Bertolucci Brazilian Steakhouse recently debuted a traditional "rod?zio" dinner service. If you don't know what that means, well, you're in for a treat. Commonly found in Brazil, rod?zio roughly means "all-you-can-eat"; servers bring skewers of meat to the table throughout the meal, stopping only when you signal that you're done. And who knows when that will be, because it's hard to say no to options that include top sirloin, bacon-wrapped chicken, and tender leg of lamb. The rod?zio service only contributes to what's already a lively atmosphere; owner and chef Humberto Bertolucci can sometimes be heard entertaining diners on a karaoke system.
From its 1978 opening in New York City, Via Brasil Steakhouse has withstood the test of time and critics to bring the churrascaria tradition to diners on both ends of the country. At the stately Las Vegas restaurant, South American traditions come through not only in the more than 18 meats that grace tables but also in the way each one is prepared and served. The special churrascaria cooking traces its origins to southern Brazil's gauchos, who wound down their long days of herding cattle on the Pampas by roasting cuts of beef over crackling fire pits and writing up formal business proposals for opening steak houses in America. Today, chefs continue that tradition by roasting slabs of meat on rotisserie grills, then slicing each one tableside in order to give diners the exact cuts and temperatures they desire.
Inside the restaurant, an opulent surrounding of marble columns and countertops, floral centerpieces, and huge, sunny windows complement smartly dressed servers as they tote skewers to tables and carve off tender morsels of top sirloin, leg of lamb, and salmon. Selections from 16 side dishes garnish each savory cut of meat with exotic ingredients such as hearts of palm and yucca fries, and a salad bar urges diners to help themselves to more than 30 unique recipes. To complement the feasts, an ample wine cellar and a resident sommelier help diners bring out the rich flavors of each dish with expert advice on the dozens of bottles from around the world.
For traditional Brazilian cooking, try Texas de Brazil.
Low-fat and gluten-free options are featured on the menu as well.
The bar at Texas de Brazil is fully stocked, so pair your meal with a glass of wine or beer.
No need to splurge on a baby sitter — tots will be right at home chowing down at Texas de Brazil.
Big family? Tons of friends? Bring 'em all to Texas de Brazil — the restaurant has an awesome layout for large parties and groups.
If you're in a hurry, place an order for pickup instead.
Free parking is available right next door.
Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet.
The dinner menu is a crowd pleaser at the restaurant, though breakfast and lunch are also served.
Modeled after old-fashioned, gaucho-style spit-roasts, Pampas Brazilian Grille sates hungers with premium flame-spun meats, seafood, and veggies. At each table, Pampas's gauchos carve helpings of barbecued pork, Brazilian sausage, brontosaur femur, and other proteins for partakers of the meat rodizio. The servers add fresh seafood of the day for the surf and turf rodizio, or avoid animal products altogether in the veggie version. The large, open dining room has a soft-lit ambiance that proves ideal for all manner of social mealtime rendezvous or dinner dates with imaginary friends. Pampas also lords over a deep vault of wines wrangled from around the globe, ready to grace glasses with flavorful pours and appealing hues.
Grilled meats await at Brazilian-inspired Boca Do Brasil in Las Vegas' Downtown neighborhood.
Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Boca Do Brasil just as much as their parents do.
Boca Do Brasil offers convenient carryout and delivery, so diners aren't limited to the restaurant space.
Drive to Boca Do Brasil and find parking in the area.
A dinner that is yummy and affordable is the standard at Boca Do Brasil.
Hovering just inches from the hot embers of mesquite coals, herb-marinated meats at Yolie's Brazilian Steakhouse are prepared with a deft hand and an eye for tradition. While some diners opt for entrees of filet mignon or seafood pasta, many of Yolie's guests opt for the Rodizio-style dining option. This classic Brazilian style of service means that servers deliver continuous, all-you-can-eat cuts of tender meats such as top sirloin, tri-tip, leg of lamb, bacon-wrapped turkey, and house-made sausage. Rodizio diners kick things off with a salad or black bean soup. Then, they savor sides of polenta, potatoes, and vegetables as skewer-brandishing staffers weave through the spacious, cozily-decorated dining room. Using magic t-bones as divining rods, servers detect exposed plate surfaces, and in a flash, they're tableside, slicing off a few more helpings.