Durham >Food & Dining > Chamas Churrascaria
905 West Main St, Suite 115 - Brightleaf Square, Durham, NC | Directions 2770135.932004 -78.926684
I really Enjoyed – The food is delicious and the people are courteous and make you feel very comfortable. I really enjoy the place.
Pig out!!! (but watch your back if you want the filet mignon) – This place's value proposition is simple.
Pay 30 whatever dollars, and eat as much meat as you like.
...and it's a good value prop...
Decent Brazilian wines are offered at exceptional prices (a bottle of good Syrah was $40).
I had only 1 issue during my visit - the "system" is supposed to be, "eat what you want, as much as you want". the waiters purposely bring filet mignon first, and they will not bring that by again, unless you ask. and when i asked, the waiter GAVE ME SO MUCH TROUBLE. i have a difficult time understanding why..
like this doesn't come from your account!! (and it's not even my favorite..my favorite is the sausage)
Wonderful Selection on Salad Bar – This restaurant is wonderful! I have been for lunch and dinner and both times was very impressed. Nice atmosphere, wait staff very attentive and friendly. If you don't want the meat the salad bar has a very impressive selection. Anything a vegetarian could ask for. Very affordable for lunch.
Lunch is very affordable – I went to Chamas for lunch last Friday and had a FANTASTIC time with my 4 children. We had the salad bar and hot buffet. Everything was wonderful for an incredible price. Lunch prices are very affordable. The staff was very warm and friendly. We will be back!
Another good experience – Took a friend who'd never been to Chamas last weekend, 6th time I've been. Very satisfied again, friend was very impressed and glad to learn about Chamas. The appetizer bar is amazing with such a variety of flavors. The meats are very good, some better than others depending on your own preference, but for me, the tastes are interesting and worth sampling the different types. The atmosphere of Chamas is second to none for the concept. It is very relaxing while festive and the wait staff are attentive not pushy. This is one of a few places where you can feel comfortable spending 2 hours on dinner and conversation and not rushed. I've only been to one other location in the triangle with this concept, and Chamas' experience was superior. Because they accept them, I'd recommend reservations but if you go before 7pm, you often can get seated right away.
Memorable Evening – Last night was our first, but certainly not the last visit to Chamas. The
salad bar and meats were delectable and beautifully presented. The wine suggested
by Chamas staff was a perfect accompaniment to our dinner selections. While we
enjoyed our meal and the atmosphere, the servers were attentive without being
intrusive. We never felt rushed. And, the surprise birthday cake was, well, a
surprise. Thank you for a memorable evening.
Quantity not quality – Maybe it's just me, but I would rather have a normal portion of really good steak than an obscene amount of low grade, overcooked meat. Honestly, it's a bit of a blur recalling exactly which cut was what, but there seemed to be a consistant theme: Gristly, overcooked, reeking of old garlic. There was some tasty sausage at one point, I'll give them that. The salad bar is opulent, but nothing was any better than what I'd expect to find anywhere else. Is this what we've come to? Valuing the ability to stuff your face over a well crafted plate of food?
If you want something a little different – We have a six couple group that goes out in December each year - this go round I booked Chamas. Overall, it's a decent place, well worth one try. The salad bar has a variety of different things and is very fresh. The all-you-can-eat beef, chicken, fish, pork scenario is goo too. They could stand to not cook the meat so well done. The beef that was prepared medium had by far the best flavor. The waitress did not ask our party butshould have separated the checks. At the end, she asked us if we just wanted to divide the total bill by the number in our party. That's not a cool thing to do when you're looking to get repeat business. The desserts were excellent but coffee was not complimentary.
Great Food Even If You Don't Eat Steak – I would highly recommend this restaurant to people that don't even eat steak. I don't eat red meat (although I was tempted after seeing the skewers of meat) but really enjoyed the smoked salmon and all the salads. The waitstaff was attentive and very friendly even for our large party. We took a visiting dignitary there and she was very impressed.
A fun experience, a lot of food – My wife and I went to Chamas on Saturday night, 7:30pm. It was not full (important for such a service-heavy meal). Service was excellent; only one error (asked twice for more cheese rolls. Waiter was extremely appologetic). We had to turn our "more meat" tokens to "NO" temporarily to avoid getting overwhelmed! The meat was well-seasoned and good, but those who require their beef cooked R-to-MR will need to ask for special cuts. Their signature drink was excellent; fresh lime, bright and nice; a bit small for the price. I've eaten at another Churrascaria (in L.A.), and I rate Chamas above that good experience. The salad/sides bar was different from the others I've seen, but not substandard. It is not cheap, but we enjoyed the entire meal thoroughly. We'll be back! Amelia's next door is nice for coffee drinks (they provide the drinks ordered in Chamas) and a light sweet.
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