Eating a hearty steak makes a man more kingly than wearing a crown or banishing the dog to a small island in the South Atlantic. Get the royal treatment with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale Brazilian steakhouse fare and sushi at Rio Rodizio’s Newark or Union location.
Rio Rodizio's eclectic menu features a bewitching blend of Japanese and Brazilian flavors, as evidenced by its imaginative sushi list and tableside meat-carving Gaucho chefs. An all-you-can-eat salad bar complements the savory land and sea fare with hot and cold plates of omnivorous treats. Treat tempestuous taste buds to tender baby-back ribs ($12) before seducing incisors with pan-seared salmon doused in guava-chipotle sauce ($24). Sushi and sashimi dinners delight jet-setting palates with sleek, succulent cuts, while specialty rolls, such as the equatorially tinged Rio Roll ($15.95), provide a la carte delight. Pacify a wailing sweet tooth with one of Rio's delectable desserts, such as the creamy Brazilian flan ($6.50).
The digestif list waxes Iberian with an extensive array of Madeira, Grappa, ports, and liqueurs. Slurp a post-supper sippable while taking in a game at the Union location's bar-side flat screens, or cleverly comment on the bold paintings at the Newark location while quaffing a Cossart Gordon 15-year Madeira ($7), a brew that was conceived when adult beverages were but a twinkle in your labradoodle's eye.
Valid for dine-in only.
More than 60 OpenTable reviewers give Rio Rodizio's Union location an average of 3.9 stars. Eighty percent of more than 100 Urbanspooners recommend it. Fifteen Yelpers give its Newark location a 3.5-star average:
- Great place to go if you are a beef eater or you enjoy sushi at the all you can eat price. – OpenTable reviewer who dined on 04/03/2010
- This place is awesome. The atmosphere is beautiful and the staff are really friendly. – anthonym, Urbanspoon
- For those who are in Jersey looking for a new dining experience, try this restaurant. – Bunny H., Yelp
The layout of Rio Rodizio is telling: with a candlelit dining area in one section and a long bar lined with flat screens in another, it's as much a place to take a date for a romantic meal as it is a spot to grab a drink after work. In the dining room, gaucho chefs carve cuts of lamb, beef, and pork right at the table, forcing diners to clear plate space next to seared fish, homemade pastas, and sushi rolls drizzled in flavorful sauce. Like a home that's been decorated by robbing a furniture store in the dark, the cocktail menu is a fusion of tastes, its Asian and Brazilian proclivities represented by sangrias, tropical juices, and sake.