Fogo de Chao - San Jose

4.3
2311 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 in our dining room and 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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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.3
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The server ignored us the entire meal after we said we would just be drinking water. We had to ask someone else for a new plate. Also, most of the meat was over cooked (med well +). All the meat came out at the same time back to back and then nothing. All the meat was piled on top of the same plate as the fruit and salad plate. Not a great experience. Tried to get a second plate but our server ignored us completely.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded 2 days ago

We apologize for these inconveniences, as our team should always deliver attentive service that ensures your needs are being met. We will be sure to be in touch shortly, via direct message, as we'd love to regain your support. Thank you.

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JohnF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Just so so nothing special, food was ok not worth $62 a plate. Told them we were celebrating birthday but unless you order dessert I guess it doesn’t really matter. It was crowded despite it being Covid protocols. The salad bar was lacking in most items. Nice people but save your money for a place that actually has spectacular food.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded 3 days ago

John, we should always be serving you spectacular meals that meet your expectations, so we apologize for missing the mark. It's concerning to hear that we were crowded, as every location should be maintaining our 12 Safety Promises. We will be in touch with you via direct message to address this matter further. Thank you.

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vipdtiger
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We have eaten at Fogo De Chao many times and have always enjoyed the experience. The Salad bar was as good as always, but most of our beef dishes were very tough or worse. It was our worst food experience at any of their locations. We hope it was just a one time event; we will go back and hopefully they will be back up to their usual standards. Fortunately, we had an excellent server, Marcela, who saved the evening and still made the night memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience4

Unfortunately, I should have looked at some of the previous reviews before coming here.
My wife and I decided to visit for our one year anniversary. All seemed well. Our server got our water (we explained we needed time to decide on drinks) and explained the Covid salad bar stuff and off we went.
When we came back to the table our sides were there. We started eating our salad stuff. We were waiting and waiting and waiting for our waiter, John, to come back. Instead, I noted him joking around with some busboys in the corner. I tried to get his attention to no avail.
The manager Jose was walking by and I asked him for our server. He gestured to a nearby waiter, Robert, who asked what we needed. He asked who our server was and I explained it was the guy horsing around in the corner.
Thankfully, Robert was the savior of the evening. Spot on and quick service. The manager, Jose, came to inquire about us and unfortunately, instead of really hearing us out, he was making excuses about staffing from the previous shift and such. Robert give us a $25 gift card for our next visit and asked the manager if we could apply it to tonight’s bill but Jose refused. Robert got my wife a free creme bulee.
They need to promote Robert or he needs to go to another restaurant where his talents are appreciated. That’s the only reason this place didn’t get one star.
I would probably steer clear of here; there are better places to eat with much better customer service.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded 7 days ago

These remarks are troubling, as we never want a guest to come across such inconveniences while celebrating a special occasion. We thank you for praising our team member and the support he gave you, and we hope you award us a second chance in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Some of the meats served were either salty or dry and we received meat that was raw.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25th wedding anniversary

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VirginiaT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and the service was very COVID friendly and safe.

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MarcoM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It was cold inside.

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joelf
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Great good a little over priced cold in restaurant. Seemed like they constantly try to upsell you with extras . Shrimp cocktails and drinks and desserts. The meat is incredible and delicious. Salad bar great but it was a bit messy and not restocked when we went there. They could do a better job keeping salad bar clean and appealing to look at . But they overall the food tasted excellent. Just expect a little more cleanliness and restocking salad bar for expensive meal .

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on April 12, 2021

Thank you for your feedback, as we will be sure to keep our Market Table tidy, appealing and stocked. We apologize for this inconvenience and we truly hope to deliver you a 5-star experience in the future.

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Honestreview
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Table was tippy, steaks were tuff, waiter yelled at me loudly because I couldn't understand his slurred english. 3 people and the bill was $275 without any drinks. Poor value.

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EvaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Meat was fairly good. Need more options for sides without going to the salad bar. It isn't the most comfortable solution because of COVID times! Sat inside and was still very cold, heat would have been nice!

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on April 12, 2021

Eva, we appreciate your feedback, as our team always wants to learn how we can be better for you. When you're ready, visit us again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Easter Sunday. Nice late afternoon lunch at Santana Row.

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hubbyluvs2eat
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Easter, had a great time.

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vipMike
Sacramento
29 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Service was great! Seated on time and the restaurant was quite busy.

Quality of food not as good as as I remember from several years ago. Honestly, even at medium-rare, the filet mignon was tough and lacked flavors.

Will give it another try- maybe another location. But at $85/person including tip- yet no alcohol and one shared dessert- I hope it impresses- or will look at another option.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The food was not as good. The service also was not good. It was unfortunate since we go there often and loved it.

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

We're sorry we fell short of your expectations this time around. Please don't allow this to keep you from another visit, as we know we can deliver you the experience you know and love.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience and the service was excellent. Thank you for making my friends birthday a special one.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing just wished they wouldn’t put to much attention into seeing who eats what.

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

Thank you for the review! We're so happy to read you enjoyed. Hope to serve you again!

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SusanI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us all had a delicious meal. We were celebrating a life event and it was a great place to do that. We sat outside since it was a beautiful evening (and because of COVID). The noise from the street was pretty loud, but through no fault of the restaurant. All in all, a great evening.

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SugCarD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

They don’t have good Covid protocols and it felt pretty unsafe. The place was packed and the people being the meat up so close to you can can breath on it so it was very offsetting. The meat wasn’t as delicious as I thought and the overall visit was just ok. I wouldn’t come here again.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 30, 2021

You should never feel unsafe with us, so this is troubling to hear. Please know, our team is following all of the mandated guidelines, and we hope to make this right in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and good drinks

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vipLaura
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place to have lunch or dinner but too pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

I have had tons of Brazilian steak houses and love the food. But this is the first time that i am left disappointed. The food was not great to say the least. The meat wasn’t tasty and the waiters weren’t coming often with meat to our table. Horrible experience. Very disappointed.

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

It's troubling to hear we were the ones to leave you with a disappointing experience, as your opinion of us means the world. When you are ready, please award us a second chance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience4

Overall a horrible experience first time here definitely not what I expected the service was poor unorganized. I don’t know what it was but the servers refuse to acknowledge the women of our group to the point where us women would tell the men of our group to order our drinks in order to get them in a timely matter that was very odd never had to do that before. Ordered an appetizer the seafood platter came out after we ate our food. And then the warm butter and lemon for the seafood platter didn’t come out for 20 minutes after we’ve been served the appetizer that came after our meal. I was told before hand that they would hold our birthday cake in the fridge until we were ready for it our birthday cake sat on a table the entire time unrefrigerated. The meat portions was served in fatty cuts not the tableservice that I was expecting the chicken breast was good there was no complaints there but overall the food was trash. Since we were celebrating a birthday we just made the best of it I highly do not recommend this restaurant let alone return! I was told of another Brazilian steakhouse in San Mateo I should’ve did my research and went there!

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Patrice
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience2

They have same prices as before Covid but quality and service are down

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

Quality and service should still be as wonderful as you remember it, Patrice. We apologize for this, and we hope you visit us again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Jose made our party felt like we were home!
Food and Service was Amazing!!

We will definitely be back!

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vipvalerier
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We had a terrific waiter, Robert. He was attentive and made the experience fantastic. He was great at offering a delicious wine recommendation and guiding us through the experience.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 19, 2021

We are so happy to hear this, as your experiences with us should always be so wonderful. We hope your next visit is worthy of your 5-stars.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

The meat was all cut into chunks and brought out to the customers. It made the experience inauthentic and messy because they would have all the different beef temperatures mixed, and the server would have to go digging for your selection.

The reason you go to a Brazilian steak house is for off the slab meat that is freshly cut at your table. Picahna is meant to be sliced thin to be enjoyed, not cut into big chunks.

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

We apologize for not meeting your expectations, as our team has had to make some changes due to these unprecedented times. We'll be sure to keep this in mind, as we hope to welcome you back down the line.

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PaulM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not sure of the reason that all the food came out on plates and not skewers but I assume it was due to Covid. It seemed really crowded that was a little unconfutable. My wife's salmon came out way over cooked that it had a rubbery texture to it. We saw another salmon go back as well. Not sure if it was bad fish or just over cooked fish. The manager made it right so we have no complaints about that.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thank you for visiting and sharing your feedback with us. We appreciate you bringing your concerns to our manager while you were here so we could make things right, and we hope you'll be back again soon for a five-star experience.

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vipJeffB22
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pandemic still has traffic down. Not as full as it used to be.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Used to frequent Fo Go and this might be the last time we are dining here. We understand that there’s new adjustments due to Covid but let me just list the main complaints.
1. We had to ask many times if we can get rounds of meat. We should have to wait 10-15mins for meat.
2. Despite numerous attempts to get the right degree of doneness of the meat, they failed to deliver.
3. The restaurant is freezing. Bring a winter coat or snow jacket.
Overall, it was a disappointment. Not worth the $600 we spent there.
We ended up going to a hot pot place nearby. :)

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 16, 2021

This is terrible to hear, as we never want you to stay away. Thank you for your feedback, and please award us a second chance down the line.

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Edzecat
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience3

I had booked for a birthday party but apparently the staff didn't see the message and had nothing special planned for the event.
anyway, the service was impeccable and the food was pretty good, even if, covid obliges, the meat was already precut and presented in dishes instead of on the spit as before

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great birthday lunch

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v4vic
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour menu and prices. Staff was great: professional yet personable. Indoor dining was available but we chose to sit outside in their front covered patio. Heat lamps available if weather is cold.

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vipJoshuaS
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

WARNING: They did not honor my $20 Opentable Certificate. Do not try to redeem certificates here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

We were there to celebrate my sons birthday. It stared out nice and we were excited to have a good family time til we felt like we weren’t getting any help. My husband had to constantly get up and ask for things because no one was coming to our table. There was only one other family next to us and they had the server’s coming all the time to offer meat and then skip our table. The seating area was terrible, the staff was not friendly at all. We could barely get a smile out of one. The drinks were half way filled with lots of ice. It was not worth it. Not that any waiter would even come offer another drink. It’s really too bad because the food was excellent.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 3, 2021

It's disheartening to read these remarks, as your son's birthday should've been fantastic. We hope you choose to visit us in the future.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

It was disappointing that my guests didn’t really experience the true environment of catering the food the normal or traditional way because of covid situation but there’s this 1 service person reaching over our table providing meal to my guests rather than going around the table and service closer to the individual or guests... and his uniform was looking dirty, like he didn’t wash his vest, it has several white spots and smears on it.
The Caesars salad wasn’t freshly done, it’s all smoosh-y soaked with dressings, it wasn’t appealing at all.
We requested a fresh one and it came back the same appearances. Even our service waiter says it’s freshly done, I disagreed because it was the same characters of the lettuce soaked up dressing!
We were charged the same buffet price per person and I don’t believe that’s fair given the situation and poor service
I had to apologize for my 2 guests that I spoke highly of my past experiences dining there, I even celebrated my birthday there a 3 years ago...

It’s very disappointing experience

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 12, 2021

Your experiences should never be disappointing, as your time with us should always fun and enjoyable. We hope you choose to award us a second chance.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! Great service

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LysaR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Overall the food was good and it was an interesting experience to have different meats brought around to our table thru our time there. They were out of a few staples like Onions and Mushrooms so that was disappointing. Also it was a special occasion that I did put in our reservation and it was not mentioned at all during our time there. We had dessert elsewhere.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 3, 2021

Lysa, thank you for your feedback, as our team always welcomes how to improve for you. We'll be sure to keep an eye out for any special occasion in the future.

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vipjustinP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

We have been to Fogo many times, both to this location and others. This has been by far the most disappointing.

Let me say, this is the first time we’ve been to fogo during Covid - and we took this into consideration. But the stresses of Covid to not excuse the issues.

Food was coming around with good frequency. But none of the food warm warm, and lacked flavor greatly. I asked for some feijado, and after about 45 minutes I asked for it again as it never arrived. Once it did arrive, it was cold and not edible. Needless to say, for what I spent on this meal for 3, and after all the times we’ve eaten at Fogo we will not be returning.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on March 3, 2021

Justin, we're disappointed to hear this, as we never want to let our guest's down. Please don't allow this to keep you from awarding us a second chance in the future.

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Kristi
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was ok, but definitely not worth the price. Service was great!

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on February 25, 2021

While we appreciate you mentioning that you received great service, we're saddened that you weren't fully satisfied with your visit. We hope you'll be back, as we'd love to have another chance to impress you.

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Fogo de Chao - San Jose offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 244-7001.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose is rated 4.3 stars by 2311 OpenTable diners.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose 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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