Pampas: Brazilian churrasceria

Last year I took Boyfriend to Alexander’s Steakhouse for dinner.  I know how much Boyfriend loves meat but didn’t want to do a formal steakhouse again so I chose Pampas.  It is a Brazilian churrasceria and Boyfriend had never been to one before so it was perfect!  (Thanks Richard for the suggestion!)

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We started out with these little appetizers.  From L to R: fried plantains, cheddar bread balls and something else fried.  I don’t know what these long fried sticks were but they were good.  Not as good as the cheddar balls though.  I mentioned how good the cheddar balls were and the waiter gave me some to take home!

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We went with the “Rodizio” which includes the all you can eat salad bar and all you can eat meat.  There are 13 different meats to choose from and we made a point to try all 13!  The waiters come around to your table and carve your meat for you.  Here is the chicken and skirt steak.

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My favorite was the tri tip.  It came with a chipotle dipping sauce but I thought the meat was so good that it didn’t need it.  We were also able to choose from filet mignon, top sirloin, pork sausage, and a bunch of other meats.

We left the restaurant feeling uncomfortably full.  They brought out a birthday dessert for Boyfriend on the house which of course, we consumed even though we were full. (not the picture below)


We had a birthday BBQ for Boyfriend over the weekend and a friend brought us this delicious ice cream cake!  Happy Birthday!!

529 Alma St.  Palo Alto, CA

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5 Comments on “Pampas: Brazilian churrasceria”

  1. Richard Says:


    When I went we didn’t get a bday cake! But the cheesebread/tri trip were really good.

  2. Emmie Says:

    I love cheddar balls!!!

  3. Boyfriend Says:

    Gotta love all you can eat meat. I normally make the mistake of eating too much salad/side dishes, but this time it was almost all meat! They actually have 14 grilled items to try, but the 14th is chicken hearts and they only bring those out on request. We tried all the other 13 though! I agree with Girlfriend that the tri-tip was the best of the choices, followed by the sirloin and filet pieces. The lamb was pretty good too, the pineapple wasn’t the best and the skirt steak was just so so. I was so tempted to try more things from the side bar. Maybe the next time?

  4. Boyfriend Says:

    And P.S. the service was great. They actually managed to keep my water full!

  5. karabera Says:

    Looks good Jenn!!

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