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About Samba Brazilian Grill
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.
Madison, WI 53703
Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM, Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM
Brunch: Sunday: 9:30AM - 3:00PM
$31 to $50
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Customized to your desires.
Our private lot will fill up fast so we recommend having an alternate parking location.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
We have Wine dinners, Whiskey tastings, and Holiday Buffets.
Samba Brazilian Grill Ratings and Reviews
I just left the place, if I'm judging the food, the food was great. The service on the other hand, was very very bad. I've never had any situation like the one I had tonight. The server didn't even explain to us how things work. And we said that's alright we'll figure it out. Didn't even ask us what we wanted to drink. We complained to the manager and then ended up the entire night with no server. As we wanted to leave we needed the check and asked another server to bring us the check. So she said she'd call the manager. The manager had the same server come back with the check and he was very disrespectful. So I told him we don't need him to help us when we asked for the check and I told him that he's very disrespectful and he responded and said that I am very disrespectful. Then he left and brought the manager with the check. As he approached the table, he said that he's never dealt with any one as rude as I am. And left. I was speechless I didn't respond to such low leveled act and we left. I never lived such an experience in my entire life. He insulted all of us at the table while his manager was standing there.
The way Samba was talked up, I had high expectations. We made reservations for our 5 year anniversary dinner and we’re pretty disappointed. Out of the 8 selections offered that night, only 2 were cooked decently...the pineapple and pork tenderloin. The beef cuts were either dry and hard or the opposite...bloody and chewy. My piece of lamb was so underdone that it was cold and slimy and my husbands was ok but didn’t have a lot of flavor. Needless to say we will not be returning to Samba.
The salad bar was exceptional. Our server was polite and professional. My biggest issue is that I like my steaks medium or less. The rarer the better actually. U was part of a group of 8 and we all like our steaks prepared medium or less.
Everything was brought out with no pink or red. We requested the fauchos to bring us more rare cuts. We were told it was out of their control " this time of night".
It was 730....
So all of us were very disappointed in our main course. Until the end of the meal one gaucho brought out rare syeJs. Unfitunateky at that point most of us were full. I had only water as a beverage and paid $53 for my meal. Gratuity was added as we were a large group. Overall a disappointing experience.
We've been to Samba a few times and always been very satisfied. We left this time feeling as though we won't be back for a while. Understanding that it was a limited menu during Restaurant Week, the gaucho service was slow and many times a cut of meet that looked a little more medium had to be requested (most was very rare to almost raw looking). Service was pitiful ... used plates piled up on our table and were not cleared away despite several visits from our server. Beverages were left empty unless refills were requested and neighboring tables were exceptionally loud, to the point that we almost asked to be moved. Maybe this is a Restaurant Week only situation ... but we've been during Restaurant Week before and had no issues ... so we can't help but wonder if this is the new normal. Nonetheless, we won't be finding out again, any time soon.
Hostess was a delight..bartender not so good...we sat at the bar and the bartender walked by us probably 4 times without even acknowledging us..I finally caught his eye and said "hi"..I am a bartender myself and at least try to acknowledge anyone sitting at bar, he should have at least said hello and will be with you in a minute anything just so we knew we were somewhat important. Our waiter was great, food was awesome. Drinks kind of pricey though..
Very slow and crappy service. One gaucho walked past our table numerous times without stopping to see if we wanted any more meat while our marker was green. I informed our server and she ignored me and did nothing. The manager finally found the guy and had him stop at our table again. The only thing that we got quickly was the bill. Very disappointed and do not plan on going back.
Samba is my favorite restaurant. Everything about it is fantastic. Two pieces of advice if it's your first time:
1. The salad bar has great offerings but you should avoid them all. It is a distraction from the meat you should be eating.
2. Don't eat any food at all for 24 hours prior to coming, only water. That way you won't be in pain afterwards from delicious meat overload.
Celebrating my father in laws 60th birthday and it was a fantastic experience. There were 6 of us and no one had anything they didn’t love!! The meat was amazing and the grilled pineapple they bring by is a must! The salad bar was on point with a large variety of options and no, not just lettuce. There were cheeses, chili, stew, all sorts of veggies and different styles of salad. Absolutely recommend this spot. It’s not a quick in and out experience though so be mindful this may not be the best place if you’re in a hurry. Our party was there 3hrs and it was perfect. We will be back
The restaurant was a bit short staffed for the amount of people there, but they were straightforward about it and although the service was a little slower than normal it was still not a terrible wait. Food was very very tasty, I just wish there were more drink option for people that don't drink alcohol.
we have eaten at several Brazilian steak houses though out the country. To be honest the salad bar is what draws me to them. The salad bar here by far was the weakest. only had maybe 15 to 20 items on it. Everything on it was good, just wasn't the variety we have come to expect. The food was all very tasty and cooked to perfection. The wait staff was friendly and the ambiance was very nice. It is located a block off state street so be prepared for the parking it is horrendous.
Meat was very tough. Salad bar was amazing, I would go back for just the salad bar! The women’s restroom was disgusting. There was only one working toilet, and that door didn’t work. The other toilets were clogged or didn’t flush. It was also cold and dirty. For the price of the meal I would have expected clean/functioning bathrooms and high quality meat. Also, internet said $35 and the price was $41.95 each.
We visited Samba for New Year's Eve. Their menu was over the top! We frequently go to Samba and enjoy the all you can eat Rodizio meats, pineapple and the Brazilian style salad bar. It is always excellent. For New Year's Eve, they changed up the menu to include duck breasts and crown roast of lamb to go with their pincanha, filet mignon, parmesan pork, linguica and grilled pineapple. The duck breasts were the best I've ever eaten! Not fatty or oily, just perfection. All the other meats were fabulous and they topped it off with a salad bar to kill for with several artisan cheeses, meats (like proscuitto), shrimp, the normal salads, olives and phenomenal desserts to include hand dipped chocolate strawberries and cheesecake. The staff was great as usual (a special thank you to Katie) and we can't forget the bartender who makes the best mojitos on the planet. If you haven't tried Samba, you've been missing a lot!
The host and waitress were very friendly and polite. The gauchos (people who served the second course) seemed indifferent. There are two courses. The first course consists of a self service all you can eat station including: salads, vegetables (both cold and warm), cheese and meat board, nuts, soup, bread, salsa, desserts, etc.). There are a lot of choices, I really liked the chicken curry cold salad. The second course consisted of various meats and grilled pineapple that is brought to the table and served off of a long skewer. When you want more meat, you signify by placing the wooden indicator up to the green side, when not interested in meat you place the red side up. I assume the meat selection changes, we were there on NYE and enjoyed pork tenderloin, sirloin, beef tenderloin, sausage, chicken drumsticks. There were other choices as well. It is a unique experience, but I felt that it was not relaxing as you visit the first course bar and then there is a continually interruption for the gauchos to stop by with various meats. You can eat as much as you want, but the portions of meat are small each time (understandable so food is not thrown out). We asked our waitress to have just certain meats brought to our table after trying several and unfortunately only one of the two requested arrived. So, our indicator stayed with the green side up and after awhile we kept saying no to some types of meats. Overall, a unique experience, but not relaxing and expensive considering you serve yourself and wait for the second course to be delivered intermittently. The bill for my husband and I was $90 and the only beverage we had was water. We left not feeling well as we don’t eat much red meat anymore. I wouldn’t recommend it to friends and will not return due to the cost and “hustle bustle”.
Return to Samba having been there several times. This time was for new year's eve and the first time we brought our kids. Many other tables also had kids - more than we've ever seen at Samba before.
Disappointed that the Brazilian bread/cheese bites (forget what they're called) are now left at the salad bar as they were not warm. This particular item used to be served to each table and were always warm which they need to be. My wife absolutely loves them and is one of the reasons we go to Samba.
The meets were pretty good as usual although we were also disappointed that they didn't have the soy marinated beef which is our favorite.
The Food was great - No real complaints. However, as far as value - I don't think it is any better than going to your average steak house and don't believe it was worth the price. In addition, I made the reservation in advance as this was a special night for me and my significant other, I had also mentioned in my reservation I would love to have our table candle lit. We arrived and were taken to a back/side room off the main dinning room and put in to a cramped corner table. I believe that a huge part of going out to eat is the ambiance - which we had none sitting in that back room. Was not able to hear any of the live music and the room was cramped and dingy to say the least. I was not impressed. Especially because there were PLENTY of open seats in the main eating area and the people who got there right before us had no reservation and was seated out in the main dinning area. In addition, our candle was not lit and we were almost done with dinner before anyone bothered to light it. It also took a considerable amount of time for them to come back with our drinks to the table. The food was decent, however, I don't plan on returning.
We enjoyed the variety of food and the quality food is always excellent. The servers are polite and responsive to requests for specific food. We just don’t feel the value is there for what was charged per meal. You could go to a restaurant and get a GREAT steak for less.
Great food, service, and atmosphere. The restaurant has a very cozy feel to it while giving you plenty of space. The salad bar was great and the servers are quick to bring you a variety of meat. A bit expensive but definitely worth the price. We both left full and satisfied.
Spent our Thanksgiving at Samba...couldn't have asked for a better day. Our reservation was on time, food was plentiful, service could have been better, but otherwise it was a perfect day. We weren't rushed and had enough time to catch up with one another. I would definitely have another one of our family functions here!
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