Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse

4.5
1688 Reviews
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Rei do Gado will be open for take out and patio dining. We are committed to providing a safe environment for our patrons and employees. Our staff adheres to local, state, and national guidelines for restaurants.

Rei Do Gado is San Diego's first Brazilian barbecue restaurant, open for over 2 decades. We follow the same traditional style of cooking meats, which are then served by are finely trained Gauchos. 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 an unmatched taste.

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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
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
  • Contact tracing information collected
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Pineapple11
San Diego
14 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really miss the crab legs.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very friendly staff and the environment was amazing. Would be there again but this time with a very very empty stomach.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Although I understand Covid and the restrictions that apply. I encountered several irate customers waiting to be seated operating the hostess with questions and extreme rudeness. Because this didn’t have much help she had to leave the podium on multiple occasions. The server asked us to wear gloves which were at the front entrance however they were thrown awry. I suggest maybe the hosts providing gloves to each table? Just wasn’t as sanitary as it should be. Food was great as usual. There was confusion surrounding the lobster portion of the meal as well. The host did her best to accommodate the large crowds however, with more of the public starting to go out maybe a second host would be beneficial. The front door was total chaos.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

The tables were so packed together and not socially distanced at all during covid. We were literally less than a foot away from the other tables on all sides. The meat was cut on your table so it’s not really safe during covid. The meat quality was really inconsistent especially for the price we’re paying. The pineapple was good and the service was decent. A bit slow but understandable since the place was packed (during a pandemic).

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place to eat

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KristinV
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fabulous dinner, service was excellent, and we felt safe and protected from other guests. Our favorite Steakhouse.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on March 20, 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed your dining experience and hope to see you soon.

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KimberlyS
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience3

We have been here several times. Made reservations at opening and had to wait a little for our food. Food was okay this time.

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4loveoffood
Dallas
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Seriously, you’re a steakhouse, sharpen your knives. We were literally squeaking our forks on the plate just to cut the meat served. Knives were completely dulled. I can handle the noise and over crowdedness if it’s worth it. Service was spotty as far as our waiter refreshing our water and answering any questions. We ordered a cocktail that took 30 minutes to get and we had to flag someone down at that. The meat served was grisly. Over all it was ok. I’ve had better at other Brazilian Steakhouses. Expected more from San Diego. Sorry to say, disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice and Delicious!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Very concerning level of service, and salad bar was completely empty. Meat was good, but service and organization really diminished the entire experience.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on March 6, 2021

Thank you for your honest review! Unfortunately due to the time of arrival we cannot replenish a full buffet bar if it is too close to closing time. Rei Do Gado is concentrating on preventing food waste, and increase of food pricing. We do recommend making a reservation at least 90 minutes prior to close. During peak dinner hours, the buffet bar may also be low in supply. Our staff is trained to accommodate all request, please notify a team member for requests.

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vipAR7806
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to SD to celebrate my bday and came across this place. Food was amazing and all of the staff was very friendly and so attentive. I will definitely come back!! All of the meat was delicious and they have a wide variety of sides to choose from. It was a great night!

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on February 27, 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad you enjoyed your recent dining experience. Hope to see you soon!

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XXX123
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Asked for a table away from others so it could be more private for my husbands birthday. They provided that sanctuary. Food was the best we had in all our visits there.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on February 27, 2021

Thank you for your kind words! We are glad we were able to accommodate your request. We appreciate your business!

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bsc1200
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

I know these businesses are really trying to stay open due to the ridiculous COVID restrictions so I can’t fault them for the street dining ambiance.... God bless them.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on February 27, 2021

We appreciate your business! Thank you for taking the time to review. We hope you join us in the near future as we prepare to reopen indoor dining.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

While the pandemic and crazy CA rules continue to plague this State, I can understand this is a tough time for everyone and businesses. So please take my review through this lens. But... I stood inside by the door Valentines day weekend for lunch waiting to be seated for about 10-12min no one was there to greet me. I was eventually greeted and taken to a table which was super wobbly and had no silverware. The waiter eventually put a towel under a leg to fix it (this is a 5 star restaurant mind you which I have been to many times ...see pic). I went to get a plate and was told I needed to be served at the buffet part. The plate was served with food hanging off the edge. Later I found out (which no one mentioned at the beginning) that I could have put on gloves (which were not very visible and no sign seen) and served myself. I got my food and sat at my table with still no silverware in sight. The server brought silverware and my drink left it on the table and left no saying a word or seeing if I needed anything else. The drink was brought about 20min after I started eating.

The food was incredible as always and no gripe there. The service was sub par mainly by the servers where I felt like just a number. The poor guy who was carving/presenting the meats was working his tail off. They were completely understaffed (and it was Valentines day weekend mind you) where there was one server, carver, and bartender. Towards the end of my dining experience, more staff showed up and it looked like the manager stepped in to help.

While I will definitely be back someday, I wrote this review (slightly disappointed) hoping these things will be addressed and fixed soon so guests can fall in love with this place as I always had once again. Thank you!

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DannyC
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Visited the restaurant two weeks in since outdoor dinning was allowed. There was only one other table occupied while we ate. At such, meats were made to order and other that were already made seemed to have dried out. Overall quality was good, service was great, but it would have been more enjoyable when there were more people and meat were prepared without consideration of the number of people in the restaurant.

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vipJenn
San Diego
16 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorites. Great customer service. Never disappoints!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Thanksgiving dinner during the shutdown. We did not have high expectations due to all the new restrictions. We were completely wrong! This place was just as delicious for a big event as they were before the shutdown. Plus they had turkey! I’m going next year again.... who wants to cook/clean at home....

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delorlesd
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being able to sample so many options of meat, chicken and seafood is amazing. All was superb. We are looking forward to going again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cumpleaños

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JohnS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding is a good word. We ate for an hour and a half and walked away in a food coma, We will definitely be back. It was a fine value. I don't take the trouble to write many reviews, but they deserve it.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on November 26, 2020

Thank you for your kind words! We are so glad you enjoyed your recent dinner and would love to have you back. Happy holidays!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelente servicio, comida deliciosa

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vipEliasM
San Diego
10 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

They try to upsell you into buying something more expensive than what you think it is

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on November 14, 2020

We apologize for your recent dining experience. Our management team would like to investigate this issue further, please email us at info.reidogado@gmail

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

My wife and I were celebrating our love. All the steaks and cuts were amazing- whatever they have with garlic is my favorite. None of the buffet/salad bar items were good... I was happy with our waiter and the location of our seats

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vipRG11
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite of the COVID-19 and how things are changed we were still very satisfied with our food. Didn’t noticed that the service was lagging a little but we didn’t mind due to catching up with a friend. But the wait staff were great and made sure we were not forgotten. All in all it was a great lunch. We had a wonderful time.

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vipchrisg
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego. My wife being from Brazil this gives her a taste of home. Always very respectful and the food is top notch

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on November 2, 2020

We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you soon! Obrigado

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William
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super wonderful dinner. I visited many years ago and the place is timeless. The COVID accomidations do not impact the experience. Thank you, we will return

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on November 2, 2020

We are glad you enjoyed your recent dining experience! Thank you for your business.

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Ricky
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!! Love the meat!!! Mmmm so good!!! !!!

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JaymiD
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Waitstaff was phenomenal. Very attentive, professional and polite. Ambiance was nice...they have an outside dining area with fire tables that's a nice touch. Due to COVID the "experience" isn't quite the same (having the meat cut from the skewer at the table) and you now have to wait for the staff to bring you your meat and salad bar selections. This would have been a five star review if it weren't for the meat, which is supposed to be the star of the show. We tried about 8-10 different selections and 80% of them were all way too salty or very over cooked. Just not the quality or flavor I remember.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on November 2, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed your recent visit and would like to apologize for the quality and consistency of the meats. We are still adapting to all of the COVID changes and are working to find a solution that works for our staff and customers. Please contact us at info.reidogado@gmail for any recommendations.

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vipTerryBdaydinnerfor4
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Was an interesting evening as the restaurant is trying very hard to meet diner's expectations in a COVID environment.
Which brings me to a single concern. Because staff had to bring side dishes to the table, as opposed to a salad bar, they had to make many trips. Could have saved them some steps by bringing large portions.

The service was exceptional. The food great.

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time venturing out for dinner since April 2020. It was definitely a great experience. We had no expectations besides going to a restaurant we both like. It was actually nice to not have to get up and and get our own sides. More of a fancy experience I believe. I loved that they were attentive with our request even though they were visibly busy. They actually remembered my husband, I almost bet him they wouldn’t remember him.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you for your review! We are glad you enjoyed the experience and appreciate your business. We hope to see you again in the future.

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IdaliaS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service, nice place and good food, but very expensive $180 for 2 and just 1 cup of wine and 1 mojito. for covid they minimized the menu. Probably they have to minimize the prices too.

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Gena
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every thing was perfect! I love the food and the service!

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JoJoW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Went there for the first time to celebrate our 10 year wedding anniversary. I put it under special occasion when I made the reservation online but they must have missed the memo. Never mentioned once. The table next to us got the birthday song though. Overall the service was great. The food was good but I don’t think it was worth the price. I was paying for the experience and it was just another restaurant, nothing special. I wish I had picked a different place.

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CarolinaP
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anything from the menu won't disappoint you. As for drinks, try the Brazilian Bikini.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Responded on October 20, 2020

Thank you for your review! Our staff will be glad to hear you enjoyed. We appreciate your business and hope to see you again in the future.

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MrsSL
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious, staff was friendly, only downside was some of our side orders never came out. But overall, great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
5 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service is horrible, we wait more than 30 min for the food, server never show to the table. I was celebrating my wedding anniversary but i think that pick the wrong place.
I wont recommend this place at all

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LeilaniT
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It would have been an enjoyable experience if only the air condition was turned up. It was very stuffy but other than that the service and food excellent.

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AaronG
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and experience. Get the grilled pineapple and get the lobster

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

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ShawnW
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiters were very attentive and the food was divine!!! Every time we go to San Diego we must dine at this restaurant!

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Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (619) 702-8464.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse is rated 4.5 stars by 1688 OpenTable diners.

Rei do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://reidogado.cardfoundry.com/giftcards.php.