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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.

Specials

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

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For Valentine's Day, Pampas is allowing a maximum of 2 hours of dining time for each reservation. For example, if a reservation is booked at 5:00pm, then it will end at 7:00pm. We will also be offering a mandatory prix fixe menu on this date. Hope to see you here!

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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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4.3

service

4.3

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4.3

value

3.9

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Moderate

84% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for a Date (11)
Good for Anniversaries (10)
Fit for Foodies (9)
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Comfort Food (7)
Cozy (6)
Business Meals (6)
Romantic (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Paleo Friendly (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Authentic (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Tasting Menu (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Vegan (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Love this Pampas, great service and food is delicious.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined 4 days ago

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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·Dined 6 days ago

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 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 7, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 6, 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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·Dined on January 4, 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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·Dined on January 1, 2018

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 January 1, 2018

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 20, 2017

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

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Notable Wine List
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 16, 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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·Dined on November 27, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great service and really good food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 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 19, 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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·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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vip
 (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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