Houston >Food & Dining > Churrascos River Oaks
2055 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX | Directions 7709829.742626 -95.409720
Mon-Fri 11am-4pm; Sat 11:30am-4pm;
Mon-Thur 4pm-9:30 pm;
Brunch: Sun 10:30am-3pm
Neighborhoods: Neartown/ Montrose, Central
Absolutely terrible – I have been a regular patron of Churrasco's for over 20 years. My wife and I went there tonight and were very disappointed. The Mojito's were extremely sour and we sent them back. We ordered soup along with our entre and they forgot the soup. My wife ordered the churrasco steak which was very tasty but my Chicken Jalapeno had almost no sauce and was burnt. We were really put out especially because this is not a cheap restaurant. Will probably not go back to this particular Churrasco's. hopefully the one at Gessner will be better.
Great place, good drinks, usually..... – Churrascos is a great place to eat with top notch service. The cuisine is excellent and drinks are typically very good here. I have been going to all of the Cordua establishments for many years. This place is pricey, but you usually get your moneys' worth. Our last two visits were actually slightly less impressive than what we are used to. The drinks were not as good as usuall (3margaritas in a row were all watered down) and the $28 dollar snapper plate usually has the shrimp and crab meat as a topping, but was now offered as an add on for an upcharge. We go often enough that staff recognises our faces and greet us warmly every time. Bottom line, we will keep going and hope the last 2 visits were just flukes and not the norm. We enjoy every Cordua restaurant but this location was our favorite, hopefully that will stand true in the near future.
More meat? Why yes please! – This Brazilian steakhouse is a pricey endeavor. It is a world class steakhouse nessled in between a sushi house and Montrose. The waiters are dressed in gaucho attire and hover around you bringing savory cuts of seasoned meats around to you. While you marvel at the cuts, they slice off pieces of heaven on to your plate. The meat might be the focus of the restaurant, but the vegetable and the salad bar are on par with it too. Grilled artichokes as well as various cheeses and other vegetables populate this often overlooked section. I would recommend ordering a bottle of wine with your meal and going all out, because this place is for celebrations. It might be expensive, but I say splurge.
Ratatouie – I have always been a fan of this place, until 2 weeks ago when I went in for Sunday brunch and there was a rodent running around the indirect lighting above. He was trying to jump on every platter of food that came by. It was not a small rodent. It was the size of a cat.
Not Worth the Price – My husband an I went to Churassco's for our first and probably last time tonight. We were just getting off work and we had heard good things about this place so we were hoping to have a good and quick dinner. Instead we were there for two hours waiting over half an hour between each course even though I only ordered a salad with no meat as I am vegetarian. Our waiter hardly checked on us at all and the place was extremely loud.
Not only did the dining take forever, we weren't cared for at all. My husband ordered crab and they forgot it with his meal. Then after we paid for our bill I realized that no only did they charge me for meat on my salad they charged me for the more expensive option of beef instead of chicken. Even with no appetizers and drinking water the meal costed $50 and it wasn't even that impressive.
Skip this one. It isn't worth the price by far that you will pay, it is invconveniant and noisy and there are not even many options to choose from on the menu.
Great Churrasco steak and several ceviches – I was looking for a casual dinner so I sat in the bar area, not the main restaurant, which looked very nice. Service was good, a pretty good wine list (not that i'm an expert in wine!). There are 4 different ceviches, I tried the crabmeat which was really good. I went with the 6 oz Churrasco steak, which was very good. perfectly cooked and just the right size for me, they had 3 larger sizes. It was served with a platter of sauteed vegetables and rice. Great place, probably more for a formal dinner, but I wanted to try it out. Would like to go back with a group and try the dining room experience.
Good Food Bad Service – It had been many years since I went to Churrascos. The food is as good as I remember it being, but the service was horrible. The host greeting (or lack of greeting) was lacking, we waited for someone at the host desk to get off the phone - they were helping someone that didn't appear to be a customer, but we stood there for about 5 minutes before they even acknowledge us. We sat at a table that was basically crowded up to the bar, which was fine but it was tight. Our waiter was aweful! He seemed offended that we didn't want to order an appitizer and really downplayed what came with our meal. Once he took our order he came back three times to verify how we wanted our meat cooked. Then after all that the order he brought out was wrong. Or mine was. He brought me salmon instead of steak. And then asked me again what I ordered and how I wanted my meat cooked. During dinner I was watching him wait on his other customers... he was acting the same towards all his other them. He dropped a plate of food that came about 1 inch away from falling on top of a baby that was in a car seat next our table. That would have been terrible had it landed on that baby! The table that had the plate that got dropped ended up having to get up and give the check to the bartender to close out because he took so long to take it away. The lady refilling water stood behind me, leaned over me to refill my date's water... all the while it was spilling all over the place and didn't apologize or anything. Later, our waiter took our coffee and desert order. He brought us coffee mugs and put the coffee carafs on the bar next to us but never poured the coffee. Finally after taking a table of 8's order he realized what he did and served us our coffee. Later he came back fto refill but poured hot water in my mug. I don't know where find their staff but it's bad! Luckily like I said the food was good. Otherwise I would have been really upset because it is not a cheap restaurant!
5 Star Restaurant – First time my husband and I went. Loved it. From the service to the food. Wonderful!!! Will recommend and go back, for sure!! :)
The steak is still good, not much else... – For the supposedly upscale dining this restaurant provided a very loud din of people talking with no atmosphere or music.
The main course quality is very good, while the salads are just lacking. For caesar salad all you get is 3 pieces of romaine lettuce that the chef doesn't bother to chop for you, very original...
The service is a bit on the south american side. What I mean by that is that you can expect them to chisel you every step of the way, from the mineral water you didn't order to the $6 price increase on a bottle of wine that they've mistakenly just snuck on your tab.
I honestly long for the gone days when you could go back to the old Churrascos, sit in the smoking room and puff a good cigar while drinking cognac and enjoying soft jazz music, with some room around you. The current makeover has jammed as many tables as possible, resulting in a noise somewhat reminiscent of a henhouse. At the present point this place seems more like a food assembly line for yuppies.
So so. – I had my annual Christmas Dinner here for 2007, and I had a party of 10 and everyone enjoyed the food. The potion size are a bit small for the price but the food was delicious. But it was nothing compared to Fogo De Chao for our group dining. So, I wouldn't recommend it for groups but more towards couples. I voted average for this review for the overall experienced for a group. Maybe when I come back here with just my bf and I, I can improve the rating.
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