Last Updated on September 24, 2023
Written by CPA Alec Pow | Content Reviewed by Certified CFA CFA Alexander Popinker

Fogo da Chao is a Brazilian steakhouse restaurant chain specialized in serving rodízio-style dishes. Their menu includes well-seasoned chicken, lamb, and pork and fire-roasted steaks. This restaurant is well-known for the roving waiters who serve barbecued meats from large skewers directly onto the seated customers’ plates.

Moreover, guests who celebrate their birthdays with Fogo de Chao are offered a free dessert of their choice. Some of the most popular desserts include the Turtle Cheesecake, the Papaya Cream, the Crème Brulé, and the South American Flan.

In the table below you will find the latest Fogo de Chao menu prices.

Food Size Price


Cauliflower Steak   $29.99
Mango Chilean Sea Bass A La Carte   $33.29
Wagyu New York Strip (Group Of 4 Plus)   $115.39
Dry Aged Long Bone Ribeye (Group Of 4 Plus)   $81.19
Pan Seared Salmon   $31.19
Mango Chilean Sea Bass   $41.29
Market Table And Feijoada Bar   $28.99
Full Churrasco Experience   $52.49

Weekday Lunch

Mango Chilean Sea Bass A La Carte   $26.29
Full Churrasco Experience   $37.99
Cauliflower Steak   $14.89
Gaucho Lunch with Grilled Selection   $22.99 – $26.99
Gaucho Lunch – Market Table Only   $14.49

Weekend Brazilian Branch

Mango Chilean Sea Bass A La Carte   $34.29
Market Table   $28.99
Cauliflower Steak   $28.89
Mango Chilean Sea   $41.29
Full Churrasco Experience   $39.49

Brand History

The history of Fogo de Chao is directly connected to its founders, who grew up on a traditional Southern Brazilian farm in the Serra Gaucha. Here they have learned how to cook in the churrasco grilling tradition which would become the pillar of the Fogo de Chao restaurant story.

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Jair and Arri Coser brothers started their journey in 1975 when they left the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul and went to Rio and São Paulo for formal training. They were learning the churrasqueiro techniques while developing the Fogo concept.

In 1979 the first Fogo de Chao restaurant was opened in the countryside of Porto Alegre. This was built of a wood structure and the founders focused on the quality of food and services offered to customers. This led to a growth in popularity among celebrities, businessmen, and politicians from all over Brazil. So, in 1987 the second location was opened in Sao Paulo.

Americans who visited Brazil and ate at Fogo de Chao just fell in love with their food and requested this concept to be exported to the United States. So, in 1997 the first location outside was opened in Brazil, in Dallas, Texas.

This restaurant continued its expansion between 1997 and 2013 with the opening of 29 new restaurants in the United States and Brazil. In the year 2013, Fogo de Chao introduced new seafood dishes, award-wining wines, cocktails on their menu, and new Brazilian-inspired small plates.

Nowadays, there are more than 60 Fogo de Chao restaurants in the United States, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, and Brazil.

Our review

Fogo de Chao meat on a stickIf you are a meat lover, Fogo de Chao is the place for you. This restaurant offers all types of meats such as lamb, beef, chicken, pork, and seafood. These all are of high quality and very tasty.

If you are going for the first time to Fogo de Chao and you don’t know what to order, you must try lamb chops, ribeye, prime sirloin, and filet mignon. In this restaurant, you can also find a salad bar/market table that is filled with cheeses, smoked salmon, fresh salads, and salami meats.

Even though the atmosphere in Fogo de Chao restaurants is busy and upscale, it does not feel overwhelming and crowded. There are many waiters who will pay attention to your requests and bring your order to your table as soon as possible.

It may be pretty expensive to eat at Fogo de Chao, but the overall dining experience and the customer service are worth every single penny.

Fogo de Chao FAQs

At what time does Fogo de Chao open?

Most of the Fogo de Chao restaurants open at 11:30 from Monday until Sunday. However, it depends on the day of the week and location. It is recommended to verify the opening hours of the restaurant you would like to visit on their official website.

At what time does Fogo de Chao close?

In general, Fogo de Chao closes at 10:00 p.m. from Monday until Saturday, and at 09:00 p.m. on Sunday. However, the closing hours depend on the location and day of the week. If you want to know exactly the schedule of the restaurant you are interested in check their official website.

What does “Fogo de Chao” mean?

Fogo de Chao is translated as “ground fire”. This concept summarizes the traditional gaúcho method of roasting meats over an open fire.

Do you tip at Fogo de Chao?

It is a common practice to tip in the United States, but also in Brazil. The average tip tends to be 15 to 20 percent in the United States, while in Brazil is around 10 percent.

In what language are the Fogo de Chao words?

If you want to learn some of the words used while eating at Fogo de Chao, you should know that these are in Portuguese.

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