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About Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge - CityWalk

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge is located close to Universal Studios. It serves up a variety of flavorful fire-roasted meat and more. Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge has a contemporary, yet casual setting with an all-you-can-eat salad bar and meat menu option. Guests can feast on skewers of chicken wrapped in bacon, large prawns, sausage or marinated basa fish.

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge features gauchos that trim choice cuts of meat table-side. It serves a variety of drinks, including the popular sangria and offers brunch on Sundays. This restaurant features Samba dancers for fun entertainment, a stage and a dance floor. It has a banquet room for hosting private events and an outdoor patio area for guests to take in the views as they dine.

1000 Universal Citywalk, #101H
Universal City, CA 91608
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian

Hours of Operation:
DINNER
Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 3pm - 10:00pm

LUNCH
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

BRUNCH
Friday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm

SAMBA SHOWS
Thursday: 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday:
7:30pm, 8:30pm, 9:30pm and 10:30pm
Sunday: 7:00pm, 8:00pm and 9:00pm

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(818) 763-0101

Website:
http://sambabraziliansteakhouse.com/universal-citywalk-2

Entertainment:
Our beautiful LA Samba Dancers perform at various times throughout the night, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays

Catering:
Catering services available

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
3-5pm Early Bird Champagne Special: $15 all-you-can-drink champagne
4-7pm Happy Hour at the bar
Every Wednesday: Wine Down Wednesday
Every Sunday 11am-3pm: Sunday Champagne Brunch

Samba Brazilian Steakhouse & Lounge - CityWalk Ratings and Reviews

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food

3.7

service

3.9

ambience

3.7

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

74% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (645)
Special Occasion (574)
Fit for Foodies (339)
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Hot Spot (303)
Great for Outdoor Dining (277)
Kid-friendly (201)
Late-night Find (188)
Romantic (187)
Vibrant Bar Scene (159)
Great for Lunch (158)
Great for Brunch (130)
Neighborhood Gem (76)
Scenic View (74)
Notable Wine List (37)
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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 25, 2015

Love the people food and ambiance here. Go here often as it is always so welcoming and comfortable. I suggest this restaurant to anyone that loves meat and fish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2015

Went here for the Sunday brunch all you can drink champagne.mimosas.sangrias. I was celebrating my birthday with my husband. The hostess was very nice and attentive kept filling our glasses. The salad bar has a wide selection. The types of meat are to die for. Especially the picahania and garlic stea . Even the garlic bread is awesome!! We used a group on which made it even better deal. A must come great ambiance, kid friendly, nice bar. Seating inside and outside available a must go!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 11, 2015

We have dines at Samba several times, and each time we are just a little more disappointed. This last time, Saturday, July 11th, was the last straw. We will no longer be dining here when visiting the area. Before you had the option of ordering from a menu, with this gone, you are now just waiting around for the same type of meat to come around every 10-15 minutes. The salad bar is so tasteless that they should advertise as a salt-free establishment.

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 (Portland)·Dined on July 3, 2015

Love meat? Then this is the place for you. They have an all you can eat meat buffet where they have guys bring out all these different, and extremely delicious, types of meat. Eat until you can not eat any more. They also have a a salad bar with quite a few different options. Great place. Great food. Go there if you can.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 28, 2015

On my visit I didn't get to enjoy the top sirloin. I have to request it multiple times so we can be served with that particular steak.:( salad bar was good! Was looking for the fried bananas but they didn't have it;(

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 26, 2015

Fun place if you're a meat eater!!! The salad/hot food bar is just ok. We go for the main event, all you can eat meat!

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 6, 2015

It's always a treat to eat here. A little on the pricey side but it is all you can eat with a good buffet (the Redondo Beach location has a much bigger buffet selection but this one is good). There was a good variety of meats that come by every few minutes (until you use the wooden block to tell them to stop!). The desserts were excellent as well. Our server was very nice and ensured our drinks were all taken care of and always full. The manager also passed by to ensure our group liked the food and everything was good. I highly recommend Samba.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 31, 2015

Picana steak? Yes please. Peppered steak? Yes please. Tri-tip? Yes please. The list goes on and on. and each cut of meat just as delicious as the last. Came with a group of six and each Samba was able to accommodate the needs and requests of each member of the group. Fantastic food, excellent service, Samba has quickly become my favorite restaurant. I can't wait to come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 29, 2015

Variety of meats, drinks and desserts are great! I've been to a few Brazilian steakhouses....this location is one of the best.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 24, 2015

As i don't eat pork, variety of meat was limited.
Servers was taking long time to bring the meat to our table.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 15, 2015

Great entertainment. Great vibe. Now that I have been to both Samba locations, I can only say that the meat n variety of the salad bar is much better at the Redondo Beach location. The meat was was dry n they cutters actually give out burnt pieces. Not too thrilled by eating charcoaled meat. But overall it wasn't bad with the service n entertainment

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2015

The salad bar was terrible - actually, there was no "salad" at all. There was overly dressed caesar salad, and then a number of side salads. The rice was crunchy, and the beans were bland. The meat was terrible - all of it was overcooked for the first 20 minutes. When we asked for meat that was medium, they did bring it, and it was better. Overall, our dinner was a huge disappointment, and it was very expensive. I would not recommend the restaurant, and I will not go back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on May 9, 2015

Peppers steak, sirloin, Tri tip were very good. Plenty of sides to choose from cheese bread and bell peppers were delicious. Samba is great place to dine with friends or date night.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 26, 2015

Unfortunately, the food is average at best. I will say though the Brazilian Beef and the garlic bread were outstanding - the rest so-so. The service was very good though and the atmosphere was pleasant. I just think there are better options for this type of food.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 18, 2015

What can I say.. the meat was bad. Not tender, not a good grade of meat or fish, and no lamb or shrimp as it says on the wall. It was a smaller space restaurant than the one in Redondo and they sat us directly in front of a fire extinguisher-so if I had to get up I had to be carful not to bump my head- not cool. Our hope was to eat good food and enjoy the dancers. Well the dancers are great- but they did not compensate for the meats- Redondo beach is definitely better, meat ambiance and the view is great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 15, 2015

I really love it, the atmosphere was nice. Staff was very friendly. Food was excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 12, 2015

This place is awesome, great service and food. Must do the all you can eat meat and salad buffet.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 6, 2015

It was okay as far as food goes. They do not have many side dish selections.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 5, 2015

Servers and waitress come by our table often,love the attention and courtesy.Meat servers ask politely if we would like to try meat,so many choices hard to decide think I had tried all of them.For first time trip it was an excellent experience.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on March 29, 2015

Food was amazing and service was great. I would definitely eat here again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on March 22, 2015

The drinks and meats are excellent. The waiters that bring the meats around to the tables are quick, attentive and witty. The regular waitresses that bring drinks and attend to the tables are slow to nonexistent. In a two hour dinner period we saw our regular table waitress twice. First she brought water and did not take a drink order, had to go to the bar. We saw her again when we hunted her down for the check, which was slow to come. The meats are properly cooked to everybody's likings from well-done, medium rare to rare. Each item is well flavored tender and juicy. The self-service food stations are extremely lacking about seven items total. The Meats however our bountiful with a large selection about 10 to 15 different meats in all, including fish.

Tags: Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 22, 2015

They need more food runners. I and my wife spent a lot of time staring at an empty plate waiting for meat. Our waiter actually ending up grabbing a spit and carving meat for us. There were still several meats we wanted to try but they never made it to my table. But I have to say the biggest downside was the $17 parking charge.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 21, 2015

My boyfriend and I love this restaurant. The meat selection is awesome! And the service is always great!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on March 15, 2015

My boyfriend and I went there for Sunday Brunch. The service was super slow. They hardly serve meat so we got full by eating salad. They didn't serve us red meat until we got full by eating chicken because that's all they served. What a rip off, If i wanted to eat salad or chicken , I would have gone to Souplantation or Pollo Loco.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 12, 2015

I'd like to say my experience was great however it wasn't. The service from our waiter Chris was non existent once our table of 4 was seated and he realized I was using a living social certificate. The meat which we came there for was dry and overcooked and didn't reach our table often. I almost felt like we were singled out because we were using a discount certificate. One friend of mine noticed the server Chris attend various other tables and look away when we tried to make eye contact and ask for a pitcher of water. We had to get up and ask the hostess to bring one for us. In the hour and a half that we were there our server didn't come to check on us once. I will say that Joao Pedro was great. Joao was one of the meat carvers there. When I talked with him about the fact that we want our meat more medium rare he was quick to bring others to us. Overall the experience was not worth coming back for.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 12, 2015

WAY over salted meat. They fill you up with water so you don't eat so much. Waste. It kills the flavor of the meat. One and done!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 11, 2015

Samba is a hot spot to celebrate special occasions with amazing food and excellent service!!!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Special Occasion
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 (Western NC)·Dined on March 9, 2015

I visited on the recommendation of a relative. I have been to a Brazilian steakhouse in Brazil so of course I was comparing it to that experience. The only meats I found tasty were the chicken and pork. The steak, lamb and fish were dry, tough and too salty. I didn't eat anything from the salad bar as I wanted to try all the meats which were about seven, but nothing on the bar looked very appetizing anyway. I went on a Monday night which was slow so the service was good. The music was too loud and not music appropriate for a Brazilian steakhouse. The setting and sunset were beautiful, but I would not return for a meal.

Tags: Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 4, 2015

The food was excellent, the servers were friendly, the "all you can eat" was overpriced for the food included.....$42 per person was about $10 overpriced!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on March 1, 2015

great place delicious food i love all there caphrin i will come back soon

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 16, 2015

The meat was not great. Most of it was dry and overcooked. The salad bar was not great either and inconsistent. For example the mashed potatoes were fine the first portion, the second trip they were loose and runny.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 13, 2015

Servers are the worst I have ever experienced. Only received 3 kinds of meat in 30 minutes before I complained. Not many types of meat available. Bad service. Not worth $42 AT ALL.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 8, 2015

Salad and hot food buffet was very limited, especially for the cost. No parking available for less than $10. Service was good, but that was all. We won't go back. No value for the cost and definitely not a fine dining experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on February 7, 2015

The restaurant was nice, but we were very dissatisfied with the food. We went for lunch and the salad bar was a real disappointment. The meat was good as was the service. However it was very bland. Sizzler has a much better salad bar. Not enough food for the pricey menu.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 25, 2015

I have eaten here multiple times and this last one was really not a good experience. The people going around with food takes a long time and keeps on bypassing or skipping my area. By the time they pass by we always get the end or small portion leftovers from other table. During the night I need to ask our table server to ask them if this type of meat can be sent and thats the only time we will get the meat we want. This is really annoying ans to be honest was really not happy with the experience and not even sure want to experience that afai.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2015

Great place, food was delish. Definitely will be back with a group !

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 18, 2015

All of the meats were either dry or chewy. The only thing that was soft was the chicken wrapped in beacon. the salad bar items were mostly flavorless but at least the waitress Kelly P. was nice and kept our drinks full. This is a one time restaurant for me, I will not be going back.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2015

I came here thinking it would be high class and romantic for my anniversary. It was not what I expected. It was more of a fun, loud, family atmosphere. The food was good. It's located at City Walk so parking was an additional $10.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 16, 2015

We have eaten here many times. Service is good. Selection of meat is okay although there seems to only medium well meats coming around. Dancers in redondo beach dance longer.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 10, 2015

This place has great food, by which i mean MEAT lots of it. They keep coming with different kind of steak, pork, lamb, and chicken maybe more , I lost track. The meats are brought to your table and you get to look at it before deciding if you want a taste. I recommend only getting a single piece/cut for each meat or else you'll get full off the first few meats and wont get to try them all.
As for drinks, get anything Brazilian, please don't come and order something domestic your just missing the experience.
The entertainment starts at 7:30pm and consist of Brazilian dancing girls in very glamorous and beautiful Brazilian inspired attire. Yes they are dressed to flatter their bodies and they are very professional about it. They dance they even get the crowd into it and get a few people up to dance along. I only wish they add more dancers.

If you have the coin it's a solid recommendation for a special occasion.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene
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