Fogo de Chao - San Jose

4.2
2381 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
What 2381 people are saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.1
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4.1
ambience
3.8
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 7 hours ago
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Horrible service

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vipHeather
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I made reservations for my brother's birthday on a Saturday night. I have been to other Fogo de Chao locations and had a great experience, but unfortunately this location had awful service. First of all, our party of 5 was seated in a corner. Someone introduced herself as our server, and we never saw her again. We all ordered the "experience" but during the meal the people coming around with the meat weren't coming to our area at all, and since we had no server, we eventually had to get up find someone to request that they come by. We asked one of the people bringing around meat, and he sent a few over. But they came all at once and never again. After being there over an hour and a half without service, we had to grab another server, who apologized and brought us some more sides. He asked what we wanted, and said he'd send over some food but it didn't come for a long time. We were never offered more drinks, and our water was never refilled. The service was just terrible, from the server disappearing and us apparently not getting a new one so having to request help, to the people with the meat not ever coming to our table even as we tried to hold up our "green" cards or make eye contact. We watched them repeatedly return to tables near us, but never to our table in the back corner. It was frustrating to come with expectations of a fun experience for my brother's birthday but be so disappointed in the service. I also noticed a lot of staff standing around talking to one another, and in the way so that I had a hard time navigating to the restroom.

I definitely wouldn't return to this location given how disappointed we all were with the service. The food was decent - when they brought it - but we didn't get offered half the menu items and we didn't get a chance to get seconds even though we wanted to try all the meat items that were on the menu. Just a very disappointing experience, especially given the cost. I wouldn't recommend this location at all.

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Chato
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience4

8:15 was our reservation. We seated 10:00pm. 8:15 the front lobby told me give them 15 min. Cause there’s 10 people ahead of us. We let it go and decided to wait until our name get Called. 9:55 we went to tell then that we waited almost 2 hrs for our reservation and asked what the purpose of reservation if the wait is 3 hours. Miracle happed they suddenly had table for us just instance.

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YJam
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I don't think it's worth $42 per person for lunch. The circulation of meats is very slow and choices are very limited.

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Richard
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Sunday brunch. Buffet was great and the service was wonderful. Great value!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

Out of most food items. Staff was not even aware they sold some food items on the menu. Handful of items they did have were inedible

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded 6 days ago

We're disappointed to hear this, as we always want to meet our guest's expectations. We hope you visit us down the line, as we are sure we can make your next visit worth it.

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DEXSTER67
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My reservation was at 8:30 pm and when I reported on time I was told to stand outside to wait. I was seated in the patio instead inside the restaurant. The heater stand was so closed to the date that she kept stating the her hair will catch on fire because the heat was intense to which I switched seated with her. The salads bar was running out of items and was not stock. For what I paid for my dinner's date, it could be a lot more better for this restaurant.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded 6 days ago

Reservations are meant to ensure efficiency, so we apologize for keeping you waiting. We hope you you award us a second chance to make this right.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was great. Service was good. What I wasn’t too pleased about was the wait time. We had a reservation and despite that, we had to wait almost a half hour.

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KyokiP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

I would skip this - you have to hound down the wait staff for the meats, the bathrooms were poorly maintained, and the food was too salty.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded 6 days ago

Kyoki, we apologize for disappointing you on your last visit, as we always want to ensure our guests leave completely satisfied. Our team hopes you visit us in the future.

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Kate
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Dining tables way too close together and servers were hectic. Felt claustrophobic.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded 6 days ago

Kate, we love to deliver exceptional experiences, so we apologize for falling short. Please visit us again, as we are sure we can earn your complete satisfaction.

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IrlandaP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a great experience during our first time at the restaurant celebrating my husbands birthday. The service and the food was all excellent. The variety of meat and side dishes was amazing. We also really liked the atmosphere and ambience of the restaurant as well.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were early and they sat us down quickly which was great. So many waiters but really slow at helping you with drinks and picking up plates. Generally it was delicious.

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vipEllenb
Tucson
7 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was great but they brought over a lot of meat right away when we weren’t ready for it, but then brought very little meat once we were done with the salad bar. Rushed us out to get more people in.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience2

Said it was a birthday, but they made no effort. They did for other tables. Needs to keep requesting cuts of meat because they skipped our table.

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VanceN
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As good as the food was we didn’t see as many Gouchoses with different meets. The Lamb never came by the bacon wrapped steaks never came by. We only saw 4 different meats. The wine was exceptional, thank you for the recommendation. The deserts as always was amazing!

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Yumyum
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

You gotta be a good eater to make it worth the bill. 😁 Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Kid’s Birthday

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Ellenaj
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

They forgot about our drinks multiple times where we had to walk over and remind them.

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

We apologize for this inconvenience, as you should not have to ask multiple times for your drinks. We will be in touch shortly, via direct message, as we'd love to regain your support. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Solid experience, but busy. Felt a bit chaotic but overall good food and service

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AmyL
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Service was excellent but the meat was just too salty!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For my bday

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is like my all time fav place and it never disappoints me from the service to the food, it’s all great!

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LilibethR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience3

The salad bar did not offer the kind of variety that I have seen in other similar Brazilian restaurants. There wasn’t a good variety of meat. All in all, our experience did not live up to our expectations. The one thing that we appreciated was the wagyu ribeye.

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

We're sorry for such an experience, as our team always wants your meal to meet your expectations. Please award us a second chance, as we'd love to make this up to you.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I felt we got cheated on the wine pricing, bait and switch. We were recommended $80 wine bottle and after ordering, they said they don’t have it but have a better one but didn’t disclose it was going to cost 3X. That is not very honest and I will not come back here again.

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

We never want our guests to feel this way, as the price and charges should be completely clear. We would appreciate the chance to address this further, so we'll be in touch via direct message. Thank you.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coworkers farewell dinner!!

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience4

A couple of weeks ago, we made a reservation on OpenTable for Memorial Day 7pm. We went in knowing that it's a holiday weekend, & most restaurants have already opened back up from the year-long shut down. I've worked in F&B operations and hospitality since 2007, so I was personally prepared for any lags in service. However, tonight left us pretty shocked. It started out lovely -- the hosts were friendly & welcoming. We only waited a few minutes for our table to get turned over & then we were sat. The table was wobbly, so we decided to let our server know when he/she came by later. We waited maybe 15 minutes, and then a server's assistant came & finally brought us waters and cheese bread, informing that someone would be right with us. Several more servers and gauchos walked past, noticed that we had nothing on our table, & didn't bother to ask even though we made eye contact. Our server finally came & took our beverage orders, & we informed him that the table was wobbly. He apologized & said, "I'll fix it right away" & ended up disappearing for another 5-10 minutes. Bf and I were getting hungry, so we got up to leave. We were already outside of the restaurant when our server came running out, begging us to come back inside. We stated that we have waited for 20 minutes already & didn't want to wait. I pointed out that he should go back inside & take care of his other tables, to which he did.

We honestly could have left without issue, but the way that the server ran after us & basically caused a scene was unprofessional. There were so many service failures that happened in 20 minutes -- lack of teamwork, lack of attention, unprofessionalism. Yes, it's a holiday weekend, and everyone is opening back up again. We don't want any compensation -- we just want management to see this review, address the service failures/opportunities, & correct the behavior to prevent future occurrences.

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

Thank you very much for sharing your experience, and please know that we will be reviewing your feedback with our team. We apologize for such a visit, as you should have been delivered attentive and efficient service. We will be in touch via direct message, as we would love to make this up to you. Best.

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KiranJ
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sara, our server, was amazing! She went out of her way to make our special occasion feel even more special!

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Sarah
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location! Jason and Sarah were attentive and friendly. Food was fresh and amazing. This location is one of our favorite. Definitely better than our visit to the Scottsdale Fogo.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Over priced for the quality
I can have ribs and linguica anywhere

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

Our meals should always be worth it, so it's disappointing to read you feel otherwise. Our team would like to make this up to you, so we will be in touch via direct message. Warm Regards.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

first time, good experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Joaquin
4 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food is okay but I excepted more meat to be served with the price you pay especially when we were a large group of people but our main server is attentive and very accommodating. Will try again someday

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service! Everyone was so friendly, patient, and accommodating with our large group. Food was just as good as we remembered. It was very busy and packed, but still had a great experience.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience1

Graduation

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on June 1, 2021

Please know, we don't take your rating lightly. Celebrations should always be memorable, so kindly allow us the opportunity to make this up to you. We hope to serve you in the future.

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PaulC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

First time back since pandemic started. Friday before Memorial Day Was surprisedly packed. We had reservations however still had to wait a while outside before being called in.

Inside While crowded, we felt safe with patrons wearing masks when walking around but without at their tables. The atmosphere was quite likely and a bit loud but tolerable.

Salad buffet was open. We wear supplies disposable gloves to serve ourselves as usual.

As always, the service and food at Fogo de Chao was excellent. It was my wife’s b-day and we really enjoyed our dinner.

As always service at Fogo de Chao is excellent. We had more than enough choices of fine meats and poultry. Glad to be back!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The head gaucho (Leo???) was excellent and so is the waitress (not sure of her name but she’s dark, curly hair) very very nice and attentive and accommodating. Service was excellent. Thank you.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on June 1, 2021

Thank you! We love to hear this. Hope to serve you again soon - Cheers!

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RMay
San Diego
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Time and time again, Fogo de Chao kills it with its service, food, and ambiance and makes itself the perfect date destination. I do tend to also come here by myself to just enjoy a quiet lunch out and my server (her name is Taylor) ALWAYS gives me the best service!!

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DUNGN
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is good except the salad bar. Need to have more kind of the salad.

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vipJenniferH
San Diego
18 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We arrived at 5pm and went to the salad bar. They had run out of many things I was looking forward to. My pineapple tea was good. The meats were hit and miss. Some were fresh, tender and right off the grill. Some were dry and too salty.
We expected business casual dress, people were in very casual clothes. This was an unusual interesting restaurant. But we were a little disappointed.

Fogo de Chao - San Jose
Responded on May 26, 2021

Jennifer, we should always be meeting and exceeding your high expectations of us, so it's disappointing to learn we fell short. We hope this doesn't cause you to stay away forever. When you're ready, visit us again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

This place is normally amazing- however this time they had little food, and the quality was far below normal. The meat was limited and hard to get. The salad bar looked like day old hometown buffet. I hope they get back to normal soon.

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

We're disheartened to read these details, as we should always be delivering a memorable experience. We'd love the chance to deliver you an amazing time, so please visit us down the line.

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BrianaH
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We haven’t been in a restaurant in so long that tonight was absolutely perfect. The service was impeccable and outstanding. The staff was diligent and kind. Nothing felt rushed or rude. The food was just delicious. I am so happy that we spent my husbands birthday at the steakhouse.

FAQs

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 4.2 stars by 2381 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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