Servers hoisting skewers circulate continuously through Samba Brazilian Steakhouse, pausing tableside to carve mesquite-grilled morsels of brazilian sausage, bacon-wrapped chicken, and sirloin steak. Clusters of mod white couches stand out against glowing orange walls, which contain plenty of nooks for groups to squeeze into. Brunch hours offer a consortium of all-you-can-eat meats such as marinated beef and pork. The main course is complemented by unlimited trips to the salad- and Brazilian side dish-buffet. At night, a chorus of smooth-limbed showgirls catalyzes the party with a slight assist from the caipirinha bar's more than 20 versions of Brazil's national cocktail.
Tropical fruits and veggies comprise the majority of drinks and dishes at Natureba Juice Bar, a Brazilian juice bar that specializes in blended beverages. In addition to whirling fruits such as guava, coconut, and mango for more than 30 signature smoothies, juice-makers plunder produce stores for custom drinks and açaí bowls. Savory baked specialties include pastries and tapioca crêpes, each stuffed with a choice of cheeses and meats, as well as salads and sandwiches with ingredients such as sundried tomatoes and hearts of palm. The cozy dining room's walls wear neon green and bright orange.
Warning: sitting on the patio at the Silvio's Brazilian Beach BBQ may result in getting misted with ocean spray, hearing the sound of waves lapping along the beach, and getting a nice suntan. The gorgeous pier-side location is hardly Silvio's only distinctive quality, though. The restaurant compliments the picturesque views with equally engaging dishes, such as ceviche made with seasonal white fish, Mississippi pulled pork sandwiches, and their famous carnaval plates—sharable platters for two heaped with morsels of barbecue chicken and tri-tip steak, calabreza ipanema salad, vinagretti, and flame-licked veggie skewers. All the while, guests can joyously clink glasses of on-tap craft beers or classic Brazilian cocktails.
Short of the sink, Bella Vista Brazilian Pizza's chefs pile almost every ingredient in the kitchen—from meats and cheeses to fresh fruit and chocolate—onto thin-crust disks to create 30 different styles of gourmet pizza. Waiters then meander through the dining room in the tradition of Brazilian-rodizio-style meals, serving guests as much pizza as they can stomach or fit in their cheeks for later. Slices come slathered in specialty Brazilian-style sauces and topped with brazilian sausages, and catupiry—brazilian cream cheese—as well as in other non-traditional toppings such as cinnamon, hearts of palm, beef stroganoff, and vegetarian cheese. In addition to its savory pizza staples, Bella Vista also churns out dessert pizzas and four pasta dishes.
Open seven days a week and stationed in the Brazilian Mall, Bella Vista enshrouds guests in the light emitted by a tinted-window ceiling and decorative wicker-basket light fixtures. Energetic music fills the space as diners sup on slices and sip their own BYOB beverages. And on major international soccer match days, the matches are broadcast on TVs throughout the restaurant.
Pampas Grill in Culver City is known for its tasty eats.
Health nuts will be pleased with the menu at Pampas Grill, which includes a number of fresh, nutritious items.
The bar at Pampas Grill is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
Parents appreciate Pampas Grill's kid-friendly attitude, and little ones are often seen dining out with the adults.
Pampas Grill offers patio seating in the warmer months.
Keep it casual at Pampas Grill — the restaurant is laid-back and patrons dress accordingly.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Bring the Pampas Grill's great food to your place.
At Pampas Grill, diners will receive complimentary parking at the lot next door.
The menu at Pampas Grill is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30.
The Three Faces of M Grill
Centuries ago, formally dressed gauchos—or, Brazilian cowboys—conducted festive fireside roasts, during which they'd use their swords to serve grilled meats to their guests. Today, this tradition carries on at M Grill, an authentic churrascaria restaurant. Here, expert waiters present freshly grilled and skewered meats tableside, slicing off portions for diners while it's still hot.
All-You-Can-Eat Meat (and More)
Upon arriving at M Grill, you needn't scan dozens of menu items to decide what to order. Instead, you pay a set price and eat to your heart's content. All you have to do is flip a card: the green side tells the waiter to keep the meat coming, and the red side indicates you're stuffed with enough protein to bench-press your date. The set price also includes M Grill's expansive salad bar, which is stocked with all sorts of fresh veggies and cheeses, as well as a hot buffet with fried yucca, beef stroganoff, and fried plantains.
In addition to skewers of meat, the restaurant also houses an impressive wine wall stocked with more than 1,500 bottles. But cocktails here are taken seriously, too. For its passionfruit caipirinha, for instance, M Grill buys passionfruit
at the pinnacle of its freshness, then freezes it to use throughout the year. Recently, CBS Los Angeles also recognized the eatery's pisco sour cocktail as one of the best in the city for its frothy egg whites and hand-squeezed lime juice.