 7, 2016

There are more variety of meat at other places like this one.

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