Fogo de Chao - San Diego

4.3
2149 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

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was delicious, I recommend this place.

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ktlred
San Diego
30 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food5service3ambience4

This is a great restaurant. This time, not so much though. Completely lackluster service and a poor selection of meats. Must be trying to rip for lost Covid money.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Got a cheesecake on the house

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vipDrey
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I decided to give this location another chance after having another bad experience years ago. I was excited to go back to San Diego fogo. It seemed that if you didn’t upgrade your course then you were not going to get service at all. We sat without service for close to 40min. Before a waitress decided to check on us. After our discussion the waiter decided to come check on us so we asked for another round of drinks. They never came. It’s not a coincidence the last 2/3 times I went to this location it has been horrible service and mediocre flavor. Burnt or undercooked no in between.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded 3 days ago

Drey, no guest should ever go so long without service, so we're sorry to hear this. You deserve the best experiences possible, and we hope you allow us the chance to deliver this to you in the future. We'll be sure to send you a direct message in hopes of inviting you back. Kind Regards.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect restaurant to celebrate my 30th Birthday. My friend brought a cake for me and they were so kind as to keep it in the fridge so it would hold up nice by the end of dinner. All in all I’m definitely coming back because it was an amazing experience and the meat selection was GREAT !

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was always a perfect experience eating in Fogo de Chao

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent!!! The salad bar delicious and the different cuts of meat were wonderful!! We had a wonderful family time there!!

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DavidS
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Marketplace portion wasn't good and just odd to be forced to go to a salad bar before the meat would be served. Not impressed with cold broccoli and asparagus. Meat cuts were awesome and tasty!

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded 6 days ago

This is disheartening to learn, as we always want you to be impressed with our Market Table and meals, David. We'd love to deliver you an amazing experience, so we hope you're willing to award us another try. Thank you.

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EvelynR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious, location was busy on a Sunday night but not over whelming. Pricey but worth it, they bring by so much food!

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 28, 2021

Thank you for the Fogo love, Evelyn! We appreciate the review and hope to serve you again soon!

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

Very nice quiet place to eat friendly staff

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FabianT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary and had an amazing time. The food, staff and place is incredible. Loved it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and the food was phenomenal

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 26, 2021

Thank you! We really appreciate the feedback!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience1

Service so so. Had to ask for the higher end meats. The location was difficult to get to. States they have valet parking, they do not. The meat was not seasoned as it normally is. For the cost, I was very disappointed.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 21, 2021

Disappointing you is not an option, so we're sorry for this. Our team would appreciate the chance to do right by you, as your opinion is everything. We will be in touch shortly via direct message. Warm Regards.

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Yummilicious
San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the dinner at Fogo as always. Brought a friend who had never experienced a Churrascaria before and she loved it. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Delicious choices! Service was on point, even if our waitress did go on break without informing us. Do not be afraid to ask for replenishment of the food bar items...they usually get right on it. Enjoyed!👌🏽

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xpmarc
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Ambiance was great! Hostess was welcoming! Unfortunately, those were the highlights. We didn't have an assigned waiter, so every couple of minutes, someone was coming by asking if we were good. When we did ask for something, we had to ask several times or it was never delivered. For $60 a person, you would also think non alcoholic drinks would be inclusive. After hyping it up to out of town friends and excited about it being our first time, I was sadly disappointed.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 21, 2021

We appreciate you mentioning that you experienced great ambiance and welcoming service, but our team is saddened that you were disappointed with your visit. We will review your comments with our team, and we hope you'll consider giving us another chance to impress you.

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MRWoodfin
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic. We loved it. Great food and wonderful service

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vipCalvinCandy
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Everything was great besides them being out of Prosciutto 😩😩😩!!! Overall still a WONDERFUL dining experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a reservation here for SD Restaurant Week: 10/10 AMAZING experience!!! Came as a party of 4, was presented silverware & plates, open salad bar where they gave each guest disposable gloves for the tongs at the salad bar& sanitizer. Food options came around pretty often & was able to try a wide variety of what was on the menu. Mid-meal our silverware, plates, and napkins were changed out without even asking! And bread / water refills were constantly being checked. Our server(s) were super attentive & did a lot of things for our dining experience without having to be asked.

By far the best service and food I’ve had at this kind of restaurant despite them being busy for restaurant week :)

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widj
San Diego
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time to Brazilian steak place, nothing to compare with. Overall it was really good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2021
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
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 on April 15, 2021

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
3 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
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 on April 11, 2021
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
2 reviews
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 on April 14, 2021

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
San Diego
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
9 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 on April 12, 2021

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
9 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
San Diego
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
8 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
San Diego
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
15 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.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 7, 2021

We're concerned to hear we disappointed you, as we never want to learn we delivered you the worst experience. When you are ready, please award us a second chance.

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

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

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on April 2, 2021

We're thrilled to hear you received great service, Kira! Thank you for the amazing review!

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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

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 2149 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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