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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.4

ambience

4.6

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (9)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Casual (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Cozy (6)
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Notable Wine List (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Business Meals (4)
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Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Detroit)·Dined 6 days ago

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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·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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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I used to come here when it first opened 10 years back or so. It may be my imagination, but I recall a larger and much higher quality buffet section. Between the subpar buffet and so so cuts of meat, I don't really see the value in forking out $80 on a dinner for two here. Plus the hostess acted like she was bequeathing a great boon upon us for paying us any heed. Kind of annoying...

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·Dined on September 28, 2017

Food is great. Go here hungry (borderline starving), stuff your face with various delicious meats, and leave happy. There's also a dope "salad" bar if that's your thing.

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·Dined on September 25, 2017

The service was great so we're the hosts. The only problem we had was the meat was not done so we basically are from the little salad bar and the few things along the wall. I paid almost $100 for nothing because we couldn't eat the meat. More than likely I won't be back.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Super good service and the food was amazing!! We'll be back soon.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on September 13, 2017

Bar was very nice. Atmosphere in entire place was very nice. Waitstaff except one groucho gaucho was excellent.
Food was very good, more variety of flavors than similar place in Milwaukee. Side dishes were good, meat selections interesting.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on September 3, 2017

My favorite restaurant in Madison. Absolutely delicious meats, and some tasty side dishes to round things out. It can be a bit dark inside, but everything else is fantastic.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for a Date, Fun, Healthy
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·Dined on August 30, 2017

Food was very good. Good place to go if you lie leisurely dining.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 21, 2012

the service was terrible! the waiter took forever to initially appear, to clear the salad course, to bring the check, and to collect the check !!! The beef choices appeared quickly but we waited forever for pork and lamb.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 14, 2012

This was our second dinner at Samba. Nick, our waiter was attentive and yet not annoying. The food was superb. We love eating at this restaurant and look forward to our next visit.

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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 19, 2012

Great food, but acoustics make the restaurant so noisy you can barely talk to the person next to you and you could not hear the two piece band at all.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 13, 2012

I have gone here a couple of times for a special occasion, the food is OK, the brunch is very basic and for the price, you could probably find someplace a lot better.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Milwaukee)·Dined on May 5, 2012

Enjoy the great salad bar selections for the first course, you could make this a meal in itself. However, be sure to leave room for all of the grilled meats featured for the main course! If you pace yourself, you can sample each of the 4 cuts of beef and steak, leg of lamb, chicken, sausages, and grilled pineapple, and enjoy all you can eat without feeling stuffed.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 28, 2012

Great excet they need to lose the folding tables and get
Real tables at these prices l. Servers are not authentic enough!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 27, 2012

Excellent "salad" bar (it is so much more....) with every items allergen information listed. I need to eat gluten free, so this was very helpful.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on April 22, 2012

As usual the food was very tasty. Please bring the curry chicken salad to the brunch line-up!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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