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Samba Brazilian Grill, Madison, WI
Samba Brazilian Grill, Madison, WI
Samba Brazilian Grill, Madison, WI
Samba Brazilian Grill, Madison, WI
Samba Brazilian Grill, Madison, WI

Samba Brazilian Grill

4.5
4.5
966 Reviews
$50 and over
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 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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

What 966 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Madison

    Best Food

  • Madison

    Good for groups

  • Madison

    Romantic

  • Madison

    Most Booked

966 Reviews
  1. FrankBama

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    No body informed us of the 20% gratuities on parties of any size. We had three couples that each paid per couple and we all were charged 20%. I tip well for good service but our waitress didn’t even check in on us during our dining time. The water boy did and so did the gauchos. Our waitress did not deserve a $60+ dollar tip for the service she provided for us. That would be my main complaint and concern.
    Samba Brazilian GrillResponded 5 days ago
    Thank you for thoughts. Samba is a tip pooled restaurant. A percentage of the gratuity is shared with Gauchos, Back waits, host and bartenders.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I would love to say that I prefer Samba over Texas de Brazil, but I just can’t. I will always favor and spend my money with snall business over the chains when all is equal. Sadly, this dining experience did not sway me to choose Samba over TdB, even though it is closer, more convenient, and less expensive. Our server came to our table once. And it took her 10 minutes to come over after we sat down. I believe we were her only table at the time. The gauchos were amazing, kept meat on our plates and our water cups full. Our server never checked on us and we waited for a bill for 15 minutes after our table was cleared before we asked a gaucho to have our bill brought to us. It was an early Friday night 5pm reservation and there were no more than 6 other tables. It was far from busy. I told my husband that I wish we could just tip the gauchos directly, because I’m not sure why we were tipping our server. They were the ones who deserved the tip 💯. We did tip her a full gratuity, only because I assume that she tips out the gauchos, who earned every penny of their cut. The was nothing at alll wrong with the food, it just didn’t have as much flavor as TdB. Meat was cooked and served at the perfect temperature for a churrascaria. We will try it again and give it a second chance, because I don’t think you should ever try a restaurant only once, but if the same, we will continue to dine in Schaumburg at TdB.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food bar was okay, limited in options. The food that was supposed to be warm was cold and they were low on most items. The chimichurri was disgusting and didn’t taste like what it should’ve tasted like. Very lack luster, not worth the amount we paid

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was superb. My only complaint was they didn't have my wine in stock. I will be back again. SAMBA is very memorable.

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  5. Leka

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The only thing that was iffy was that i’m you really couldn’t see (it was a lil dark) what you were eating. The food was great though, the severs/waiters were great and friendly!

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  6. StephanieF

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was amazing, except for the fact that nobody took into account that we were celebrating my husband's birthday, and made previous arrangements for him to be greeted with a birthday drink and sung to neither of which happened not so much as even a happy birthday was said. Everyone we encountered at the restaurant was extremely friendly, and how far and wonderful at their job. The food was incredible and the atmosphere was pretty good too. We will be back, but not to celebrate special occasions.

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  7. Elizabeth

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    All meat (except chicken) was very rare. Normally I will eat medium or even medium rare but it was barely cooked so unfortunately I was barely able to eat the meat but decent salad bar thankfully

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  8. RobN

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Got seated right away. Food was excellent. There were many choices of meats and sides. Definitely a favorite of ours for a special occasion!

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  9. DebraJ

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Be sure you know what a Brazillian Grill is! The selection of meat is amazing and the table side service is unique. I love the salad bar. Salad bar doesn't really even begin to describe the array of offerings. The staff was wonderful and the atmosphere is just right for a night dining out and being able to have conversation at your table. Parking is a pain with little public parking or street parking available, at least on weekends. Just be aware of the prices as well. It is a higher end dining experience. Overall, I would recommend it for a unique higher end dining experience.

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  10. MarcoC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The overall experience was 5/5, the noise level being low was nice because it helped my spouse and I to be able to talk and hear each other clearly. The very dim lights made it a little difficult to read drink menus or properly see the food while being served, but that little thing doesn't kill any of the overall vibe. Wait staff was awesome. Will definitely be back again

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  11. Tyler

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent time, and it was my girlfriend’s first time visiting Samba. The servers were phenomenal, and the accommodations were just as good! My only quarrel was at the end of our date, it took an exuberant amount of time to get our check. Thank you all for another great dining experience!

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  12. GregF

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding delicious food. Bar accidentally added a little Ginger Beer to my Batida Cocktail. Happy accident. Ended up enhancing the drink nicely. Service was spectacular.

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  13. ChrisC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstand, best place to eat. great food and great service.

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  14. KristinD

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My 4th trip here, so it must be good! Though, some of the tenderloins were a little undercooked for my liking yesterday. Everything had great flavor. The Parmesan pork and lamb is always our favorite!

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was good food only issue was bartenders all the drink for my party of 8 was mojito with straight concentrate lime

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  16. JamesG

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    I love the meat of samba even though they take a long time to pass! The variety of food on Valentine’s Day was incredibly good, as a Brazilian I felt at home, because in Brazil we have this variety. But, as always those who attend leave something to be desired, our soft drinks were changed only twice, they were empty for a long time and we always had to call someone to do it because they put the couples in the back room and forget that the room exists. Everything takes time to arrive, I waited 15 minutes for the bill to arrive, if they improved that, it would be perfect! The pineapple guy is the nicest. The girl who wears long slit dresses and has a tattoo on her leg doesn’t answer well, I don’t like her service, I feel like she wants me to leave but you have other better attendants!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great! The pork was a little dry but everything else was amazing. Beef was all rare to medium rare. The portion sizes were pretty small. The ambiance is great, it is on the upper level but their is an elevator. My one complaint was our waitress. We were very kind and patient. At first she was friendly and checked in often. After about 30 mins and we finally got our drinks, she just continued to neglect us more and more. Got to the point we had to ask other people to get her. Still enjoyed ourselves and really her loss as her tip went down with every stare in our direction and choice to ignore us.

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  18. ShawnaL

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waitress was absolutely amazing. Our experience was top notch. Definitely be back.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always my fave!!! Food is good! Servers are always very accommodating. We were a party of 12 abd everybody had fun!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great time! It’s pretty neat that the staff remembers us when we come in!

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  21. MichelleC

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our hostess was awesome! The food was very good but the pricing was a little high for the selection of meats and dishes offered.

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  22. LoriC

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    For the most part wonderful. I did have a hard time understanding our waiter but that’s on me.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Good attitude from all the staff, which is rare. Enjoyed sampling the different meets and all the flavors of the salad bar.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We were in a booth that was not in a good traffic flow with the gauchos. Plus, our waiter never checked on us and we had to ask a gaucho for our check. He was terrible!! Thank goodness we got our drinks from the bar beforehand.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time at this restaurant, it was amazing Loved it there

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  26. NicholasH

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was delicious, however, the service was moderate at best; we had to wait 20 minutes after our initial seating before our beverage order/ dinner introduction. At no point during our meal did we stop service of the grill, service was just that slow. Our water was never refilled, nor were we ever asked for further beverages. The restaurant was moderately busy, perhaps 70% capacity. It was an enjoyable evening, however, there are much better dining experiences available.

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  27. SethB

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. A bit loud but great prices and food.

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  28. JamesG

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the atmosphere, everything is very cozy! I think you should include more things in the “rodízio”, I mean, you have an incredible variety of salads and extras but beyond that, not much, I'm Brazilian and I felt 30% at home and I'm just trying to help! In Brazil, in the rodízios we have fries, simple sushi and some simple sweets at the table. The menu has better-made desserts among others, so you wouldn't miss out on making a profit. The vinaigrette doesn't have vinegar, which is what gives it the flavor, and it has a lot more peppers than tomatoes and onions. the farofa has no salt. The meat is very good but it is much more raw than rare. An understandable value, in Brazil it is the “same” price plus for meat. Even so, I enjoyed it as much as I could, everything is delicious but it lacks a “Brazilian” flavor.

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  29. SaraK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. It was hard to choose a favorite from all of the skewers that came to the table. The salad bar was great as well. It was fairly crowded but it was very easy to hold a conversation at the table.

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  30. EvaR

    Milwaukee

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our favorite restaurant in Madison. Endlessly grateful that it survived the Covid epidemic!

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  31. Champ

    Milwaukee

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Festive atmosphere. I would definitely go there again

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  32. LouZ

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super salad bar, amazing meats, excellent service!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always have a great time. My husband and I come in fairly often and we come every time my family visits.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good when you could get it. After we turned our thing over we waited over five min for our first person to stop by and after that it was at least three min between every time we were offered food. For the price it was disappointing to never have more then one meat on our plate at a time. We were offered the pineapple three times before any meat was offered twice. I’ll do another Brazilian steakhouse again but probably not this one. When you do get some though it was very good just a very slow dinner.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had not been to Samba in years but it was delicious as usual. It was a very busy night due to Holiday parties but our family enjoyed it. Even being busy, they managed to continue to cook the meats we requested more as prefer medium to medium well as the food is typically more medium rare. Everyone was great and the salad bar had lots of things to try.

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  36. LindaR

    Milwaukee

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We were told that we would have excellent service. Are server made no effort to wait on us. The person came to the table one time and I had to ask them to remove the dishes. The only time the waiter was friendly was when the check was brought. I'm assuming that was to get a good tip. I think I will take a break from Samba's for awhile.

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  37. JimS

    Milwaukee

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Friendly staff, fresh food on salad bar and fresh grilled meats rotated in. Dessert was delish.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 1
    Pretty disappointed after the last visit. We sat for 10 minutes before anyone came to offer us drinks and get started. The food was good, as on previous visits but there was zero atmosphere - no music at all and the whole place felt pretty dead. I'd mentioned in the reservation the meal was for a 16th birthday of my daughter - absolutely no mention of that by any staff - why do you ask on the reservation what we are celebrating if you're not going to bother to wish people a happy birthday?? Expensive for the overall experience, will be thinking very carefully before returning

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meats and pineapple were great, and the staff was very attentive. The sides were mostly cold foods and left something to be desired, but I would still overall recommend.

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  40. AamerA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Most of the meat that came to our table was undercooked. We had 8 people and had to pass on some of the good cuts several times due to how red the meat was. Temperature should be at least medium. Looked like most items were medium rare.

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FAQs

Samba Brazilian Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 966 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 21 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
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • 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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