Grape juice magically transforms into wine in the same way milk becomes cheese and a 1972 Dodge Dart becomes an even older 1972 Dodge Dart. Tipple the tasty transformation with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a wine tasting event (a $60 value) at Samba Brazilian Grill. Choose from the following dates:
- Tuesday, March 8 at 6:30 p.m. (featuring wines from Argentina and Chile)
- Tuesday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. (featuring wines from Australia)
- Tuesday, May 10 at 6:30 p.m. (featuring wines from Spain)
At Samba Brazilian Grill, wine devotees can tutor their taste buds with a fine selection of drinks. Wines by region are paired with various appetizers from Samba's menu, and guests can sample several types of grape blood while getting a sense for the proper pairing of food and drink flavors. Each two-hour tasting event focuses on a different country, and a friendly wine wizard is on hand to field questions and soak enthusiastic brains with fermented knowledge juices. Food and carving stations provide a sample of the Samba experience; customers will also receive coupons during their visits to return to both Samba Brazilian Grill and Café Samba, which will be opening in mid-February on the first floor.
Samba is a posh nosh spot drenched in historical elegance. Formerly the Woman’s Club of Madison, the building was built in 1907 and is a local landmark with modern renovations. The second-floor restaurant possesses a darkly lit interior with rich dark woods throughout and live music four nights a week. Gaucho service is constant, which means the only thing separating you from succulent meat is a red pillar. So turn that sucker to green and get after it.
Eighty-seven percent of more than 350 Urbanspooners like Samba Brazilian Grill. Though some reviewers mention high prices, many are pleased with the all-you-can-eat portions. Yelpers give it an average of four stars, and TripAdvisors award it an average of four owl eyes.
Samba Brazilian Grill
Located on the second floor of the former Woman’s Club of Madison building, Samba Brazilian Grill bursts at the seams with history and a generous salad-bar buffet and rodizio-style meats, carved tableside. The meat selection changes regularly but often features a beef such as tenderloin with sake-soy marinade, porkables including the intricately flavored spicy linguiça pork sausage, delicious chicken snacks, and the baharat leg of lamb. A waiter brings the protein-heavy entrees to the table intact before slicing away right before your eyes, expertly dropping steaming pieces onto plates and tucking napkins into shirts. The salad bar stocks its surfaces with multiple salads, fresh vegetables, cheeses, olives, pickled savories, and plenty of mashed- and bean-centric sides. The eatery possesses a darkly lit interior with rich, dark woods throughout.