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Samba Brazilian Grill

4.6
4.6
743 Reviews
$31 to $50
Brazilian Steakhouse
For those of you who are not current or former gauchos who roam the prairies of Brazil, you might need an explanation of our style of service. At the end on a long day of work tending to cattle and stock, Brazilian cowboys (Gauchos) and their families would prepare great feasts. They would skewer various meats, roast them over a fire pit and bring them to the table for carving. There would be a bounty of seasonal vegetables, stews and salads using fresh ingredients from the fruits of their labor.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (608) 257-1111

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Catering

    Customized to your desires.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dining for 10-250 guests. Several private and semi-private options. Entire restaurant also available for large functions/weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Shane Allen: (608) 275-1111

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • Parking details

    Parking in the lot adjacent to our restaurant is reservable.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 743 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Madison

    Fit for Foodies

  • Madison

    Good for Groups

  • Madison

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Special Occasion

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  1. K

    Kaylie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time at Samba!! Was delicious and a fun dining experience
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    made reservation stating we were celebrating a birthday. occasion was never acknowledged. food was good except lamb which was almost raw and impossible to cut due to silverskin
  3. EB

    EricB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely recommend to anybody who enjoys extremely tasty meats, sides, and more! My wife and I went and found no part of our visit on the negative side. We will definitely be returning again. The servers were always on the go and it was easy to make sure you always had something on your plate. Very friendly staff, spacious and beautiful venue, and an enjoyable experience from start to finish. If you have been thinking about going to Samba, just do it! You won’t be disappointed and it’s well worth the price!
  4. MV

    MaritzaV

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server and food was amazing!! Definitely recommend!!
  5. D

    Dylan

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food is fantastic. The server for drinks was slow. Everything else was incredible. Love going to Samba
  6. CK

    CynthiaK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Samba was great as usual! The picanha top sirloin was at its best! We love Samba Brazilian Grill and their staff!
  7. SH

    SarahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for my 30th bday it was a cool experience with lots of options in the salad bar and meats very nice.
  8. C

    Cora

    Milwaukee

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love the Samba experience!
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not only is the meat very tasty, every thing on the salad bar was wonderful. Staff was very nice. We’ll be going back!
  10. GG

    GregG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Some areas are need to be a bit brighter, but they have a good food and service
  11. K

    Kari

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience at Samba! All the food was amazing-- my favorite was the Honey Balsamic Steak-- and service and ambiance were great! We'll definitely be returning!
  12. C

    Carly

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Food was amazing and fast, drink and check service was a bit slow.. we were told we had to dress up, but found that was not necessary. Food was soooo good, a little pricey but definitely worth it!
  13. AM

    AMAZING

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! Food was cooked perfectly and just kept coming. Drinks were made well and our server, Ava, was great. Not a single thing to complain about. We arrived at 530 which was perfect. Leaving we could tell it was getting very busy so service may have been slower for those groups.... 530 was perfect.
  14. KB

    KevineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! We enjoyed the food and service
  15. t

    tlenz

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, including amazing sides. Parmesan crusted pork was out for this world as was the balsamic marinated flank steak. Great service too!
  16. A

    Anneliese

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, had a lovely evening out with friends. Would recommend for anyone looking to spice up your night or looking to find a new favorite dish. Cocktail menu had many options and three we ended up trying were excellent.
  17. RS

    RandyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Good food, great atmosphere, good service, poor location. Sits in the middle of campus with only 6 free parking spots available
  18. A

    Andrea

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience3
    We left the dinner pretty disappointed. We had created a reservation and shown up 5 minutes early. After we were seated, we weren’t even greeted by our waiter for 10-15 minutes. This is the first time we were there so we were unsure what to do and just sat there waiting. When he showed up we had ordered a bottle of wine and was told how the process works. We went to get the salad and soup portions and started the meat process. We made it 20-25 minutes into dinner with no bottle of wine. Finally my other half walked up to the bar to request it as there were bar staff just cleaning glasses. Another 5 minutes after that we finally got our wine. Based on how fast they brought it, it appears that our waiter forgot, which was disappointing. In addition we saw our waiter pass by at least six times but he would never look our way or acknowledge us until the very end where he finally asked how dinner was. I do acknowledge that there was a large group being taken care of, but even a quick “how is your food” would have made a huge difference. The food itself was okay and bland. My other half said the best part of the meal was the pineapple, which is disappointing as it is a meat place. I left feeling like it wasn’t worth the money we spent there. As a first time experience, it was very lacking and we most likely won’t be coming back. Nor would we recommend it to others.
  19. CD

    CarrieD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food. We were in the very corner and I felt that we were forgotten about a lot so that was disappointing.
  20. HA

    HavalA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    super food, i like it :):):):)):):):):):):):):):):):)::):)
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing as always!
  22. SR

    SerenaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Once again Samba has been a great experience! Every time we come we are extremely impressed. It’s a fantastic value for the meal you get, and the atmosphere is fun and energetic while also not being too noisy to hear the other people you are with.
  23. ZS

    ZaraS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Samba is always a great choice for dinner! All of the meats are delicious, but our favorite is always the grilled pineapple! The drinks and service were also great!
  24. D

    Drdj

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Excellant Salad Bar They had everything from Figs and Beets to Cheeses/
  25. LJ

    LisaJ

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The food is outstanding, and there are so many delicious flavors to try. My family and I love the variety of vegetables in the first course/salad bar! And of course, the mouthwatering meat selections.
  26. B

    Babette

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had delicious food!! We sat in a small room off the main room so the noise was muted. Very noisy in the main room!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Everything I put in my mouth was amazing! From the drink to the salad bar to the meats! Not disappointed at all!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sons birthday. Everything was excellent.
  29. A

    Alexis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Fun dining experience with a nice variety of food. Great service! Enjoyed getting to try something new, both food and experience wise.
  30. f

    familydine

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    Meat didn’t taste that good. Perhaps the quality iv the meat wasn’t good. Salad bar was good.
  31. KW

    KrystalW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious and a great place for a nice dinner out, either as a date night or with a group of friends.
  32. H

    Heather

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Good food. Quiet place. Good date night spot. Would go again.
  33. A

    Amyg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an absolutely wonderful time! Food and service by Jay were amazing!!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful date night with another couple. It had been several years since we have been to Samba. Our experience did not disappoint! Our server was wonderful. The food was great. We ended up staying an extra couple hours just at the table talking and having fabulous drinks off the cocktail menu!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    The waitress certainly took advantage of gratuity already being part of the check. She just disap
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service in a historical building so the atmosphere couldn’t be beat!
  37. s

    stevea

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites for family events. We love the variety, quality, and great service.
  38. AT

    AmyT

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff is always great! The Gauchos always do a great job serving the meat! Food is always delicious! Always a great experience!
  39. ML

    MichelleL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Wasn’t expecting buffet part of meal, but we were early so not too awful! I typically NEVER eat buffet foods!! Food was delicious! service was friendly and on top of things!! Loved the atmosphere! VERY expensive just because how much food can one person really eat?? I could have bought a lot of groceries for 180 bucks for three people!
  40. JH

    JHGRB

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    Maybe we hit on a particularly bad night but the experience was more like Golden Corral than well executed Rodizio. Host and server were completely indifferent, we were seated upstairs and while the hike was a minor inconvenience for us, it was apparently too much for the gauchos! After several rounds of asking repeatedly and even running downstairs to chase some food up to the table, we eventually sampled exactly half the meats available. Salad and sides bars were poorly attended with cold potatoes and well worked over dishes. I will say what meat we did get was excellent but other than that my next most and only other positive comment is the bread was good!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables

FAQs

Samba Brazilian Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 743 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Samba Brazilian Grill

240 W Gilman St Madison, WI 53703

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State Street

  • Neighborhood

    Madison

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking in the lot adjacent to our restaurant is reservable.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (608) 257-1111

  • Catering

    Customized to your desires.

  • Private party facilities

    Private Dining for 10-250 guests. Several private and semi-private options. Entire restaurant also available for large functions/weddings.

  • Private party contact

    Shane Allen: (608) 275-1111

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