162 S 400 W, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions 8410140.765833 -111.903026
Neighborhoods: Rio Grande
Spend your money elsewhere!!! – If you are looking for the fantastic feast that is in a Brazilian churrasco, then look someplace else. Large empty & cold room, slooooow service, below average food (except the desserts), and EXTREME over pricing will leave you wishing you had gone to anywhere else.
the owner is also extra creepy, a mix between alfred hitchcock and batman's penguin, he looked at my girlfriend like she was the most appetizing piece of meat in the restaurant. DON'T GIVE THESE GUYS YOUR MONEY!
BAD Reviews? Believe them! – There are two types of reviews for Samba Grill ? The BAD reviews from actual CUSTOMERS and then the ?Bad? reviews from family and friends of the owners, that try to convince you that this is actually a GOOD place.
Samba Grill is mediocre, at best. The meat tends to be dry, stringy, tough, unflavorful and salty. The Salad Bar is a Joke. It is the worst salad bar that I have ever seen at a place like this. The staff service is not horrible, but it is slow and not very attentive.
Obviously, most of the customer reviews here are from people who were disappointed in their experience. If you look at the ?Stars? given by actual reviewers, they probably average about 2 stars. If the owners of Samba Grill really cared, and really knew what they were doing, they would listen to the reviews from their disappointed patrons and make improvements, rather than seeming to take it as a personal affront and commissioning their family and friends to write ?homer? reviews extolling their virtues. The bad reviewers are not writing bad reviews because they don?t like YOU. They are writing bad reviews because something was wrong with their EXPERIENCE. If you are a customer and you want a GOOD experience, go to Rodizio in Salt Lake, Tucanos in Provo/Orem (worth the drive for the Salad Bar alone), or even Braza Grille or "Grille from Ipanema."
Meanwhile, because of how Citysearch is set up, the 4 stars at the top is obviously from their staff reviewer whose experience seems to be different from the average customer review. Samba Grill should thank their lucky stars that they got such a good review at the beginning because it probably has kept them in business.
Dont Believe ME? google it! – This place is horrible! But I am tired of letting people know that, if you don't believe me than go to the other 50 some reviews on Google.... Type in Samba Grill Utah... and click reviews... I personally stopped payment on this restaurant.
Samba.. Doesnt know what they're doing – My wife and I went to samba grill this past weekend. I was rather disappointed. The service was absolutely terrible. It seemed as if everyone there didnt know what they were doing. The only person there who seemed to know what they were doing was the busser (Mike). It seemed we had to rely on him for everything to be done. We gave him a $5 personal tip as a thank you. The food was awful, it was over priced and over cooked. The meat service was slow and we had no i dea where our real server was. I recommend to not go there. I know that my wife and i will never be dining there again.
Read My Lips...DON'T GO! – There's a reason for the empty tables on Valentine's Day, and that the first question the waiter asks is, "Have you been here before?" It's because people don't go back there, so it's full of first-timers! I worked as a server for two years in one of Utah's premier steakhouses, so I know good food and good service. Neither exists at the Samba Grill. Our table had no tablecloth, no napkins (utensils placed right on the table), no salt, no pepper, no water, no bread, and the room had no heat and no ambiance. The napkins never came, so we found some ourselves, the water came only after repeated requests, and when we complained to the manager, nothing happened. Of course she had said she would take care of it. The meat rarely came, and when it did, it was with attitude, or the same as before (pork three times in a row), or stingy portions, or inedible. Of course it didn't start to come until after we were nice and full on salads and potatoes. Salad bar costs extra (some buffet), and a poor selection at that. What really did it for me was biting into a bad chicken wing. Yes, meat that had gone bad, folks! What we did get a lot of was waiting and wanting. About the tastiest thing was the Coke, which was never refilled, of course. There's a reason for the long wait or full reservations at Rodizio's, they're worth it. Two lemonades: $10.00, two buffets $43.00, total tab for two with tip, $70.00. The friends we went with never speaking to us again, priceless.
Aweful Service, Over-Priced. Tucanos in Provo is a Much Better Choice. – After making reservations, we waited in a line of other guests for twenty minutes until a concierge showed up to seat us all. The food was overcooked and the service was very slow. It took more than an hour and a half to eat. Our waiter forgot our drinks, and after being reminded three times ? delivered them to us incorrectly. After the night was over, four drinks and four meals ended up being $30/person. Tucanos in Provo offers much service (with smiles) and is $20/person. We will not be dining at Samba Grill again.
The most Horrible food & Service of all time. Ultimate Ruining moment place. – Food was not on time. Not enough on each round. No refill on drinks. They make sure you fill yourself with salad before they bring the meat. Constant waiting for food until your conversation and your mood is over. Waiters show up with their belt open and underwear showing (surprisingly they were wearing one.) THE MOST Horrible service and communication of all time. NOT THAT IS WAY OVER PRICED, IS NOT EVEN WORTH THE TIME AND MONEY TO GO THERE.
Salty, Slow and Sad! – I went to the samba grill 3 years ago. I went on a sunday and the place was near empty but the service was so slow. The meat was very salty and the drink refills sso slow. The salad bar was just okay. I had 2 small kids with me which made it stressful since the food isn;t to kid friendly.
I had a coupon and a evening without kids so it had been a few year so my husband and I decided to go back. It was worse. Again not a full house but such slow service. The meat did not come by very fast and was so salty. Ihave been to several other braizillian resturants and none were everyt this salty. Again the drink refills did not come fast. I can't believe this resturtant has lasted this long. Even at $27 for 2 people with our coupon it was no worth it.
I was really surprised at high the ratings on this site. I hope people read the reviews and don't just look at the rating because I hate to see people waste so much money.
Overpriced, but ok – If you are a brazilian food fanatic, then its a good place to go once. If you like it for some reason, then go again, but I would not recommend this place to the average date-goer. The food is good, but not very authentic, and unless you go when it is crowded, there is not as much meat, but that is typical of most Brazilian restaurants. Oh yeah, and it is very EXPENSIVE. Go to Rodizio Grill for lunch instead or the place on 59th South and State, Brazagrill. Both are just as good or better and don't cost quite as much. I guess I would only recommend this place if you are willing to spend a lot for average Brazillian food and for some reason you just want to stay in the Gateway mall area.
It was a saturday night around nine and the wait was around five minuits. Well that five turned into twenty five with no bar tender at the bar( we were served by the oldest server working that night). So we were finally seated after the host forgot we were even there and our underage freind was served a beer with no I.D. check! The meat was actually good but the salad bar and the server were far below par. We had to ask for water and siverware! To top it off this was a prospective client and we were all dissapointed by the lack of service, food, ambience and the bill for four 197.00. PLEASE AVOID!!!
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