My husband and I chose to eat here because we love the options and quality of meat usually served at a churriscaria, however we were disappointed. There were only three choices of beef, and then either lamb, sausage or chicken leg. The beef was VERY VERY salty. The lamb was tender but mediocre and chicken was typical. Nothing special. The side item buffet table had many fresh vegetable options, but did not lend anything particularly favorable to the meal. They were merely a side note. If you are simply just starving for a carniverous meal, by all means this will fill you to your hearts content, however by comparison to other Brazillian and Argentinian steakhouses the quality of Fogo de Chao pales in comparison.
This is my Dad's favorite restaurant in Chicago. Whenever he comes to visit, he practically begs to get their whole roasted chicken dinner (which is a crazy good value with multiple goodies on the side) every night. We live a half block away, and can smell the chickens on their spits All. Day. Long. This is usually an enticing aroma (except for the two times that I've been pregnant and had the one food aversion of chicken. Which I fully admit is random.) But seriously, it (usually) smells incredible. Which is good. Because it's seriously a non-stop Chicken On A Spit operation. Even more randomly, my favorite dish is the charred lamb.
I came here for dinner with some friends for the first time and all the good things I've heard about Fogo de Chao were true. I tried so many different types of meat that I can't say which was my favorite. Their garlic mashed potatoes were really really good. The salad bar looked to have a vast assortment of greens, but I'm a simple salad person so it was more than enough for me. The way they serve their meats is unique and the atmosphere was charged with many conversations. All the good comes with a high price tag, but overall, I'd say it's well worth the occasional visit. You won't be disappointed.
When they are good they are very very good. No one can beat them when they are fresh. Delish! But when they are bad they are very bad. They will serve you 2nd day old food, which is against the law I think. Your supposed to throw it out not serve it the next day. You have to ask for everything, they don't put napkins or salt and pepper on the table it's like they are rationing it. That would not be a problem but they take for ever to bring it to you.
i live in nw indiana and decided to try something different, so me and the wife looked up chicago restaurants and decided on this place. its about 45 min-1 hr drive for us, but i have to say that it was worth it. we've been back 3 times, each time with new friends and they've returned also. great food great service. Peruvian cuisine is delicious. Alot of seafood infused dishes as well as beef and chicken dishes. many different ceviche options as well.
I visited Chicago and went to this Restaurant. Being born in Miami and with Cuban parents, when I saw the name Habana Libre I wanted to eat thier & see what they served. I was surprised to find excellent Cuban Food at this place. Very Authentic, the chef is Cuban and actually came out to greet us and ask how the food was. Clean,nice atmosphere and a great place to enjoy a nice meal with your family. Definately will visit again.
This restaurant while may be just a little "hole in the wall" is wonderful the food is authentic "Puertorican" food the green plantain fritters "alcapurias" are wonderful and so flavorful and the potato fritters "rellenos de papa" arent far behind! their Jibarito sandwich is just mouthwatering.
This place is so cozy! the room is big and has a nice touch of romance with candle lights, red table clothing, napkins... etc... my first time coming here. Peruvian food is so full of flavor, big portions,and the waiters were so nice, their signature sauce " the ay ay picante sauce" is to die for! incredible good!
food is excellent but i would not enjoy my food with out having around this fantastic waiters who made my night very special, at all times they continue offering us water, tea, coffee etc, they were very sweet and attentive. To me this is were a restaurant should be reviewd at first. Thank you.
This was the best place to eat for Puerto Rican food. A little small and the service is kind of slow, but only due to the fact that they are so busy from the unexpected business. The authenticity is so unique and the food just melts in your mouth. Just absolutely delicious!!!!!!!!!