Houston >Food & Dining > Fogo de Chao
8250 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7706329.737542 -95.515041
Neighborhoods: Westside, Woodlake/ Briar Meadow
Traditional Brazilian churrascaria just like in Brazil – Fogo de Chao is the premier Brazilian steakhouse in Houston, and rightly so. While it is pricey compared to other up and comers in the Houston area, Fogo de Chao delivers every time with quality meats, a varied and fresh salad bar, and that fluffy cheese bread they serve you while you're waiting (it's hard to stop eating it because it's soooo good). The service is excellent and they do not chintz on serving you food. Atkins diet followers, you will be in heaven. If you have your little button "on", the waitstaff will swarm around you, vying to offer you piping hot bbq meat of your choice, until you are about to burst at the seams and you've loosened all the notches on your belt. Welcome to the Brazilian churrasco experience! You can be sure you'll have a great experience every time.
*Note: We visited the Fogo de Chao in Sao Paolo, Brazil last year - the original Fogo de Chao - and lo and behold it's EXACTLY the same - same architecture, meat, salad bar - everything! AND, it came "highly recommended" by the concierge at the Grand Hyatt where we stayed. The cost of the meal was about the same too. So, no need to visit Brazil when you can get the real deal in Houston, right?
I love the food here! – I have only been to Fogo four times, but have enjoyed each time immensely. The salad bar is excellent and the meats are juicy & well seasoned. If the portion that you are served is not enough, ask for more & the friendly staff is always happy to oblige. I have not experienced rude service to date. It is expensive but I believe it to be well worth it for special occasions. You definitely need to arrive very hungry though! I usually skip the salad bar until the end if there is still room.
Expensive Golden Corral with small portions – The ambiance was not that of a high end restaurant. It was loud and crowded. I didn't enjoy waiting in the long line for the salad. When I got to the meat course, some meats were okay and others not so much. The portions were very thin and small and the beef was all outer cut. I didn't find any of the meat to be outstanding. The 3 starches they served as sides were good. The service was a bit slow so I spent quite a bit of time waiting for my next small cut of meat. I guess it's better for them that way since you get full faster the slower you eat. The tres leches, which I paid extra for, was still frozen in the middle.
I have eaten at most of Houston's finer restaurants and do not in any way mind paying for a great meal but this is not one of them. What I paid for what I received was clearly off balance. I have NEVER complained about a restaurant before but I actually left Fogo de Chao a lilttle angry. I will not ever go back. I would recommend you spend your hard earned money elsewhere.
a very nice place – my boyfriend and i celebrated my birthday here on 9/11 we were very pleased with the service and the employess were all kind. we will remember this for a long time.
Rude staff – Terrible service. Would expect more for a $40 lunch. Very rude staff. I do not recommend at all. I do not plan on returning. Worst dining experience ever.
What a joke..!! Horrible!! This is a way over priced glorified assembly line cafeteria. The food was cold...the restaurant was freezing...Ordered a bottle of wine went to the weak salad bar -- It was sitting on our table -- minus the waiter. lol. The food is what I suspect you would find at the Sizzler or Furrs or some other cafeteria minus the gauchos walking around with cold beef on their skewers. Never again...! My suggestion..Go somewhere else or save your money people. EOF
Not my style but probably good for others – I recently went to Fogo de Chao for the first time. I have always heard great things about the restaurant. While, I'm glad that I went and got to experience the service and food they provided, for me it was not worth it. First, I'm not a huge red meat eater. Secondly, I can't pack that much food away making the experience kind of costly. The salad bar is nice but not what I expected. Bread, cheeses, and marinated veggies are readily available. As far as the meat, I found the tastiest one was the picahna (I believe they stated this was their house specialty or a popular one). I had never had lamb before and that too was tasty. As for the other meats I didn't think they had very much flavor. The service however was impecable. There are so many attentive waiters. As I stated before, this was my first visit and they explained how the meat service worked (red and green sided card) but even when our cards were turned to red (stop meat service) if the server saw us eye something they would offer it to us. We paid over $200 at lunch for 3 people, however we each had our meal, a glass of wine, a dessert, plus a 25% tip.
AWESOME!!!! EVERYTHING HERE IS THE DEFENITION OF PERFECTION!!!!!! – This restaurant is amazing.....I have been there about 33 or 35 i forgot... Well anywayz this restaurant hes the best service and the best food. It is so romantic and all you can eat! This is possibly the best restaurant in the world and i recommend it to all people. It is a little pricey, but awesome! It is 49.95 per person and half if you are 12 years or younger. EnJoy!! O yes and proven fact *By me ^^* if anyone gives this place 3 stars OR LESS they have never been there or are a competing restaurant! So watch out for those lairs!
FOOD WAS GREAT AND THE SERVICE WAS OUTSTANDING!!!!!!!! – My boyfriend wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day early so he surprised me with a lunch date at Fogo De Chao's. This was our first time visiting the restaurant. What impressed us immediately was our waiter letting us know that he really enjoyed his job. This is huge to us because we have been in restaurants where we have experienced wait staff that did not enjoy their jobs and we are all about good customer service. After a short time there, our waiter seemed to be so insync with my boyfriend and I that he would answer questions and assist us with items before we even asked. I use lemon in my water so when I asked for more water instead of bringing me lemons ,he brought us a small pitcher of fresh lemon juice. Everytime my boyfriend or I left the table he would pull our chair out for us by the time we got back. I could go on and on about the service but I must mentioned the delicious food. The salad bar was one of the best I've seen in the city. Everything you can imagine is on it and it comes with the meal. Side items and bread are also included with your meat selections. They really cater to all individuals and their tastes. My boyfriend prefers medium rare and I prefer medium ,and they were able to satisy us both because the meat they carved for us was brought to our table in different cooking stages. We are both not heavy red meat eaters so when the waiter asked us about dessert we shook our heads no immediately. He went on to explain a dessert to us that helps aid in digestion. it was a papaya and vanilla ice cream dessert and it was delicious .... All in All the experience was wonderful and we look forward to our next visit.
Awesome Food & Service!!! AAA+++ – We had a 6pm reservation, but arrived about 5:45 and got seated right away in a nice little romantic corner spot. The salad bar could have been a meal in itself. I tried several new dishes for the bar and found that everything was scrumptious. I'm not a big eater, so I was a little nervous about this experience. However, that was not an issue. The superb meats were out-of-this-world GREAT!!! I highly recommend the house specialty meat; it will leave your taste buds craving for more, even if you are already stuffed. We received great service from everyone, as well. The parmesan crusted pork is also terrific. I can't wait to go back!
Overrated – I recently went to Fogo de Chao for a work dinner and was mildly disappointed though my initial expectations, thankfully, weren't high. This restaurant is clearly known in Houston as THE place to take clients for work dinners because half the restaurant was filled with large parties of suited men schmoozing. If your clients happen to be from another country, as ours were, the noisy environment makes it near impossible to carry on a conversation across the Texas sized tables when English is rapidly spoken by the rest of the group. The food in my opinion was average despite the rumors that it is "fantastic". A few of the meats were tender and flavorfull and others were bland and overdone. I have eaten at other churrascarias where there were more varieties of meat, better side dishes and the enviroment didn't feel so stressful and hectic. This restaurant has just become another mass produced, glutinous steakhouse that still feels the need to overcharge people solely based upon their reputation not on the actual quality of the food.
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