Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum

4.3
886 Reviews
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Fogo de Chao is the leading Brazilian steakhouse specializing in fire-roasting high-quality meats since 1979 utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco. Please join us in our dining room and patio, or bring the Fogo Experience to you with Fogo To-Go, Butcher Shop or Catering for Pick-Up or Contactless Delivery. Visit www.fogo.com to make a reservation or place an order.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We celebrated my daughter’s birthday.

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ErikaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience5

We were accommodated earlier than our reservation, thanks to the ladies at the door. There were 6 of us, we ordered three of their dining Brazilian experience, and it was disappointing coz it took a while before we were able to try them all. We had to request several times to be able to taste the different meat selections. Took us three hours to get the food, the birthday complimentary cake took a while too but thank you 😊 All in all it wasn’t a great experience for a $400 + bill. I think I’ll try the Brazilian steak house in Long Beach instead. I don’t think we’ll be returning to this one any time soon. I wanted my kids to experience a nice birthday, two of them but it was a flop!

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded 16 hours ago

We apologize for letting you down, Erika, as this special celebration should have met your every expectation. We will be reviewing your comments and working hard to ensure your next visit is amazing.

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VictorR
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Though things were overall good the availability of meat wasn’t as large parties took up a lot of choices.

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vipKimS
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is a great place to go for a special occasion. Bring your appetite if you are going to do the food sampler deal, the staff is readily available to bring you all different kinds of meat to try. The quality of meat is good and the variety is abundant.

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AhmadEG
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and ambiance! We didn't use the open buffet because we only eat halal, so we ordered fish from the a la carte menu. Wish if they add a halal food option in the future, God willing.

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MissL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Staff seemed overwhelmed trying to keep up with unexpected demand on a Tuesday evening. We reserved for a special occasion for 15 people. We were seated promptly and staff members were very kind but seemed a bit frazzled by our large number. The service was slow and the food was not tasty.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on January 10, 2022

While we appreciate you noting our team's kind service, we truly apologize for not earning your full satisfaction. We'd love to have another opportunity to provide you with a joyful experience, so we hope you'll consider returning. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Price is worth it, quality food and the best service

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TamilaZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years dinner - delightful & delish experience!

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on January 4, 2022

Cheers to that! Thank you for the review, Tamila!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

The service was awful. We kept having to ask serveral different servers for our drinks that we ordered to arrive along with other condiments. We waited 15min for our drinks to arrive. They forgot to enter in our dessert order. Then it got delivered to the wrong table and was sent back so we ended up with melted ice cream. We never had the same server return to our table. It was always someone different. The only was who helped him us fully was Alfredo and he wasn’t even serving our section.
The food was definitely not worth the price. The meats had no flavor and the salad bar was never fully stocked. I asked the guy stocking the buffet bar if he could bring out more bread and he said it would be 20min or more cuz they had to cut it. I asked again if he could go check or ask someone else and he said No. I definitely will not be returning to or recommending Fogo de Chao.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on January 1, 2022

We are sorry for the wait you experienced, as our team should always be serving your meals and drinks in an efficient manner. Please know we appreciate your feedback and sincerely hope you don't allow this to keep you from visiting us again for a five-star experience.

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vipDebra
Orange County
27 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve dinner w/our boys. Everything was great!

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JerryD
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I wish I could give this location a better rating.

I've been to probably 15 different Fogo De Chao restaurants all across the country

Only once before had I have this problem where the Server completely ignored or forgot about my table.

How much I spent is irrelevant as all deserve great service. But after ordering enough to warrant a decent ammount on the bill one would think the Server would pay a bit more attention for the tip.

After an hour and a half and I couldn't get my parties water and or drinks refilled or get a chance to order desert the tip went out the window as well as our satisfaction of location.

The Customer Service Representative came by and I explained what was going on. She did her best to make things right and I appreciate and applaud her efforts. Still, it was after the fact and the mood was killed.

The food was fantastic, the place was clean and enjoyable. The CSR was amazing.

I will return in the future but for this particular visit, I can not over look that my party was over looked for nearly the entire visit.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on January 3, 2022

While we're glad to know our team member tried to make things right, Jerry, we truly apologize for not meeting your complete expectations. We will review this with our team, and we hope you'll consider giving us another chance to better serve you in the future, as your satisfaction is important to us.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great to come to Fogo de Chão, food is great and service always top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience5

Servers never came to us. We had to keep yelling out for them to stop. They always passed us as they came out of the kitchen. The waitress kept forgetting to bring us back something we asked for. Like for example, we asked for creamer for our coffee and she never came back. Then checked on us and the coffee was cold but no creamer in hand.. Food was good but service was not acceptable.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on January 6, 2022

We never want you to feel ignored, as attentive and efficient service is important. We truly apologize and will be sharing your review with our team to ensure your next visit is amazing in every way. Thank you.

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Jorg
Orange County
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

I have eaten at a variety of Brazilian style restaurants including some in Brazil. I found the meat to be of rather low quality, Lots of fat and gristle. At least half the meat was fat or not edible.

Service was also inattentive. Perhaps they are understaffed? That I could understand.

I am a harsh critic in that the quality and freshness of the ingredients is very important to me I think that the price did not match the quality.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on January 1, 2022

We love making quality and delicious meals, Jorg, and we are saddened to read we did not meet your expectations. We appreciate your comments, as feedback helps us to continually improve. We hope you'll consider giving us another chance to better serve you.

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Cali
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience and loved every part of the meal. Great service and amazing food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re all delighted from the reception, cuisine orientation, dining and all. I could say that their quality and standards exceeds most establishments we’ve been. We will definitely take more family and friends. We are your patrons for life. More power and God’s blessings to Fogo de Chao!

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GlenA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Great service!
Ouch on the price, $100 for lunch for two.
But....I would go again!

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JonathanV
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Our group has very little meat because waiters rarely came by. Service to get drinks and utensils were neglected. Refills were once for the total hour we were there. For a four hundred dollar price tag. Never again.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on December 29, 2021

Our team should always be providing enough cuts and drinks to ensure your satisfaction, Jonathan, and we apologize for falling short. We hope you'll consider giving us another chance to better serve you in the future, as your trust is important to us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The service was great but the buffet items were not fresh. The silver ware were dirty and the menus needed to be cleaned. I can’t believe they would give us stained menus and dirty silverware during COVID. our server was great and so were the meats but for the price- it’s not worth it.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on December 29, 2021

Keeping our guests safe continues to be a priority, so please know that we take your remarks seriously. When you're ready, we hope you will grant us another opportunity to earn your trust. Best.

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ChrisL
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is THE place for meat lovers to dine in an upscale restaurant and have a nice gathering with friends and family. Very convenient access from Irvine Spectrum shopping plaza. The assortment of steaks was mouth watering and the table carve side service was quick and efficient. We will come back on another special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great, service was good. They forgot my friend's lemonade drink. We asked for 4 times and was never brought out. Talked to the sever and she said the dessert person didn't come to work and they usually make the lemonade. So it was forgotten about. NBD. Food came out pretty quickly. Overall would recommend.

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tinap
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Was not enough help and was not forgot about several times.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on December 28, 2021

Our team is saddened to hear this, as offering helpful and attentive service is our highest priority. We appreciate you taking a moment to share your feedback, and we will be reviewing your experience with our team. Please know that having another chance with you would mean a great deal to us, and we hope you will consider returning.

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vipTheresaM
Seattle
39 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thanks for being open on Christmas!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good service we enjoyed our dinner

OT
OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Christmas dinner with 13 people

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KPfavord
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, delicious cuts of meant done perfectly, and the market table offered a delicious fresh spread with great variety. Though our server forgot to bring 3 of 4 of our sides for the full experience, a hostess came by later, inquired and made sure we quickly received the sides and the few cuts of meat we hadn't yet got. Our only complaint was that on of the doors at the front was left open, and because we were seated not far from the door, it was uncomforably cold sometimes. Overall, a good experience with great food.

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vipSuper
Orange County
72 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Dined on Christmas Day. Food was mostly good, though the meat was over salted. Ordered a Papaya Ice Cream dessert. Waited for 20-30 minutes. The dessert was sitting so long it was more like Papaya Ice Cream milk. Then, they attempted to over charge me for "Christmas Day", even though there was not mention of a higher price on the menu nor disclosure by any employee prior. I still tipped 18%. This was my first visit and will be my last visit.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on December 28, 2021

We strive to be as accommodating as possible, and we sincerely apologize for falling short of your expectations. Please know that we value the feedback you have shared, and we hope for another chance in the near future to offer you a five-star visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Orange County
54 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This location has seriously gone downhill. This was a second time that this has happened as I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. Fogo used to be the best Brazilian BBQ around but not anymore.

From making reservations and then checking in and waiting 20 minutes past while other parties of the same size that checked in after us were seated first is only the start. Getting dirty menus while seated for the $63.95 BBQ that was marginal at best. However, the biggest let down was the Buffet area that was widely considered the best is below mediocre. White rice that was not white race and not cooked to soggy black beans. My wife who is Brazilian commented on how the food is nowhere near what it was.

This was our last time at this restaurant considering the service, quality of food, and lack of value.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on December 27, 2021

Our team is saddened to read of your disappointment in your visit. We work hard to provide positive experiences, so we're sorry we missed the mark. We will review your feedback and use it to improve, and we hope we can work to regain your confidence.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bridget went above and beyond during our service. We were truly and impressed for our first time at this location and will certainly be returning. Thanks again!

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Richardy
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service is great. Food is good. We had a good time.

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vipNayt
Orange County
10 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was fantastic, very friendly and prompt. But much of the meat was dry and over cooked, and one slice was raw.
The pieces that were cooked right were delicious, but were few between. Also the salad bar was decent, but so busy and not well stocked, which was understandable given we ate on Christmas Eve.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on December 27, 2021

It's always our hope that our guests have positive experiences here, so it's disappointing to read your remarks. We're sorry you didn't fully enjoy your visit, and we will review this with our team to help ensure future experiences are worthy of five stars. Thank you.

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melinanizam
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Went for Christmas Eve and the food overall could have been better. Not sure if it’s just this location or it’s a one off or what but the taste of food doesn’t wow me. I felt like i was eating the steaks and chicken like as if I cooked at home. It did lack a bit of flavor on most meats I tried. The price person doesn’t match the quality of food. This is a one time place to try in your life and see how it goes after. Service is pretty good, just not the food.

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HAQ05
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Food was great, service at the table was poor at best. Server disappeared at the beginning of the meal and we were only checked on when we were able to flag someone down, let someone who appeared to be in charge know as we were leaving, and was offered a half-hearted apology. Unacceptable.

Fogo de Chao - Irvine Spectrum
Responded on December 25, 2021

We strive to exceed the expectations of our guests, and we apologize that this was not the case during your visit. Your feedback is appreciated and our team would like to make this right, so we hope you will consider returning in the future. Thank you.

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AnthonyE
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, excellent Attentiveness service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and wonderful food!

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AutumnS
1 review