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Preto Colchester, Colchester, Essex

Preto Colchester

4.1
4.1
402 Reviews
£25 and under
Brazilian Steakhouse
Located in the Heart of Colchester's shopping district. Preto Colchester offers a vibrant atmosphere with seating for up to 150 guests. We can also offer our private dining area for up to 70 guests to cater for those special occasions or larger groups.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Cuisines
    Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01206 570420
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual

What 402 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseEnergetic

402 Reviews
  1. BarryD

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was rubbish,food uncooked,we was upstairs with another birthday party an we could not hear ourselves talking as they was so noisy.

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  2. RebeccaDC

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The honey pork was insane! Staff really friendly and energetic!

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  3. Jenni

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Brilliant 2 for 1 on a Wednesday night. Great food. Seating is a bit tight at the back and wasn’t great being seated next to the toilets, but overall very happy with the restaurant, food and service.

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  4. Richer

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    It’s amazing for the price of £14,95. I’d definitely recommend for my friends

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  5. KimS

    Essex

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience1
    Menu was dirty (food on it), Beef was tough and the side dishes were poor. The restaurant was cold and smelt of mould. However the service was very quick.

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  6. Bseamum

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service, friendly staff, tasty food! Really enjoyed it. We had small children with us and wondered how the would get on with the menu, there was something for everyone and we all had a great time.

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  7. RyanH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    Limited buffet Didn’t have enough types of steak, only garlic, sirloin and rump and actually they didn’t come round with it enough - wanted you to fill up on sausage and pork Also the service was poor, slow and why come to a table of 5 people with 2 sausages and then not come back with more Just been to many many better Brazillian steak houses - this one was average at best when in comparison to others Maybe if this is your first time you will enjoy the concept but for me it was poor, no fillet steak, no minted lamb, no rib eye steak MID

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  8. DawnT

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely delicious. All fresh and so tasty. Will definitely be returning soon

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  9. Jonathan

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great meal with some old friends. Person serving the meat was friendly and welcoming. Had a nice chat and talked about each pieces of meat

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  10. Simone

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 18, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    I have been to other preto restaurants and found that the value with them was much better. The Colchester restaurant do not offer as much choice as others with only a few options to choose from I don’t feel I got my moneys worth. The service was awful apart from taking our drinks order and payment we never saw anyone and was left alone. I wouldn’t recommend the Colchester preto.

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  11. Luna

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, warm atmosphere and a lovely choice of foods. Highly recommend

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  12. EleanorP

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a Thursday night so it was quite quiet which was lovely we had amazing service and the food was great. Are looking to go again soon.

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  13. cemil

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food as always, first time in the colchester one as my local was chelmsford until it closed down. will defo be back again!

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  14. KerryD

    Hertfordshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was lovely and plentiful and the staff and service was fantastic and friendly. Will go back again soon

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  15. michaeli

    Essex

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Did not like the way you order sides now . Did prefer the buffet style so you could see and choose how much you want . Un able to see the sides was a bit off putting The meat and drink and staff were excellent.

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  16. MonicaN

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Awful not happy cost £200 food raw! Bad service a chaotic shambles that cost a fortune with meat that was so rare it was inedible we will never go back! Thank you Preto for ruining our daughters 14th birthday that we booked weeks ago! We could have gone anywhere and regret our visit hated the food it was awful and not enough and no good for children unless they enjoy blood oozing into their chips & rice!!!

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  17. PaulB

    London

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    The first member of staff that greeted us wasn’t very friendly. She took us to our table but didn’t say anything else. Just walked away. We were then approached multiple times within a few minutes by very friendly staff but told them we wanted 5 minutes to decide. After we chose everything came quite quick and the service was friendly and the food was good. Then the service stopped. No more meat coming out and it wasn’t even 9pm. I had to ask and I could see them get the kitchen up and running again. Half hour later we had some more meat. We then ordered dessert and a cocktail. Cocktails turned up and the dessert vanished into some parallel universe. Time to pay and get dessert elsewhere. In summary friendly staff, except the first person but I feel like they need a lot more training.

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  18. Frazer

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was a new experience to us but loved every moment will be coming back for sure

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  19. Brosmi

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice food,decent service and space. Definitely recommend.

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  20. VickiS

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic family meal. All satisfied with the food and drink. Service was efficient and friendly. Meat was varied and cooked just right.

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  21. NinaC

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As a wheelchair user I get very nervous about going to new places, accessibility was great and I was made to feel welcomed within the first 5 seconds of being there. All staff are very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, it feels very authentic. Atmosphere was great and I cannot stress enough how amazing the food is! Every single one of the meats are cooked to such a high standard and there's a great choice of sides and drinks. We sat by the bar and every cocktail that was made was made with real effort and care. Would highly recommend and can't wait to come back.

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  22. JodieS

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely fresh and tasty food, very helpful servers. Food was in plentiful supply, hot and perfectly cooked/made. Went on a Monday so nice and quiet, will definitely revisit. Made to feel very welcome!

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  23. KhaledE

    Essex

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    The variety of food is very limited ,very slow you have to ask for the food. Not my favorite any more.

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  24. Lingerz

    Hampshire

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Really good selection of meat, the sides were okay, staff were friendly. It’s good value if you have a big appetite, if not you might struggle to eat enough to justify the price.

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  25. ShaunB

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Exceptionally quick service! Never have to wait long before the next meat arrives! Sides and drinks arrive almost instantaneously! Would highly recommend!

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  26. ElsaN

    Essex

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    That is Brazilian food. The pork didn't have any salt which didn't cut the fatty taste.

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  27. PaulH

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Some of the meat served was not great quality especially the pork it was so fatty could not eat any.Very expensive for what we had .The two ladies serving worked really hard as it was very busy for a Wednesday evening.

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  28. EJane

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Food was really tasty but we'd book a table for 8pm for our anniversary meal and we didn't feel overly welcome. I understand it was a late booking for a Tuesday but we had booked well in advance. Once we'd been seated we were told the kitchen would be closing at 9.15 which was more than enough time for us to eat but it made me feel slightly uncomfortable. Despite this as I said the food was good and there was plenty of variety.

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  29. JemmaM

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Felt a bit rushed. And the 12% service charge was a bit much. Food all came at once then felt like it was time to leave. No goodbye thanks for coming at the end. Some food over cooked. The garlic bread to die for tho and by far the best. Alot of money for what you got. Disappointed lunch menu only Monday to Friday

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  30. ClaudiaC

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a birthday meal for 21 people. It was delicious and we were treated well. We were all full and happy and the vegetarians were catered for. I’d go again.

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  31. EmanuelF

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great, nice service ( Luca, bruno, Victor) but I think is the cray table with buffet

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  32. Dankel

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    My wife and I had the evening buffet which was delicious, great choice of meats and there was a good variety of side dishes. I like that you order the sides and bring them to your table rather than going up for a buffet. The service was good and the drinks reasonably priced.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Family reunion

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were a group of 22 people . The staff were excellent the food was excellent , well done Colchester Preto . See you again soon .

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Missed the Buffet experience part and wish you had the mash potato back... Service Fantastic, Meat was delicious and drinks, Children loved their first experience at Preto...

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  36. Paul

    Essex

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    nice food , waited for ages for the sides to come out and much preferred it when you could help yourself to the salad bar

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  37. JackT

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Not often that places surpass my expectations, but this did. Fast service, plates regularly replenished, great experience

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food4service2ambience5
    Not many workers speak good English, but with that being said they are good at trying to understand and very hard working.

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  39. PaulTheTool

    Essex

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food but service once we sat down dod take some time. Once we received our side dishes and plates things were great.

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  40. Sammy

    Essex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent good, great selection of meat. Worth every penny

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Preto Colchester does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats.

Preto Colchester is rated 4.1 stars by 402 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Preto Colchester

59 High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DH

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood
    Colchester
  • Hours of Operation
    Fri–Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm
  • Cuisines
    Brazilian Steakhouse, Brazilian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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