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Samba Brazilian Grill

4.6
4.6
806 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


Booked 27 times today

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 806 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Madison

    Good for groups

  • Madison

    Great for fine wines

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  1. TG

    TimGreenway

    Naples

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a great time! Nice way to celebrate my Birthday!
  2. TN

    TheresaN

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience3
    Sambas has definitely been going downhill. We went here to celebrate our 9 year olds birthday. The meat that we got was very tough and numerous pieces were very grizzly. The food also wasn’t seasoned very well this time. Our waitress never asked if we wanted dessert. We left hungry and ordered a pizza it was so bad this trip. Definitely will not be recommending. This isn’t the first time it has been subpar
  3. JC

    JeriC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely delicious. The meats were perfectly cooked and seasoned. Even the salad bar had some of the best veggie creations I’ve ever had. The staff were incredible—attentive to our needs, friendly and kind. Just a wonderful experience overall.
  4. RR

    RobertR

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Not a member of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, so would not accept gift certificates from WRA.
  5. TS

    TracyS

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    For Thanksgiving it is better to have a complete roast turkey in order to get the dark meat and the white meat as the real deal. The ham was super. The Flan was outstanding.
  6. MD

    MarkD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Everything! Background music a little loud. May have been used to cover conversations.
  7. GF

    GFDiner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the salad bar was awesome, with an incredible variety of salads and nibblies. All the meats were tasty and the servers friendly. Dining at Samba's is always a treat.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Servers were super friendly and the food was great. The pineapple was such a tasty surprise
  9. AH

    AnnH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place to go for a social gathering/meal. The cold salad island is diverse and satisfying, the warm sides very good, and the meat delicious. I realized this time after leaving I probably could have eaten a bit more and still not have overdone it!
  10. LM

    LaurM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food amazing, the wait staff was attentive. We got there early so not many people which made a better experience for the staff to come around with the meats. The pineapple though. That is where it's at 🤤
  11. KL

    KristiL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Servers with meat were quick. The buffet had no heating for sides. So, items like green beans, asparagus, etc. were cold.
  12. EH

    EricH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our server was awesome. Only suggestion would be gauchos to cater to small tables equally to large tables. At times they would run out at big tables and weren't able to try as many options. Otherwise great!
  13. B

    davidB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience2
    The last time We were there was much better. The cuts of beef were much better. Two different cuts of sirloin, lamb that wasn't that great, chicken leg, nah, dry pork loin, should do a pork belly roasted crispy. Oh yeah, and at the very end they came out with a beef tenderloin that was seasoned, well, bad. No beef flavor, like Montreal seasoning which is terrible for beef. Sorry to be so negative but for the price you want to only serve sirloin, well this is what you get for review. Having said that the sirloin was good. But I don't think it escaped notice of everyone in our party that the tenderloin was served at the very end and only a small piece. Used to be one of my favorite places to go. Think we'll think twice about going next time.

    Samba Brazilian GrillResponded on November 16, 2022We sincerely apologize for the bad experience you had here at Samba Brazilian Grill. We have addressed your areas of concern. We hope you will give us a chance again in the Future.

  14. M

    Marta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome service and great atmosphere. Will be back.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had high expectations and even these were exceeded. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Can’t wait to return! Diane
  16. WD

    WilliamD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was absolutely wonderful. The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    In my opinion and the opinion of our group it wasn't worth the cost. So many of the salads, etc. were not foods that most of us generally like. Vegetables that were cooked and then served cold was not enjoyable. The Garlic mashed potatoes were good. Most of the meats were good but the meal was not worth $47. On top of that $11.25 for a Brandy Old Fashioned was nearly double the cost that it should be. The service was acceptable and the Gauchos were around frequently enough with the meat. The best part for most of us was the Cinnamon Sugar Grilled Pineapple.
  18. CD

    ClaireD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was the best restaurant I have been to ever. Our server was so nice and kind. Excellent service
  19. E

    Elle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    The food was perfectly prepared! We felt that service could have been better. We knew our server was busy, but they passed our table without making eye contact many times. We waited quite a long time to receive warm water after being seated. We were never offered refills for our drinks. The server remained professional, but we felt ignored. I considered going looking for a drink station, or going to the bar downstairs for a refill of my soda .
  20. AR

    AnthonyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the food and the service was great the people there were awesome the service was great I would highly recommend this place too friends and family the staff was really really nice and the service was awesome
  21. A

    Alia

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always a pleasure dining at Samba! Excellent food and service.
  22. M

    Matt

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great (including our waiter, Eduardo) and all of the foods were amazing.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Full Brazilian steakhouse experience right here in Madison. Only $50 per person is a steal.
  24. L

    Lisa

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4
    The food was not as tasty as in the past. We were sick immediately afterwards. The service was great. Our waiter was attentive.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    Our server was MIA, the food was too repetitive, we had to ask for the chicken and pork, they kept bringing beef. The salad bar needed warm vegetables.
  26. v

    vg02

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Just mediocre.
  27. LB

    LaurenB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    As always, the food was amazing. The service was a little slow, but still good.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Overall the service and food were outstanding!
  29. RL

    RyanL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We got seated upstairs and seemed to not get the same attention with the food as usual. We had to ask a couple times for things to be brought to us. Otherwise fantastic meal and our waitress was great.
  30. S

    Shannon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place. I was trying everything out of my comfort zone. I personally did not enjoy the food my husband tho loved everything. The grilled pineapple was to die for. Loved it. We will be back for him.
  31. TB

    TrishaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Great food, but meats coming around took awhile to get to the better/more popular meats.
  32. C

    Christyl

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Samba is surprisingly a welcoming place for vegetarians. Their buffet has plenty of options to satisfy vegetarians. The price for just the buffet/ no meat is a little steep. I think it should be $10 less. Our waiter was stumbling when he walked and his speech seemed slurred, which was concerning. Overall a good experience and we will go back.
  33. KM

    KatherineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My son and I ate here last evening and it was excellent!! The food was delicious! Service was excellent!!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were visiting our son at the University of Wisconsin, wanted something nice and different from his usual routine. Samba didn't disappoint - great food, drinks, service. We will be back.
  35. EW

    EmilyW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The service, atmosphere and meat are all great! Just think the side options could have been better, didn't care for most of them.
  36. JK

    JordanK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Food was amazing! Our waitress was super nice and explained show everything worked, as I’ve never been before. I will definitely be back! Such a cool experience
  37. PO

    PaulO

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service
  38. JB

    JerB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrated my mother's 67th birthday at your restaurant, she loved every minute of it- the cajeta flan was her favorite part. Thank you for making this years bday a memorable one
  39. LQ

    LaQueshiaE

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The wait staff was awesome, and the restaurant is very pretty. The food was ok, but some of the steak was to rare for everyone within my party of 7. I would probably return on a romantic date.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent services. My husband and I eat our meats well done and our servers went out of their way to cook more some pieces for us. They went above and beyond.

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 806 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


Booked 27 times today
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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