Though linguistic science has yet to determine why, many women associate the word "Brazilian" with sudden, searing pelvic pain. Today’s Groupon gives ladies a far more positive mental association: heaps upon heaps of charcoal-roasted skewered meats. For $15, you get $30 worth of Brazilian fare and drinks at Samba Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse on North Palm Avenue.
Samba's full churrasco dinner ($27) gives you VIP access to a bountiful all-you-can-eat experience in a festive (and occasionally dancing and drumming) atmosphere. The south-of-the-equator steakhouse's salad bar overflows with delectable Brazilian side dishes of paellela and feijoada, crab legs, shrimp cocktail, caprese, french fries, and an assortment of cheese and olives. Since Brazilians view vegetarianism as a fanciful if unproven concept much like string theory or the existence of chupacabras, this might just be the only place herbivores will find anything they can eat at Samba. From there on out, a carnivorous carnival parade of servers in gaucho pants will arrive tableside bearing marvelous char-grilled meats skewered on swords, which they will then carve before your very eyes. You'll have your choice of filet mignon, linguica, bacon-swaddled turkey, parmesan-dipped chicken wings, rock-salt-marinated top sirloin, pork short ribs, and more. See if you can hit them all—a culinary challenge when one factors in your table's endless sides of fried bananas, baked cheese bread, polenta, and special seasoned fries. Wash everything down with a classic Brazilian caipirinha($7) in three flavors or one of Samba’s Brazilian wines by the glass (starting at $6) or the bottle (starting at $22).
When the feast has concluded and you start to hear your stomach seams popping, have your servers roll you out onto the breezy outdoor patio for some much-needed digesting air. Then, reward your over-taxed tummy with a slice of fried cheesecake doused with raspberry sauce ($8) or the rich chocolate mousse with Brazilian chocolate milk ($4). Two Groupons can be combined for tables of five or more, so treat the entire Brazilian World Cup team's starting line—Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldinha, Ronald Reagan, and Burton Gilliam—to a pre-victory dinner at Samba Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse. Call ahead to make a reservation.
Reviews are polarized on the service at Samba Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse, but most agree the food is excellent. Yelpers give it three stars, but three Insider Pagers give it five, and Urbanspooners give it 77% approval.
- Oh my.... heart attack! This is definitely not for the weak at heart. I am no where near a vegetarian - but Samba's almost put me over that edge. Atmosphere is a little dark and the waiters come by with these massive swords with loads of meat speared on them! You won't believe it until you see it. – Lena Z., Insider Pages
- Samba's is a very unique restaurant. On weekends and special events, they have dancers come out and entertain the customers. I would recommend that you get the buffet (don't misunderstand, they bring everything to your table! You don't get up and get in a buffet line) because you get to try everything! – Tracy M., Insider Pages
Samba Global Cuisine
Samba's menu spans continents, uniting dishes toasted over the leaping flames of a Brazilian grill with those cooked in the heated clay interior of a tandoor oven. Samba's signature rodizio dinners deliver skewered meats to tables, where they are carved by servers directly onto diners' plates. Picanha, a cut of beef, is a popular choice. For those who would rather not indulge in the all-you-can-eat option, the picanha burger—covered in mozzarella, grilled mushrooms, and peppers—offers a taste of the Brazilian beef.
Indian offerings include seven types of naan bread, chicken tikka masala, and biryani rice entrees. Samba serves Mediterranean as well, from hummus appetizers to shish kebab lunches and pizzas dotted with feta cheese.
Though the food comes from various regions, the venue positions diners under the same sky—or at least a ceiling charmingly painted to mimic the clouds. Samba also celebrates birthdays with exceptional fanfare: drums, tambourines, and song, instead of the traditional treat of fine-dining establishments, a lobster clutching candles in its claws. This excitement also extends to the upcoming 2014 World Cup beginning in June, during which the restaurant will air the contests with a family-friendly atmosphere.