Bossa Nova, butt lifts and Gisele Bundchen are only a few of the treasures from Brazil. Perfectly grilled meats and crave-worthy culinary creations also delight us.
Miami’s hottest Brazilian restaurants – pleasing to the palates of locals and tourists alike – are highlighted below. Just remember to savor signature cocktails such as caipirinhas and caipiroskas when you go – and save room for dessert.
Texas De Brazil
This award-winning churrascaria opened in Dadeland Mall two years ago. While the upscale restaurant chain boasts several locations throughout South Florida, the stunning, 6,000-square-foot Dadeland restaurant is among the most elegant. Here you will enjoy an elevated dining experience with an elaborate menu that includes 16 perfectly grilled prime cuts of beef, lamb, pork, chicken and sausage cooked the way gauchos have done it for centuries: over an open flame using natural wood charcoal, served to your desired temperature, table side.
After sampling more than 50 menu items on the salad bar, including seafood, sushi, creamy lobster bisque, coconut curry cod and imported cheeses, use your red and green card to let the gauchos know when you’d like some meat (or when you need a break). The coconut cream pie and the mile-high carrot cake are also crowd-pleasers. Service is friendly, knowledgeable and extremely attentive. Also featured is an extensive award-winning wine list and a full bar.
In Brazil, a boteco is a hang-out for those in the know. This lively, no-frills eatery lives up to its name. It’s where Brazilians who live in Miami go to experience Brazil. Samba music plays while diners enjoy authentic food and strong drinks in a traditional setting. Service is relaxed and friendly. Guests rave about the appetizers, rump steak and feijoada (bean and pork stew), which is served on the weekends.
Endless cuts of meat abound at this elegant, cozy downtown restaurant. A salad bar filled with an array of side dishes and daily specials also round out the unlimited rodizio. The pao de queijo (Brazilian cheese bread) melts in your mouth and is among the best we’ve tried. Save room for the creamy coconut cake (think tres leches with a coconut upgrade).
Few places in Miami celebrate Carnaval quite like Sushi Samba. The bright, airy, fun-filled space offers a spirited happy hour, sushi making classes and half off drinks when it rains (and in the summer, that’s just about every day). An ideal place to watch the parade of characters on Lincoln Road, whether or not it’s Halloween. Dishes and drinks include a creative fusion of ingredients and flavors from Japan, Peru and – of course – Brazil.
Fogo de Chao
Let the blazing fire welcome you to this expansive and elegant Southern Brazilian meatery. High ceilings, custom-blown glass chandeliers and striking murals set the ambiance. In addition to an elaborate 30 item market table, Fogo de Chao serves 16 exceptional, fire-roasted cuts of meat prepared to each guest’s liking. An extensive wine list and cocktail menu complement the unlimited servings of meat and seafood dishes.
Brazilians flock to this gem of a restaurant, which serves authentic Portuguese and Brazilian cuisine in a quaint, elegant space. The decor features dark woods, tapestries on the banquets and frescoes on the walls and ceiling that evoke a romantic European feel. While most restaurants on our list focus on meat selections, Oporto Cafe’s menu offers an extensive array of seafood and fish preparations. There are numerous preparations of cod (bacalhau), but the salted cod is a specialty. Don’t miss the Camaron com Natas, a creamy shrimp dish served with homemade kettle chips (this can be prepared with cod as well). Various skewers of beef, fish, shrimp and chicken, called espetadas, are also available. Even the bread is made in-house and served with Portuguese olive oil.
Portions are generous and meant to be shared. An extensive Portuguese wine list rounds out the menu. The staff is warm and welcoming and guides guests through the extensive menu. Be sure to try the Delicia de Manuela, an ode to the chef’s late wife – a creamy concoction of Maria cookie crumbles, thick custard infused with port wine and chantilly cream, served with a shot of port.
Farofa The Taste of Brazil
If you want to sample typical Brazilian dishes at bargain prices, the fast-casual Farofa is the place to go. Signature meats are served as individual portions with two sides for around $10. Diners enjoy quick and friendly service and fairly-priced entrees and traditional appetizers and sides.
Farofa, tucked inside a strip mall, is one of the few Brazilian restaurants to offer sandwiches. Try the picanha sandwich and roasted pineapples or get the sampler platter, Tudo ou Nada (all or nothing), which includes all of the different cuts of meat, prepared to your desired temperature.