Espetus Churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse serving Rodizio style food. They focus on meats straight from the fire brought to your table, continuously through the meal! You can stop the meat parade by flipping the table card to red. They have a salad and hot plate bar with lots of different options including asparagus, bean salad, eggplant, rice, beans, cod, and much more. Do not eat too much of this stuff otherwise you wonder have room for all the meat. Vegetarians should stay away.
Espetus Churrascaria has locations in San Francisco and San Mateo. We tried the brand new San Mateo location for dinner. It is all you can eat, with lunch going for $25.95 with 7 meat options, $37.95 on weekends. Dinner is $54.95 with 14 meat options. Kids are 50% off. Our last visit was in the Summer of 2014.
Salad Bar – Most people come just once
Espetus Decor, Vibe – Brand new cutting edge interior with high ceilings, beautiful lights, and modern touches. Stylish bar and lounge area with separate menu. Families, couples, and lots of people in their 30’s and 40’s were dining when we were.. It was pretty quiet during Friday Lunch
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The Brazilian cheese bread, fried plantains, and fried polenta were very good.
You are served 12 to 14 different items from the skewer at dinner; Pineapple, Shrimp, Sirloin, Lamb, Filet Mignon wrapped in Bacon, Top Sirloin, Cubed Marinated Sirloin, Filet Mignon, Pork loin, chicken hearts, Bacon wrapped chicken, chicken legs, and Beef Ribs on a cart (You can ask for a rib). Many were cooked to medium – medium well. Ask for a cut that is more rare, if you like your meat bloody. Most meats has a strong smokey flavor.
The best items were:
Pineapple – lightly roasted, still juicy and a nice contrast to the meat.
Chicken Hearts – Tender and flavorful. Many tables avoided it and missed out big time!
Lamb – Slightly Gamey but tender and tasty.
Sirloin – Very Juicy and good flavor. One of the best meats here.
Filet Mignon – Very tender meat. On another visit the filet was wrapped in bacon.
Old School Caipirinha ($11) was a very good, well balanced drink with lots of fresh lime flavor. Not much punch though.
Mixed Berry Panna Cotta ($8.95) was a huge portion and tasted average. Not very delicate or smooth. Yes we were pretty full but someone has to test dessert.
Other Average Meat
Ask for the Rib – A bit dry
Linguica – Home made Pork Sausages
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Breast
Pork Loin with Parmesan Cheese
The service was above average then faded a little as the place got busy. Espetus Churrascaria is a fun place to dine at. It is one of those places that people need to visit at least once to try out the experience. The food quality has improved over the years.
You will stuff yourself silly with lots of decent salad bar options as well as endless stream of meat. The quality of some meats was not high. As far coming back, that is a different story as prices are pretty high and We’ll remember this meat coma for a while. Vegetarians should avoid this place! Save money by coming for lunch.
1686 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102