Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse - Center City

4.3
750 Reviews
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Located in Center City Philadelphia, Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse offers a truly authentic Brazilian steakhouse experience. Enjoy our gourmet hot and cold salad bar, full of traditional Brazilian dishes, while our gauchos expertly carve each cut of delicious meat for you table-side. In addition to the full rodizio experience, guests can also enjoy our gourmet salad bar only option.

For lighter fare, guests may join us in our bar/lounge area for a variety of delicious dishes from small plates to hearty entrees.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

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Sun 12:00PM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 9:00PM
Mon - Fri 4:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 11:30AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 11:00PM

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Restaurant is great, food great. Super clean and nice ambience. Was very annoying to have to go get the server every time we needed something. The 4 or 5 servers were behind the bar chatting it up and didn’t feel much like waiting tables.
Had to go up 3 times .
Only bad part

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good place for friends great place for steaks

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very crowded and noisy. Meats tasted great, the sides could use some seasoning, very little flavor. Would recommended placing the names of the sides at the salad bar so that diners can know what they are eating.

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callmeacab
Atlantic City
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Overall, very nice time. The first server had trouble understanding us and we him due to his native language but was genuinely nice. Other servers were quite helpful and enthusiastic. I had a caipirinha cocktail which was excellent if a bit small. All 6 of us had the $40, 3-course rodizio prix fix special for restaurant week. We had an early reservation, and the restaurant became quite crowded as the evening went on. The salad bar had many delicious offerings and, curiously, some braised beef options. All of the rodizio was very good, especially the thin steak, which was described as their specialty, but I could not understand what cut it was. It was highly seasoned and delicious. The picanha was not the most flavorful I've had but was expertly cooked and still delicious. The only let down was the included dessert of which I picked Key Lime Pie. The pie was pedestrian and oddly "sticky". Overall, rather good dinner for the price.

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vipSamantha
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Went during restaurant week. Was a little disappointed in both the ambiance and service. Tables were too close together to be comfortable. Service seemed rushed. Food was okay - not my favorite Brazilian steakhouse when it came to the meat selection / taste.

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Deon
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The salad bar was well stocked and delicious. I also enjoyed the different meats but some of the most desirable were not circulated often. For example, the lamb only came around once in the two hours we were there.

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CatherineL
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves again, the House Special was very good and just enough attention was paid to us, so we didn't have to wait a long time between meats arriving. The grilled pineapple was amazing!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My BFFs Birthday was awesome servers were great

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foodielovereb
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The restaurant was ok. The meats just ok when they finally got to us. The salad bar was just ok as well. I'm not sure if I will be returning I was expecting more.

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Neeks
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

We had 12pm reservations and the doors were closed when we got there at 12:05pm. Food was not out on the buffet and when it came out, hot food was cold. Also, I called multiple times to check if we needed our Covid vaccination cards and was told yes, but the never asked for it or asked if we were fully vaccinated.

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RaymondB
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The service was terrible. The servers frequented the same few tables in the main dining area and barely looked in our direction. We were seated very close to the front door, away from the kitchen door and away from the bar. We were treated like an afterthought. When servers did come over they usually did not have anything left to serve and would say "I'll be right back"... and then would not return. One gentleman came by with "top sirloin" a couple of times, when we finally asked him if he could have some of the other options stop by our table (chicken, pepper steak, pineapple), he looked and acted very offended. When we told our waiter about our issues he did speak to the staff, but the conversation seemed very dramatic and there was a lot of gesturing in our direction which made us feel somewhat uncomfortable. Lastly, there were not many dining options two kinds of steak, some chicken, some sausage and some pineapple. Our drinks took a long time to come to us too. This place was AWFUL. Definitely not the birthday dinner I had in mind.

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HaiD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. However, the servers with the meats stopped coming to our table every now and then so we had to get their attention in order to keep eating.

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wajida
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Very cheap place. It’s like a Boston market in terms of the buffet. Meat was cold and flavorless. Go to Fogo or Chima

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GLong
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Solid Food - Room for improvement on service end for sure.

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CherylO
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The salad bar needed a few more items that someone who eat with the meats that was served. I did find 2 salads I happen to like. The meats didn't start coming out to tables until the restaurant was some what full. The taste of the meats was great. I was very please. My over all dinning experience was a delight.

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TiffanyS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My date and I had an amazing time!! All the meats were delicious? Top Sirloin and the house special were so tender and well seasoned! The chicken was so tender and flavorful! The service was spot on and they were very friendly. We felt like royalty! Definitely going again and again. Felix, thank you for all your service and hospitality.

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JayP
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was really good. However given the number of guests the wait for meat was lengthy at time. The servers were friendly and helpful when we reached out to them. The biggest concern for me was that the floor was really slippery which made navigating the restaurant, particularly to get to the salad bar, difficult.

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SeanM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We went for restaurant week and the service was very prompt and pleasant. Not the widest variety of steaks (mostly had different forms of sirloin steak -- garlic sirloin, top sirloin, picahna sirloin, etc.), but they were all delicious

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice experience. I was super impressed with the salad buffet. If the meal had ended there, that would have been just great. There were plenty of nice options there.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Coworkers and I tried this place for the first time for restaurant week. They were helpful,patient and pleasant. The meats were cooked to perfection and the salad bar was massive. I will be highly recommending this place to others and it won’t b my last time there.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, both the meat and their buffet. They come around with meats consistently and there’s a nice variety. Little drafty by the door but nothing unbearable and we went on a 14 degree night. Servers were extremely nice, just was hard to flag down our actual server for another drink but we quickly learned you can just ask any of them. Definitely a fancy vibe on a Saturday night. Dress business casual, at least, if you don’t want to feel out of place. Definitely will be back.

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KatherineS
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything is AMAZING!!! The food was nice and hot, atmosphere was fun and energetic!!! Can't wait to come back!

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MEEKIE
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I wish the tables were spread out a little more. Other than that the experience was awesome!! Everything was good!!

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JessicaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Space is small and honestly kind of difficult to maintain social distance with little room and separation of tables. Staff were very friendly and quick to serve us. The food was overall good but lacked more flavor. The quality of the food was very good though.

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vipMaryP
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Convenient center city location. We went at lunchtime so meats on rotation was limited. However salad bar was good and everything we tried was delicious. Great value for the price, I wouldn’t hesitate to return.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a nice place to go with family and friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and the food was great. My favorite is the house special and the roasted pineapple

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RajnishC
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very poorly managed - not enough employees and poor service

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall2food2service1ambience2

The services was horrible. It’s could be because it was restaurant week and the servers seem busy. The “Gauchos” I believe they are called (The guys that cut the meat) didn’t ask about the guests preference in temp of the steak. I received rare, medium rare, and medium pieces of steak. The seasoning of the steak was very lack luster. The house special was the most flavorful piece of steak but at times it was too salty which required us to drink water (that we didn’t have). The salad bar was interesting. There was lasagna, chicken wing dings, ribs and salmon. The were also the usual sides you get at Brazilian steakhouses (mashed potatoes, rice, the cheese bread and cold salads. Unfortunately this is not a place I would return too.

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CynthiaT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The staff is excellent. Building clean . The sitting is tight but the lamb makes up for the sitting! If you are large no elbow room

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TedeaH
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never been to a buffet style steakhouse so it was different. They had plenty of food. I was taking my man out to celebrate his promotion. He's an ALL meat eater so I knew he would love it but he was disappointed they didn't have filet mignon. So I'm going to have to go again. Overall I enjoyed it! That pineapple is the truth! The food was fresh.... omg....I almost forgot I wanted a fruity drink.... passion fruit drink they made was TO DIE FOR!

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ShayonnaB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great experience. Great food. I would recommend for date night.

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ACooke
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great way for me and my friend to start restaurant week. My friend a newbie to Brazilian Steakhouse this was the perfect spot. The meat options were excellent. Unlike others spots where you flip the card, the servers continually come around. Because we were there early there was plenty of space for social distance and the buffet provided both gloves and sanitizer. There was plenty of street parking nearby. I would visit this restaurant again maybe during brunch.

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CeciliaT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We ate during restaurant week and the value was good and my son was the one who chose the place.
The meat was good!

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Private
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2022
Overall2food2service2ambience3

No sooner than we sat down at our seats with full plates from the buffet that the men came around with all the meats. There was no room on our plates and after trying to tell them to come back after we made some room, we gave up and just made them pile it on. All we received were the ends of the steaks. We weren't able to take our time with our plate from the buffet and instead felt terribly rushed. Unfortunately, we will not be back.

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CamilleM
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

food was pretty salty, the mushroom sauce, the fried rice, and some of the meats. the meat was so very succulent tho. I'd still go back. I loved the ambience an the staff is very attentive. This was my first time.

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Annie
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing date night! The food and service was awesome. 10/10 recommend

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AsiaM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

I didn't realize this was just buffet style meals which is odd to offer during a pandemic. The service was a bit chaotic and confusing to first time diners. It was okay but I wouldn't go back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great time and great food ! I wish the tables weren’t soo close together but other than that this place is soo worth the money definitely will be going again.

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Paul
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When you go in without an expectation and then are surprised that the service and consistent care is amazing..that's a place recommend. The buffet was organised and well stocked. The. Drinks strong and the staff with the meat service to the table were continuously there and professional. Come and enjoy the Picanha!!

FAQs

Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse - Center City offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 608-8870.

Picanha Brazilian Steakhouse - Center City is rated 4.3 stars by 750 OpenTable diners.

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.