Churrascaria: Churrasco style Brazilian meat buffet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Grilled meat buffets are legendary in Brazil and for our first big lunch in the city we decided to visit a Churrascaria. With access to all you can eat Churrasco style meats, salad bar and non-alcoholic drinks we were in for a feeding frenzy. Churrascaria Brasileira type of restaurants can be found all over Rio de Janeiro for a fixed fee. Come find out whether or not we feel this type of Brazilian lunch is good value or not.

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Churrascaria: Churrasco style Brazilian meat buffet in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Travel Video Transcript:

So it is our very first lunch here in Rio de Janeiro so we thought let’s go for the classic grill. We are eating at a Churrascaria. And I’m probably making that sound a little bit more Spanish than Portuguese but basically it is a grill house and you just eat steaks and meats. And the waiters are going to be coming around to the table with like these giant rotisserie sticks and they just basically slice the meat on to your plate. So pretty cool, we’re paying a fixed few. A flat rate and that also gives us access to a salad bar and we get sides. And free non-alcoholic drinks.

Okay, so first up the salads. Yeah, take a look at my plate. And you’ll see that I’ve got a whole bunch of different assorted salads. A lot of them have mango which is really exciting. Some of them have cheese. I see some it looks like quinoa, brown rice. So super healthy and I’m trying not to load up on to much of those because the star of the meal will be arriving soon and that is the shaved meat.

What did you just get served? So the meat has already arrived and I think we’re starting with chicken.

Super tender meat. Yeah, it kind of has a honey glaze coating over top of it. It seems a little bit marinated. I tried it too. It is so good. And you also got sausage on your plate. Little bit of chorizo.

Cut us a piece. A mini chorizo. Look at that. Nice and pink.

It is really tender. Nice and tender and also really salty. You can tell they’ve added a lot of salt but not a lot of other seasonings or anything else. It is very simple. Very simple. They’re keeping it salty, nicely cooked too. It is a little bit pink in the middle. That is cool. That way the flavor of the meat can really shine through. Exactly.

They have come around with meat probably five or six times. Give us a status update. How are you feeling? Status update is I’m feeling very satisfied in terms of the taste and man am I ever getting stuffed. I think I’ve hit my quota. It is time to flip over to the red card.

Is this Picanha? Si. Okay, Sam get one. Si.

Ah, obrigado.

So this one is Picanha. So let’s just dig in to that. Oh my gosh, I already said I was full and the food just keeps coming. It is amazing though. It is too good not to eat it. That is so juicy inside. Wow, look at that.

Look how red that is. Woah!

Oh, that is the best one yet. Yeah, best cut so far? Oh yeah. Alright guys try the Picanha when it comes around.

And the filet mignon. There it is. Because we don’t get enough meat.

Major meat sweats happening right now? I swear by the time I’m done this. This will probably be the last meal of the day. And I’m thinking I made need to fast tomorrow. This is getting to the very advanced stages of a pig out.

Very long time. Yeah, it was like fantastic. The quality of the meat was so good. And the service was so attentive. They kept checking up on us to see if we had enough meat, to see if we had enough of our mains and also the salad bar was really cool. There is a lot of really inventive salads so this overall was like just an absolute fantastic meal.

And let’s talk about the price now. And the price was also really reasonable. So it came to 79 Reals. So you’re looking at just roughly over 20 US dollars. I think 22 US dollars for that meal and that included all of the meat, all of the salad and drinks as well. So really good meal. I mean that was the equivalent, I probably ate the equivalent of four meals just here now. So it is time for a rest. I’m just beyond stuffed. And here is a tip. Have a small breakfast. Yeah. If you’re planning to come here. Or even skip it.

This is part of our Travel in Brazil video series showcasing Brazilian food, Brazilian culture and Brazilian cuisine.

Music in this video courtesy of Audio Network


  1. Remember that you can always say no to a particular meat, cut or doneness.

  2. Emiliano Graminholi

    How about "cuscuz paulista"???

  3. Alexandre Chahin


    Olá eu sou brasileiro da cidade de são paulo-sp, aqui no brasil, e o delicioso churrasco brasileiro é um dos 3 melhores do mundo, e isso já foi comprovado no mundo inteiro, junto com o uruguaio e argentino, vocês gringos homens e mulheres, e todo mundo de todos os paises, será bem vindo no brasil, e eu fico muito feliz que você gostou e amou o churrasco brasileiro, o brasil espera você, e todo mundo, que deseja visitar e conhecer o brasil =), paz e saudações do brasil =)


    Hello, I'm Brazilian from the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the delicious Brazilian barbecue is one of the 3 best in the world, and this has already been proven worldwide, along with the Uruguayan and Argentinian, you gringos, men and women , and everyone from all countries, will be welcome in Brazil, and I'm very happy that you liked and loved the Brazilian barbecue, Brazil waits for you, and everyone, who wants to visit and know Brazil =), peace and regards from Brazil =)

  4. Eriksson Figueiredo

    Prefiro o churrasco de Ladário!

  5. Entertainment studio

    The cooking style is awesome and delicious

  6. Maria Nieves gonzales Del Carpio

    How much did it cost?

  7. hey! asking persmission to share a lovely song from Brazil

  8. Marcos Lopes

    rio is the worst place in Brazil to dinner

  9. e toma Brasileiro nos comentários kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  10. amdantas2000

    I just ate. I saw this video and guess what ? I'm hungry…


    Parabéns, gosto muito do seu canal.
    Estou querendo fazer este curso Mestre do Espetinho:

    Você conhece?

    um forte abraço e mais sucesso.

  12. Chas Sinclair

    Can this bozo be more female-male ?

  13. João Victor Tourinho

    if you didn't have chicken hearts then you did not truly get the full experience of a churrascaria.

  14. hey you got sausage on your plate!

  15. Marcio santos

    Os cariocas sao os maiores loucos por gringos no Brasil, nunca vi um povo pra gostar tanto de um gringo igual os cariocas eles piram

  16. Gregory Brown

    Thought this place look familiar – it's in Ipanama by General Osario metro… food was good but its definitely not the cheapest Churrascaria

  17. Jinsoulie’s dumbass

    you can't just skip a good brazilian breakfast

  18. There is no sugar glaze at all on that chicken, that would be a crime.


  20. Roy Cheruiyot

    he looks so much like ali-a