Austin >Fogo De Chao
This is no place for vegans: One look at the window reveals the greasy goodness of tender meat rotating slowly on vertical spits. But if you can convince your herbivore friends to step inside the door with you, they'll also be greeted by a long, well-stocked salad bar, and on the menu some mighty fine starches, like garlic mashed potatoes and fried bananas. No texturized protein though, I'm sorry to say.
absolutey wonderful. It's been 2 years since I have eaten here. It was better than I remember. I'm glad we finally got one here in Austin. The meat is extremely tender and tasty. The bread and salad bar are great. You won't be disappointed. It's worth every dime. I am taking all of my friends and family one at a time so I can go back again and again.
Exceptional service. My husband and I ate here this Saturday for his birthday. Although I'm a vegetarian this was one of my best dining experiences. There was plenty of options for me on the salad bar (chick peas & potato salad was my fav) as well as the potatoes, warm bread and sauteed bananas that are brought to the table. My husband enjoyed all of the meats served but his favorites were lamb chop and filet mignon. The best part about this restuarant is the service. The waiters were very attentive to our needs, we never had to ask for anything. My husband left stuffed & happy!!!
Delicioso. Since I have moved to Austin I have been highly discouraged to go out to eat because restaurants lack the culinary experience. I have seriously emailed restaurants that are from Houston to consider opening up more restaurants with that same quality here. People in Austin are so used to poor quality that they rather eat cheap quality food. Finally a good resataurant was placed in town. When I usually hear complaints its usually of price so just stay home if you want processed. When I first tried Fogo in Houston they inform you the prices. If you are a cheapo than this in not your place. This place is of good prime meat that doesn't have all the hormones injected into them. Coasters are used to let the meat cutters/ servers to come by and keep cutting different types of meat( filet mignon.)This is what a Chuarasceria would be like in South America and is very much what they have done to the restaurant. Some people would find this very hectic if you place your coaster on green but just a heads up its not quiet. This is like a buffet but for prime meat eaters. Price is pretty much set but consider how much a small piece of filet mignon would be if you bought it at the store. Come on you get variety and exceptional quality:) This Fogo is just as good as the other locations with the same consistency of service and food!!!
excellent churrascaria, great service.
My parents have been going to Fogo de Chao in Dallas for over 10 years and we were thrilled when they opened one in Austin. We can't afford to eat there often, but it is great for a special occasion treat. We went there for our anniversary last November, and everything was wonderful. The salad bar is huge and has a wide variety of vegetables, salads, and cheeses. When you're ready for meat, you flip your card to green and they descend. If you feel overwhelmed, just flip back to red for a while, and switch back to green when you're ready to start again. Don't feel like you have to keep it green till you're done - you can go back and forth as much as you want. The sides are also great, with chewy cheesy rolls, fried polenta, mashed potatoes, and super yummy fried bananas.
The service is always wonderful. They are great about bring fresh plates when yours gets full of scraps and if you have a bottle of wine, watch out because they will refill your glass without you even noticing! If you want something you haven't seen yet or want a cut cooked differently, just ask your server or the meat waiters, and they will send someone from the kitchen with what you want. My parents go so often that they know the owners (same management for Austin and Dallas), and they are very concerned that you are always offered impeccable service. The desserts are super yummy too, if you have any room!
heaven for meat lovers. I went to Fogo with my boyfriend to celebrate our 2 year anniversary and it was wonderful! The salad bar suprised me. It's not your typical salad bar. It's filled with fresh, beautiful veggies and cured meats as well as smoked salmon. There was spinach and marinated mushrooms, asparagus and a nice selection of cheeses to name a few. We ordered a wonderful Malbec which paired nicley with all the different cuts of meats. We each flipped our little coaster over and watched as the flood gate of meats washed over our table. We had every kind except the pork for whatever reason. My top favorites were the bacon wrapped (melt in your mouth) filet and the mint and pinot grigio marinated leg of lamb. To die for!! We were sooo miserable after everything but still managed to eat dessert. We enjoyed the creme brulee and we also had an after dinner cocktail which was phenominal. It was a grappa which was 50% grappa and 50% chamomille. Sounds weird but it went down oh, so smoothly. I can't wait to go back! I love you Fogo De Chao!
Great place to check out.. Don't eat the whole day before you go! The food is so good it is hard to stop eating. The meats were so moist and very flavorful. I never once picked up the salt and pepper. The meal starts with a salad bar that is beyond words, it is a meal in it's self. I have heard that the desserts are also to die for, but I had no room to try them out. I will be back to this place.
Great experience. My boyfriend and I went on a Friday night. We thought the place was exceptionally good. The food was great, the wait staff was highly attentive. We loved it. Definitely not a place to go if you don't like attention though.
Poor Food Experience for Meat Lovers.
Visit Date Saturday March 29, 2008
The meat was prepared appropriately and looked great, but had no flavor except salty. It must be inferior cuts of meat as well as inadequate seasoning. It was bland at best. The potatoes were watery and tasteless and the polenta was a deepfried tasteless fritter. The Salad Bar-Buffet was very good as were the muffins served at the table.
I cook extensively and had great expectations for this restuarant but it was sadly expensive fast food. You are served quickly and expected to leave quickly, no better than any other hamburger or chicken place. Your wine list is extensive but for the value far to expensive for a poor selection and nothing good at moderate price levels. The Brazilian beer was very good.
My family and I are truly meat eater/lovers but this was not a good experience. Certainly nothing we would recommend or repeat. You need extreme improvement in meat preparation and perhaps qualtiy to make the experience something to remember instead of to forget.
Hectic and Overpriced. Since they do not provide any sort of menu other than the wine list, I had no idea that my meal would cost me $70 with tip. I brought friends that would NEVER spend that much money on dinner and I felt absolutely awful about it. Plus it?s a very hectic atmosphere. First off, you have to navigate the crowd at the ?gourmet? salad bar. Personally, I would have preferred a nice little side salad served before my entree, but that is not an option. Then you flip over your coaster to green for ?go? and the meat servers decend on you every two minutes. It?s very distracting. The meal was so rushed that I did not get to relax and savor the food. And there is so much meat! Unless you?re a sumo wrestler or an absolute glutton you?ll be overwhelmed. I really did not enjoy the experience.
Good meat but overpriced. It was an interesting dining experience and good quality food, but unless you like to gorge yourself on meat, it is NOT worth the money. We didn't know there was a flat price, and the waiters do not inform you of this. We were expecting a menu before the meat course, but none was ever brought. In fact, you have no indication of the price of anything until the very hefty bill comes ($65-70 per person, one drink). I love fine dining and have eaten in a number of other expensive restaurants in Austin, this one is not worth the price. Otherwise the service was very good though. It was an exciting atmosphere, but unfortunately very noisy. The meat was very good and you have the chance to sample many different types, but you cannot always get the type you want (they may be wandering the other side of the restaurant) and it took quite a while to get the meat that was cooked medium (it all seemed to be very rare).
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