Samba Brazilian Steakhouse
Mirage - 3400 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV, 89109
$25 to $35
Payment types accepted:
AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, CASH
Open daily, 5 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
More info: Children younger than 5 are not permitted in the restaurant.
Reservations: Reservations Suggested
Samba Brazilian Steakhouse Review:
When The Mirage opened in 1989, it was a stunning success. Today, it remains a perennial Strip favorite and is acclaimed for its innovative restaurants.
In keeping with The Mirage's cutting edge approach to restaurants, Scott Sibella, President and COO of The Mirage recently announced that by the end of the year a number of hip new eateries are opening in spaces previously occupied by the less contemporary.
Samba Grill is always cutting edge. When it opened a few years ago, it became one of my faves. Samba Grill is always a happening place. The colorful décor captures the spirit of the theme, a Brazilian steak house. Walking to the restaurant and seeing the brilliantly colored fabrics on the backs of the booth is only an inkling of Samba Grill's smashing interior.
Central to Samba Grill's menu is the Rodizio experience -- unlimited servings of marinated meats, poultry and fish. But, that's not all. Each Rodizio meal includes a bottomless bowl of Samba Salad, side dishes of creamed spinach, black beans and rice, fried sweet bananas (plantains), a Cuban-style potato cake and tasty breads.
Each of the meats is cooked on a special rotisserie in the open kitchen. Guests seated nearby can watch the chefs in action. There's plenty of action, too, at the tables. A parade of servers brandishing machete-like knives bring to the table long skewers of sweet sausages, peppered chicken, rolled turkey breast, Parmesan-crusted vegetables, chili-rubbed flank steak, beef Churrasco (cowboy-style), garlic-rubbed leg of lamb or pork loin skewered with fresh pineapple. Velvety-textured salmon comes around as well, the only item not cooked on the rotisserie. Note that selections often change.
The meats are sliced to order and fall into the tray placed at the bottom of the skewer. Diners transport the meat to their plates using the handy tongs found at each place setting. If you're too busy stuffing your face and having fun, it's OK, the server will do it. The food just keeps coming unless you use the little red and green gizmo on the table. It indicates whether or not service should continue.
Have at least one of the a la carte appetizers. They're too good to miss. Appetizers can also be ordered at the jewel of a bar (eight seats) that is on one side of the dining room.
For the less adventurous or waist-watchers, a la carte Rodizio plates are offered. A vegetarian plate is available, too. Samba Grill wants everyone to enjoy the Rodizio experience.
I can't resist Samba Grill's delectable desserts. Share if you must, but don't miss the lovely rice pudding studded with pineapple, or the banana split for two that could easily satisfy four. Yummy.
Among the long list of tropical drinks is the house signature Caipirinha made with cachaça, a Brazilian sugarcane liqueur that goes down soooo easy. Buy this by the glass or, even better, by the pitcher. Available also by the glass or pitcher are freshly squeezed mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and orange juices.
Watching children share the experience is a kick. It was a giggle seeing how one small boy reacted when his mother told him he could use his fingers with some of the meats. So very Samba Grill.
-- Muriel Stevens
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