Nelore Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse
4412 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006
|Mon - Thu:|
Cuisines: South American, Family Style, Brazilian, Latin American, Steakhouse
08/07/2010Provided by Citysearch -
A good friend of mine from Rio de Janeiro took me here as a celebratory meal and I was absolutely amazed by the foods here. I had been to many Brazillian churrascarias in Houston but none truly compare to Nelore. Right off the bat, the fact that real Brazilians were recommending this restaurant was the ultimate clue that I was in for a treat. The service is impeccable and the meats are some of the best I've had around the city. Of course the pao de quejo (the cheese bread) that is served was wondeful, but perhaps the most out there thing that I've ever tried in my life, and which Nelore has, was the CHICKEN HEART.
First of all let me start by saying that the Chicken Heart was as good, if not better, than any of the other meats that this restaurant serves. Second of all, let me state that I can't believe how TINY chicken hearts are. The hearts are essentially skewered onto a metal stick and cooked in the same fashion that the meats are cooked. When they first come around, they look like tiny circular meats and you usually don't know what it is. But the waiter will not hesitate to tell you that it's Chicken Heart - nor will they hesitate in convincing you to eat it. I ate it. When it first goes in your mouth, you are bracing yourself. But it tastes nothing like what you would expect one of the bloodiest muscles in the body to taste like. It actually had as much flavor as the restaurant's meats. The texture was smooth yet the muscle was chewy - call me a chicken Hannibal Lector, or whatever you will, but if you are ever at Nelore and they have the chicken hearts coming around, don't pass it up - if anything just to say that you too ate chicken heart, and it was good!
Oh and a piece of advice -try the Guarana - made from a Brazillian fruit and infused into a soda, this is a great non-alcoholic drink that compliments every bite of every dish. Known for its clarity properties, it will also make you feel more awake.
07/27/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I have tried many Brazilian churrascarias in Houston and Nelore is by far my favorite. The atmosphere and staff is so welcoming. Nelore has an indoor patio and an upscale dining room both in close proximity to the salad bar. Because the restaurant is small, the service is more personal and slower paced. The meats of course are the best part of the meal. There are about fifteen different kinds of meat including chicken, beef, pork, lamb and shrimp and a full salad bar with traditional Brazilian items such as hearts of palm, Brazilian stroganoff, tubule, cole slaw. Nelore has an extensive wine list, a wide selection of beer and a full bar. I’m definitely going back!
07/22/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Lovely atomosphere, service is always excellent and the food quite good and more authentic than Fogo. Prices are reasonable for the variety of meats offered. And a big plus in my book is no suburbanites with screaming kids and flip flops which Fogo has become over the last 2 years. Highly recommended!!!!
06/20/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I give an average rating solely because of the price. Lunch for $30+ a person is bit more than I am used to for this kind of restaurant. Also the meat was not the best, but was good.
For the most part, service was EXCELLENT- never a problem getting skewer service. Also, although the price is double what I used to pay before moving to Houston, the waiters have awesome puffy outfits with jodpers and are very polite and solicitous. The other great thing is the location. As a central Houston elitist, I don't like having to leave my neighborhood for any crappy ""F.M."" location. So if you hate the suburbs as much as I do, it is worth some premium to stay in the Museum area.
03/18/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Nelore is simply average. I mean, if I had a business client or date that I want to impress, I'd go to Fogo de Chao. Its selection and presentation has a wow! factor that Nelore totally lacks. There are romantic talbes and business tables, whereas Nelore has a tight, uncomfortable layout that works well for neither business or romance.
If I want to entertain friends, or families with kids, I'd go to Todai. The churrascaria there offers the same table-side carved meats for a little less, and has a great sushi and seafood buffet that will have everyone smiling. And it's next to the cinema: great Brazilian meats, sushi, seafood...and catch a decent flick.
Nelore, like I said, is average, if you happen to be in Montrose and want little more than a convenient big tab for lots of meat and little else.
11/10/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Citisearch shows this restaurant as being $21-$30, it was $37.50 per person. Bit of a surprise. But still the food was good, not as good as the other restaurant here in Houston that has the same style of serving food, but pretty good. Being at the exact same price point as the other restaurant in Houston, go to the other.
09/02/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Great restaraunt at a superb value compared to Fogo De Chao. I have no complaints of this churrascaria at all!!! Prompt seating, great service, super friendly staff , and last but not least the food. For a unique dining experience you should try Nelore. Guaranteed you will come back for more!
02/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have been a fan of Nelore, but tonight's experience was lacking in service at the table. I actually left hungry because my repeated requests for pork were to no avail. Eventually no one came at all to serve meat despite a green signal. I believe the waiters just could not understand what I was saying though I was really working at it. Why should I, the customer, have to work so hard to be served? When it came to dessert, the ""ice cream with raspberries and blackberries"" was melded ice cream (literally flowing liquid) with strawberries and blueberries. Despite considerable hunger, I left anyway. It was a slow night for them, and perhaps that is an explanation, but at $107, it was not an excuse. So, while I generally recommend this restaurant highly, it is also true that it can be a disappointment.
02/18/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I had a great experience here. Reservations were made for a Friday night & were promptly seated despite having a large party. The restaurant had a pleasant atmosphere & the food was excellent. There were no issues with drink service & the waiters were constantly aware of our needs, especially with warm bread. The meat servers were attentive & made rounds frequently. I was fully satisfied with the quality of food & the selection available. The salad bar was also well-stocked. I still hold Fogo to a higher regard overall but I liked this dining environment better. In respect to price, this restaurant is much more reasonable.
02/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Myself and three others dined at Nelore Churrascaria Brazilian Steakhouse this past weekend. I had made reservations a few weeks in advance and called back to verify my reservations. When I arrived the hostess could not find my name on the reservation list. Fortunately we were seated within a short time. The salad bar was great. The meat was so and the service was not very good. It appeared that they were not watching to see if you plate was empty and you needed more meat, but they had a pattern that they followed and you got meat when they arrived at your table, whether you wanted it or not. Drinks were allowed to remain empty and when reorders were made in some cases it required reminding the staff of the order. I would have expected more one on one with the waiters, instead each were serving the entire restaurant and it appeared a little chaotic. I expected a little more considering the cost and the fact that gratuity is included in the bill.
01/28/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Decided to try Nelore for our anniversary and left with mixed feelings. The good: It's small and not ""typical Houston"" in terms of atmosphere. It's also a place to go if you just want to eat until you fall out of your chair. The meat servers were constantly around, so it didn't take long to get refilled. The bad: The meat was average. The bottom sirloin was juicy, but the rest wasn't what it should be at a Churrascaria. Most of the meat was a bit on the dry side and the filet even included some fat (ugh). Likewise, getting attention from a waiter (not meat server) was nearly impossible. It took 30 minutes for the waiter to bring the check and another 15 to return it with my credit card. We weren't the only ones with this problem, as a man accross the restaurant finally shouted accross the restaurant for a waiter to stop by.
If you're into gluttony with average meat and a reasonably stocked salad bar, this is for you...but don't expect to see me there.
01/12/2007Provided by Citysearch -
The meat here is great and the price is very reasonable. The wine list is decent and adequate. Wonderful alternative to the overpriced and overrated ""other place"". The user that spent $300 on 3 people must have tipped about $100; so his fault for lacking math skills. I love Nelore because its location is in the city instead of far west like the ""other place"". I'll come back here and you should too!
11/24/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Nobody knows meat like the Brazilians, and Nelore shows you why. This upscale dining restaurant may be expensive, but you forget once you taste those pieces of savory succulent meat. The bar area helps provide drinks to its customers, and gives them something to drink on as they wait to be seated. The ""salad bar"" definitely downplays the variety of food you can have before you start your meal. Once the meat comes around on those skewers, I found myself saying ""one of eat please!"" The wait staff is friendly by helping us pick out a wine to making sure we had everything we needed. Come check out this restaurant if you have a chance... and if you have the money to spare (or the craving to not care).
11/21/2006Provided by Citysearch -
this is a charming small restaurant tucked in the corner of montrose with its cozy ambience adding to the overall dining experience. the food is it's forte, though very pricey. there is an extensive salad bar that can easily pass as the main course with its variety of options that are very fulfilling. the meat is to-die-for ... absolutely wonderful! words can not express just how succulent it was. if you want to know what really expensive, but delicious, food taste like - go here if you're not afraid to drop a lot of cash.*
11/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I took my husband to this restaurant for his birthday. Word on the street is the owner of Fogo de Chao also owns this place. The food is quite similar, but more sensably priced. Also, the interior of Nelore is very intimate - like a dinner party in someone's home. We had reservations, and upon arrival were immediately seated. The server took our drink order and invited us to visit the buffet. The buffet was an artfully presented mix of salad and side options. Once seated, we flipped over our cards to signal we were ready for the servers to stop by with their various meat options. My husband's favorite was the garlic steak, while I preferred the filet. This is a great place to have dinner when you are in a celebratory mood. We can't wait until our family comes to visit, we plan to take them to Nelore!
09/20/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I'd say this is a more feasable option for me to dine at a Brazilian steak house than the other place given the cost and location. I enjoyed the meat and the rolls, both of which were always hot and brought by very frequently. I would say the staff is pretty great here with the exception that they tend to think that if you've been there for more than 2 hours then you're trying to eat them out of business. I just happen to take my meals slowly!! Also, don't leave your cell phone on the table if you don't want it covered in drippings by the end of the meal (can't be helped, I suppose). Casanova's should also take note that the style of the service means you won't have as much privacy as you would in other restauants. You can expect waiters to come by pretty frequently as long as your coaster is green side up, indicating that you are ""accepting"" meat. This can take away from the conversation sometimes. I just mention it because this place might not be the best place for first dates or business meetings of new acquaintances. Unless of course you are used to completely ignoring the wait staff.
My friend was disappointed that Nelore is a bit simpler than the other place, since they don't ask you how well done you want your cut to be, or offer to bring items from the buffet to your table. Honestly, this doesn't bother me much at all! I'm more likely to go here since it's less of a production or status symbol, but still a great dining experience with delicious food.
Pretty good selection of wine's as well!
08/04/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I love this restaurant. I go almost every week, and can't stop telling my friends and co-workers about it. The service is great, and the managers are always happy and about. If you want to try a fine array of special cut meat, chicken and all sorts of flavors, then stop by here.