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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.

240 W Gilman St
Madison, WI 53703
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00PM - 10:00PM, Sunday: 4:00PM - 9:00PM
Brunch: Sunday: 9:30AM - 3:00PM

Cross Street:
State Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(608) 257-1111

Website:
http://www.sambabraziliangrill.com/

Catering:
Customized to your desires.

Parking Details:
Our private lot will fill up fast so we recommend having an alternate parking location.

Executive Chef:
Kathleen Davis

Additional:
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

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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.

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·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food is awesome, staff was very attentive, drinks well made.
If you have not been there...go there, it's worth it!

Tags: Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Great food! Fun experience! Highly recommend!

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·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The meat was very good. I especially liked the grilled pineapple and rhetoric lamb. A very good wine selection. Service was a bit slow to start as we waited about 10 to 15 minutes after being seated to get a waiter and order our drinks.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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”.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food was good, not great. I was disappointed in the salad bar having been to a Brazilian restaurant in Atlanta that had a huge salad bar. The service was great.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

It was an awesome experience. The service was wonderful as always. The whole family enjoyed the food and servers.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

As always, great food. Expensive, but worth it for a date night

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 16, 2017

My favorite restaurant. We come here to celebrate our anniversary.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Authentic
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·Dined on December 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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 (Detroit)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Disabled Access, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, People Watching, Fit for Foodies
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Our family of 4 w/ two teenagers came to celebrate my husbands’s birthday. Great salad bar, grilled meats...kids especially liked the grilled pineapple. Love the diverse and healthy salad bar and crispy-edged grilled meats.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Would recommend to anyone for special occasions or just extraordinary brunches!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Awesome in every way!

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Food was pretty good, ample variety. Quite pricey though.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Have been going there with family for Thanksgiving the last few years. This year was even better with two turkey options and plenty of Thanksgiving style sides on the salad bar.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

Always a pleasure to go to Samba with friends. Their take on Thanksgiving favorites were delicious. The ambiance was calm and charming. The staff is always enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Perfect way for an adult party to enjoy a Thanksgiving!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Always a neat experience. At first we felt like no one knew we were there. Then about 10-15 minutes into the green side up, things picked up and it was as it should be. Very very good

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Reserved via OpenTable and requested a table for two with ambiance. We were seated at possibly the worst table in the restaurant (on the kitchen half wall, near the waiters water stand). The host was unpleasant, but the remainder of the service was good. Meats came by frequently, the salad bar was great, but for $42 a person, I didn't love every meat option that came by (and I'm a meat eater). I won't be back on my own accord.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was good, but we waited a long time for the meat course. We had to ask our server to have them come by. Also, we did not receive any hot sides with the meat course. Okay, but for the cost I would go elsewhere.

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our experience this time was disappointing. Service was slow for a less the half full dinning room. The cold table was good but the meat portion was extremely disappointing. Cuts had almost no flavor, the meat was very bland as if there were no seasoning. Staff was friendly.

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·Dined on November 8, 2017

Fantastic meal! Make sure you have the grilled pineapple!

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

This was one of the most interesting experiences. The food and service was incredible! We will be back for certain.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was extremely slow. Meat servers were scarce and hard to get.

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·Dined on October 29, 2017

There is assessable parking.
I was able to check all the boxes.
My date was impressed with the entire dining experience!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food and service were great. We went for my wifes birthday and she was very pleased so I am too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We loved Samba, came to celebrate my daughters 21st. I requested a birthday candle with dessert they missed it, also didn't get cheese bread until the end of dinner. Usually this place is great tonight was disappointing.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

We had a large group, on a football weekend, and everyone agreed the food was very tasty. There is no way anyone will go hungry and the salad bar had a nice variety.

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Fun, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

Everything was spectacular. The good was amazing. I will be coming back.

Tags: Fun, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The restaurant was really accommodating for a large party of 17. Everyone who served us did a fabulous job. The food was awesome as well. We’ will return when we visit Madison again.

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

It was my Fiance's Birthday and 1st time experiencing it and he loved it. He filled himself up with so much meat, there was no room for salad bar or dessert. I liked the option of salad bar only and was full after only one plate. The cocktails were very well made. Nice, overall. I want to go again soon!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Tapas, Fun, Healthy, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Vegan, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Our dining experience was perfect. We were celebrating our son and daughter-in-law wedding Anniversary. The food was excellent, and the staff very accommodating.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 1, 2017

The vegetarians in the group loved the salad bar as did the meat eating ones in the party!!! Excellent service!!!!

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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Food was great, Service was excellent. I will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 29, 2017

Every time we go to Samba we have an enjoyable experience. Great food selection and exceptional staff.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun
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