Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego

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1653 reviews
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Brazilian Steakhouse
Join us at Fogo de Chão® San Diego located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, perfectly situated to serve San Diegans and visitors as they enjoy the sights, sounds and festivals held in this exuberant district.
Fogo de Chão is an authentic Brazilian Steakhouse (Churrascaria) that has been setting the standard in Brazil for the past 36 years. Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill and carve tableside each of our cuts of meat like Picanha (signature sirloin), Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Fraldinha (Brazilian sirloin) Cordeiro (lamb) and more. In addition to the main dishes, enjoy our gourmet Market Table, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list. Guests can also choose to enjoy lighter seafood selections or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option.
We also offer semiprivate and private areas that can accommodate parties up to 130.
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Celebrate Easter at Fogo, Sunday, April 21, from 11 am-9pm. From fire-roasted meats to Brazilian brunch recipes, there’s something for everyone. Dinner price all day.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 1

I wrote in the notes for the reservation that it was my birthday- no one wished me a happy birthday. When we got there, my mom had apparently spoken off to the side with the hostess to ask for a birthday dessert for me- they never did anything. We got sat way in the back, and they kept serving meats to all the tables before us, so we never got anything but the sirloin options. Even when my husband specifically asked for the filet mignon and lamb, when they finally came to us about 15 minutes later, there was only one piece left on the skewer (though there were 4 of us who wanted some). So we had to wait another 15 minutes for the lamb. I never got a water refill. The customer service was just awful compared to my husband’s and my last visit. They must have new management (that is doing a poor job).

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l
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

took forever to start the food, get our drinks, and bread. they always say the bread is in the oven.

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RA
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great dinner staff and atmosphere were amazing

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MV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I we had a great experience it was the first time there the food was great prices ok the service wans wonderful defenely we are coming back with all the family thank you

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BM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

It’s a true gimmick, the meat was way over cooked and dry most of the time, the buffet looked sloppy and not really fresh. The potatoes, seemed to me to be half powedered half true potatoes. The wall next to where we were sitting was splattered with old food. Not worth the 57 a person, if you want good grilled meat go somewhere else.

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San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The waiting team was spectacular, everybody was super friendly and accommodating!

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DH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Worst Fogo de Chao experience ever

They forgot to bring us some items well over 20 times that we had asked for

And the food did not taste good this evening

Over $300 for four people

We know that going in however it was not worth 20 bucks in total

Beverly Hills Fogo to ciao good

San Diego really bad

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m
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

An honest review. $57 just doesn’t meet my threshold of worth. And that price point is without any types of drinks. To me it just isn’t worth the price. It’s good but not worth 65 to 85 dollars per person with drinks on the low end. I could get better meat choices at Cowboy Star for the same price with much better quality.

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PU
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We took our son for his 21st birthday, with some friends. They of course LOVED the bottomless meat, and I was thrilled with the extensive delicious salads and the VERY delicious (and perfectly cooked) sea bass. It's not inexpensive by any stretch, but if you have big eaters (4 x 21 yr old guys?!?), it's great. A bit noisy but ok.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Underwhelmed by all of it. The tables are so close to each other that I had to squeeze sideways in between tables to get to the salad bar. The beef we were served was way overcooked. At no point did anyone ask us how we would like our beef served. All meats tasted the same. Way too salty. And then sticker shock when I saw the bill. We will not be going back.

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E
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am surprised that every kind of meat could tastes so good!

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ET
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

I loved the service but the food was Good but pricy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

The environment was not great. We got seated in the back of the restaurant, like an overflow area. The people that were seated next to us were so loud and obnoxious it made the rest of our night miserable. The food was good but not great, but the servers were great. They were very attentive and very sweet! I probably won’t suffer this restaurant to anyone. I will add that we had a drink at the bar beforehand and the drink and bartender were fabulous!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a friend in from New York and she wanted something different. I can’t even express how delicious the food was and the service was beyond amazing

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GB
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my first visit to Fogo de Chao and it was great. Highly recommend it....

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Orange County
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must say this place is amazing!
I’m from OC and this is my second time coming to this location and I love it. The food is outstanding and the service is just perfect! Very attentive staff and very helpful. Our waiter was amazing and brought of food on time. I wish I could remember his name to give him a A+ but overall it was an amazing experience

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for our anniversary dinner and it was AMAZING. It was hands down the BEST meat I have ever had. We also enjoyed the most delectable Tres Leche Cake! We will definitely be returning during our next trip to San Diego!

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MR
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were celebrating a birthday. The salad bar was good but the rice and beans were terrible. Some of the cuts of meat had a lot of fat. Also the better cuts of meat such as the lamb chops, ribs and sirloin came only once. Overall not worth the “Full Churrasco Experience” for the price.

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Cincinnati
4 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a great experience. We were placed in a area where we did not have access to a lot of the meat selection. It was as though they forgot about us and it took almost 20 minutes to get a drink. The salad bar did not have a large selection.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love you’re resturant!

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JG
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably the best steakhouse I have been to. The overall quality, experience, and environment were spot on . The service was amazing as well as the food . Will definitely go back and reccomend.

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RJ
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable, I am not a big meat lover, but it was for my husband's birthday and he thought that it was outstanding..maybe let people know when they sit down that you have a meat alternative menu, found out at the END of dinner :(

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Food was great.

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ET
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic and the food delicious. I would definitely recommend for any occasion.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time and received great service.

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DK
Austin
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food
Great service
Always so much fun !

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CB
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

This place is chaotic and loud. The meat is not good quality, the salad bar has random stuff in it and the worst part is that it is a rip off. You’ll pay the same to go to a nice steak restaurant with prime beef, tasty sides and a great ambiance. Hard pass. I won’t be back.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first time here and the experience was amazing! The staff was super attentive and food blew us away. Can't wait to go back!

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LA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Usually love, love, love this restaurant so I don’t know what happened. Meat terribly undercooked (and I like mine rare) including raw leg of lamb. The gauchos were rarely around. Took time to get anyone’s attention for request of sauces, certain meats and even the check. As my fiancée said, if this was the first time there we’d be in no hurry to go back. It was very busy and they clearly couldn’t rise to the occasion which was surprising.

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BB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

My reservation was 9pm and there wasn't that much food going around. It was basically 4 items rotating. The server, I had to physically go up to and tell her I wanted a bottle of wine and then didn't see her again till the end. It was very poor service. I haven't been to the restaurant in a while and I'm not sure I'll be back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The most amazing dining experience I've had so far. The food was soooooo good! Definitely found my new favorite spot!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentine’s Day

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HG
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This location has great services overall, the waitress were great! They were all very helpful and the service was fast and consistent for Valentine’s Day. The one complaint I could have is the tables being too close to each other but I know the restaurant is trying to get everyone in for the day. There was also a fly that got in the restaurant which was kinda annoying.

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m
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

Only for the food. Staff seemed overwhelmed and at times made us feel that we were in their way. Some stood around chatting in direct line to the food bar, as we attempted to get to the food they seemed not the least bit interested in moving to the side. As we were getting ready to leave we noticed at least 3 meats that never made their way to our table.
That being said, the food overall was spectacular and it was Valentines evening. I would still go back.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Always great service and great food. One of my BF and I’s top spot when we want to splurge a bit on date night

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SD
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was beyond amazing! So much better than I expected. And so many choices to choose from at the salad bar. I think the meat choice came by our table about every two minutes. I couldn’t even keep up! We went on Valentine’s Day, however it was still the same everyday menu. I cannot wait to go back! DELICIOUS!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

👍👍 endless meat... yes please

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San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice place, great salad bar and great quality meat.

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MP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service from the moment we walked thru the door to the moment we left. The waitstaff was incredibly friendly, the solid bar amazing and the meat was out of this world!!

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San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I ate here for an early V-Day dinner and we were pleasantly surprised. Food was delicious, we loved their black beans and salad. Also, the bread was out of this world. Steak was top of the line and boy were we pleased. Will definitely come back!!! Also, we made reservations and we were seated right away, which is always a plus.

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