TERRIBLE EVERYTHING. The dozen dead roses on the hostess table should have been a clue, or maybe the grumbling patrons in front of us who weren't getting seated either. Monday, not busy, open tables visible, waited a full 15 minutes, finally stopped a server and asked to be seated, was told "in a minute," almost another 10 before being shown to a table. Ignored for drinks, not told if we could go directly to the buffet or what, and then the food was salty and nasty. How does this place manage to stay open? The servers even looked miserable, what a nightmare!
Horrible!. I was on a 2nd date. Even after explaining it was our first time in there, no one explained to us how the buffet here worked, we sat around for 20 minutes wondering why no one offered us meat, then realized you had to have a "green" sign. Salad Bar was lacking, servers kept coming by with nothing but sausage with long periods of time between other kinds of meat. Some of the meat (i.e. chicken) was extremely salty. Would of gotten better value at any other buffet in Salt Lake City. No wonder this restaurant had no line on a Saturday night to get in.
Ordinary Brazillian meat buffet. The Spice Islands buffet at the Alladin hotel in Las Vegas was far superior for less money. This is not worth a return trip. The location in the Gateway is great. But but the food here is not. If you like grisled, cheap meat at expensive prices in decent surroundings, then this is the place for you, not me.
BAD SERVICE. I am Brazilian and I don't like this restaurant. Too expensive, the meat is salty and the salad bar has no variety. I don't recomend it to anyone!
What service!. I recently went to Samba with my wife and her parents prior to seeing a concert in SLC. After about a 15 min. wait at the door to be seated, even though there were a half dozen table empty during our wait. We had been seated for about another 15 min. before I had to call someone to bring water to the table. The service there was horrible, and an ebarassment to us since my in-laws rarely try to do much in the city. I hope that others tell this truth of a lazy restaurant and focus on the Brazillian cooking at Trolley Square.
MEAT LOVER. HI I'M A MEAT LOVER. AFTER TASTING EACH ONE OF THE MEAT CHOICES HERE I DIDN'T EAT ANYMORE. IT WAS VERY AVERAGE IT WAS LIKE EATING THE MEAT AT MCDONALDS. BUT THERE IS ONE THING THAT I LOVED AT SAMBA GRILL. THIS WAS THE FRIED BANANNAS IT WAS EXCELLENT. AND WOULD RECOMMEND GOING THERE FOR THE BANANNAS ALTHOUGH IT'S WAY OVER PRICED FOR JUST FRIED BANANNAS.
Truly Authentic Brazillian!.
The Samba Grill in the Gateway has a wonderful atmosphere. The owner really knows what he's doing, combining truly authentic Brazillian cuisine with american style sides at the salad/side bar.
Definitely worth the price.
ATKINS FRIENDLY MENU. This Brazilian gem is filled with natural low carb varities to choose from. The array of skewered meats are the protein king to the relentless carnivores. You cannot leave until you tried the alligator sausage, that is wild.
sub par. The food is below average grade meat, the buffet is really poor, and having to wait while the guy who walks around the meat gets to you with your type of meat is really poor. $5.00 for a lemonade? And one $19.95 fixed price meal (dinner) - $17.99 during the week, unless you want to sample the limp lettuce and potato salad which then 1.99 is added. Looking around, I did not see any repeat customers - all had to be explained how the restaurant "works". It only takes once to discover not to return. If you like your meat rare to medium-rare, forget it - dry and well done is the standard.
I thought I would give this place a try My experience started out ok then all of sudden the servers avoided me and the food stop comming and it just got worse. I usually tip 25% but this was so bad I left no tip.
I will go back to Rodizo grill and avoid this place
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