Fogo de Chao - San Diego

4.3
2248 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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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it here! Was nervous at first because it was for my sisters 40th birthday and I wanted it to be perfect! It was really enjoyable and the service was great. We left super full and satisfied!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Buffet was great

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RoxanneP
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It was way too crowded. It took us over 20 minutes to get our drinks brought to our table. We had to ask a different server for them as our server started assisting other tables and never came back. There was a male server with long blonde hair who seen we were not being serviced so he went out of his way to come over and assist, but I would not recommend for Father’s Day in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, we even got seated early! A fantastic experience the whole family enjoyed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Overall, not worth the money. Many better options are available in the area.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded a day ago

We always want to meet or exceed your expectations, so it's disheartening to learn of your experience. We hope you're willing to award us a second chance down the line, and we'll be sure to be in touch via direct message to learn more and make this right. Thank you.

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yvettej
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience4

Well, our reservation was at 8pm and there’s was no table available until 8:50, food on the buffet was good but nothing extraordinary the meat servers weren’t that consistent even whit the green color tab on the table. We had to request water refills a few times and when the meat finally started flowing it was pretty much the same type w different servers, finally when the bill came, it took us at least 30 min for someone to take our credit card. I think it’s over rated and over priced besides I specially said it was Father’s Day and marriage anniversary and no one even acknowledged it.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded a day ago

Our team is saddened to read your comments, Yvette, as we always want you to have positive experiences here. It's important to us that we offer wonderful and attentive service, so we hope we can encourage you to return for a better experience. Thank you.

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YollieM
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

I’m visiting out of state and decided to visit a restaurant i’m familiar with. My experience at this location in San Diego was not the greatest. It took a long time for them to come to our table to bring meats and to provide us refills on our drinks. Throughout the entire time my party was there we kept flagging down the servers to get assistance.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded a day ago

We are very sorry to hear of such an experience, Yollie, as our team should have been continuously circulating with a variety of cuts. We want to make this right, so we'll be in touch soon to invite you back for a better time. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Had a reservation for 6:45 and showed up on time. Didn't get seated until 7:30. No comp glass of wine or dessert. Not even an apology. What the hell is the point of a reservation if you still have to wait an hour?!?!??

The food was still good but they need to get their sh*t together with reservations and over booking.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded a day ago

We're sorry to hear we kept you waiting, as our team should always seat our guests in a prompt manner. We'd love the chance to deliver you a better time, so our team will be in touch via direct message to invite you back. Best.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Took us 50 minutes to get our Table however we reserved it before!! But Ashly did a great job and the food and service was fabulous!! I’ve been in Masteros and I can tell you they ar nothing compared to what I’ve experienced here! Amazing food and service and very friendly 👍🏻

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Was totally overbooked- took us forever to get seated and even longer to get meat. Everybody was waiting abs frustrated and to top it off, they ran out of tp in the bathroom. Food was great when we finally got it, but Lots of money for a less than satisfactory experience.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded a day ago

Your high expectations should always be met, so we're disappointed to hear we fell short. We will be sure to reach out via direct message, in hopes of making this right. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The hostess service was unacceptable. My wife and I arrived with three other family members. I had to look for parking which was difficult due to a Padres baseball game. We had a five o’clock reservation. I dropped my family members off so they could check us in. My wife asked the hostess if she could seat my wife and the other family members while I parked our car. The hostess told my wife not until I was at the restaurant. It took me almost thirty minutes to find parking. My wife asked the hostess a second time and the hostess told my wife they needed five minutes to get the table ready. I arrived at the restaurant a minute later. My wife and our family waited an additional fifteen to twenty minutes before being seated. By the time we were seated it was almost an hour after our reservation. Once we were seated the service took almost ten minutes before anyone came over to explain how the food was served. This was my first time at this restaurant. My wife took me there for Father’s Day. I will never go back. We finally got up to get our salads. My family and I were on our second serving of salad before anyone came by and offered us any meat. We were also requesting bread. We continued to get told the bread was being backed. We finally got our bread towards the end of our dinner. The meat we did have was tasty and had lots of flavor. But at the end of the day this restaurant is a very expensive salad bar.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded a day ago

We take your words very seriously, as our service should be nothing short of friendly and professional. We're very sorry for this inconvenience and we will be discussing this with our team. We will be sure to reach out via direct message, in hopes of making this right. Thank you.

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Lunas
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience3

It was too crowded and noisy due too. Would prefer something less crowded and more intimate.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience3

Service it very bad we waited 20 minutes no one coming to my table no one come go asked 0 stars for me

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MariaAngela
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the servers were on top of their game! Food was amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

My wife and I took our friends their and everything seemed to be off from food and service. We were very unhappy!

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded 2 days ago

Guest satisfaction is extremely important, and it concerns us to read that our meals and service did not meet your expectations. We want to learn more about your visit and what we can do to make this right, so we'll be in touch via direct message. Thank you.

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Joycie
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've never really had that bad of an experience everytime I've come here to eat (at least once a year). The staff has always been attentative with their customers and explain the process for new patrons or new on the menu. I was very appreciative when they ask if it was a special occasion. In this case it was and they were going to accommodate a dessert on the house for the occasion (even if it was for to-go). They always put out great service as well as food. It's a great splurge for eats.

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curt
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthdays here r super special always a favorite spot

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franciscoq
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Device was not what it was in the past! I had to ask for seven thing several different times before they came. Example: the bread I ask the waiter’s multiple time if we could get more bread. The table around use got bread but we did not. Only had one bear and was never ask if I wanted another. Asked multiple times for ribeye and I finally came at the end when we where already full, that was disappointing. But I still love this place and will be back!

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IanS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Commencement celebration

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JuneK
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We we're seated 30 minafter Our our reservation and only after I asked if we could be seated outside. We took a soundside to a table that was at a 45゚ angle and could not support glassware or any other food types. Then we found out that the only way you could order was through a Box as opposed to a printed menu which they no longer have. Then we discovered that they had a salad bar and we had to go through the throng of people to get to the salad bar that everybody else was working from . Then by our waiter we discovered that there were only 2 things that we could order but he wasn't clear on what the 2 were. We had a drink paid for the drink and left. I would not

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on June 15, 2021

We apologize for delivering such an underwhelming experience, as you should have been seated and served promptly. Our team truly hopes you allow us the chance to make this up to you in the future.

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Stina
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience3

Most of the staff except for our initial server (she was very nice) were very rude. We were sat in the very back and everyone was SWEATING, so disgustingly hot.. but the thing that took us back the most was when there was a discrepancy in our check, my friend ordered an appetizer as well (shrimp cocktail) that cost $15 on the menu and was charged $22. We politely brought this up to a secondary server who we didn’t even know who he was and immediately got defensive and verbatim said “what do you want me to do about it?” We responded by saying “fix it..?” Then he responded “I can’t take that off!” We told him we didn’t want it taken off or anything we ordered for free… we simply want to be charged what the menu stated. He asked us “do you want me to get the manager?!” My friend responded, “yes if you have to?” Him: “oh really?? You want me to get the manager?!” And i managed to jump in and calm everyone down, i asked him “I’m sorry, i think you’re misunderstanding still… we don’t want it taken off please correct the cost to what’s on the menu we scanned.” Then he realized his mistake and said “oh the system didn’t update the menu prices?” And then returned, didn’t say “sorry”, said he fixed it and when we thanked him for correcting it, he said “it’s okay, don’t worry about it.” I quickly snapped back and stated firmly “I’m NOT apologizing…that was your mistake.” weirdest experience ever. Hostess was rude, rolling her eyes, told us to wait outside. I’ve never wrote a negative review in my life but i don’t think I’ll be returning anytime soon. I’ve enjoyed my experience before here but this tarnished my perception of the culture here. I felt very judged and like i was an annoyance.. i still tipped over 20% which i regret now, we as a group of 4 spent almost 300$ For 30 mins of time we were there because we couldn’t wait to leave.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on June 14, 2021

You deserve an amazing dining experience that is nothing short of attentive and kind service, so we're sorry we missed the mark. Our team would like to make this right, so we will be in touch via direct message. Kind Regards.

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ericb
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good experience

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

This place is for parties and celebrations. It is not for a private date or something romantic. It's just too loud. Tables are pretty close and they try to sell you many things when you first get there. That can be a bit annoying. READ THE MENU BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE. If you don't read the menu then the waiters and waitresses will be able to manipulate you into adding things to your order that will sound like are part of the regular service but actually they are extra.
Overall a good experience. I will go back and if recommend it as long as your not looking for privacy or romance.

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MikeM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Too much meat for me - but EVERYONE in our party loved this meal. Delicious perfectly cooked and lots of variety. Come hungry

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vipAshF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were placed in a hot, humid, non aerated section.
Bar tender doesn't know how to make martini.
Meat taste horrible all fatty.
We asked for well done meat and kept waiting and waiting

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on June 11, 2021

Ash, it's disappointing to hear that your experience fell short, as we always want to deliver amazing moments. We will be in touch with you via direct message to address this matter.

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GretchenS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience3

We had an 8:15 reservation for 9. We waited an hour to be seated, even with this reservation. The front receptionist was completely overwhelmed. There were atleast 50 people gathered outside waiting to be seated. They kept saying it would be “ 10 more minutes”. We were crammed elbow to elbow in a crowded back room. We opted for their “meat” experience. At first the meats were coming out in a timely manner. But, then it was approaching 10:00pm and it was one after the other. They provided no awareness of our notes on your site indicating an engagement proposal. It was completely discombobulated!

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on June 8, 2021

We're sorry to hear we kept you waiting, Gretchen, as our team should always seat our guests in a prompt manner. We'd love the chance to review your experience in further detail, so our team will be in touch via direct message shortly. Best.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall1food5service3ambience3

Came to Fogo for my birthday, my husband mentioned it to the waiter twice and we even wrote it on our Open Table reservation however our waiter disregarded all of it. Yet the table behind us was brought a dessert with a candle and I received nothing. Extremely disappointed.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on June 8, 2021

While we are honored you chose Fogo de Chão to celebrate your birthday, we are very sorry for not meeting your expectations. We'd love the chance to deliver you a better time, so our team will be in touch via direct message to invite you back. Best.

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Ktran
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Have always loved going to Fogo de Chao for celebrations. Was here for my sis bday and somehow the overall experience was just not as good as my previous experience. The meats were not as good, they changed the grilled cheese, and it was so busy, service was not as good.

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PTaylor
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quick greeting. Very popular but the service still gets around to all the tables. Great tasting food, nothing was bad.

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StephanieP
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Waited 30 minutes for our table even though we had a reservation. Food was sub-par, restaurant too crowded.

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

Stephanie, no guest should have to wait so long to be seated, especially when they have a reservation. We're sorry we fell short of your expectations and we hope you award us another chance in the future.

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vipJoeP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food in a fun environment. Love the addition of the grilled pineapple

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great family dinner

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Graduation

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The only thing is that it was 100% full. Impossible for social distancing

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was so nice the restaurant staff are very attentive, respectful, and friendly.

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MaganH
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! One in our party had a gluten allergy, so the server provided us with an extensive allergen list.

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armanS
Austin
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Far cry from what I usually expect from Fogo de Chao when it came to service. Once we had our plates at our table (and the cards showing green) it was around 15 minutes before we saw any servers offering meat. Sometimes servers would ask which meats we would like. After we told them, it was typically 10-15 minutes before they came back with what we requested. No pão was offered at any point - eventually I had to ask for it late into our dining experience. When we were finished with dinner and ready for dessert, it was a very long time before any server was nearby to help place an order. Only when we ordered dessert was any pre-bussing offered (empty soup bowls and plates took up room on the table for over an hour).

The food was delicious as usual. The only exception was that the lamb was too salty. I will definitely continue to dine in other locations, but not this one.

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on June 4, 2021

Serving top-notch cuts is our aim, so we're sorry to hear your meal was overly salted. We'd love the chance to work towards regaining your support, so we will be in touch via direct message. Best.

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GlutenFreeInYosemite
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most of the meat was extremely salty, but other than that we all had a fun time. They charge $25 for a corkage fee per bottle. I have never been there but a couple in our party had. I was under the impression that the meat was going to be on the table and you helped yourself, sort of like a fondue place. However, they slice it at the table in between people and you have some personal tongs to grab the meat as their slicing it. It was interesting. It was my husband’s 65th birthday and we all had fun.

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VanessaB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Didn’t matter if you had a reservation they were not prepared for the holiday rush

Fogo de Chao - San Diego
Responded on June 14, 2021

We're sorry to hear we kept you waiting, as our team should always seat our guests in a prompt manner. We'd love the chance to deliver you a better time, so our team will be in touch via direct message to invite you back. Best.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was so busy… that we didn’t even get meat to our table. Everything got cold and we couldn’t eat because all we did was wait. We were a party of 12 and if someone did come with meat it would finish by the 4th person. Some of us just ate bread.

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

We are sorry to hear that your service wasn't as attentive as it should've been, as you deserve the unique Fogo de Chão experience. We hope this instance doesn't keep you from visiting us in the future, as we'd love to earn your complete satisfaction.

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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 2248 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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