Brazilian Restaurants in San Rafael

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Espetus: A User's Guide

Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Keywords: Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Sample Menu

  • Meat options: top sirloin, filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken breast
  • Salad-bar options: rice, paella, and fish stew
  • Dessert: passion fruit mousse
  • Drink: caipirinha

Inside Tip:

  • If you want to save some money and don’t mind a limited menu, head to Espetus during lunch.
  • Vegetarians can navigate this meat-heavy menu by ordering the salad-bar-only option.

Vocab Lesson
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaca and lime juice.

1686 Market St
San Francisco,

Property Location
Located in San Rafael, Four Points By Sheraton San Rafael is in the business district and close to Marin County Civic Center and San Anselmo Memorial Park. This hotel is within close proximity of San Anselmo Town Hall and Mission San Raphael Archangel.

Make yourself at home in one of the 235 air-conditioned rooms featuring LCD televisions. Your pillowtop bed comes with cotton sheets. Windows open for fresh air and courtyard views. 32-inch high-definition televisions with cable programming provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.

Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Be sure to enjoy recreational amenities, including a health club, an outdoor pool, and a spa tub. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, wedding services, and a fireplace in the lobby. Guests can get around on the complimentary shuttle, which operates within 5 mi.

Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Cooked-to-order breakfasts are available daily for a fee.

Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a 24-hour business center, and an Internet point. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free self parking is available onsite.

1010 Northgate Dr
San Rafael,

Gina Gochez and Taylor Maia grew up together in a small town in central Brazil, but moved to San Francisco to follow their dream: opening a pizzeria. They soon founded Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co, an enterprise that has since spread to five locations throughout the San Francisco area. At each, these childhood friends fuse their passion for pizza and the cuisine of their native land, blending Brazilian and Italian ingredients into colorful specialty pizzas with names such as Latin Lover, Girl from Ipanema, and Hot Mama. They also give diners creative free rein, helping them create their own using more than 50 toppings and the local library's thesaurus. At the San Rafael location, traditional Brazilian dishes such as stews and rice platters represent the flavors of the founders' childhood. Accompanying all of these dishes are Pizza Orgasmica & Brewing Co's 10 house-brewed beers, which range from a light kolsch to a hearty porter.

812 4th St.
San Rafael,

The Brazen Head: A User’s Guide

Upscale American Cuisine | Steaks and Seafood | Full Bar | Intimate, Old-School Atmosphere

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: dungeness crab cakes
  • Soup: french onion with aged gruyère and mozzarella
  • Entree: new york strip pepper steak with veal demi-glace

The Vibe: The Brazen Head looks like it exists in a different time and place—say, Manchester in the 1960s. Old news clippings and portraits line the walls, and dark woods stretch back as far as the eye can see, which isn’t that far thanks to the dim lighting and heavy drapes that block out excess sunlight.

Inside Tips

  • Leave the credit cards at home. The restaurant only accepts cash and debit cards.
  • It’s pretty easy to accidentally pass up this unassuming eatery, especially since there’s no sign out front. Just look for the green awning.

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Swing by The Brazen Head’s sister restaurant, Liverpool Lil’s (2942 Lyon Street), for classic British pub grub such as shepherd’s pie and fish and chips.

3166 Buchanan St
San Francisco,

The azure-blue sea and palm-tree-lined beach on El Nuevo Frutilandia's rustic painted sign hint at the Caribbean cuisine served inside. A modest menu highlights multiple courses of Cuban and Puerto Rican dishes, including meatless options such as mofongo vegetariano, a classic dish of fried plantains smashed together with olive oil and garlic. Pork is featured throughout the menu, whether roasted and sliced alongside ham and cheese in the Cuban sandwich, or fried as chops with a spritz of lemon and crown of onions.

3077 24th St
San Francisco,

Lark Creek Steak: A User's Guide

Dry-Aged Steaks | 250 American Wines | Vegetarian Entrees | Family-Friendly Atmosphere

Sample Menu

  • Starter: local asparagus soup
  • Entree: 28-day dry-aged USDA prime rib-eye steak
  • Side: buttermilk biscuits with seasonal fruit compote and butter infused with andouille sausage, maple syrup, and pecans
  • Dessert: lemon cheesecake with almond-lavender streusel

Where to Sit: Lark Creek Steak is housed in a shopping mall, but you might forget that fact when you pull up a tall leather chair at the bar.

Notable Press

  • Noted by the Michelin Guide for its “hearty American fare”
  • Named one of the best steak houses in the city by Zagat
  • Named a top steak house in the country by Gayot

Vocab Lesson
Porterhouse steak: a T-bone with a new york strip steak on one side and a tenderloin—at least 2 inches across—on the other.
Rib-eye steak: a tender, flavorful cut of beef from the rib section that is prepared either bone-in or boneless.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Browse antique books in a nearly century-old store at The Brick Row Book Shop (49 Geary Street).

After: Experience the feel of a genuine speakeasy at Bourbon & Branch (501 Jones Street).

845 Market St
San Francisco,