If you’re looking for an authentic Brazilian dining experience, you can’t go wrong with a churrascaria, also known as a Brazilian steakhouse. How is a Brazilian steakhouse different from the steakhouses we’re familiar with?
Here are some of the key differences:
- All-You-Can-Eat vs. A La Carte. Brazilian steakhouses typically offer an all-you-can-eat experience, where waiters will come to your table with different cuts of meat that you can choose to accept or decline. Regular steakhouses like Morton’s, on the other hand, often have an a la carte menu where you order individual dishes.
- Meat Selection. Brazilian steakhouses are known for their focus on meat, with a wide variety of cuts available, including beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. Regular steakhouses also offer a variety of cuts, but may have a smaller selection overall, and may also offer non-meat options such as seafood, pasta, or vegetarian dishes.
- Salad Bar. Brazilian steakhouses usually have a large salad bar with a variety of options for sides and salads, while regular steakhouses may offer some salads and sides, but typically have a smaller selection.
- Pricing. Brazilian steakhouses tend to be more expensive than regular steakhouses, due to the all-you-can-eat nature of the experience and the variety of meats available.
- Atmosphere. Brazilian steakhouses tend to have a more festive and lively atmosphere, with live music and entertainment, while regular steakhouses may have a more subdued ambience.
In San Antonio you can find quite a few excellent churrascarias and the ones we’ve listed below come highly recommended:
Texas de Brazil
Located in the heart of downtown San Antonio, Texas de Brazil is a popular churrascaria that offers a wide variety of meats, including beef, pork, chicken, and lamb. The restaurant also has an extensive salad bar that features over 50 items, including sushi, seafood, and soups, along with an impressive wine list.
Chama Gaucha is known for its exceptional service and high-quality meats. The restaurant features a rotating selection of meats that are carved tableside, including beef, pork, chicken, and lamb.
Fogo de Chão
Fogo de Chão is a well-known Brazilian steakhouse chain with locations all over the world. The restaurant features slow-roasted meats over an open flame and carved tableside.
Boi Na Braza
Boi Na Braza is a family-owned churrascaria that has been serving San Antonio since 2000. The restaurant features a wide selection of meats, including beef, pork, chicken, and lamb, that are carved tableside, along with a salad bar.
Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse
Rei Do Gado Brazilian Steakhouse is a rustic churrascaria. They also have an extensive wine list and a full bar.
Check out this monstrous churrascaria in Brazil: