Barry, VT Member Spartan sugguested this Brazilian Steakhouse for our SD VT Meeting on 9 November 2002. This was an excellent choice for the location, for the service and for the food.
There is a small outside dining area and plenty of room inside. We were warmly welcomed and every effort was made to accommodate our needs.
I've since eaten here quite a few times and the experience and food each time has been as wonderful as the first. I'll mention that they also offer entertainment at dinner on the weekends that is live and the singers/musicians/dancers perform throughout the dining room.
Favorite Dish: It offers buffet style service with a huge salad bar for Veggie Lovers, and many side dishes including the elusive white asparagus.
Generous portions of high quality chicken, beef, pork and lamb are brought to the table on skewers and offered to each person by the passadors. There are ninteen varieties of meat to choose from and it's okay to accept all nineteen as part of the unlimited buffet!! The flavor of each was delicious.
They are opened for lunch and dinner and there is one price to pay for everything, except the bar tab!
The whole meal was a process which creates even more of a festive mood than one would expect. There was one meat that I though exceptionally delicious, but no sense telling you, as it might spoil the fun of finding out for yourself.
This is one of my favorite San Diego Restaurants!
The churrasco (Brazilian barbeque) is a traditional feast that has been celebrated in Brazil for centuries. It is a unique and healthy way of roasting meat over a mesquite flame that preserves tenderness and gives it a taste unmatched by any other. When you arrive at Rei Do Gado, you will encounter an unlimited buffet of mouth-watering dishes and salads. Soon, skewer after skewer of the most varied meats will arrive at your table.
Favorite Dish: The salad bar is huge, the cheese rolls are heavenly, the hot dishes are excellent and the desserts are divine. You may even get to try the national drink of Brazil called 'Caipirinha' which will knock your socks off!!! But the reason that you will go to this restaurant is because of the meat served. Here is a list of those meats: Top Sirloin Cap, Filet Mignon, Tri-tip, Sirloin, Skirt Steak, Beef Ribs, Baby-back Ribs, Chicken, Sausage, Pork Loin, Turkey wrapped in bacon, and Beef Shish-Kabob. Umm...Umm...Good!!!
If you are a meat lover and you like a lot of it, than this is the place for you. For $35.95 on week nights or $39.95 on Friday and Saturday nights you can eat as much meat as you want. This is a Brazilian barbecue restaurant located in the Gas Lamp district of down town San Diego. The food is traditional Brazilian and it just never stops coming.
Start you meal with a drink. Try a Brazilian drink called a Capiarinia; it is lime, sugar, ice and Brazilian rum. The server that will bring your drink is called the Capiarinia server as this is all that they do is serve Capiarinias.
Next to get things started you take your plate to the salad bar which is filled with all sorts of Brazilian and American delights. Make sure you try the fried bananas and ? oh try it all.
Now that you are back at your table what you do is find the little thing on the table that looks like a salt shaker, flip it so the green side is showing and from that point on you will have someone bringing you all of the different types of meat that is served here. Steak, lamb, pork, turkey, chicken, roast and even chicken hearts will at one time make it past your table. All of this food has been grilled and is served from a big skewer and if hot. If you find that you like one thing over another just let the server know and he will come back with that item but you are never stopped from trying one of the others. When you are done filling your gut with all of the meats just turn over the little salt shaker looking thing so that the red side is now up and the server will stop bringing you the selections of meat.
Now that you have filled your gut with meat? it is time for a little coffee?.. it is not Brazilian but it is nice and you do get free refills.
If you sit outside you can smoke here which is hard to find a place in California that allows this so if you are not a smoker sit inside. It was nice to be able to not move and enjoy a smoke with the coffee and drinks.
Favorite Dish: All in all this is one of my favorite places to eat in California.
PS? They serve lunch Monday to Friday for just $13.95
Rei do Gado is a Brazilian traditional steakhouse. If you have never eaten a "Churrasco" you will go out satisfied, but if you already have eaten a really good "Churrasco", forget about Rei do Gado. The "Picanha" (brazilian meat cut) is nothing but a hard sirloin, rice is saltless and brazilian beans are awful. If you want a good barbecue with south american taste go to "Pampas Grill" at Aero Dr. Or better, they are going to open in Beverly Hills, LA the best "churrasco" house in Brazil, the "Fogo de Chao" (www.fogodechao.com). That's worth it.
Favorite Dish: Sausage.
6:00 p.m. (Gaslamp Quarter)
This is a Brazilian Steak House. It offers an "all-you-can-eat" buffet.
$30.00 for the full buffet.
$15.00 for the salad bar.
Both with a huge selection!
Read VT Member, "Spartan’s" San Diego page: Restaurant tips for more information about the restaurant.:
Prepare yourself for a culinary delight, eat nothing all day!!!, and then dine in the evening at Rei do Gado restaurant in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego.
Where do I begin? This is a form of Brazilian cuisine called Churrassco -- a traditional barbeque feast that has been celebrated in Brazil for centuries.
For a fixed price you can eat all you want from the luscious salad bar and hot food buffet. But the excitement of dining at Rei do Gado comes from the hot barbequed meat brought fresh off a mesquite grill to your table. The choice of meats is amazing:
Favorite Dish: The huge bowl of all-you-can-eat lobster in the salad bar!!!
Rei do Gado is a brazilian steakhouse. There is a large buffet of vegetables, salads and various south American dishes, and in addition to this, waiters bring a large variety of grilled meats to your table. You will not leave this place hungry - unless you are a vegetarian, in which case this is not the place for you.
Favorite Dish: Everything!