Named after Yamanja the mother of all Orishas (gods), Yamanja Brasil is the premier and most talked about Brazilian restaurant in St. Louis. The ... More
Yemanja Brasil Restaurant
Named after Yamanja the mother of all Orishas (gods), Yamanja Brasil is the premier and most talked about Brazilian restaurant in St. Louis. The tastes are unique and authentic. Greeters and servers are helpful and fun. The atmosphere is rustic and conjures images of a voguish Brazilian home. Besides the food, Yamanja Brasil is also known for its live Brazilian dance parties and celebrations. The second floor features a bar, funky lighting, and casual seating and is available for renting. So stop by for the food and stay for the party. - Cathryn D. Blue
Yemanaja, located in a quiet, not so fancy neighboorhood, tastefully converted a corner family house into a quiet restaurant with several rooms, one of which features a bar and large-screen television set. Food is prepared by a chef that uses fresh, quality ingreedients and knows what he is doing. Service friendly and discreet.
Yemanja Brazil...has a consistent great quality of food and service. The owner, Lemya Sidki makes sure that her staff services the cliet with a smile. The quality if #1 and the price is fair. What else could ask for in today's competitve market.
Nice place for dinner. I have been here four or five times. Food is always quite good. Presentation is nice. Atmosphere is festive. Staff and ownder are very nice. Good to bring out of town guests due to uniqueness of menu. We usually leave with about a $50 bill for two for an appetizer, entries, and a couple of drinks.
A welcome respite from the suburban sprawl cookie cuter eateries, this is a true family operation, with all the accompaning passion and originality. From the time one steps through the door, you know this is going to be a special dinner. The night my girlfreind and i visited, the owner was delivering a baby boy, so her mother, a native of Brazilia, the capital, seated us. The staff was gracious and very attentive, making us feel genuinely welcome, dispite it being a busy Friday evening. Seasoning of Beef Kabob (Goucho) was unique but not at all overwelming. Another nice feature of Yemanja Brasil is their kitchen is open later than many.
Take your detailed StL street map, a bit tricky to find, but well worth the trip from the ersatz suburbs. (by Dave from the wrong zip code)
I wish I would ahve read the honest review from April before going. This was a terrible experience for what I paid. The empanadas tasted like dried out hot pockets. Drinks started off good - like the first one - and then gradually got weaker. After we ordered our main meal, the server was no where to be found, including when the rest of our party was served adn I had to HUNT DOWN THE OWNER TO FIND OUT WHERE MY DINNER WAS. She never even came back to refill water during our meal or get us another watered down bar drink. Yeah, everyone else was halfway into the meal by the time I got mine. Food had little flavor and was way overpriced. And again, service was terrible! And gratuity was added automatically.
I grew up in Sao Paulo and have not been able to find authentic Brazilian food....This place, along with the atmosphere makes me feel like I am back in Brazil! Great to sit outside on a summer evening!
Let me tell you from someone who is not a relative trying to pump up their egos, this place is not that great. We went out on the dine out for life night and the crowd here was lite, yet sevice was at a snails pace. All the help ran around like chickens with their heads cut off (no sense of direction and noone was in charge), but nothing got done and the place was 1/3 full at best (that should tell you something right there) When we got our appetiser after a half hour they were right on the money and the drinks were great, but that was the end. The salmon was dry, tasteless, and fishy the lobster was blah and the risoto over cooked and over spiced more like an Indian dish than Brasilian. We didn't even order desert because it was like no one noticed us. Getting the check took another half hour. No one could figure out how to get it to us until who I assumed is the owner finally brought it. I think the great reviews are probably from friends and relatives but the truth is if you want great drinks and appetisers without someone waiting on you because you'll be lounging there all night this is the place for you. If you want dinner with great service don't cast your shadow on this door step.
We were there on a Friday night in October and it was an excellent experience. There service was not fantastic, but good. The food was delicious but a little pricey. And the decor was incredible. The staff was extremely friendly and the kaiperinas to die for. Not often can you get a kaiperina, especially this good.
I've been to Brazil, but not to the region that this food typifies (which is more Rio like). But I have had some killer kaiperinas in my day.
I tried several things, including the seafood stew like dish and the vegetarian platter-type dish. Sorry, I don't know portuguese, but one of my dinner mates owns homes in Brazil and speaks fluently.
However, you don't need to, the descriptions are in English. It just helped in deciding which one would be tastiest for me.
We won't go back! We had the weirdest experience when we went for lunch. The door says they open at 11. We got there at 11:30. We asked for a menu and the waitress said there is
a buffet only, but the food isn't ready. She said we could eat from the cold buffet while we waited for the hot entrees, ready in 5 min. The cold buffet had cottage cheese, slaw, american potato salad, a tomato-green pepper salad, olives and a bowl of apples. There was also what I assumed to be a left over apple pie that was half gone with an old butcher knife to slice a piece. I took some food from the cold buffet and we waited 20 minutes for the hot food. If I hadn't already eaten something we would have left. If they really do open at 11, then the food was 50 minutes late! The waitress never gave us any reason or excuse. There were only two entrees-black beans and rice with beef, and chicken with white beans. The first was good; the chicken was greasy under the crust and white beans were flavorless. They brought a third entree (pork) out about 10-15 min. later after I had finished eating. We ordered sodas and got warm cans of Coke with a glass of ice. My husband decided he wasn't eating there and picked up fast food on the way home. I was sick a few hours later but not sure if it was the food or just me. Anyway, we'll never go again. It's a shame because the decor is very cute and some of the food is good.
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