Savvy San Diego Living: Brazilian Steakhouse Date for under $100

Is it possible to go to a Brazilian Steakhouse and spend less than $100.00 for 2 People?

The answer is YES!

If you are a savvy person like myself, you can treat yourself and husband and/or spouse to a fabulous Brazilian Steakhouse experience.

For the last couple of years my husband has been wanting to try a Brazilian steakhouse because he heard you get unlimited meat. As soon as he heard unlimited meat, that was it. He did not want to go to any other steakhouse until he had a chance to try a Brazilian steakhouse first.

So this year for his birthday I figured I would surprise him and take him to his first Brazilian steakhouse. After doing some research I quickly found out that going to a Brazilian steakhouse is a full on experience and for this “Experience” it was going to cost you. Mind you I had a strict budget that I did not want to exceed for his birthday weekend. I wasn’t going to spend half my budget on going to a steakhouse LOL.

Thank goodness I was flexible and creative. I did a lot of research and found the best Brazilian Steakhouse in San Diego.

First I knew that I wanted my husband to get the “FULL” Brazilian Steakhouse experience. And for myself, I am not an all you can eat type of girl. So I was hoping that they had another option for me.In doing my research I ended up making reservations at Fogo De Chao; not only was it ranked the best via Yelp, this Brazilian steakhouse is also in Brazil.

Because I made my reservation early I was able to get promotional emails from the restaurant. And when looking to save on anything the best thing to do is sign up for their mailing list. The first promotional email they sent me included a coupon for $15.00 off, and this coupon came in so handy in helping me save money. Once I received the coupon, I read that it was also good for lunch. Once I read that, I double checked the website to see what the cost of having lunch is verses dinner… and let me tell you I quickly changed this surprise from a dinner to a lunch experience (LUNCH $34.95 DINNER $52.95). Right there i already cut the cost about 35% and I still have a $15.00 off coupon.

The moral of going to a Brazilian Steakhouse for under $100 is…

First: Do your research

Second: Sign up for their mailing list

Third: It’s okay to have a lunch date


Now that we got the savings out of the way, let me tell you about our actual experience at Fogo De Chao.

So the day had finally arrived, I surprised my husband and pulled up at Fogo De Chao in Downtown San Diego. My husband was so excited. As soon as we walked through the door the hostess knew exactly who we were, and she sat us right away. We did not even have to wait 2 seconds. Once we were at our table it seemed like not even 30 seconds later one of the servers came over and somehow knew it was our first time there. She literally explained everything down to the cut of meats to us, and answered all of our questions and really took her time with us. I must say this was the best customer service experience that I have had in San Diego since moving to here in 2005. Not only did she explain everything, but I told her that I was not a big all-you-can eat person and she helped me find a middle ground as I did want the full experience of the Brazilian Steakhouse but not really (if that makes any sense).

After we knew what we were doing, we ordered our “adult beverages” and headed over to the most amazing salad bar ever. Once we had our first round of food from the salad bar, we headed back to our table and then the ballet of meats started. There were so many different meats going around and around, the meat cutters came by our table and cut meat on meat on meat for my husband. It was kind of an amazing experience and not to mention the food was absolutely delicious.

Once my husband couldn’t eat another bite, one of the servers came over gave my husband a dessert menu and said “Happy Birthday choose any dessert you want on us”.

After 2 full meals or “Experiences” , 2 “Adult Beverages”, dessert, Tip (a really good tip), and paying for valet parking, I only ended up spending a total of $91.00.

Again I have to say the food was AMAZING, the customer service was AMAZING, our whole experience was AMAZING! It was worth every penny. I can honestly say that we will be back for dinner and pay full price because it was so worth it. Okay just kidding, I will not be paying full price because… They sent me a $25.00 off coupon for my birthday, a $25.00 off coupon just because, and restaurant week in San Diego is coming up on September 25th ($40.00 per person) so I will not be paying full price anytime soon LOL!

If you are ever in San Diego you must give Fogo De Chao a try, you will not regret it. And don’t forget to sign up for their mailing list to get your coupon.

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