Fogo de Chao - San Diego

4.3
2107 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 on our 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

Featured specials

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Dine in
Starting May 9, 2021

Mom will love Mother’s Day at Fogo®. Join us for Brunch (11am - 2pm) or Dinner (2pm - 9pm) & Mom receives a $25 Dining Card. Dinner price all day. As always the Fogo Churrasco Experience for Children 6 & under is complimentary. Children 7 to 12 are half price. To-Go package is also available.

What 2107 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The only complaint is they put bottles of water at your table without asking you we thought it was free jus in a bottle and wen we got the bill they charged us for that otherwise the food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The restaurant was busy, they obviously took in more people than they could handle. There was long gaps between servings and basic needs were forgotten (plates, water refills, dessert orders). Left unsatisfied and paid over $400.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded 3 days ago

It's disappointing that you weren't satisfied with your visit. Our team works hard to make sure our guests have five-star experiences, and we truly hope you'll consider giving us another chance to better meet your expectations in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service and food as always. Great to see some new items... grilled cheese and grilled pineapple!

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vipFoodLover
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Delicious dinner, soooo much food that we really could not try everything. Worth the value and experience for a steakhouse.

It WAS fun tasting a little of everything from the salad bar to the meat selection- 16 types of meats! And the grilled pineapple was great too.

Great place to celebrate our anniversary!

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience5

We had a party of 11 including 2 kids in high chairs we were taken to our table 20 minutes after our reservation time and then asked to go back outside because the table was not in a good location for our party. 20 minutes later we were taken to our new table which was the original table no changes were made. The main waiter was very nice, but the gauchos serving the meat would come to our table service half the table then leave and they didn’t return for some time. When we would tell them that the pith end of the table wanted the meat they would said ill be back which made no sense because their skewer was full. This happened multiple time la throughout our dinning experience. For such a large party I would have expected much better service. We were disappointed to find out that 3 of our kids didn’t get enough to eat because our table kept getting passed up. The last thing I want to hear from my kids after spending $600.00 plus on dinner is that they didn’t get enough because of poor service.

We were all very surprised at the service because we had been to this restaurant about 2 years ago and every aspect of our experience was amazing during the visit.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded 4 days ago

We're sorry the service you received wasn't in line with your expectations, as we work hard to make sure our guests have positive experiences. We will review this with our team, and we hope you'll give us another chance to provide you with an amazing experience like the one you had here previously.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again Fogo De chao never disappoints our appetite for steak! The Best....

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richgor
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and great seevice

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We went on Friday night (4/9/2021) our reservation time is 7:30 and the restaurant seems kind over booked. We wait to be seat after 45mins. There’s no social distance in the restaurant and the tables are close to another. The food is average. Service is good, but overall they are too over booked for this kind special pandemic time.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

It's concerning to learn that social distancing wasn't in place, especially during these unprecedented times. We appreciate the feedback, and we hope you don't allow this to keep you from visiting us again.

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SeanB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We told the server we were there to celebrate a birthday, but the staff didn’t seem to care. I had to get up and ask for refills on our drinks because the server didn’t check on us.

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vipChenC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Haven't been to many Fogo locations throughout the country, this is one "interesting" experience. First time have to eat on the street, 1st-time have to specifically ask for high quality meats to come out, 1st time got their whisky cart on the street curb, 1st time have to get their manager to come out and fix the service issue. Nevertheless after the manager did her job, it was great!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had our leadership team out for dinner and we got the tomahawk steak and the full experience was completely worth it! We had some really great wine from South America and topped it off with the cheesecake and chocolate lava cake. I highly recommend this place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall lovely! Fresh food & great customer service

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QuanDungca
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Easter dinner with mom. First experience here, however I’ve been to other Brazilian eateries. Our server was attentive to my and elderly mother’s needs (hot water in lieu of ice water).

Our intimate party of two became four when two other family members wanted to join us however arrived closer to 8pm (near 9pm closing) I think. They did not receive as many options or cut of meat, and they meat was more rare/raw than rare, however they prefer meat more on the raw/rare side so they enjoyed. Only negative was selections/options. I told them to get the lamb chops and our server ensured they got some. Tip: you can ASK the server and then the meat servers will come to your table.

Mom and I tasted plenty of meats, bacon wrapped steak, garlic steak, sirloin, but it was the lamb chops that were superb! The buffet of sides were plentiful for us (traditional items that were fresh and had plenty of flavor).

The side of garlic mashed potatoes, bananas and fried polenta were a nice surprise. It’s AYCE (All You Can Eat) which means all the MEAT you can eat (including chicken, but we skipped that) and sides for $60 per person. That is about the price of eating at a local steak house but you get variety which I like.

Very Covid compliant, roped off area so it only allowed for one person at a time, the distance from person to person or group to group at buffet with sanitation to start, gloves for making your selections at the buffet area, trash can at the end of the buffet then back to our corner seat in the back room so it was more private. Last, the restaurant manager asked if everything was to our likely which is always a nice touch.

NEGATIVE: I realize you are unable to take any leftover food to go, however rather than the restaurant throwing it away, I feel if there was enough on my 85 year old mother’s salad size plate that she could not finish (eyes bigger than stomach) that she can take home. I cannot imagine nor imagine how much food is wasted here, and in the US.

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vipBrian
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

First and only time to the restaurant and the Brazilian Steakhouse concept. Not what we expected overall.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 6, 2021

It's disappointing that we didn't meet your expectations, Brian. Our team truly appreciates you visiting, and it's our hope that you'll consider giving us another opportunity to provide you with a five-star experience in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

it was great overall

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DonteF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

New waitresss not informed and the food was not the beat. 1st and last visit

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 5, 2021

Our meals should hit the spot every time, so we're disappointed to hear that we missed the mark. We'd hate for this to be your only visit, so please award us a second chance when you are ready.

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vipKR22
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Extremely crowded, sat in hallway of entrance. Realize COVID times but way overbooked. Had to ask multiple times for food service as multiple times we were bypassed by the waiters bringing food to table for carving. Never had this experience in any Fogo and we have been to many around the country. Probably the worse one I have experienced out of about 10 different Fogos. Would not recommend and will not return. Sad since the concept and food are fun.

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KiraA
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive. They are doing a great job in maintaining their high quality that we expect.

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vipFamilyof3
San Diego
55 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

What could be better than meet cut with a sword at your table?! Food was great. Service wasn’t as great as it had been in the past so I don’t know what was up with that but overall a good time was head by all

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food2service2ambience3

Not the same experience we have had in prior occasions. Meat selections are very limited, outdoor service is spotty, and I had to ask for the same thing (refill) multiple times. Save your money and wait until they truly are open.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on March 29, 2021

You should always be enjoying the amazing dining experiences you have come to know and love, so we're disappointed to hear we missed the mark. We cannot wait to deliver you a better time in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I was not impressed... over salted meats, slow service coming to a table with meats that was behind a wall, fried vegetables should at least be warm.... not freezing. Finished my cold plate before first round of meats arrived The filet mignon was the only highlight but it came after I was already stuffed.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on March 29, 2021

Your entire meal should hit the spot and be cooked to perfection, so we're disappointed to hear your plate was served cold. Please don't allow this to keep you away, as we'd love to make this up to you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went for my birthday and we loved everything but the hot bread that they serve is soooo good! Definitely will be coming back.

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Balko
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great value. Food was delicious. We pigged out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, had a reservation that got me right in on time.

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vipDurejo
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. My first time and will be a going again.

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vipKENT
San Diego
58 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Not as good as it was pre-covid. Rather stingy service of meats with less selection. Had to ask for things that should have been brought. Lots of chicken parts. tho. Pretty much eat-pay-leave feeling, now.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on March 23, 2021

Kent, our team works diligently to make you feel welcomed and well-taken care of when here, so we're sorry to hear otherwise. You can rest assured, your next visit will be better.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on March 22, 2021

We appreciate your review. Thanks for sharing your praise here, we hope you'll be back to see us for another great experience soon!

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vipKuldeepT
Sacramento
31 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Very long wait even with reservations still about 25 minutes before getting seated. But once we got in, everything was excellent! Food is amazing and service was wonderful. Very filling carnivorous meal, will leave you satisfied and full to the gills!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! This place will always get my business!!! AMAZING!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good would recommend.

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JoeyA
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

First, the staff were super wonderful!! They were attentive and very friendly.

The food on the other hand came really short. Nothing worse than under seasoned meat! I received a few pieces where the middle portion of the meat was still raw. Staff were quick to remedy. The sides were uninspired, old and drenched. $60 not well spent.

Though disappointing, the great staff made up for the food quality. I hope they are appreciated and treated well because they have earned it!

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LukeT
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food quality has seemed to have dropped. Service was also lacking.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on March 22, 2021

It's disappointing you feel this way, as we work diligently to assure this doesn't occur. We hope to deliver you a fantastic experience in the future.

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vipKrystleC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating an engagement! They treated us to some special items and dessert :)

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vipGreekgal54
Orange County
82 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience... The Staff - Food - Service was Superb!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around awesome and worth it

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RubenC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Viri and the rest of the staff were attentive, courteous, quick to serve and appreciate the invaluable service we received during me and my wife’s anniversary dinner!

Will definitely be going back.

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vipthexman98
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience1

The service and the food are exceptional but you are eating OUTSIDE because I’d the pandemic. So, the overall value is not that great. $260 for a dinner for 3 (only 1 glass of wine)
If it was inside with all the luxuries of the restaurant GREAT, happy to pay the price but being outside, in the cold, with strange people walking by your table all the time is not worth the price (homeless and people walking to the other restaurants)
They should have reduced the price until you can serve inside.

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vipNWSkier
Seattle
31 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Terrific dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing and the servers worked extremely diligently to provide my party with and experience. This restaurant has a family feel because the crew treats you like your one of their own I 100% recommend this place

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LuannaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was really good!! Most of the meats were tasty. Wish the sides came around more.

FAQs

Fogo de Chao - San Diego offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 338-0500.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego is rated 4.3 stars by 2107 OpenTable diners.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://fogodechao.com/gift-cards/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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