The Samba is more than just a restaurant, it is a Brazilian experience, where you can watch a Brazilian dance show, or listen to Latin music. It is ... More
Samba Brazilian Steak House
The Samba is more than just a restaurant, it is a Brazilian experience, where you can watch a Brazilian dance show, or listen to Latin music. It is part of a chain known as the Thai House, and is Vancouver's only Brazilian steak house. It serves an all-you-can-eat Brazilian BBQ, among many other succulent types of meat. It also has a menu for vegetarians.
Luke warm food, and awful prices ! The meat was dry and flavorless. The buffet was gross. I have been to a other Brazilian steakhouse and it was far superior. With all the places to eat in Vancouver go someplace else. This place needs to close.
All you can eat meat buffet is a great idea, no doubt about that. Paying $30 for dining out in a mediocre restaurant with dirty menus and tables and waitresses that continuously give you an attitude – is not.
The dinner menu clearly states “if you want vegetarian dishes our chef would be happy to accommodate you” I asked for a salad (just plain salad) to go with my calamari because I didn’t feel like spending 30 dollars and the waitress replied that “it is not possible” and that she doesn’t even know why that sign was on the menu because once again! “it is not possible”. She even suggested that I order the full buffet and just take it easy without meat…Which means I would pay 30 dollars for a small portion of a dinner salad? It clearly made me feel like an idiot that she even thought I could be interested. I wonder if that’s what they tell to every customer and this is a restaurant policy or was it just me being so “lucky”.
I understand they have to cover up the costs for all that meat that probably goes to waste at the end of the day, but, please, be more creative and customer friendly. Or understanding maybe? Sometimes people go to the restaurants to keep somebody a company and don't feel like getting ripped off just because they stepped their foot inside. It just that Samba and many others of that kind feel that they can take advantage of the customer, and not even be concerned if he/she comes back next time. I clearly won’t, even if I am dying for meat. One time is enough to ruin the whole experience, and I won’t recommend anyone going there either. 2-4 slices of meat is probably all you will be able to eat, regretting you didn’t just get a plain steak with a nicely prepared side order in a fancier place than that one.
I was there with 3 friends 3 weeks ago for dinner.and its the worst experience.the server was not friendly because we ordered water to start off.we just came cack from a cruise and didnt feel like drinking that nite.through the dinner, we cant even communicate with each other because the music was too loud.the salad was horrible,meat was salty and dry,our sideplate was buildup with shells and bones and we had to wave many times to get the server's attendtion.and I look around the restaurant was not even half full and there was section werent open.finally... we spend an hour there,and when the bill finally came which we had to wait for 15 min.after asking,we were shock to see a built in gratuity for a party off 4. so we ask the waitress, and her answer was because (ASIAN never tip, thats why its on and thats only for kitchen and meat cutter and we have to leave extra for her)so we asked to speak to the manager,and had to wait for quite a while and she came back and told us the manager just step out and so we didnt bother,we left another 10 bucks on top off the bill which we were not willing to but all off us dicided just not going back again!!!!and we hope the manager or the owner has to pay extra attention about this matter, because I read a few reviews about Samba too.
Don't believe the hype. I was at Samba Brazilian Steakhouse just last week. I’ve never been to a restaurant more touted and been so disappointed. The Brazilian buffet was more like Denny's Brazilian buffet Flaccid describes it. The meats on skewers offered by the unenthusiastic wait staff were generally flavorless. Latin music? Not quite. I’m in a Latin band and I was appalled at the loose use of the term. It was synth Latin lounge complete with sequenced rhythm tracks. The magazines also talk about the great interior and I was expecting something flashy and upscale. I'd call it pole barn with fern. Yes, there were two cute carnival dancers, but they seemed to be very disinterested in their work. Best part was the Capoeira dancer. He was pretty good. Also, I did have an excellent, very accommodating server. But this is not the authentic Brazilian experience the marketing claims. I'd rate it an extra strong "don't bother, you're not missing anthing."
I've been to similiar style Brazillian restaurants all over the world, including Brazil. Even the one in China puts this one to shame. The food is terrible, especially the salad bar, if u can even call it that. The service was slow. When they come around with the meat, it wasn't even enough to go around our whole table, and that's with the bite size portions. Would never recommand anyone to go there unless they feel like being ripped off.
Word of warning, this restaurant is not worth one bite. The biggest catch about this restaurant is they try to double charge you for gratuity. If you venture here, and I wouldn't recommend it, but all the same, pay attention to the bill, because they pre-add a 15% service charge (tip) to your bill, regarless the size of group you are with, and then add another gratuity line on the visa copy that requires your signature. Most people leave tips twice not knowing it. And they were not nice about correcting this situation - meaning they do it to everyone.
The food is awful, meat is way too bloody, the dancers were pitiful and half way through their show walk around practically begging for tips. This place is the biggest tourist trap ever!
I have been here twice for the Rodizo lunch. At only $13 you can eat all the excellent meat you wish. They bring different meats to your table and carve a slice or two right there. They serve you well to start but as you accumulate food they start to peter off in the frequency. There is a salad bar that accompanies it but who wants to fill up on that? It's delicious food and I think I'll go again this weekend. :o)
The salad bar provided a wide range of choices- notonly for salads but other known and exotic food items as well. Then of course- the Rodizio- quite an experience just to be able to choose and enjoy all kinds of Brazilian-style meats as much as you want. The band and service were all great too.
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