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In honor of this week's World Cup Finals in Brazil, we thought it was only fitting to pay tribute to the many delicious churrascarias (Brazilian steak houses) throughout South Florida. Churrasco is a grilling technique that originated from the gauchos, a nomadic group (often equivocated to the American cowboys), who roamed the plains of Southern Brazil throughout the mid-to-late 1800s. They would dig giant, coal-burning fire pits in the ground where they would slow-cook pieces of meat on large wooden skewers. Over time, the methods evolved, and this skewer-style of cooking eventually became a mainstay of Brazilian cuisine. And thus, the churrascaria was born. Today, most churrascarias employ a rodízio style of service, where waiters travel around the dining room with giant piping-hot skewers. Guests simply signal to the server that they'd like a piece, and it is then carved directly onto their plates. The selection varies by place, but usually is comprised of seasoned beef, pork, lamb, and chicken. Most are fixed-price, all-you-can-eat establishments, and typically include unlimited access to a sprawling salad bar and a number of traditional Brazilian side dishes. Here we list some of the top churrascarias—in no particular order—in South Florida.
—Sherri Balefsky


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Steak Brasil

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190 Se 1st Avenue
Downtown Miami, FL 33131
(305) 415-2006
It might not look like much from the outside, but at this downtown churrascaria, the phrase “eat like a local” couldn’t be truer. In a very short time, Steak Brasil has garnered an enormous following of loyal Miami-based Brazilians who flood to this restaurant for a little taste of home. Located Downtown just across from Miami Tower, it’s also the perfect spot for a power lunch—only $18.99 for the full rodizio experience...just make sure it’s not game day.

2. Brazaviva

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7910 NW 25th St
Doral, FL 33122
A winner of OpenTable’s 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards, this churrascaria is certainly worth a trip. This quaint hidden gem, located just off the 826 in Doral, features a number of delicious skewer selections, including the flavorful bacon-wrapped filet mignon. Be sure to save room for one of Brazaviva’s signature desserts, like the Creme de Papaya, a papaya and vanilla ice-cream smoothie prepared with fresh passion fruit and creme de leite.

3. ToroToro

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100 Chopin Plz
Miami, FL 33131
(305) 577-1000
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Located at the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Miami (with sister restaurants in Washington, DC, and Dubai), the trendy Toro Toro is not your typical churrascaria experience. Meats can be ordered à la carte served rodizio-style, but there’s also a full menu that includes sandwiches, salads, burgers, and a number of unique the chef’s signature “Pan Latin Specials,” all crafted to perfection.

4. Fogo de Chão

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836 1st. Street
Miami Beach, FL
Fogo de Chaõ (pronounced: fo-go dèe shoun) translates to “fire of the ground,” which stems from the gauchos’ early meat-cooking technique. The first location opened in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has since expended to several locations throughout the country and nearly 20 major U.S. cities. The Miami Beach location lives up to the restaurant’s reputation for providing top-quality meats and a fun environment for the whole family.

5. Texas de Brazil Churrascaria

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11401 NW 12th St
Miami, FL 33172
(305) 599-7729
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With nearly 50 locations worldwide, Texas de Brazil is the most well-known of all the places on this list. But don’t think of it as a run-of-the-mill chain restaurant; Texas de Brazil is still owned and operated by the same family who founded it just outside of Dallas in 1998. There are currently two locations in Miami: one in South Beach (which happens to have one of their largest salad bars) and the other at the Dolphin Mall. A third is also scheduled to open at the Dadeland Mall sometime this summer.

6. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

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2400 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 712-0580
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Chima is named after chimarrão, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality. In addition to the familiar steaks, pork, and chicken, Chima recently added galeto (Cornish hen) and grilled vegetable skewers to its rodizio offerings. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out the Specialty Drink of the Day; order it at the bar or the outside courtyard and receive a complimentary bite-size appetizer.

7. Area Code 55 Churrascaria

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16375 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33160
(305) 947-6202
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If you’re looking for a comfortable, laid-back Brazilian steak house in North Miami Beach, head to Area Code 55, where succulent pieces of meat are carved tableside by servers dressed in festive gaucho attire. Great for groups, there’s a spacious private dining room that can accommodate up to 70 guests.

8. Pampas Grille

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651 Okeechobee Boulevard #150, CityPlace
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Pampas Grille is by far one of the top churrascarias in Palm Beach County. To really treat your taste buds, order the Ultimate Surf and Turf Rodizio, which includes rodizio servings of all the meats on offer plus unlimited servings of glazed shrimp, steamed mussels, grilled salmon, and the catch of the day. Another good reason to make the drive up there: all-day Happy Hour with two-for-one specials on draft beers, Caipirinhas, and house wine.

1. Steak Brasil

190 Se 1st Avenue, Downtown Miami, FL 33131
It might not look like much from the outside, but at this downtown churrascaria, the phrase “eat like a local” couldn’t be truer. In a very short time, Steak Brasil has garnered an enormous following of loyal Miami-based Brazilians who flood to this restaurant for a little taste of home. Located Downtown just across from Miami Tower, it’s also the perfect spot for a power lunch—only $18.99 for the full rodizio experience...just make sure it’s not game day.
190 Se 1st Avenue
Downtown Miami, FL 33131

2. Brazaviva

7910 NW 25th St, Doral, FL 33122
A winner of OpenTable’s 2014 Diners’ Choice Awards, this churrascaria is certainly worth a trip. This quaint hidden gem, located just off the 826 in Doral, features a number of delicious skewer selections, including the flavorful bacon-wrapped filet mignon. Be sure to save room for one of Brazaviva’s signature desserts, like the Creme de Papaya, a papaya and vanilla ice-cream smoothie prepared with fresh passion fruit and creme de leite.
7910 NW 25th St
Doral, FL 33122

3. ToroToro

100 Chopin Plz, Miami, FL 33131
Located at the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Miami (with sister restaurants in Washington, DC, and Dubai), the trendy Toro Toro is not your typical churrascaria experience. Meats can be ordered à la carte served rodizio-style, but there’s also a full menu that includes sandwiches, salads, burgers, and a number of unique the chef’s signature “Pan Latin Specials,” all crafted to perfection.
100 Chopin Plz
Miami, FL 33131

4. Fogo de Chão

836 1st. Street, Miami Beach, FL
Fogo de Chaõ (pronounced: fo-go dèe shoun) translates to “fire of the ground,” which stems from the gauchos’ early meat-cooking technique. The first location opened in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and has since expended to several locations throughout the country and nearly 20 major U.S. cities. The Miami Beach location lives up to the restaurant’s reputation for providing top-quality meats and a fun environment for the whole family.
836 1st. Street
Miami Beach, FL

5. Texas de Brazil Churrascaria

11401 NW 12th St, Miami, FL 33172
With nearly 50 locations worldwide, Texas de Brazil is the most well-known of all the places on this list. But don’t think of it as a run-of-the-mill chain restaurant; Texas de Brazil is still owned and operated by the same family who founded it just outside of Dallas in 1998. There are currently two locations in Miami: one in South Beach (which happens to have one of their largest salad bars) and the other at the Dolphin Mall. A third is also scheduled to open at the Dadeland Mall sometime this summer.
11401 NW 12th St
Miami, FL 33172

6. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse

2400 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Chima is named after chimarrão, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost state in Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality. In addition to the familiar steaks, pork, and chicken, Chima recently added galeto (Cornish hen) and grilled vegetable skewers to its rodizio offerings. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter to find out the Specialty Drink of the Day; order it at the bar or the outside courtyard and receive a complimentary bite-size appetizer.
2400 E Las Olas Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

7. Area Code 55 Churrascaria

16375 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33160
If you’re looking for a comfortable, laid-back Brazilian steak house in North Miami Beach, head to Area Code 55, where succulent pieces of meat are carved tableside by servers dressed in festive gaucho attire. Great for groups, there’s a spacious private dining room that can accommodate up to 70 guests.
16375 Biscayne Blvd
Aventura, FL 33160

8. Pampas Grille

651 Okeechobee Boulevard #150, CityPlace, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Pampas Grille is by far one of the top churrascarias in Palm Beach County. To really treat your taste buds, order the Ultimate Surf and Turf Rodizio, which includes rodizio servings of all the meats on offer plus unlimited servings of glazed shrimp, steamed mussels, grilled salmon, and the catch of the day. Another good reason to make the drive up there: all-day Happy Hour with two-for-one specials on draft beers, Caipirinhas, and house wine.
651 Okeechobee Boulevard #150, CityPlace
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

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