Fogo de Chao - San Francisco

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Brazilian Steakhouse
Join us at Fogo de Chão® San Francisco in the heart of the bustling SOMA District, just steps away from the Moscone Convention Center, Financial District, and some of the city’s best shopping at Market Street. Featuring a contemporary design and an expansive outdoor patio, join us for business functions or for a special night out.
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. We also offer semiprivate and private areas that can accommodate parties up to 66.
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NT
Orange County
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Even we have reservation we still have to wait for 45 minutes. It was not worth the wait. I like the waiter but the food was not worth it. Won’t come back. Never

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t even seat us. Terrible.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made reservations a week in advance, showed up an hour early to my reservations, and it took 3 hours for me to be seated. By the time i was seated they didn’t bring much meat out.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Horrible, waited for over two hour. Was skipped to be seated. The meat rarely came by table because they want you to get full off of salad bar. Waiter didn’t come by much, blew through a lot of money but would’ve had a better experience at an Outback Steakhouse for 1/4 the price. Had high hopes for this place but typically it’s management that lets a place deteriorate. Not going back

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t even get past the door. Obviously overbooked or didn’t prepare well for Valentine’s Day, even with RESERVATIONS. I arrived @ 8:55 for my 9:00pm reservations and people were waiting in line to check in still from 8:15. I was then told from the front of the line it was a 40min wait, then they asked me to go wait in the back of the line (because I walked past the line to inquire about my reservation). They also mentioned they still intended on closing @ 10:30. Ridiculous.

OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

$125 for a babysitter. $40 for an Uber. Waiting in line in the cold for an hour to “check-in” for our 8PM Valentine’s dinner RESERVATIONS only to be told we’d have to wait another hour for our “reserved” table: priceless. We spoke to others who had been waiting for closer to two hours for 7PM reservations and knew we just all got suckered by greedy management who overbooked reservations on they biggest date night of the year. The writing was on the wall and we weren’t about to give up any more precious kid-free time. We bailed after an hour and went around the corner to the Thirsty Bear. Thanks Fogo! That’s the last time we skip every meal of the day because we were pining for you.

f
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst experience ever. Booked a reservation for 8 pm. When I arrived we were “checked in” to then wait 1.5hours for a table. Technically you “reserve “ but it really means nothing. They over book the table and make you wait. Everyone in the place was upset and waiting and the hostess didn’t do anything to a peace. Just lie to you that your table will be ready soon.

Then the food arrived cold to the table. Over salted. If I were you I would try a different steakhouse.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience3

This was no doubt my worst experience at a restaurant. They have no idea on how to handle a big occasion like Valentines day, instead they overbooked and made people wait around for over 2 hours.

“Have a reservation? Great, hang outside the waiting area and we’ll text you when it’s ready” Guess what, you wait outside and you no longer exist. because they constantly bump you down the list for someone else with a later time slot who wanted to be seated.

Here’s what went down. My reservation was at 8pm, by 9pm they said it’d be another 20min. At 10pm still nothing, so I go back inside and check to see whats happening. As I’m in line to speak to the lady in charge of reservations, I over hear her giving tables to people with 8:30-8:45 time slots! Mind you there were still people outside with reservations for 8-8:30.

I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt now that I finally got in but things didn’t get better. There were several empty and ready tables for at least 10min. Our waiter must of had another table to serve in a different building because she completely disappeared after dropping off the drinks, only reappearing at the end of our meal. However she was very quick to process our tab as soon as I put my card on the table.

The meat servers now took their time too. Apparently the trick is to have your plate filled with food already for them to notice you. Don’t bother with the green side card.

Now for the food, not much to say. Mediocre and half the meat was tough/chewy. The only good thing from this place was the grilled cheese, bacon wrapped filet mignon and salad bar (for once, no waiting involved)

Don’t get me wrong, the servers were all really friendly and I don’t blame them but the place is just slow and run inefficiently. Not worth the money or hassle. Find another brazilian steak spot that will treat you right and have better cuts of meat.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They overbooked would bad we waited almost 2 hours before leaving.

DC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

My most recent Fogo experience was in Chicago which was incredible all around. The quality of the food at this location was very inconsistent; the meat was cooked overly well done or rare(blue/moving) and didn't have much flavor. The service was fine and the atmosphere was nice but the quality of the food really missed the mark compared to our last visit.

D
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always great experience!!! Food, ambiance & customer service is always exemplary

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience1

Host and management was horrible!

o
San Francisco
183 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Interesting that 99% of Saturday's staff was new. Staff was good, but wondering what happened to familiar faces. I hope that Bartender Thomas lost his job in the transition.

B
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Was a little loud.
Valet parking took awhile in arrival

JG
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I ask on my reservation for a quieter area for a business meeting dinner. They set us in a table beside the entrance door that was hammering each time someone comes in or out of your restaurant...
Drinks took about 15 min. to be orders and served. Cheese brad was not original, no fried mandioc or beef filet, garlic filet, cupin etc . I didn't see any deserts and was expection doce de leite , figo, flan, traditional ones in Brazil... Black beans and farofa was hided out side the buffet area. The buffet, no fresh cheese or canastra, no goiaba, pinha or figos etc...and we paid much morethen any Brazilian rodizio system in Florida or anywhere in Brazil. Total frustration!

SU
San Diego
70 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable evening

AJ
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so good both the salad bar and the cuts of meat. We came for restaurant week which included dessert and it was so good I left full and satisfied it was amazing! I love fogo and the people who work there!

4
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Meat was over seasoned and over cooked. Service was good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was often times undercooked. Lamb was raw — not rare. Nothing was cooked more than medium-rare, except for one cut. this fogo failed to meet the expectations of the ones I have been to in DC or NYC.

w
San Francisco
120 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Market bar is great for lunch- fresh ingredients.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

I will rethink 10000000 before returning to this place. I have been in several fogo de chão around the country and I have never had such a horrible service as yesterday 01-18 I made reservation for 8pm for just 02 people . I arrive there 7:55pm I check in and the hostess told me we a little busy but your table will be ready in few minutes so I ask how much minutes and she say 5 to 7 minutes I say ok great THEY LET ME WAITING FOR 42 MINUTES. I questioned 1 time about how long more we needed wait around 8:30pm and she say few minutes we busy so I waited until 8:42 for get a table. I totally understand a place may be busy but why then overbook sooo much people more than you can accommodate why don’t book the right amount and then everyone can get your table I don’t care wait 10 min but wait for 42 minutes ? So disrespectful with our time . We had other plans . And your hostess she is rude and should be more sincere and next time say the estimated time properly

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nate is the man and my new bff

R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were with a group of 6 and were served friendly and promptly. The meat is very good quality but way too salty. The fresh bar had many different fresh vegetables, cheeses, cold meat/fish and tasted good. I missed potato-based dishes though. Wine is good but overpriced. Good place to celebrate with a group. Less qualified for romantic dinner.

L
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Restaurant staff were very accommodating in reservation alterations. Thank you very much. The salad bar(buffet) counter food were quite bad, dried papaya and other veggies, very unappetizing. The staff came by rapidly to serve meat in the first 15 mins, afterwards, you hardly see their faces because the restaurant got busy I guess. Meat were mostly flavorless. All and all, not up to our par.

OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic from start to end, very attentive and great staff!

LW
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good food, Excellent Service, Good for parties and groups.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - will return again and again

JD
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not just dinner but a whole experience, made even better by a fabulous waitress named Dee . Food was outstanding and in plentiful supply, would definitely recommend.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

It was very uncomfortable to eat in a such a cold ambience!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience3

Por la fecha no se puede tener un valor real de todo ya que asistió mucha gente pero no estuvo mal esperamos una hora para podernos sentar en una mesa aún con hora de reservación pero por ser 31 de diciembre ahí que reconocer que ahí situaciones que se pueden salir de nuestras mano pero todo bien .

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went here for New Years, and as you can probably imagine the line was out the door. Everything from the entrance, to the wait staff, to the food and drinks was amazing. If you’re like me and looking for a place that is not too “up-tight” but fancy enough to take a date or celebrate a special event, this is the right place. I am Uruguayan and meat quality is very important to us. Having said that, I have to say I was impressed. Everything was delicious!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Stuart ist absolut zu empfehlen!
Am Anfang mussten wir leider einige Zeit warten bis wir die Bestellung aufgeben konnten aber es hat sich auf jeden Fall gelohnt!

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was great time and good food.

MM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Came in for lunch for my mom’s birthday. Overall service was good and food was great.

K
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall1food3service4ambience4

I was very disappointed that the full dinner menu was not available at the bar seating.
Made the reservation for Christmas dinner and looked forward my first Brazilian steak experience then learned that bar seating ( which was only available to make reservation for open table ) has completely different menu.
If I knew about it , I definitely picked another restaurant ..... this definitely ruined my Christmas dinner plan so I have to give the bad review.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

I am sure the madioca frita was previously frozen. Great place to gorge on meat but far from good Brazilian food.

M
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Xmas eve dinner with my nephew. We had amazing service and our server Stewart was fantastic. The
food was great as always with Fogo, top notch.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Overall great food and experience

HM
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The servers weren’t attentive as in our previous visit.

o
San Francisco
183 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thomas is a terrible bartender. On December 24, he ignored me from 11:30 - 11:45 while he set up the bar and made drinks for two people seated in the dining room. He could not answer questions I had about the wine list, and was visibly upset when he opened a bottle of wine that I did not like and refused to buy. Had he been knowledgeable about what he was selling, he would not have made his stupid mistake.
On the other hand, Rudolph, appropriately working Christmas Eve, was absolutely as wonderful as usual and should be given a huge holiday bonus.
Thomas should be fired.

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