Rio Brazilian Steakhouse

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160 reviews
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Brazilian Steakhouse
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Rio Brazilian Steakhouse offers a continuous table side service (rodizio) with a large variety of delightful cuts of Beef, Lamb, Chicken, Pork, Fish, among other exquisite selections.
At your table you will receive complimentary `Pão de Queijo` (Brazilian cheese bread) and Deep fried Banana to accompany your choices and taste. Available for your pleasure also is our incredible fresh and modern salad bar and hot buffet with daily chef creations that you are welcome to serve yourself as much as you please.
Guests control the flow of meats just by using the double sided card provided at your table.
Green means Yes! More meat, while Red means No, I"ve had enough. When you are ready for more, just flip it back to green and our servers will be happy to serve you more. A selection of traditional Brazilian desserts are also available to complete your experience at Rio.
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TK
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Everything was great except our waitress.
Don't know her name, but she's not new because we've seen her working there the other time we've gone. I had a table of 10 and when ordering, she'd only listen to two people max and run off while there's obviously others who also want to order - that happened everytime we wanted something and she acted like she didn't want to waitress. It was like because we're a big group and tip was already included in our bills, she didn't feel the need to do her job. Being a waitress myself, that was really bad service. I'm happy everything else was great. We had fun, just would've been even better.

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f
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Thought this would be nice to try. Boy was I wrong. Server was nice. Salad bar was soggy. they kept running out of meat by the time they would get to our table then start again at the beginning. only 4 choices of meat then repeat. Left hungry and grabbed a burger down at Fatburger. Horribly overpriced. None of the most advertised on their website was being served. Save your money and go somewhere else.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Good salads, ok cocktails. Service is great and friendly.

Pricy but for the experience and style is ok.
Some cut abit too salty, other are great.

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EH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

We had a lot of fun due to the service and the samba dancers, but the food was low quality. The buffet was limited and not very appetizing. And we were really disappointed with the quality of the meat. They were all very fatty and greasy, and the meat was not well seasoned. I generally like my steak medium rare to rare, but most of the meat was more blue rare. Still almost raw in the center. There were only two cuts of meat that we enjoyed and they each only came around once.
The service was very good though. Our waiter was prompt and attentive, and had a great personality. There was a waitress that also checked on us from time to time, and she too was very pleasant and helpful. They were quick to clear away old plates and make sure you had everything you needed.
The restaurant has a Samba show on the weekends, and this added a lot of fun to the evening.
The manager came around to all the tables to check on everything, which was nice. My only complaint with it was that he touched my shoulder and lingered an inappropriate amount of time. It was a bit sleazy and not really appropriate, as he hadn’t built any sort of rapport with us before doing this.
Although we had a fun evening, we likely would not return due to the quality of the food.
Please note: access by 2 sets of stairs so not appropriate for people with disabilities.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The variety of meats was great, we got offered about 12 different styles and they all came back around multiple times. They even had cinnamon BBQ pineapple! Food was always hot, service was very friendly, salad bar was fully stocked. We ate at 6pm on Friday, and the place was just filling up as we were leaving around 7:30. Nice wine list, and on wine nights the bottles are 20% off!

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G
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We took our Brazilian homestay daughter for a farewell supper before she returned to Brazil, and she raved that it was a total authentic Brazilian food experience. The offerings of different meats were incredible and the salad bar was superb. Staff were incredibly fun loving and friendly. Highly recommend!

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KM
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So good! Amazing staff and the food is out of this world!!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Food is good, though they keep the good cuts of meat until later in the evening. Super loud, we couldn’t hear each other speak, which was irritating. The cost doesn’t justify the food, unless you’re someone capable of consuming huge amounts. I’ve lived in Brazil, and this place would be pretty cheap there... and the salad bar would be massively better.

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AS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It was a great experience dining at Rio, very accessible in downtown Vancouver! Friendly and accommodating staff! Enjoyed different variety of meats! Will definitely recommend this restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

The food was quite mediocre compared to the price per person, and the servings of the meat was tiny!! The salads were the only good part of this experience, and paying $33 for just salad is ridiculous. The “side” dishes were just rice and some fish. Nothing was labeled, which is not only inconvenient but not also not safe, because I am allergic to seafood (not extremely) and one of the salads had fish in it. The customer service was very poor, and the four of use left the restaurant very upset, and also hungry. Do not recommend for anyone.

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C
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Meat is always good. I just wish the server was more courteous to check on us every so often. We were always out of water and server didn’t check if we needed anything else. I had to ask numerous times for certain things. Aside from that everything else was okay.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time! Couple families with kids went out for a fun time and Rio did not disappoint. There was something for everyone to eat and everyone had a great time. Fun to watch the dancers too! Will be back.

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LT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The meal servers are very friendly. He brought us the pineapple when we requested it eventhough he’s still serving the steak.

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GT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Disappointed return after many good meals in the past. Selection of BBQ reduced and what came out wasn’t great. Many undercooked and cold items. Seemed the kitchen was holding back on what was a slow night.

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BH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Honestly, the service was really good however the food was quite poor. The meat was always dry and either under-seasoned or heavily over-seasoned. Seriously a disappointment there.
Furthermore, I was actually served raw fish, and when I notified the server, she did nothing about it - only told the manager about it. The raw fish was left on my table alongside with the fork I used to poke at it, I don't think it is too much to expect the server to replace these for me.

Most restaurants will compensate you with a free meal especially when you are being served something raw, but I guess that was too much to expect.

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D
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

Most of the meats were dry. They seemed short staffed and underpaid.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was great, lots of options, really tasty buffet bar with a wide selection of items. Some of the meats served on that day we visited was slightly cold/too raw.

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FD
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

They didn't want to play Brazilian music, which would have been gret

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E
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We came for their date night deal $60 for 2 people. Service was amazing, the food came out quickly and quite a large variety. I did find the food got quite a bit saltier as the night progressed. I’m assuming it was because they seasoned it with salt again before putting the meat back in to grill.

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GE
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

The ambiance is a bit to basic, the salad bar was not great except for a few items, some of the meats were very good, others a bit dry and fatty. Overall not a good as some SA steak houses I have been to in other locations but not bad. Good value, good service but it was not very busy on that Sunday night.

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DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was fantastic. The meat offerings tasted delicious and were served hot. Nice view above the street since the restaurant is located on the second floor up two short flights of stairs. Salad bar was okay, it could use a few more offerings.

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MW
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

This restaurant sucks!! It is a rip-off. The service is subpar, but worse is the food itself. Brazilian steakhouses are supposed to have meats and poultry that are full of flavor, which this one is the complete opposite. The salad bar also sucked. I can see why it was only 30.00. Don’t waste your money here, that’s all I am gonna say!

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FH
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

WOULD NOT RECOMMEND. We had a reservation and arrived on time. The hostess took a while to greet us. We had to wait for her to clean multiple tables before we were sat at one. We immediately went to the salad bar which was pretty disappointing. A variety of sad salads and boiled eggs cut in half with a sauce on it (NOT deviled eggs, which would have been better). We sat down and began eating. We were half way through our plates and one meat in before someone came to get our drink order (about 15mins). It took another 10 for the drinks to arrive (a pepsi and a martini). No water in the meantime. The meats were not the greatest quality. The NY steak, while cooked rare, was tough, the beef rib had a weird flavour, and the pork looked slightly pink so we did not eat it. The other meats were not much better. We did not get our baskets of fried bananas and Brazillian cheese bread until 45 minutes into our meal, which is ridiculous. That being said, the cheese bread was AMAZING!!! If i could just order that, I would be a repeat customer. If you have a chance to eat at a FOGO DE CHAO (US chain of Brazillian Steakhouses), go there. Much better everything.

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GB
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best service and best meet ever!

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M
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Good selection of side dishes and of course, the varieties of meats offered. Loved every dish.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had an amazing evening and great experience. Food was awesome. Service was even better. Will return soon with friends...

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AP
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Unfortunately we didn't like it, we have already heard bad comments about the quality of food but we decided to try it by ourselves. As a Brazilian and gaucha person, this is not a good quality of food. Even when is orientated to other consumers (which I totally understand) still should have a little more of our flavor. Meat, farofa, beans, rice, desert, everything was tasteless. Nothing was good enough to say What a wonderful evening or dinner I had today! The place is nice and Rio's pictures are awesome, the servers are nice and friendly, even when they are paulistas, hahahaha but the quality of food. BAD!!! Never again. Sorry!

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JB
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I am Brazilian, I recommend this restaurant who likes meat.

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E
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Food was mostly tasteless. Need more seasoning.

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E
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The service was really good. The buffet is fresh. The meat is ok. I don't like rare meat so they offered as "well done" option without asking them. It was a kind gesture.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Some beef is overcooked. You need to let the servers know the doneness you prefer, so that they will bring it to your table. And pineapple is really good!

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G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The meats are mostly tasteless. Not the best variety. Good thing kids are free on Mondays, otherwise not worth it. Other food very little variety.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The meat could have had a little more flavor. Overall, it was a great experience.

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MM
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, consistent and we had plenty to eat. We started a bit too fast as it was our first time and I would recommend going slowly to really enjoy the experience. We loved it!

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BB
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Really fun atmosphere, good meats and a nice buffet worth the 40$

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W
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food ... great experience
It is unique in the manner in which food is presented and served.

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ST
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

The meat was delicious and there was a good variety of different steak cuts, lamb, chicken, pork, and seafood. The service was excellent, and I would definitely come back

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AH
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The only things I was t happy with they didn’t have Lamb that night that makes me so sad

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UR
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Terrible restaurant, terrible staff, terrible food. Filthy bathrooms and premises.

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BL
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Beef Ribs were so yummy. I couldn't stop eating. I dreamt of it last night. I wasn't into Chicken Hearts before, now I am. I will definitely be back. Drooling. He he. Oh, my gosh. The dancers had so much energy. I totally did the work out before eating. Haha. Huggies.

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