645 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5540344.978201 -93.274252
Monday To Thursday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Thursday From 05:00 PM To 10:00 PM Friday From 11:30 AM To 02:00 PM Friday From 05:00 PM To 10:30 PM Saturday From 04:30 PM To 10:30 PM Sunday From 04:00 PM To 09:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Downtown West, Central
Worst Dining – I graced this establishment on my birthday just before Christmas and was utterly disappointed. I read all the reviews and couldn't believe how wrong they were. I don't know if most people are just enamored with the idea of so much food but the quality just wasn't there. Almost every piece of meat was so tough you couldn't chew it. The chicken and pork were so dry, it was like eating sawdust. I requested medium rare on the lamb chops and got well-done and tough tough tough. It was hard to taste and enjoy the spices they used since you could not chew the meat. Everyone also raved about the salad bar and I was not impressed. There were a few nice items including the salmon, pickled onions and some nice cheeses but the salads were very mediocre. In my opinion when you are spending that kind of money, a person should be presented with quality. I was totally unimpressed!
So good! – My husband and I recently celebrated our anniversary here. The food was amazing! The service was amazing! The fillet mignon was delicious! I can't wait to go back!
Don't go on Valentine's Day! – Great food! I loved being VERY full when I left. But do not go on Valentine's Day! They overcrowd the place with tables and people to a point that you don't want to speak to your sweetie because the table next to you will hear everything. They did offer a buy one, get one coupon!
Good place to try new meats – I took my wife here for her birthday. They gave us a free desert as a result! The service is really great, even though the venue is a bit strange - they walk you through it. Beware, when you flip your table card to green (meaning bring me more meat!), you'll have to listen fast to hear the many, many different kinds of meats that will appear at your table. Try them all once, but then settle for the house specialty, fillet Mignon and the top sirloin - those are by far the best.
Overall Good – I recently went with my husband per all of his coworkers telling him how wonderful it was. It was okay. The salad bar was very ornate but I didn't think it was that good. The meats were overall good and I like to have a little variety but you do sometimes get a cut that is not the best. . .My 300lb hubby loved being able to eat a ton but I don't think anyone who had a palette for fine steak would enjoy it as much. It just wasn't special or memorable for us. For me to have a soda with a refill., well . . . .I will only order water ever again.
Don't throwaway your money ! – I am not a big buffet fan, so it goes without saying that this High End buffet never had a chance. The five of us were seated and sent to the salad bar, nothing was labeled and we were left wondering what some of the salads were. Seated at a table in a busy area, it was annoying being on the side where all the servers passed and constantly knocked into my chair. Every time I even looked at my water glass they were there to fill it up, I finally put my coaster on top of my glass to prevent any premature refilling. Same way with the popovers and potatoe sides, it was quite annoying and they must throw alot of food away. The meat was adequate, not the best filet I've had, overdone. On the whole I would have rather eaten at home and spent the money on good steak that I could have grilled myself that actually had some flavor.
Not My Favorite – I was there with my colleagues last night. If you want to burn close $70 per head with their steak and salad buffet plus few drinks for pretty weird tasting food this would be your place. For such a high price I expect top notch food and ambiance which it lacks both. They can neither pull off contemporary nor classic ambiance. All you see is walls of wines stacked in the name of decor and the place is pretty crowded. To do back and forth to salad bar from your table you have to tackle maze of tables and people heads with your plate full of food. No beer on tap neither any great selections on bottle - only your usual with Heinekens and Coronas at most. Salad bar is nothing special. But their much touted meats and steaks were the most disappointment. If you ask me it tasted down right wired. It does not tastes like it came off the grill - which it is not I later found out. They are supposedly cooked n open fire but that does not bring out the flavor of the meat. With a prime cut beef you can't go much wrong in your average grill even with just salt and pepper. But that is not the case here - like I said it tasted very different. May be you need to acquire this sort of taste or visit Brazil to get an appreciation. Pork ribs were the worst in my view. Go ahead and try it if you think I making this up. Lamb chops with some mint flavoring were a saving grace. Me and my colleagues both agreed that their cheese bread puffs they bring out at the beginning of the meal with drinks as an appetizer (for free) were the best tasting items. Again - sorry if I was too harsh on my review. In mid-west we just pay for anything and play nice.
Great experience - can't wait to go back! – This is a fabulous dining experience - like none other I've ever had! This "buffet" style steakhouse brings everything right to your table, but only when you want it. I love the stop/go cards they use to alert the staff when to bring you more meat. And the meat is fantastic, flavorful and tender - I highly recommend the garlic steak. The side dishes are also all very good as well as their desserts (if you have room). The wait staff is top notch as well! My only cons are the noise level can be a bit much to try and have a decent conversation and seating by the salad bar can be a bit cramped when the line gets long. We literally had people standing over us while waiting in line at the salad bar, but still, I can't wait to go back - seated away from the salad bar, I hope.
You must go here! – I have been to Fogo 4 times. It is so unbelievably delicious. Personally, I spent some time in Italy so the only thing I eat on the salad bar is the proscuitto and Mozzerella. It is delicious and right on. The meats are all fantastic, the service is awesome, and they keep the side dishes coming. You definitely get what you pay for. Attentive and fast service, I have never had a bad experience here.
The caiperinhas are good. – Now, it has been at least 30 years since I was in Brazil. This restaurant at least captures the caiperinhas I enjoyed in Brazil. (A caiperinha uses cachaca as its base, a liquore like rum, but made from sugar cane ranter than molasses.) I used to say that it's unique flavor came from the copper in the radiators it was distilled through, but I no longer believe that)
I can't tell you that this gives you an authentic experience of a Brazilian restaurant, at least not of 30 years ago.
There are side dishes missing (something made of the same grain that tapioca is made from, but ground and served with bits of bacon), and the desserts do not include quimdim (something indescribably wonderful made of coconut and egg yolk.) And the meats do not taste like they do in Brazil; I suspect that they are using lean US Beef.
But it is all very good food. And you should go there just for a caiperinha.
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