Fogo de Chao Restaurant Review

Enjoy Slow Roasted Meats Served Tableside by "Gaucho" (Brazilian cowboy) Chefs

Restaurant as seen from across the street
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Dining at Fogo de Chão is a unique experience. Following a visit to the salad bar, "Gaucho" (Southern Brazilian cowboy) chefs prepare and carve slow-roasted meats tableside at your request. This is a paradise for meat-lovers. The food and service are excellent. The menu is a fixed-price and all-you-can eat. The restaurant is located in the heart of Washington's popular Penn Quarter neighborhood.


  • Wonderful salad bar with an interesting variety of ingredients
  • With a choice of 15 different cuts of meat, there is something to satisfy everyone's personal taste
  • Authentic Gaucho (cowboy) chefs serve traditional Brazilian cuisine
  • The decor is inviting and cozy
  • Extensive wine list


  • Meats are highly seasoned and not suitable for those on a low-sodium diet


  • Address: 1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
  • Phone: 202-347-4668
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Metro: Federal Triangle Stop on the blue/orange lines
  • Parking: Valet parking available for $6
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This is a genuine steakhouse from Rio Grande de Sul in Southern Brazil, with "Gaucho" (Southern Brazilian cowboy) chefs preparing and carving slow-roasted meats tableside at your request. The menu is a fixed-price featuring a gourmet salad bar, side dishes and 15 different cuts of meat.

Your meal begins with a trip to the salad bar which is beautifully presented with fresh ingredients including some unusual items such as endive, sun-dried tomatoes, mozzarella, asparagus, hearts of palm and smoked salmon. Each person is given a two-sided disk to control the pace of their meal. The green side signals the Gaucho chefs to bring out skewers of meats to carve at the table and the red side indicates when to stop. The meats include sirloin, beef ribs, top sirloin, Filet Mignon, bottom sirloin, lamb, pork, pork sausages, and a variety of cuts including chicken legs and breasts wrapped in bacon. Traditional side dishes are available including warm cheese bread, sweet fried bananas, and garlic mashed potatoes.

The Washington, DC location of Fogo de Chao is decorated with neutral earth tones and murals depicting Brazilian ​life, is inviting, and will accommodate 320 guests. Overlooking the main dining room is a second level with a separate kitchen, bar and salad bar making it the perfect setting for private parties.

Fogo de Chao has four restaurants in Brazil as well as locations in Atlanta, Houston, Dallas, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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