Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - Washington DC

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Brazilian Steakhouse
Join us at Fogo de Chão® Washington DC located in the historic Evening Star building in Penn Quarter. A Beaux-Arts style façade invites guests into a space featuring large murals depicting ranch life in Southern Brazil.
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. Guests can also choose to enjoy lighter seafood selections or enjoy the gourmet Market Table only option.
We also offer semiprivate and private areas that can accommodate parties up to 170.
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DH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was good and definitely a standard experience. But since it was valentine's day weekend so alot of people were here to cash in on the buy 2 get 1 free meal deal. So I had to wait to be seated even though I had a reservation. Additionally the service was a bit rushed because the servers were too busy.

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Miami
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 1

Be careful you might walk past the hostess stand when you walk in. The hostess is extremely rude and you can not hear anything she says. Apparently you can also wear whatever you please in this particular Fogo, anything from a blazer, to a T-shirt, all the way to a women only wearing a bra. This particular Fogo also does not mind when a table of 18 is screaming at the top of their lungs while opening gifts in the middle of the restaurant for 20 mins. The entire place couldn’t hear a thing.

Very unprofessional place. Whole place needs a make over, salad bar is 1/10. Have been to other Fogo’s in multiple cities and this was 100% the worst.

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JK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

We love Fogo & the complimentary dining card promo prompted us to have lunch on Friday. All beef was very disappointing. I think a good filter has a soft, buttery texture, but Fogo filet was dry, tough to cut & chew. Sirloins, flank, and even the rib eye all were hard to cut and chew. I had to discretely spit out most of the steaks. My favorite steak is the ribeye. The ribeye at Fogo was like chewing on leather, and did not have any marblization. All the steaks had the long “streaks” which to me is not the consistency of filets & ribeye cuts. The pork ribs were very tender & delicious. I wonder if the beef serves were cheap beef because of the complimentary dining cards promotion. The manager made new ribeye & the garlic beef, but both were still disappointing. I said it was fine because I did t want to make a big deal with other diners around us. I want to request for a refund & give back the complimentary gift card. I also wonder if DC Fogo May not have high quality meats because it always seems “tourist” filled who may not complain with all-you-can-eat dining of meats, and a local like us who live 2 miles away are more discriminating & may not be Fogo’s target customer. For $39.95, I wish we had gone to Morton’s or Ruth’s Chris. We cancelled our Sunday brunch reservation for my birthday...very disappointing because we wanted to go back for brunch to enjoy the food & get another complimentary dining card. For Brazilian steak house, we are going to drive to Tyson’s to Chimay instead.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Overall experience was very nice. I took my fiancée there on Valentine’s Day. The service was a bit slow due to it being Valentine’s Day but say still a good experience. The manager was very nice and when I brought up a concern about certain foods not coming to our table he made sure we got what we wanted.

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A
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Hermes was great, he explained everything really well he was so attentive also

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K
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I would say the food is not worth the price. However, the ambiance is quite nice.

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always get very proffesional service. The food always taste great

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Really enjoyed the experience. Super attentive staff.

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AM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstandingggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg!

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AW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Most of the Meat had a lot of salt. Maybe you should allow the customers to put their own desire salt preferences. Thanks

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OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Funny thing happened, as we were seated, our server/waitress came and began to explain and practicallly every part of her sentence had the phrase “Trust Me.....” which became a little annoying.
Also had a $100 e-gift card for the restaurant, presented it along with the credit card for the balance to be applied. She returned and informed us that there was a problem processing the e-gift because it appears that it was either “EXPIRED” (didn’t know gift cards had expectation date) or it was used before. I said please process it again or at least let me speak with the manager. Manager arrived took the information, we waited for over 10 minutes. Server came handed the information and said “ok thank you for coming” So I asked what was the issue? She replied, it’s ok, and walked away. So I asked another server to bring the manager over to the table for an explanation as to what happened; he came over and I nforms us - “Looks like the e-gift was used somewhere in Texas, but don’t worry it’s all good”; he also walked away. We all looked at each other puzzled as he walks away.....I am still at a loss for words as to what just happened! My puzzling questions are:
How was it determined that the card was used in TX, where in TX, what date. How was it resolved now for you to say “it’s all good”. Still at a loss for words.

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JS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

awesome 1ST time loved it will be going back !!!!!!!!!!!!

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m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and ambiance. Will dine again very soon

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and they brought us a cake and it was so special!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Service staff were rude and the much of the meat was overcooked as the meal processed.

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JD
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Service was initially amazing but as the evening went on we waited and waited for meat service despite being asked by 2 staff members what meats we wanted. Then it took almost half an hour for the check to come after our server said he was getting it. Still the food was amazing. Expensive and not a place we will go for dinner every week but a nice treat nonetheless.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was wonderful. Food exceptional.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner celebration for my boyfriend’s birthday was great! Service was IMPECCABLE!!! The wait staff was extremely attentive and on point!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was here for everyday dining and I had a wonderful experience. The staff was helpful but not overbearing. The meat was tender and nicely cooked.

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LK
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great, food delicious and atmosphere inviting.

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GL
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Hadn't been there in awhile. Group of work friends met for lunch. Food was wonderful as always. Had a terrific time. Plan on having dinner there soon!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went to Fogo de Chão for my birthday with a group of friends. We experienced excellent table service and food. If it’s your birthday you get a free dessert! This place is definitely for when you want to splurge, so be prepared for a hefty dinner bill.

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N
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every six months, I get a new intern, and I use Fogo de Chao as the place we conduct our get-to-know-each-other talk. It never fails to impress the young people, and the quality of the food and the service has stayed absolutely excellent over the years, I have done this. And it's always funny to see people realize that their stomachs cannot hold another bite, but their eyes and nose continue to tell them that they want more. Can't recommend it enough.

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SL
New England
10 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took German visitors who have not eaten at a Brazilian steakhouse before and they loved it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

The salad bar was not very good. I saw a patron use his bare hands to get food from the salad bar.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service

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V
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The meat are good, but a little bit expensive. People there are so friendly. Love this place!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone made our special night, extremely enjoyable. From our waitress, Lisa, all the way to the manger, Charlotte. All of the employees we encountered were terrific!! I was impressed with all of the food, service, and atmosphere. We will definitely be back!

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Another value -added at this restaurant is the reasonable valet parking rates. the staff at this restaurant is always in a hustle mode.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

As Brazilians and frequent patrons of Fogo, this is the first time that we’ve have a terrible experience. I’m not sure if it was because we were sat in a back room or staff was having an off day, but service was slow and inattentive, the market tables food was subpar, rice was mushy, beans undercooked, only three cuts of meat reached our table and we felt like we were waving down the staff when they were two tables down so they could serve us. Hostess and waiters fooled around as patrons were dining...The restaurant was not crowded, actually somewhat empty for a Saturday, but it was not the usual experience we have here.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Astonishing. Waste of money.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very drafty and cold as our table caught ever draft that came from when the door was opened. Otherwise we absolutely love this restaurant but would definitely ask for another seating location.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall it was great! Not hard to find a parking spot as well

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MT
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in the restaurant with group of friends and enjoyed my meal very much.

If you like Brasilian grill, this is the right place in DC.

If you didn't try it yet, what are you waiting for?

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PM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as always!

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

While the food has always been good, we definitely will be considering other dining options after this visit. They stop bringing our particular cut of meat. It was the longest wait 20-30 minutes, we had to flag someone down to see what was going on. Absolutely unacceptable considering how much we pay and how little we do eat but then to stop serving the food is just ridiculous! If this is the trick this restaurant does to get their customer to hit the salad bar instead, well, I guess it worked but I will probably take by business else where.

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The experience was awesome, and I found it romantic too

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AG
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Too much food to mention! Love the meat and the salad bar

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v
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

I had been to Fogo de Chao a long time ago and decided to take my husband for his birthday along with some friends. I was very disappointed. I felt rushed from the moment we sat down. They never brought us the skewer of filet mignon. I had to ask for it and then I got one little piece (maybe 4 bites). After that I still didn’t get any more filet mignon. They never brought it out. The side dish of mashed potatoes was enough for just one or two people. We had to keep asking for potatoes and they would bring one little dish of potatoes for 4 people. We paid $60 each for the whole experience meal and for that I should have gotten more filet mignon. Very disappointed. Done with Fogo de Chao! It was better the first time I visited about 5-6 years ago.

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SG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went there for restaurant week. Definitely worth it for $35. What I didn't like was way we were packed into the restaurant with little room to get around other diners.

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