1106 Market St, San Francisco, CA | Directions 9410237.780927 -122.412300
Neighborhoods: Civic Center, Northeast
Not worth your time or money – LOCATION: Right in the heart of Market St with all the bums and drug-dealers. Don't dress up to get to this place unless you arrive via taxi. AMBIANCE: The restaurant was freezing cold. We requested for them to turn on the heater several time but the heater was apparently non-functional. The website boast live entertainment; there wasn't jack. The restaurant was pretty empty and for reasons I now understand. Despite the fact that the restaurant was pretty empty, they seated us very tight on our table. FOOD: We tried the Churrasco for $18.25 per person and it's all you can eat meats. You start out with salad at the bar. Selection is slim and unattractive. Then the cook come around with meat on a skewer. It was a lot of work on the customer's end to get a damn piece of meat. I don't know why another waiter did not assist in this procedure. The meat quality was poor. I can seriously cook better meat myself at home. SERVICE: They were attentive, but were never able to accommodate our requests. CONCLUSION: Our experience was quite disappointing to say the least.
Warm-hearted Brazilian restaurant and churrascaria. – The Scene
The cheerful glow in this large dining room emanates from bright yellow and green walls and the smiles of its charming owners. Churrasco--Brazilian barbecue--is circulated to each table on skewers with great pride, often by waitstaff in traditional costume. A full bar, salad bar, glass-topped tables and casual atmosphere ensure everyone's comfort. A small stage hosts live bands and colorful dancers.
Meat, meat and more meat fills the menu, such as the feijoada completa, a stew of beef, pork, sausage and black beans served with a pork chop on the side. The gallinha assada na cerveja is a smoky half-chicken marinated in tangy spices and black beer. All dishes are accompanied by heaping sides of rice, collard greens, and yucca flour. Breakfast offers tasty, less-meat heavy fare.
Sorry excuse for a restaurant – Saw the menu, wanted to try the bolinhas de bacalho as I had them before in Portugal.
What I got was lumpy, dry, starchy and overfried croquettes. Nothing like they should be. My date and I should have left there and then. Stuck it out, she ordered the bananas and rice and bean vegie plate.
Two fried regular bananas, not plantains, were served. The rice tasted like stale Uncle Bens and the beans were salty. I ordered the bacalho (codfish). It was dry, overcooked and gave me indigestion. There was really nothing good about this place. I spent $40 and got crappy rice and lame dishes. Service was ok. No ambience, floor is dirty. Place is in a sketchy neighborhood, which I wouldnt mind if food was good, but NO WAY!!!
Save your money and go elsewehere. This was THE WORST FOOD EXPERIENCE I have had in years in SF.
Let down.... – Have been meaning to try Brazilian food for a while and my expectations were not met at all.
The buffet that they provide is absolutely terrible - mashed potatoes, massively overcooked chicken dish etc. The grilled food was very basic and did not appear to be freshly cooked. The Tri-tip however was good.
Finally the ambience / lighting - well let's just say it's like having dinner in Burger King.....
Dissapointing Experience – I went there based on cityserach rating, I ordered the red snapper filet and my friend got a steak, they took a long time to get the food which was cold and the fish was burnt, the waitress acknowledged that and offered us free desert which she picked on her own!!!
Overall very bad and dissapointing experience.
Good Food/Dodgy Area – The food is very good. The meat (Churrascaria) is really incredible! The prices are decent and the staff was hit or miss. One good, one not so good at our table. Definitely go and check it out at least once! We will visit once again and try new items and hopefully get better staff to help us.
good food, scary area – We decided to do the churrascaria meal (an assortment of grilled meats), and were pleasantly satiated. The meat was pretty good (a bit salty), the salad bar was kind of sparse, and the caipirinha (sp?) was a bit sour. Though we had a pleasant dining experience, getting there was quite scary... the walk to the restaurant along Market St past the Nordstrom and from the restaurant to the Civic Street BART left MUCH to be desired.
Horrible! – Dropped in for dinner w friends visiting from Rio and while the service was fantastic, the food was just awful! Only reason I gave it a 3 was bcs the sweet plantains and the beans were the only thing I enjoyed. I've had Brazilian food many times before and I can't understand how this place manages to stay open! Don't bother. Go to Terra Brazilis - while it's not all authentic, your taste buds will be happy!
Low expectations, Pleasant surprise – It was my first time to eat Brazillian food and was pleasantly suprised. The combo of appetizers was wonderful and the Xian Xian (sp?) was darn good. It was not crowded at all (ate Friday night before show at Orpheum). A band was setting up, but we left at 7:45 and didn't hear them play. The place didn't look great (old tile floors, share bathroom with pool hall), but we went for the food.
Expected upscale, got cafeteria – My rating of 7 was being generous. Averaging all the 4 rating fields, they actually got a 6 from me. I have only been to one other Brazilian place in California and that was Rei De Gado in San Diego. I was hoping for a similar dining experience considering San Francisco's reputation for fine dining. Cafe Do Bazil lef me very disappointed. Very low scale and cafeteria like in appearance, cut /grade of meats, and presentation. Rei De Gado in San Diego has 12 courses of meat. Cafe Do Brazil only had about 5 to 6 different course of meat.
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