Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - San Diego

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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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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast at Fogo. Indulge fire-roasted meats along with traditional Thanksgiving recipes. Dinner price all day.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the season with friends and family at Fogo. Join us for a Holiday Feast Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. Dinner price all day & includes seasonal menu items.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate the season with friends and family at Fogo. Join us for a Holiday Feast Christmas Eve & Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. Dinner price all day & includes seasonal menu items.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with friends & family at Fogo. Join us for a Holiday Feast New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day. Dinner price all day & includes seasonal menu items.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 1828 People Are Saying
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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 5

The service was very poor. Not sure if they were understaffed but the meats took forever to come out. Seemed like once every 20 mins. After an hour we asked to speak with the manager who was very apologetic and comped our meal. We will not be coming back.

P
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

I LIKE GOING TO THIS PLACE BUT THIS LAST VISIT SERVICE WAS NOT SO GOOD . WE HAD A COUPLE OF SERVICES BUT THEY WHERE NO WHERE TO BE FOUND . I THINK CAUSE OF WHERE THEY SAT US IT WAS BY THE ENTERS TO THE RIGHT WE DIDNT HAVE MUCH OF A VARIETY OF THE MEATS. MOSTLY THE SAME ONE WOULD COME BY . WHEN WE ORDER OUR DESSERTS THEY FORGOT ONE . OUR SERVICE WAS NICE AND APOLOGIZE . BUT THIS WAS THE FIRST TIME THIS HAPPENS . HOPEFULLY NEXT VISIT WILL BE BETTER.
THANK YOU .

OT
Guadalajara
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

Mi reservación era a las 8:15 PM llegue puntual, pero me dieron 8:45 PM esperando y no me pasaban a mi mesa tuve que irme del restaurante. Y no pude cenar en otro lugar.

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

The waiters were super friendly and very attentive, food was amazing & the selection of fruit, salad, cheeses, and meats was delectable♥️

OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The service was quite slow. There were plenty of staff members standing around on a fairly slow night. We asked for more bread about 3 times until it actually showed up at the end of the dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here many times. This time I brought my boyfriend for his birthday and he loved it! Always great service and great food! I love this place and highly recommend.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Not as wow as expected

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it! Perfect dinner for a special occasion.

DM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service.

AN
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Steak was dry. Servers seemed upset when we declined the chicken, lamb, or sausage. Better to pay for one steak at Donovan's or Fleming's.

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

Great food and service.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with family. Excellent service with Chris. Felt very comfortable and enjoyable night.

K
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is quite good, although overpriced for the quality of the meats. However, you are paying for the variety of meats available, so in that respect they do a great showing. Top sirloin, bottom sirloin, filet mignon, parmesan-crusted pork tenderloin, citrus marinated chicken, pork sausage, lamb chops, lamb haunch - I've probably missed a few! In addition, they do an amazing grilled cheese (literally cheese that's been grilled) drizzled with honey. It's not halloumi, but something akin to queso para la parrilla or queso blanco.

The salad bar is immense, and has delicious offerings like millionaire's bacon, freshly sliced meats, fresh fruits, grilled and sauted veggies, marinated and pickled delights, soups... you could easily fill up just on the salad bar. Don't do it! Take a step back, and enjoy the meats as they are brought to you and sliced table-side.

Make sure you order 1 (or a dozen) Brazilian limonatas, they are crazy delicious and refreshing. Also, save room in one leg for the crispy, cheesy little dough balls (pao de queijo). You'll end up eating many more than you thought. You can order sides as an extra - you get garlic mashed potatoes, polenta fries, and sweet fried plantains.

Last but not least, save room in the other leg for some flan - a lovely, eggy, caramelized dessert you didn't know you needed.

Service was good, teamwork was evident as we weren't left wanting for anything. Water, drinks, bread, etc. was always topped up quickly and pleasantly, and every meat gaucho was friendly and willing to talk about what grilled delight they brought.

My biggest complaint is that the carpet STINKS. Like, old socks, sweaty feet, never been deep cleaned stinks. It actually cast a pall over dinner as I could smell it so distinctly it interfered with the lovely smell of the food.

If that doesn't bother you, then have at it!

LT
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This was my second time visiting this restaurant. The food was great like always. The only thing that was lacking a bit was the promptness of our server. When we signaled for the meat to be brought to our table that was always fast. But we waited for things like our drinks for a long time. We were almost finished with our "market place" course before our drinks arrived and they were not even drinks from the bar. We also waited a long time for the sides and the dipping sauces to be brought.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

As a long time Fogo customer, I'm disappointed on how our overall experience was this evening. From the slow, unengaging server, to the uncomfortable 'at table' payment process (think Chili's), I was left committing to find other options, when spending this kind of money. The restaurant is dated, worn and lacks the the character normally associated with restaurants at this price point. Let the picture attached of the wall I sat next to, describe the condition and overall experience. Fogo de Chao has sadly, given up.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Ate at other Fogo that had better service. We had to ask to have more than two gauchos come to our table. They didn’t bring sides until we were done eating. Fun place to dine with the family just not great service at this location.

OT
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

HG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was my second time at a Fogo de Chao. My first experience was in San Jose and was 5 stars a the way, so maybe my expectations were set. The San Diego location has a very small salad bar. The meat servers seemed to be rushing us with a total lack of enthusiasm for their jobs. We had no primary server for our table who greeted us, welcomed us, asked us if we knew anything??? Good thing we had been there before! I ordered a drink which I had to ask for twice!
We asked about one of the cuts of meat and the server had no knowledge of what he was even serving us, one cut was burned... hmmm... overall very disappointing!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This best restaurant I have ever been too! 10/10. I celebrated my girlfriends birthday there.

IL
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

As usual very good experience! The same manager for the last 4-5 years extremely competent and attentive.

PB
San Diego
36 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a very nice meal.

AL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was amazing. The food just keeps coming by and its very delicious. The staff is super attentive, we must of been greeted 5 times by different staff, once by the manager to check on us. Kind of nice, made us feel important. :)

E
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We went for restaurant month. Plenty of selections. Food and drinks were amazing. Serivce was great, very friendly. It was a bit too loud for my liking, and our table was oddly located. It was right along side the island with the dishes. We were constantly being bumped by folks trying to pass by.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

very good!

OT
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!
Alejandro the manager, excelent attention

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the Restaurant Month Special at $39

OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Is a good place but value for price is low

TS
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our best experience yet here! Everything was fantastic, soup to dessert! I like the idea of being asked if we would like any particular sides rather than just delivering all, also we could request specific items from the grill if they hadn’t made their round to us. Simply awesome!

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Carne seca, recalentada, y no dieron los buenos cortes

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EL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner for my wife

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service, quick, detailed, personable and thoughtful. Excellent wait staff!

BB
Las Vegas
28 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

Great restaurant. Love the food

l
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very good as always. Seemed like a lot of new staff that evening. But all were good. Filling glasses, checking on things and making sure we got the meats we wanted and cooked the way we requested. Wish there was more light. Room a bit dark

JM
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extremely attentive staff, exceptional food, nice atmosphere.

I
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Aaron, the manager, insured that our experience was as we had hoped and requested upon our arrival. Thank you Aaron!
Amber was our server and was excellent at her thorough and excellent table service throughout the meal, in conjunction with Camilla and the two grill gauchos!
Thank you to all who made our experience special.

r
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was so lovely! My granddaughter and I thoroughly enjoyed our second experience with your restaurant. The first time was in Washington DC!!! Always exceptional!!!!

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Hard to get service for drinks. Meat service was fantastic.

NC
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dined at a busy time and day so we didn’t get to taste all of the meats. But we enjoyed the full churrasco experience so we will definitely be back!

KE
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Great food, pleasent servers, although service was a little slow. A litle pricey, but worth it

SC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was my first time here and overall it was more than what i expected. I enjoyed the whole atmosphere.

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