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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 - 9:00pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm

Evening Lounge Open Daily at 5:00pm

Cross Street:
University Ave

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

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 - 8:15PM

Mon - Thu 5:00PM - 5:30PM 7:45PM - 8:15PM

Fri - Sat 5:00PM - 5:15PM 8:15PM - 8:30PM

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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4.4

service

4.2

ambience

4.3

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (21)
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Good for a Date (15)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Romantic (10)
Cozy (9)
Fun (9)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Comfort Food (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Authentic (5)
Business Meals (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Seasonal (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Organic (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined a day ago

We received EXCELLENT service from our waiter, Luis! He was very attentive and explained all of our questions with patience and details. We had a wonderful time tonight. Thank you so much, Luis!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Valentine's dinner went great. We arrived early for our reservation and were seated promptly. Our server was a pleasant woman. The food was delicious, all the meats were well seasoned and the sides were good too. . It's just a little pricey, but good for our special night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Meat took forever to come around and stopped for 20 minutes halfway through. Restaurant packed with extra tables for Valentines. Mediocre service and majority of meat was subpar. Major ripoff.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

Great for Valentines Day!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Valentines celebration, the food was delicious and the service excellent!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Was seated immediately. Our server Jorge was great. Food was excellent. Can’t really complain about anything.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The food is delicious and the service attentive. Only downside is the high price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We always love Pampas. Our kids love the fact meat comes around on swords. And side bar is great, and meat is very tasty. Our kids always ask us to take them to Pampas for special occasions.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We were charged for an extra meal ($55) and when we called the next day they said they could not refund our money-only give us a gift card. Or server also charged us for the"free" birthday dessert ($9). Not the most money in the world, but why were we charged?

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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 30, 2018

We ordered the fish (Halibut) of the day, but it turned out to be quite dissappointing as it was rather small in portion and overdone on the stove, with too much salt in the sauce.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food was delicious! The ambiance was better than Santana Row, the dinning place it is more private less crowded. Perfect for a date night.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Been coming here for years to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries. Best value on the Peninsula! Food is delish, wine is delish, service is great, and we leave full and happy every time!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Food looked so healthy and well prepared
Overall mood was so nice
Employees provided perfect service

Tags: Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Seasonal, Authentic, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Great for Lunch, Organic, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Although there is red/geeen notification for wait staff to bring the meat selections, we had to ask for the waiters to bring out the food several times.
When we got the food it was good but the wait between the selections was way too long long. I was very disappointed and will probably not return.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Charcuterie is not my thing, but my companion was very impressed. Nice salad bar. I really appreciated the "well-done" plate; i'm on cancer meds and can't have raw meat. Attentive waiters.

Tags: Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

We went there for dinner me and my husband but Unfortunately the service was very bad poor quality of meats poor salad buffet Very noisy We couldn’t finish our dinner we love Brazilian Steakhouse but this place was the worst restaurant that I have ever had don’t waste your time and your money

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Love this Pampas, great service and food is delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Pampasbis is an excellent place to go! We loved it.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 12, 2018

the waitress is so impatient here. Overall food is great.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Excellent - Pampas is not to be missed! Service and ambiance was great. Food was plentiful and fantastic. We have dined at many, many restaurants around the globe and this was highly memorable and recommended!

Tags: People Watching, Spicy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Meats are good but price is way off the charts expensive and I don't think we'll be returning. I'd rather go to a nice restaurant and get my own meal and not worry about choosing meats as they come to the table. The wait staff and meat servers are wonderful, we were there when the place was empty so we were able to get everything we wanted at a good pace. I can never eat enough of the food bar AND the meats to warrant spending all that money. I'd almost just order the food bar separately and skip the meats, as there are so many really really good dishes and salads on the bar that I didn't scoop up because I knew I'd be too full to enjoy the meats and get my money's worth of them. The tenderloins (adobo pork, and parmesan and garlic and herb beef) are the absolute best, the chicken (mild and spicy) are terrific, and the bacon-wrapped turkey is decadent. If you have a huge stomach, go for it. But it's painful if you try not to overstuff yourself. I wish I could just order the pork tenderloin or the filet alone, and like my son said, just have one salad instead of the whole "food bar".

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Go here hungry! Pampas is great for a meat eater with a big appetite. We had 15 different meats being served the night we went and had them all! The salad bar is huge and full of lots of variety to complement the meat dishes. I learned from my first time, not to eat a salad before, but get sides to accompany the meat. I get small tastes of them all. Lots of fun and very tasty! We ate early so the noise level was moderate and the service was excellent!

Tags: Fun, Healthy
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2018

We loved the creative drinks in the bar. The Diablo cocktail is an interesting and exotic tasting!

The restaurant's decor is beautiful and roomy with soft features to dampen the sounds. The service was wonderful and we loved the amazing array of foods in the salad bar. The meats were wonderful to taste and we enjoyed how they were presented and carved at our table.

A very fun evening and loved the experience!

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Average rodizio that is overpriced.
The place is elegantly decorated and the ambiance is good but the food is nothing but average and the price isndefinitely excessive for the quality.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

A way overpriced considering the poor quality of meat,salty and tough. The salad bar was OK. Nothing special about this place I would not recommend it.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s eve I will go back good place good service not too noisy but does have a nose nice place food was excellent I would highly recommend

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vip
 (Hong Kong)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Friendly staff, great and efficient service. 10/10 for meat lovers

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The food was flavorful and each was unique. No one will leave hungry.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 15, 2017

This used to be my favorite Brazilian Steakhouse in the Bay Area, however after my recent visit it was lacking the flavor and quality it used to have. I had to ask after 20 minutes and watching other tables get the cheese bread and fried goodies if we could get some too as well as water. We and the table all around us were served cold meat. Disappointed in this visit and will have to find a new fave Brazilian steakhouse now.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

I went here for an end of the year company lunch and would never go back due to the service. Food was fine but since I do not eat meat I cannot speak for the meat menu/options. There was a lot of confusion going on with the service/servers/managers. We were all very frustrated and wanted to leave but had to wait for everything but the meats that come out on he sword. I would not suggest or go back.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great salad bar, variety of meats and good service !

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Vegan, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great service and really good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

10th anniversary dinner. Rodizio buffet & red wine followed by coconut flan & Royal Tokaji dessert wine.

The ambience is slipping a bit in a couple of ways - Lots of dust on the chandeliers, menus torn and in need of replacement, bathroom faucet broken. Not up to the standards in my memory of past visits, however these are small items considering the excellent quality of the service and food, just worth noting since it’s a relatively high-end place.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 18, 2017

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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 11, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 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 5, 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 28, 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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