Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse

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Brazilian Steakhouse
The churrasco (Brazilian barbecue) is a traditional feast that has been celebrated in Brazil for centuries. It is a unique and healthy way of roasting meat over a mesquite flame that preserves tenderness and gives it a taste unmatched by any other. Guests of Rei do Gado will encounter an unlimited buffet of typical dishes and salads. We also have live entertainment every night and samba dancers on Fri & Sat.
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OT
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my son’s 14th birthday and he was dreaming of Brazilian barbecue. We were the only people in the restaurant as we had an early reservation and they made him and our whole family feel very special. Wonderful and attentive service. Delicious cuts of meat, and an amazing seafood and salad bar that even kept our pescatarian daughter happy!

MN
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service, food is so good and love the salad bar. Come with and empty stomach as you will leave with a full stomach. Love the location and worth coming back and worth the money.

RP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service. They were cheerful when I dropped a glass, too :0

OT
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Old and dated atmosphere. mediocre foods on the buffet line. Expected more for the cost. Service was excellent and cuts of meat were good. Special dessert touch for our Anniversary. Overall restaurant needs updating

AD
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

It was an alright experience. The vibe was great. Live entertainment. The meats were often overcooked, however. It felt like they were understaffed and we saw our waiter twice the whole time.

L
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Love the food very, there was entertainment which was very fun to see of a lady dancing. The only but I have was of the services the host was to polite nor one of the of the servers. Other than that it was a delicious.

PY
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

No one was at the door for when we arrived to seat us for our reservation, very little selections on the salad bar plus it was not fresh, the place was crowded and I had to squeeze through people and their tables to get to the salad bar. We had to wait for the carvers to come around with the same meat for the whole time we were there. Had to keep asking for the meat that we wanted and the place wasn’t even as busy. Asked for some sauce for the meat and was told I could grab them at the salad bar just to grab 2 empty bottles of A1 sauce. Took forever to get our bill, the restroom was dirty, and waited 15 minutes for valet to get our vehicle. Worst experience ever!

IQ
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday dinner. Food was delicious and the staff was friendly and attentive. Usually come here for date night, but it’s a great place to bring family and friends.

MG
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The place is consistently delicious and the staff are always helpful, friendly and accommodating. A must do place for seafood and meat and the salad bar is well above expectations.

J
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

We have been there several times and loved it. The salad bar is always fresh and delicious. Very good choices. Unfortunately, this time the meat was over cooked. I prefer medium rare, but everything was well done. So it was a little disappointing. Excellent service.

JC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, food and drinks! Definitely better that other "chain" Brazilian bbq places!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time. Enjoyed ourselves very much. Food was delicious.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

We sat in the room near the restrooms and didn't see many servers come around with meat

JS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! Each meat that was brought was succulent and delicious. The sides offered were great too. My table did not do the seafood option, but we had a great time for a Restaurant week meal.

RL
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Brazilian! This is my go to place when I want to impress my meat eater friends on their birthdays. The fact that they have a deal for restaurant week is just the cherry on top! I just took my fiance for his birthday and I absolutely love their birthday song! Not to mention the delicious complimentary Dessert.! Everyone there was super nice and had a great sense of humor. WE LOVE REI DO GADO!!!!

OT
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and service. Prepare to be stuffed when you end up leaving.

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. Brazilian food can be expensive but this is worth the price. The service is outstanding too.

RM
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service. They called me after I booked a party of 12. Verified we had all we needed and seated us 30 minutes early.

I would like to see cheaper options for kids but everything else was awesome!

Would go back anytime

SD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not just a delicious, first rate dinner but an extraordinary experience. Thank you to our server Fernando and all the staff who made our evening a pleasure.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Was good experience. Would be a better experience if there was some kind of rhyme and reason to how the food came out. Great staff!

MB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect birthday place! Service is amazing,food is beyond words!

d
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great cooked meats. Crab legs and other seafood on the buffet. Better than Fogo De Chao.

J
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for a birthday celebration. We had such a good time! The food was amazing and the all the staff were friendly!

LR
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We were disappointed the meat selection is not a lot like before. They stopped making the pork ribs. Unlike before Sunday lunch there were a variety of meats they offer. There were dishes that were out/empty and they do not get refilled right at once you have to notify the staff they are out dishes. A good example on the buffet section there was a tray for fried bananas, it was empty. It took 20 min to refill the dish.

T
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good. $54 per person for a buffet was a bit steep. Their meat is very good and lots to choose from, but getting barely a 1 ounce slice of the better cuts vs. a big hunk of top sirloin kind of turned us off. The buffet was good but not extraordinary. $196 for two people, each getting one drink seemed high for what it is. But the food was tasty. Just too pricey to bring my family of 6 for what you really get. Glad we went though!

OT
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my 3rd or 4th time to this restaurant. I was vacationing with friends and insisted we have dinner here. They were all impressed with the meat. They and I will definitely be back when in San Diego again. Further, we brought two bottles of wine (white) and our waiter quickly brought a chill bucket to keep the wine cold. Note: This is not a fancy restaurant. Business casual is perfect dress although I did notice some patrons in shorts/t-shirts.

DT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in downtown! The quality and value is unrivaled when it comes to price.

SC
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We had a reservation at 8:30 p.m. on a Saturday evening and were seated within ten minutes of arriving. Given the option, we chose to sit outside...an error in judgement. After being seated we were served water, but didn't see the waiter again for quite some time. When he finally came back and gave us the lay of the land we were able to go and fill our plates with the salads and sides offered at the bars. The meat then started coming and it was delicious. The only drawback was that we seem to have been forgotten about much of the time since we were the only ones dining outside. I'd recommend the restaurant based on the food alone, but would advise not sitting outside if you want to be served promptly.

BK
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had never eaten at a Brazilian Steakhouse. It was a great experience - really fun and food was delicious! They sang Happy Birthday and served us Chocolate Mousse to celebrate. Would absolutely go again!

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t bother with the chain restaurants. This is the best churrascaria in San Diego, and one of the best I’ve ever been to. Great service, delicious food, most servers speak Portuguese, and yes, they do serve chicken hearts (on request). Also, the pão de queijo is hands down the best I’ve ever had.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely excellent food and service. Would definitely go back again and again!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!! You get a lot for your money.

C
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I've been going to Rei do Gado for years and have always enjoyed the fine quality of the meats served. This past visit, however, was very disappointing. Quality was hit or miss. Many cuts had lots of tough, inedible parts and big chunks of fat. Service wasn't up to par either. Some of the servers never made it to our table. Lamb was on the menu but we never saw it.

I am recommending Rei do Gado because of their past history of excellence. I hope my most recent visit was an anomaly and that there is a return to quality.

OT
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was bland and could use more seasoning. Garlic, salt, pepper, anything really. It was basically warm unseasoned meat and the service was inattentive. The Sangria was the best part of the meal. Definitely not worth the $185 for two people.

OT
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great place to bring my big brother in his birthday. It was his first time so he had a blast

S
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Service was poor. Plates stacked up on the table and the meat in some cases was dropped from high over other people at the same table rather than going around the table to get closer to the plat.

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

Seriously, the best meal we’ve had in a very long time. SO GOOD!

VR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a large table and the service was decent. Just the same stuff came by even though we requested others. Servers were friendly, always said yes, but did not actually come with what was requested. Also, we sat on the side where a nightclub or something kicks off at 9pm. It is seriously a distraction and we were also told they close that side at 9pm. Do not know why we would be sat there so late. But overall, still the better brazilian steakhouse downtown.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excwlwnte lugar.

HL
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Nowhere as good as previous visits (I've been here easily 10 times in the last decade or so). Not sure if it was because it was an off-day (weekday evening) or if they've had some staff turnaround. Meat was not as well seasoned, and the cook was not as consistent. King Crab Legs were also not as tasty (fresh?) as before.

BB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent costumer service, and the food, simply delicious!!

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