I had one of the worst meals I have ever had at Gauchos Brazilian Steakhouse this past weekend. For a place that is supposed to be a meat based restaurant, they did a terrible job with it. They had what sounded like a great array of options, including beef, chicken, pork, lamb and turkey., but by the end I found myself picking at the sides and salad bar options.
The quality of beef was severely lacking in my opinion. There was absolutely no marbling whatsoever in any of the meat. The sirloin was terribly tough and I have never had a worse shortrib in my life. I had a hard time believing that a shortrib would be good roasted, and I was right. The flank was the only beef that I ate. It didnt get any better with the other options. The turkey was waaay overcooked and the lamb was bland and tough.
The one redeeming thing was the family style side dishes that were served. The yucca and plantains were very good and drew most of my attention. They also still had Sam Adams October available which helped, but not enough to make me return.
Fortunately for the restaurant, this was a large gathering for a birthday party and I enjoyed myself socially or I probably would have had some choice comments for the manager. On a side note, our server was attentive and very nice.