Samba Brazilian Grill

4.5
650 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
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MiguelM
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was good, the food was great I want to coming back soon

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall2food3service3ambience4

So much more expensive than I anticipated! Plus they add 20% automatically for gratuity. We won’t return any time soon.

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CynthiaK
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Samba Brazilian grill is a MUST go! Enjoy the Brazilian charascau. Filet Mignon, Flank Steak, Picanha (Top sirloin), Linguisa (Italian style sausage), Leg of Lamb and fabulous grilled pineapple. Top that off with a Brazilian style salad bar and you won't find anything like it in the Madison area. Definitely go and experience this great find! Don't forget to have a Mojito!

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Sharon
Chicago
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Timing was a problem. Reservations at 3:30, but didn't get seated till 4 pm. I believe the whole UW football team was eating ahead of us, so will forgive them this time. Have not had that problem in the past.

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Tdub
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Meh. Just average compared to past experiences. For this price, more of an effort should be placed on service and quality of food.

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autumn
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Hardly any warm sides to choose from and only had 5 meat options, 4 of which I did not like. Wasn’t too impressed with this place and the waiter didn’t seem to know what he was doing, took a very long time to get the check.

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ChiefHo
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very awesome experience and food! Excellent first date option!

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DulceC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

They took a long time to pass the tables. little variety of meat. the restaurant full and the meat dripping blood.

Poor salad bar and food on the floor.
Salty meet

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KurtK
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Terrible experience on Sat, 11/20. Made reservations for 6:30, got seated at 7:15, slow drink refills, meat took forever and also waited for check for long time. Not recommended at all. Other steakhouses in Madison that are much better.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Upon arrival we were

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing!

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vipSteveH13
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Took Grandson when visiting him in U OF Wisc.

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Romanalex
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Wife’s birthday was not acknowledged when I even double checked that I had it noted in my reservation.

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dragecod
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time. Met the expectations of what I was told. Quality of meat was excellent and service was great as well!

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Sierra
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely more of a special occasion dining experience for us but it is definitely worth it! Food is amazing & everyone working were very lovely!

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salllys
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a wonderful evening. Food was awesome! Moitos awesome! Service awesome! Perfect in every way

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RalphR
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Fantastic food, great service, and went out of their way to assist in my proposing to my girlfriend! Would recommend!

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DanaR
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious as usual! I wish it wasn't $47 per person and more like $35, but you sure can't get better desserts anywhere in Madison!

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RichardT
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Meats were great, salad/sides bar a little underwhelming. Was expecting a bit more considering the price.

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MaureenK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Overall it was good. Some interesting choices on the salad bar. Meat was good except the chicken was overdone. The server was friendly and timely. The gauchos brought the meat around quickly and there were a lot of choices. The house sirloin and the lamb were phenomenal. Nice place to celebrate a birthday.

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Traveler
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service, ambience, and food. Will return!

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Nico
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

every person we interacted with, from the bartender to the waitstaff to the lovely men slicing us meat, was incredibly helpful, hospitable, and attentive. we had such a lovely night.

ps. try the cheesecake... chef Kat knows what she is doing!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious meal for my wife’s birthday. The salad bar has a wide variety of options, the meats are endless, and the pineapple is a nice change of pace. We hadn’t visited since before COVID shutdowns, but it was just as good as we remembered.

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MarioD
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Pur group had a great time! The food was amazing and the service was great

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KikiHu
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Overpriced, just average meat quality and and an unimpressive salad bar.

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KarnikaM
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience2

None of the food they brought around was not done I didn’t get a chance to get any done food

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JanetT
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome restaurant and experience! Food was delicious and ambiance wonderful.

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JesseH
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always Love samba! Amazing service, great meat. The bread and dessert I had were amazing too!

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RoyalX
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had a good time. I was placed on the stage area and it suited the special occasion I was celebrating. I would come again.

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best HOCO spot ever

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kerenA
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had an excellent time and really enjoyed our dinner. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

This was the worst service and food we have had in a long time. Would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience1

This was my second time coming. My first experience was wonderful. This second time. The food was BAD VERY PINK as if the chef was rushing his job. My plate was bleeding. This was just a terrible chef. I wish i took a picture but so terrible i just wanted to finish my drink and go.

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Basealx3
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Thought the price was a bit much. Food was tasty. Just not sure we would go back.

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Default
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was good as always and we used to love coming to Samba which is why it is unfortunate that they don't seem to be enforcing the local Dane County mask mandate with staff. We understand that it can be hard to get customers to properly wear masks at all times but we were disapointed to see multiple employees not wearing masks or improperly wearing masks.

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ReynaldoF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I was not happy to see one of your Gaucho working cooking and serving without Mask when we have a Mask mandate in Dane county.

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vipSherylG
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food

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AntonioC
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Subpar quality and flavor. Definitely not a true Brazilian Grill experience. Not worth the cost.

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Sconniefoodie
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! So much meat! We skipped the salad bar at first to leave the most room for the meat but should have gone there first to get the sauces that complement some of the meats. The honey mustard glazed New York strip was by far the best meat I tried. The Parmesan pork tenderloin, peppercorn beef tenderloin and balsamic flank steak were also top favorites! The service was as great as the food!

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Samba Brazilian Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 650 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.