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.
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Brazilian Steakhouse, Californian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 5:00pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Evening Lounge Open Daily at 5:00pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
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There is a 5 story public parking garage next door.
The Palo Alto Caltrain stop is directly across the street.
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
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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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