Chima Steakhouse

★★★★☆
  • 1901 John F Kennedy Blvd

    Philadelphia, PA 19103

    Map & Directions
  • 215-525-3233

About Chima Steakhouse

Categories
  • Steakhouse Restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Brazilian Restaurants
Details
  • $$$$
  • Bar Scene
  • Business Dining
  • Date Spot
  • Group Dining
  • Happy Hour
  • Special Occasion Dining
  • Open 7 Days
Hours
M-Th 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm, F 11:30am-2pm, 5:30pm-10pm, Sa 4:30pm-10pm, Su 4pm-9pm
Associations
  • Wine Expectator, ZAGAT ratings
Emails
  • philly@chimasteakhouse.com
Year Established
  • 2003
Products
  • Dinning
Payment Options
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Cash
Languages
  • English, Portuguese, Spanish

Food

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went here to eat dinner one night. We decided to try something new. And by new, I mean not Fogo. The food was good, but it the service was slow. It took a while to get all the different meats to come around to our talbe.
We are used to Fogo de Chao, fast service, excellent customer service, delishous food! Chima is good, but if your a fan of Fogo, DON'T STRAY, the grass is not greener!!!

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★★★☆☆

went here to eat dinner one night. We decided to try something new. And by new, I mean not Fogo. The food was good, but it the service was slow. It took a while to get all the different meats to come around to our talbe.
We are used to Fogo de Chao, fast service, excellent customer service, delishous food! Chima is good, but if your a fan of Fogo, DON'T STRAY, the grass is not greener!!!

Pros: Good Food

Cons: Slow service

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If you like meat and more meat you need to visit this place!!! They have beef, pork, lamb in abundance. Definitely come hungry.

4
★★★★☆

If you like meat and more meat you need to visit this place!!! They have beef, pork, lamb in abundance. Definitely come hungry.

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Meat lovers unite!!! The best sides of meat you can ask for, great salad & fixin's bar...and the sides just keep on coming. But expect to pay more than your local Outback!

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★★★★★

Meat lovers unite!!! The best sides of meat you can ask for, great salad & fixin's bar...and the sides just keep on coming. But expect to pay more than your local Outback!

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Good meat, OK salad bar. This is a good Brazilian style restaurant. You must be hungry to enjoy it. I would go again. The only cons, it's quite expensive. I never paid less than $60/person with their fixed buffet plus 1 shared dessert and glass of wine each.

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★★★★☆

Good meat, OK salad bar. This is a good Brazilian style restaurant. You must be hungry to enjoy it. I would go again. The only cons, it's quite expensive. I never paid less than $60/person with their fixed buffet plus 1 shared dessert and glass of wine each.

Pros: the meat iw well cooked

Cons: I never spent less than $60/person with just 1 glass of wine

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Meat lovers only. so for 49.99 you can eat all the meat you want. They start you with some sides and those sides keep getting refilled during your whole meal. They also have a salad bar with almost anything you can think of. Then comes the meat. You get a coaster with two sides one side pretty much means please bring me your meat and the other one means no I need a break. I tried I think at least 6 different kinds of meat in one night. My favorite was the Parmesan chicken. The only bad thing was I wanted more of it and has to sit there holding my coaster and stalking for the guy to come out with more. There is no way you can leave this place hungry and you will defiantly find at least one meat you like.

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★★★★☆

Meat lovers only. so for 49.99 you can eat all the meat you want. They start you with some sides and those sides keep getting refilled during your whole meal. They also have a salad bar with almost anything you can think of. Then comes the meat. You get a coaster with two sides one side pretty much means please bring me your meat and the other one means no I need a break. I tried I think at least 6 different kinds of meat in one night. My favorite was the Parmesan chicken. The only bad thing was I wanted more of it and has to sit there holding my coaster and stalking for the guy to come out with more. There is no way you can leave this place hungry and you will defiantly find at least one meat you like.

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They had to roll me out of this place. I ate so much... I dont think I would do that anymore. This place is once a year. Excellent cuts of meat if you a meat lover. ITs a meatlovers heaven. Everything was great! Only thing I didnt like was being full as if it was thanksgiving:)

2
★★★★☆

They had to roll me out of this place. I ate so much... I dont think I would do that anymore. This place is once a year. Excellent cuts of meat if you a meat lover. ITs a meatlovers heaven. Everything was great! Only thing I didnt like was being full as if it was thanksgiving:)

Pros: Salad bar, meats and service

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If you are a meat lover Chima is the place for you! All you can eat meat and salad bar for a fixed price. Basically how it works is you have this disc and when you flip it over the servers come by with various types of meats. You also get unlimited sides of the most amazing mashed potatoes I have ever tasted!

4
★★★★☆

If you are a meat lover Chima is the place for you! All you can eat meat and salad bar for a fixed price. Basically how it works is you have this disc and when you flip it over the servers come by with various types of meats. You also get unlimited sides of the most amazing mashed potatoes I have ever tasted!

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the meats are outstanding,such a large choice. You are guaranteed to be full before you run out of selections.
salad bar is fresh and exotic. My wife and i have been to many cities including nyc to eat and chima is up to par.
Lack of support and class in philly will ultimately ruin it as this restaurant is of world class status in a working class city.
So try it while it lasts. morimoto and chima neck and neck
again this is world class dining so prices reflect that, please dont be typical philly and complain about the price, than try to attribute your complaints to the food.
philly people, if you cant afford it no matter how good the food is you will be pissed.Dont come go to red lobster.

2
★★★★★

the meats are outstanding,such a large choice. You are guaranteed to be full before you run out of selections.
salad bar is fresh and exotic. My wife and i have been to many cities including nyc to eat and chima is up to par.
Lack of support and class in philly will ultimately ruin it as this restaurant is of world class status in a working class city.
So try it while it lasts. morimoto and chima neck and neck
again this is world class dining so prices reflect that, please dont be typical philly and complain about the price, than try to attribute your complaints to the food.
philly people, if you cant afford it no matter how good the food is you will be pissed.Dont come go to red lobster.

Pros: exellent food, decor,service,no wait

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Went here for restaurant week with my boyfriend and we couldn't have been happier. The service was great - our waitress came over almost every 5 minutes to see if we needed anything. The salad bar was delicious, as were the sides they brought out to us (especially the mashed potatoes and fried bananas). The gauchos walked around frequently with the delicious meat selection, all of which was wonderful. By the end I realized I'd forgotten to try the lamb, so our waitress sent one of the gauchos over to me specially so I could have some. At one point my boyfriend was playing with his yes/no coin and one of the gauchos stopped to see if he was going to flip it back over to "yes." Overall a great meal with a great atmosphere. I will definitely be going back.

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★★★★★

Went here for restaurant week with my boyfriend and we couldn't have been happier. The service was great - our waitress came over almost every 5 minutes to see if we needed anything. The salad bar was delicious, as were the sides they brought out to us (especially the mashed potatoes and fried bananas). The gauchos walked around frequently with the delicious meat selection, all of which was wonderful. By the end I realized I'd forgotten to try the lamb, so our waitress sent one of the gauchos over to me specially so I could have some. At one point my boyfriend was playing with his yes/no coin and one of the gauchos stopped to see if he was going to flip it back over to "yes." Overall a great meal with a great atmosphere. I will definitely be going back.

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I am very glad that I do not pay attention to reviews; I always like to try places myself. So, I decided to go with my husband and friends to Chima for Restaurant Week! Words cannot describe how wonderful our experience was. From the moment we walked in, the service was exceptional! The hostess, the bartenders, our waiter and the gauchos were friendly, helpful and attentive. The food was beyond belief!!! The salad bar offered a wide variety; from fresh veggies to calami and cheeses. The meats were prepared perfectly and you could get your choice of temperature as well. I will go back again, even at regular prices the deal is amazing! Try Happy Hour too - half price drinks and appetizers.

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★★★★★

I am very glad that I do not pay attention to reviews; I always like to try places myself. So, I decided to go with my husband and friends to Chima for Restaurant Week! Words cannot describe how wonderful our experience was. From the moment we walked in, the service was exceptional! The hostess, the bartenders, our waiter and the gauchos were friendly, helpful and attentive. The food was beyond belief!!! The salad bar offered a wide variety; from fresh veggies to calami and cheeses. The meats were prepared perfectly and you could get your choice of temperature as well. I will go back again, even at regular prices the deal is amazing! Try Happy Hour too - half price drinks and appetizers.

Pros: Exceptional service, delicious food, great drinks

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My friends and I are in our mid-40s+, and enjoy both casual and fine dining in Philadelphia. We are hearty eaters who enjoy well-prepared food. In addition, my father was in the meat business for his entire career, so I feel that I can safely say to the folks of Philadelphia -- Chima is fabulous! There are three things that made our experience at Chima so exceptional:

1) The service was excellent -- between the waiters refilling our side dishes to the gauchos who served the meats, we really felt like we were special. Drinks were quickly refilled, plates removed, etc.
2) The salad bar was remarkable -- I had heard that these places offered big salad bars, and I always felt that it would be a waste of appetite to fill any of it with salad -- but Chima's salad bar had so many fine offerings that even I got a plateful. From the fresh mozzarella, roasted asparagus, shrimp salad, roasted peppers, tons of cheeses, (oh yeah, and there was lettuce too) -- all of us sampled the diverse offerings and were very impressed with the freshness and quality.
3) The meat!!! Note to diners -- if you take the very outer piece of a roasted meat it is going to have spices on it like salt, pepper, etc. That is how you are SUPPOSED to cook meat. If you don't like those flavors, have some from deeper in the meat, or go to McDonalds. I consider myself very knowledgeable about meat and how to prepare it. Chima's meats were fabulous. The leg of lamb had a true rich lamb flavor, the filet mignon was nicely aged and as tender as butter, the regular sirloin (which I almost passed on because it is so common) was PERFECT, the rib-eye was to die for...I could go on, but the drool is starting to reach my computer keyboard!

My friends and I went to Chima during Restaurant Week, but we all agreed that we will DEFINITELY be back for another visit soon. PS - I do not work for Chima or anyone associated with them -- I truly loved the meal and the dining experience Chima offered us.

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★★★★★

My friends and I are in our mid-40s+, and enjoy both casual and fine dining in Philadelphia. We are hearty eaters who enjoy well-prepared food. In addition, my father was in the meat business for his entire career, so I feel that I can safely say to the folks of Philadelphia -- Chima is fabulous! There are three things that made our experience at Chima so exceptional:

1) The service was excellent -- between the waiters refilling our side dishes to the gauchos who served the meats, we really felt like we were special. Drinks were quickly refilled, plates removed, etc.
2) The salad bar was remarkable -- I had heard that these places offered big salad bars, and I always felt that it would be a waste of appetite to fill any of it with salad -- but Chima's salad bar had so many fine offerings that even I got a plateful. From the fresh mozzarella, roasted asparagus, shrimp salad, roasted peppers, tons of cheeses, (oh yeah, and there was lettuce too) -- all of us sampled the diverse offerings and were very impressed with the freshness and quality.
3) The meat!!! Note to diners -- if you take the very outer piece of a roasted meat it is going to have spices on it like salt, pepper, etc. That is how you are SUPPOSED to cook meat. If you don't like those flavors, have some from deeper in the meat, or go to McDonalds. I consider myself very knowledgeable about meat and how to prepare it. Chima's meats were fabulous. The leg of lamb had a true rich lamb flavor, the filet mignon was nicely aged and as tender as butter, the regular sirloin (which I almost passed on because it is so common) was PERFECT, the rib-eye was to die for...I could go on, but the drool is starting to reach my computer keyboard!

My friends and I went to Chima during Restaurant Week, but we all agreed that we will DEFINITELY be back for another visit soon. PS - I do not work for Chima or anyone associated with them -- I truly loved the meal and the dining experience Chima offered us.

Pros: Great service, salad bar, and MEAT! Lovely dining room, great bar with Happy Hour prices

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Have you ever had to sign a contract in order to enjoy the food at a restuarant? Chima sends "paper work" to your email address that you must sign and return . The contract limits your party to 2 hours. After your alotted time(which starts to tick away from the moment of your reservation, heaven forbid any member in your party is running late) you are billed per minute (up to $25.00) for how long you stay to enjoy your meal. My reservation was for a birthday party. We had a large group (about 16 people) and were celebrating and enjoying a night out on the town. After spending $50.00 per person just on food, not to mention our hefty bar bill, I found it ludicrous to limit our time. I have been in the restuarant business for 15 years. Never in any place that I have worked, did we rush out a party that was spending alot of money. Who wants to check thier watch throughout dinner?? What ever happened to relaxing with coffee, dessert and after-dinner drinks?? FoGo do Chao is the way to go!!!

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★☆☆☆☆

Have you ever had to sign a contract in order to enjoy the food at a restuarant? Chima sends "paper work" to your email address that you must sign and return . The contract limits your party to 2 hours. After your alotted time(which starts to tick away from the moment of your reservation, heaven forbid any member in your party is running late) you are billed per minute (up to $25.00) for how long you stay to enjoy your meal. My reservation was for a birthday party. We had a large group (about 16 people) and were celebrating and enjoying a night out on the town. After spending $50.00 per person just on food, not to mention our hefty bar bill, I found it ludicrous to limit our time. I have been in the restuarant business for 15 years. Never in any place that I have worked, did we rush out a party that was spending alot of money. Who wants to check thier watch throughout dinner?? What ever happened to relaxing with coffee, dessert and after-dinner drinks?? FoGo do Chao is the way to go!!!

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Take a piece of great meat fresh from the butcher and soak it in the Atlantic Ocean for about 24 hours...then throw some more seasoning salt on top of it and then cook it for 40 minutes...high...and there you go!!! if that's what you like, then chima is the place for you!

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★☆☆☆☆

Take a piece of great meat fresh from the butcher and soak it in the Atlantic Ocean for about 24 hours...then throw some more seasoning salt on top of it and then cook it for 40 minutes...high...and there you go!!! if that's what you like, then chima is the place for you!

Pros: the servers did try to please...

Cons: the food, the drinks...and oh yeah...the PRICE!

Message from Chima Steakhouse

Chima Steakhouse named after chimarrao, a traditional drink of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, that symbolizes hospitality and friendship-certainly lives up to its name. Legend has it, in South Brazil traditional gauchos (cowboys) would consume a diet that consisted almost entirely of beef. The meat was seasoned, placed on skewers, and slow cooked over a wood burning flame. Historically, gauchos were known for their generosity and hospitality.

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