About Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse

Known for outstanding service, the authentic “churrascaria” offers more than 12 flavorful cuts of meat including lamb, pork, chicken and beef on skewers carved table side by gauchos. In addition to several cuts of meat, the continuous service includes a trip to the fresh and bountiful salad bar followed by a basket of traditional, mouthwatering pao de queijo (cheese bread). Fried plantains, buttery garlic mashed potatoes and fried polenta are served family style. An excellent, extensive wine list and authentic Brazilian cocktails complement the unlimited fare.

At our restaurant we are proud to bring you all the tradition behind the unique and original Brazilian way of serving meat. Food doesn’t stop arriving until you’ve had enough. Whether it’s a cocktail reception, class reunion, corporate picnic, magnificent wedding reception, or any occasion we can create a great event fueled by our passion for perfection.

3008 Finley Rd.
Downers Grove, IL 60515
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Brazilian Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday : 5:00pm - 9:30pm, Friday 5:00pm -10:00pm Dinner, Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm

Cross Street:
Butterfield

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(630) 324-6002

Website:
http://www.chamagaucha.com/

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

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Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.8

service

4.8

ambience

4.6

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (104)
Good for Anniversaries (76)
Good for a Date (74)
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Good for Birthdays (70)
Good for Groups (66)
Worth the Drive (61)
Romantic (60)
Fun (43)
Authentic (37)
Business Meals (36)
Great for Lunch (32)
Fit for Foodies (29)
Casual (28)
Notable Wine List (27)
Cozy (26)
Creative Cuisine (24)
Kid-friendly (19)
Comfort Food (19)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Handcrafted Cocktails (16)
Tasting Menu (15)
Sunday Lunch (14)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Brunch (12)
Paleo Friendly (12)
Gluten Free Options (11)
Healthy (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (10)
Disabled Access (9)
People Watching (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Seasonal (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Late-night Find (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Spicy (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Great Beer (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

Nothing short of amazing! We have been here three times over the last few years, and this place never disappoints. The service is outstanding! And that is just the beginning. The food is really out of this world, And is the best steakhouse we have ever been to. The food is hot off the spirit and cut right at the table, making it delicious. There are 12 or 13 styles of meat to try during your meal. In addition to that, there is an extensive salad bar with a bunch of delicious items to choose from. At your table you're also serve mashed potatoes some rolls and some fried bananas, which my kids could not get enough hours!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 3 days ago

I attended with 4 friends from the gym and cannot say enough positive things about this resteraunt. The service was impeccable. Our side dishes never went more than a minute without being refilled (in almost all cases new sides were delivered before existing were gone). Our water and my iced tea were never empty. The meat servers were extremely friendly and cordial. The food? My goodness. Steakhouse quality beef, exceptionally seasoned, melt-in-your-mouth cuts, all super tender at a reasonable price give it's unlimited amounts! The salad bar is also phenomenal, although I must admit I don't go to a Brazilian Steakhouse to partake in greens. That said it is amazing!! While strips of candied bacon for your salad, large olives and everything is fresh. My only regret? I am told their desserts are equally as amazing but none of us had room even to split one. One of these days I'm going to give them a try. I highly recommend this restaurant. This is my fourth visit now, I first using an Open Table reservation, and I have never been disappointed. One of my favorite all-time restaurants.

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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was spectacular and staff was great with my kids. Often times, other places focus on attending to the adults only. They helped my 10 year old remove and hang his coat. Then helped put it back on. Salad bar was spectacular and very fresh. Meat was cooked to.each of our desire temperatures. Definitely will be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined 4 days ago

Chama Gaucha was this single greatest eating experience of my life. This was actually my second visit. I came with some business colleagues while we were working in Chicago. One is a food connoisseur and recommended it , so we skipped lunch that day and went to Chama Gaucha. The salad bar is amazing with a selection of delicious vegetables, cheeses, and a few meats. The star of the show is the Brazilian cuts of meat that they bring to your table when you flip your card green. The filet mignon is incredible, as is the filet mignon e frango (bacon wrapped filet of beef or chicken) and the fraldinha . The only meat that I did not enjoy was the beef rib, which was not to my liking. Fortunately you get to try everything, and there are plenty of choices that were exquisite.

The service was excellent, except for one thing... when we were ready to go it seemed impossible to get the waiter to bring our check. They cleaned our table and we still sat there until we specifically requested the check. I ranked the service 4 star only because of this (it happened on both visits). Regardless, I will definitely be back.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Chicago)·Dined 4 days ago

Overpriced. Meat quality could’ve been better for what they charge per person. Not much meat to choose from. Salad bar could’ve been better. Cheese bread was Delicious. Mashed potatoes tasted like they came from the box.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined 4 days ago

Great place great food great services you guys make my day beautiful I always enjoy the food here thanks so much for everything you guys do

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Business Meals, Casual, Comfort Food
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

LOve going there but they need to organize their reservations and walk ins. I made this reservation days earlier and even place a note saying is two adults and two high chairs. We check in 5:50 resv was at 6pm. Of course we waited. 6:15 nothing while others even recent people that walk in get taken care off, people with children and bigger crowds. They said they are finding high chairs. Like really?! You should have already had it set at least 5min prior to reservations. That’s the only reason I’m giving it an eh stars.

Tags: Seasonal, Business Meals, Romantic, Good for a Date, Casual, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Comfort Food, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

My husband and I had been here on a weeknight previously and most recently were there on a Saturday night with another couple who had never been to a Brazilian steakhouse before. The food was amazing at both visits. I would definitely return and take guests there. The difference we noted was the ambiance. The noise level was much louder on a Saturday night, which made it somewhat difficult to hear what the wait staff was saying. While we didn't have the same experience at each visit and prefer the quieter weeknight, the food was consistently great and we'll be back!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was great and the atmosphere was lovely, however our service was off. We were hurried through our dinner, our waiter not even letting us sit down before taking our drink order. Our dinner was the rush that you expect, however when it came to dessert and the check we were again rushed, not allowing any time to enjoy the dessert and coffee, the waiter standing in front of us the entire time to pay our bill, even though we had just received our dessert. He had split the checks in a very odd way, assuming the two Chinese people at our table were together (they were not). I was paying for mine and my husband's meal in cash, and he took the tip away before I had finished counting to know I had put the right amount down. I understand a busy night, but it made the meal uncomfortable.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Paleo Friendly
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 (Orlando)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Impressed with service. Very homey feeling. Staff catered to my every needs. The salad bar is clean fresh and has lots of options of great cuisine. The meat cuts are amazing. Definelty try the house Sirloin and lamb chops.

Definitely coming back here again

Tags: Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Seasonal, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 8, 2018

The food and aervcie are excellent. As well as thr server.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 8, 2018

We were celebrating my brothers birthday. Everything went well and we were well taken care of

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Fantastic dinner! We loved all of the selections! Everything we ate was perfectly prepared. Our waiter, Kirk, was attentive and friendly. We'll definitely be back.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Great as always

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We have been at this restaurant once before which was a great experience. Unfortunately this time we felt very rushed even though we were only there for little over an hour. We did not appreciate feeling rushed considering this was my wife's birthday and a date night. Next time we will choose to go elsewhere.
Thank you.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Holiday get together.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We go every year and they never disappoint. Food and service is exceptional. 5 Star recommendation. We love this place!!!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I love Chama Gaucha. Always great food. Always great service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Special Occasion, Authentic, Business Meals, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Food very good. Service is a bit rushed. Didn't really enjoy feeling pressured to eat & run.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went on New Year’s eve and had a great time. The food was amazing and the service was great. I would highly recommend going to anyone.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

The decor is a bit dated but service and food were amazing. Felt like being on a cruise ship, where staff and servers went above and beyond and were on top of everything. We will be back.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

New Year’s Eve

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We had reservations for New Years Eve. We were seated promptly. Great service. Meats were cooked to perfection. Salad bar was phenomenal. Would recommend. Am definetly returning.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I was there for my birthday and advised the server of this when we got there. But he missed the opportunity at the end. My son was in the bathroom when we ordered and received our desserts. So, the server brought my son's dessert out with Happy Birthday drawn on plate.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Healthy, Casual, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Cozy, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent experience every time! Only wish is that that would turn the music down just a tad to make it more of background music. Still easily able to talk over it.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

This is such a wonderful restaurant. Whenever I want Brazilian, this is the only place I crave. Service is impeccable and the food is outstanding. Never disappoints and the money spent is well worth it. Make sure you go super hungry!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

There is no other Brazilian Steakhouse I would go to. This is definately worth the drive. Continues to be my #1 place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

My husband's second home! We just love this place.
A+ service. Highly recommend.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Everything was wonderful minus when we came in. We made a reservation for 630. Had to wait about 15 minutes. I asked the girl at the desk several times what was the point of making a reservation if we had to now wait still. She was trying very hard to avoid my question and blow us off. I then sent my husband up to ask and same thing. A group that came in after us got seated. Highly irritated, I walked up again and asked the girl and again she nervously tried to blow me off and avoid giving me a straight answer. A few minutes later we got a table. After that our servers were wonderful, food was amazing. All was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food and drinks were amazing! The service was top notch!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We had a large group reserved for 14 people, and had 12 people show up. This was a work-related Christmas party. The table was in a great spot and very cozy for our large group; it was far enough from the high-traffic area, yet close enough to the salad bar. Our server was excellent; he was available at any given moment and fulfilled all of our requests. The meat servers had visited our table more than plenty and offered us more than we could indulge in. Overall, a well-coordinated dining experience for our large group. We all left happy with full bellies, smiles, and desserts to-go. The host gladly took pictures for our large group by the Christmas tree. Fantastic place, better salad bar and higher quality meats than other Brazillian steakhouses I've been to. Definitely will be back and will consider this place for the next party!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Healthy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Always exceptional! My favorite restaurant. Food, service, atmosphere could not be any better!!!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Better than expected. Servers were on top of everything. Food was top notch. Plenty of meats, extensive salad bar. Even though place was crowded, noise level was tolerable for conversations with other member of party

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Once again Chama Gaucha delivers! Probably the best service ever! Whatever you like they will find for you and omg the desserts are fantastic! They are pricey but it is well worth the price!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Cozy, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fun, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We enjoyed our meal at Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse on Christmas Eve. It was busy, but we were seated in a smaller room in the back that was quiet. The meats were excellent and fresh, served quickly and there were more than enough options! We aren't big eaters, so the all-you-can-eat approach wasn't a draw, but the variety was really nice. The salad bar was large, but not exceptional. If I wasn't going to eat meat, I wouldn't order the salad bar as a vegetarian option. This really is a carnivore's delight and there are far better vegetarian options. Fun meal!

Tags: Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

The whole experience was wonderful as always. We were seated immediately and the staff didn't miss a beat. The food was wonderful as always.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing as always!

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Chamagaucha is the one place that my entire family enjoys. It's the SERVICE that brings us back every time. We had a corner table and it seemed we were getting passed over by the guys with the meat...lol Once my husband spoke to the manager, we had more people coming to the table than we could handle. This place has not disappointed us and we pray it never does. Good service is just hard to find. Thank you Chamagaucha for another great family experience. See you in 2018!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Amazing service and great food would recomend!! They servers are respectful and wonderful people they take care of every detail and the food is amazing with a great taste!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 24, 2017

We have always had a GREAT time when we visit this place. The food is always AWESOME! This was an extra special event and the services were exceptional!!

Thanks for a great evening!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Cozy, Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Romantic
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