Ipanema Brazilian Grill

★★★★☆
  • 1225 1st Ave

    Seattle, WA 98101

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  • 206-957-8444

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Out experience at Ipanema was great! We walked in and we were greeted by a very bubbly hostess who seated us promptly next to the window! Our waitress came over immediately with a smile and explained how the dinner worked and made a great suggestion on a drink called cap-a-something it?s the national drink of Brazil if you eat there you must try it! There was a huge variety of salads to choose from as well as all you can eat meat! We will be back!
Thank you Ipanema for a great night!

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★★★★★

Out experience at Ipanema was great! We walked in and we were greeted by a very bubbly hostess who seated us promptly next to the window! Our waitress came over immediately with a smile and explained how the dinner worked and made a great suggestion on a drink called cap-a-something it?s the national drink of Brazil if you eat there you must try it! There was a huge variety of salads to choose from as well as all you can eat meat! We will be back!
Thank you Ipanema for a great night!

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Though this restaurant has fairly average food, the service is horrific. Servers are disinterested in clients, and most of all, manager is an unpleasant character. Honestly speaking there are so many good restaurants with top service in Seattle, so why do we need some place with mediocre food as well as service with an attitude, esp from the manager?? Get rid of her!

0
★☆☆☆☆

Though this restaurant has fairly average food, the service is horrific. Servers are disinterested in clients, and most of all, manager is an unpleasant character. Honestly speaking there are so many good restaurants with top service in Seattle, so why do we need some place with mediocre food as well as service with an attitude, esp from the manager?? Get rid of her!

Pros: Location

Cons: Service, Management

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Definitely not "Customer is Always Right" restaurant management:

When you have read 1 review of a restaurant in which the chief complaint concerns the management, you consider that perhaps a single customer had a bad experience. When you read two reviews concerning the same theme, you maybe think hmmm....when you read several reviews on that same topic and then experience it first hand, you are probably best off avoiding the place to begin with, and that can be my only recommendation. Arrogance does not begin to describe the manager on duty this evening when I was out with a large group celebrating an engagement. The situation? Two couples at our table left early and both paid cash, one at the table witnessed by everyone at the table, and one at the front of the restaurant to a staff person not involved directly with our large group. After receiving a bill that included both couple's meals, drinks, tax and gratuity, and questioning the bill with the server, we had to hear from this very unprofessional manager about how she should have charged us more for the group and didn't (five no shows, apparently, and yet not an empty table in the restaurant, so not sure what the point was, and even more importantly why take it up with my table, who had nothing to do with organizing the event??), and she still insisted we had to pay the extra $100 on the bill, claiming there was no one on staff fitting the description of the lady our friends had paid, and utterly ignoring the full payment by the other couple. Nice little scam there. Not wishing to make a scene, we paid the bill. Strangely enough, as we were leaving the restaurant, the lady on staff that fit the description our friends gave us (when we called them to ask about their payment) walked back in our area. Not on the staff indeed! The manager and her arrogance and deceit with regards to our payment situation precludes any further visits by me, or the other 36 members in our group. If you do go, beware cash payment!

1
★★★☆☆

Definitely not "Customer is Always Right" restaurant management:

When you have read 1 review of a restaurant in which the chief complaint concerns the management, you consider that perhaps a single customer had a bad experience. When you read two reviews concerning the same theme, you maybe think hmmm....when you read several reviews on that same topic and then experience it first hand, you are probably best off avoiding the place to begin with, and that can be my only recommendation. Arrogance does not begin to describe the manager on duty this evening when I was out with a large group celebrating an engagement. The situation? Two couples at our table left early and both paid cash, one at the table witnessed by everyone at the table, and one at the front of the restaurant to a staff person not involved directly with our large group. After receiving a bill that included both couple's meals, drinks, tax and gratuity, and questioning the bill with the server, we had to hear from this very unprofessional manager about how she should have charged us more for the group and didn't (five no shows, apparently, and yet not an empty table in the restaurant, so not sure what the point was, and even more importantly why take it up with my table, who had nothing to do with organizing the event??), and she still insisted we had to pay the extra $100 on the bill, claiming there was no one on staff fitting the description of the lady our friends had paid, and utterly ignoring the full payment by the other couple. Nice little scam there. Not wishing to make a scene, we paid the bill. Strangely enough, as we were leaving the restaurant, the lady on staff that fit the description our friends gave us (when we called them to ask about their payment) walked back in our area. Not on the staff indeed! The manager and her arrogance and deceit with regards to our payment situation precludes any further visits by me, or the other 36 members in our group. If you do go, beware cash payment!

Pros: Food is a break from "normal", tasty and interesting food mix, something for everybody

Cons: Very loud, definitely not good for romantic dinner or large groups, cash payments handled improperly, expensive relative to food quality

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One word that best describes this place - disorganized. The food was average, but the service was just poor! Our waitress had no real sense of urgency to address our needs. When it came time to pay our bill, we were charged for 2 additional people, that had already paid. After getting nowhere with the waitress, we dealt with the manager, who was really not willing to even investigate the problem. When we gave her a description of the person that took the money, she claimed that the person did not work there and was not around, but coincidentally, she was out front as we were leaving. Instead of addressing our concern, she took up the challenge by telling us that she did us a favor, by not charging for the 5 additional people that did not show up. This so-called manager, was unprofessional and all but called us liar's! Obviously, customer service is not a priority here. Have a big party, don't bother going!

0
★☆☆☆☆

One word that best describes this place - disorganized. The food was average, but the service was just poor! Our waitress had no real sense of urgency to address our needs. When it came time to pay our bill, we were charged for 2 additional people, that had already paid. After getting nowhere with the waitress, we dealt with the manager, who was really not willing to even investigate the problem. When we gave her a description of the person that took the money, she claimed that the person did not work there and was not around, but coincidentally, she was out front as we were leaving. Instead of addressing our concern, she took up the challenge by telling us that she did us a favor, by not charging for the 5 additional people that did not show up. This so-called manager, was unprofessional and all but called us liar's! Obviously, customer service is not a priority here. Have a big party, don't bother going!

Cons: Not friendly to large groups. Service was less than average.

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This place is a meat-lover's paradise. The buffet offers some excellent cuts of various meats prepared in different styles that are succulent and delicious. The "salad" bar has a lot of great fruits, vegetables, and salads that are also excellent. The fried plantains are so addictive (and fortunately, they'll keep bringing you more!) and the other sides are good as well. They've got some great specialty drinks that are definitely worth a try. The staff seems very friendly and we had a discussion with our waitress, who was from Brazil, about the dining offerings back there. I'd recommend this place to all the carnivorous people I know!

2
★★★★★

This place is a meat-lover's paradise. The buffet offers some excellent cuts of various meats prepared in different styles that are succulent and delicious. The "salad" bar has a lot of great fruits, vegetables, and salads that are also excellent. The fried plantains are so addictive (and fortunately, they'll keep bringing you more!) and the other sides are good as well. They've got some great specialty drinks that are definitely worth a try. The staff seems very friendly and we had a discussion with our waitress, who was from Brazil, about the dining offerings back there. I'd recommend this place to all the carnivorous people I know!

Pros: All-you-can-eat and it's worth eating!

Cons: Not quite vegetarian friendly.

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OK, so if it weren't for the meat servers that redeems this place from really getting a 0 out of 10 it would have made the rating go into the negatives. First of all the service is terrible and completely disorganized! I called to make a bday reservation for a table of 7 and when we got there our parties name was not on the list and the hostess arrogantly started arguing with us. After back and forth conversation as to when we called to reserve the hostess turned to argue with another server about where to sit us. Once we were seated, I went to get my camera from the parking and what I witnessed just completly finished making it a terrible night for me. I saw a man screaming at a bus boy and a cook at the back with strong insulting words in spanish. When I came back to my table I learned that it was the owner screaming at the workers to work faster. I was astonished to the treatment of the workers at this restaurant. Call me paranoid, but I used to work as a safety and health inspector and I have to say this place completely breaks occupational safety and health law and not to mention worker rights! I am not surprised why the workers are so frustrated and disorganized at a place with an owner like that. In addition to the slave treatment, this guy must pay below minimum wage and no overtime! Umm, this makes me remember the story about a worker spitting on the food bc he was so frustrated at the conditions of his work! THIS PLACE IS NOT WORTH IT!

0
★☆☆☆☆

OK, so if it weren't for the meat servers that redeems this place from really getting a 0 out of 10 it would have made the rating go into the negatives. First of all the service is terrible and completely disorganized! I called to make a bday reservation for a table of 7 and when we got there our parties name was not on the list and the hostess arrogantly started arguing with us. After back and forth conversation as to when we called to reserve the hostess turned to argue with another server about where to sit us. Once we were seated, I went to get my camera from the parking and what I witnessed just completly finished making it a terrible night for me. I saw a man screaming at a bus boy and a cook at the back with strong insulting words in spanish. When I came back to my table I learned that it was the owner screaming at the workers to work faster. I was astonished to the treatment of the workers at this restaurant. Call me paranoid, but I used to work as a safety and health inspector and I have to say this place completely breaks occupational safety and health law and not to mention worker rights! I am not surprised why the workers are so frustrated and disorganized at a place with an owner like that. In addition to the slave treatment, this guy must pay below minimum wage and no overtime! Umm, this makes me remember the story about a worker spitting on the food bc he was so frustrated at the conditions of his work! THIS PLACE IS NOT WORTH IT!

Pros: meat servers

Cons: service, owner

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The service was terrible, especially a manager / waitss playing the
role of a professional host (all the same person and not acting the part
of either).
That night I saw this manager/so called host, arguing with one customer
in front of the customers. She was very unprofessional and had no
manners what so ever. This manager instigated the argument and
expssed such anger with an outrages temper. Leaving the poor customer
embarrassed to her feet. ( If I we that customer, I would have
slapped that waitss and business with a law suit, for poor food, for
being unprofessional, embarrassment, and mental anguish).

0
★☆☆☆☆

The service was terrible, especially a manager / waitss playing the
role of a professional host (all the same person and not acting the part
of either).
That night I saw this manager/so called host, arguing with one customer
in front of the customers. She was very unprofessional and had no
manners what so ever. This manager instigated the argument and
expssed such anger with an outrages temper. Leaving the poor customer
embarrassed to her feet. ( If I we that customer, I would have
slapped that waitss and business with a law suit, for poor food, for
being unprofessional, embarrassment, and mental anguish).

Pros: Meat

Cons: Service, Salad Bar, Bar

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What wonderful food, drinks, service and great hostess. Originally from NYC, I have eaten at many ethnic restaurants and I was thoroughly impressed. The flavors...wow! The garlic steak appetizer's juices flavored my delicious spring green salad. The meats were just what I expected...flaming hot, charred on the exterior and moist and tender and juicy on the inside with lots of spices(not hot but flavorful). The salad bar was a plus. The fried plaintains and desserts were excellent also. Service by everyone was superb, especially the hostess who explained the whole concept to me at the door. Lived at the Harbor Steps on business so I tried this restaurant. All I can say is that you should patent your recipe and open restaurants in Boston, NYC and Washington D.C. We do not have anything that could compare. Pay the price because it is definitely worth it!

1
★★★☆☆

What wonderful food, drinks, service and great hostess. Originally from NYC, I have eaten at many ethnic restaurants and I was thoroughly impressed. The flavors...wow! The garlic steak appetizer's juices flavored my delicious spring green salad. The meats were just what I expected...flaming hot, charred on the exterior and moist and tender and juicy on the inside with lots of spices(not hot but flavorful). The salad bar was a plus. The fried plaintains and desserts were excellent also. Service by everyone was superb, especially the hostess who explained the whole concept to me at the door. Lived at the Harbor Steps on business so I tried this restaurant. All I can say is that you should patent your recipe and open restaurants in Boston, NYC and Washington D.C. We do not have anything that could compare. Pay the price because it is definitely worth it!

Pros: Meat, salad bar, ambience, service.

Cons: Bar tender was not very attentive.

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My boyfriend & I were having a night on the town to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. We had our hearts set on a restaurant, but when I called to make reservations -- the VM noted that the restaurant would be close for a holiday party. We were VERY dejected. So, although we are from Seattle -- I hoped on citysearch in hopes of finding another choice that would WOW us! We wanted ethnic -- I noticed a couple Brazilian restaurants. Ipanema had the best review and sounded tasty after review of the menu. We were staying in a swanky hotel up the street, so we walked to the hotel. Immediately we were greeted & seats which was nice since we didn't have reservation. Our waiter had a great sense of humor & gave us a solid explanation on how the menu worked. We could chose from one of their sandwiches (which all sounded tasty) to a buffet style entree that included A LOT of MEAT!!! We opted for the buffet. We were in for a pleasant surprise! The 'salad' bar which included so much more than salad was wonderful -- black beans & rice, a wonderful shrimp salad, garlic mashed potatoes, all different grilled veggies, etc. -- but when the meats came around... let's just say is was a carnivore's heaven. From the peppered tenderloin, Swiss & steak, bacon wrapped turkey, garlic prawns, filet migon, papaya chicken, grilled fruits & veggies and more... we ate our hearts out! I will say all the meats had tremendous flavor and excited our palates. Additionally, we ordered a pitcher of the Sangria with fresh fruit that too was very yummy! Overall -- we can't wait to go back again. Dinner $35 a person, lunch (for the same buffet) $12 -- I think either way it's well worth it! I'll be taking my meat lovin' brother back in February for his birthday! Oh and we found the restaurant to have a romantic edge to it... not really intimate, but a place where you feel like you can really kick back and enjoy yourselves! We both agreed that we were glad the other restaraunt was closed.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend & I were having a night on the town to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. We had our hearts set on a restaurant, but when I called to make reservations -- the VM noted that the restaurant would be close for a holiday party. We were VERY dejected. So, although we are from Seattle -- I hoped on citysearch in hopes of finding another choice that would WOW us! We wanted ethnic -- I noticed a couple Brazilian restaurants. Ipanema had the best review and sounded tasty after review of the menu. We were staying in a swanky hotel up the street, so we walked to the hotel. Immediately we were greeted & seats which was nice since we didn't have reservation. Our waiter had a great sense of humor & gave us a solid explanation on how the menu worked. We could chose from one of their sandwiches (which all sounded tasty) to a buffet style entree that included A LOT of MEAT!!! We opted for the buffet. We were in for a pleasant surprise! The 'salad' bar which included so much more than salad was wonderful -- black beans & rice, a wonderful shrimp salad, garlic mashed potatoes, all different grilled veggies, etc. -- but when the meats came around... let's just say is was a carnivore's heaven. From the peppered tenderloin, Swiss & steak, bacon wrapped turkey, garlic prawns, filet migon, papaya chicken, grilled fruits & veggies and more... we ate our hearts out! I will say all the meats had tremendous flavor and excited our palates. Additionally, we ordered a pitcher of the Sangria with fresh fruit that too was very yummy! Overall -- we can't wait to go back again. Dinner $35 a person, lunch (for the same buffet) $12 -- I think either way it's well worth it! I'll be taking my meat lovin' brother back in February for his birthday! Oh and we found the restaurant to have a romantic edge to it... not really intimate, but a place where you feel like you can really kick back and enjoy yourselves! We both agreed that we were glad the other restaraunt was closed.

Pros: Wonderful food, pleasant/fun service, unique & unforgettable experience

Cons: No real Con's unless you don't like meat!!!

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My boyfriend and another couple went to eat at Ipanema last Monday, and it turned out to be such a great find! We got there early so we sat at the bar and had some mojitos while we waited for our friends. They tasted so great! When the other couple showed up the manager seated us promptly for our reservation. We ordered the Rodizio ( Brazilian Berbecue). Everything tasted great. The service was fast and friendly, and combined with the delicious food and great ambiance made for a great night out. Highly recommended!
All in all we had a great time, and we will definitely be back.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend and another couple went to eat at Ipanema last Monday, and it turned out to be such a great find! We got there early so we sat at the bar and had some mojitos while we waited for our friends. They tasted so great! When the other couple showed up the manager seated us promptly for our reservation. We ordered the Rodizio ( Brazilian Berbecue). Everything tasted great. The service was fast and friendly, and combined with the delicious food and great ambiance made for a great night out. Highly recommended!
All in all we had a great time, and we will definitely be back.

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What more can a carnivore ask for??! For myself, I can only eat a certain amount before I feel as though I will topple over and fall to the ground. For my family however, they are always MORE than excited to dine here. With a great selection of meat (beware though, if you tend to keep the place card on green [meaning go], and you are constantly eating every last shred of meat that lands on your plate, they may be a tad hesitant to grace your table every two minutes..), and an excellent side dish of fried bananas (that are also bottomless), you really can't go wrong!

2
★★★★★

What more can a carnivore ask for??! For myself, I can only eat a certain amount before I feel as though I will topple over and fall to the ground. For my family however, they are always MORE than excited to dine here. With a great selection of meat (beware though, if you tend to keep the place card on green [meaning go], and you are constantly eating every last shred of meat that lands on your plate, they may be a tad hesitant to grace your table every two minutes..), and an excellent side dish of fried bananas (that are also bottomless), you really can't go wrong!

Pros: all-you-can-eat, family style

Cons: parking downtown

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This has become a favorite spot of ours for after dinner drinks. A long time ago, I came in with a group and had the Meat Fest, and OMG (my advice is that if you come with guys, don't try to keep up with them!). All the reviews about how delicious and intersting and fantastic this way to eat are right. But, I have to say that after that experience, it was the Caipirinha that brought me back. I mean, I can only eat "meat fest" so much, but I can sure indulge in a Caipirinha often! I have now sat at the bar a few times, snacked on Empanadas (they're good) and indulged in conversation with the gracious staff that run this joint. It is a comfort and a joy to find such friendly faces, good drinks, and good food in this part of downtown!

1
★★★☆☆

This has become a favorite spot of ours for after dinner drinks. A long time ago, I came in with a group and had the Meat Fest, and OMG (my advice is that if you come with guys, don't try to keep up with them!). All the reviews about how delicious and intersting and fantastic this way to eat are right. But, I have to say that after that experience, it was the Caipirinha that brought me back. I mean, I can only eat "meat fest" so much, but I can sure indulge in a Caipirinha often! I have now sat at the bar a few times, snacked on Empanadas (they're good) and indulged in conversation with the gracious staff that run this joint. It is a comfort and a joy to find such friendly faces, good drinks, and good food in this part of downtown!

Pros: Drinks, Food, Freindly

Cons: Parking

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One nice and sunny week day in mid September, my spouse decided to skip office and took me there as a surprise and I'm glad he did. It was recommended to him by a colleague. Usually I read reviews before I visit a new place but I?m glad that this once I didn?t. Coz had I read the bad reviews written back then, I would have never gone.

It was a weekday and we ordered the Buffet. We were seated quickly although I agree that the waitress is not very friendly and looks sulky.

The all you can eat Buffet is a very interesting and unusual experience. There are side items or the salad bar (atleast 40) and then there is meat carved specially for you. Different Servers come to the table carrying long metal SKEWERS with various cuts and flavors of Hot-of- the- Grill Pork or Beef and they carve it with a HUGE knife as per your taste and you can decide which all you want to try. They provide you with Tongs to grab those delicious slices A Cardboard token on the table informs the waiter if you wish to be served or need a small break to polish off from your plate.
Some of the meat cuts were tough, but that?s me. I loved the sausages though. What I enjoyed the most was the salad bar. It was an extensive and unique display of pilaf?s, sweet and savory salads and greens along with fresh fruits and cheese and cold cuts. I loved the marinated mushrooms and the artichoke salad.
Keeping beans and rice handy and mixing it with various meat cuts offers an interesting and unique flavor. A complimentary (inadequate as it was so yummy) portion of Fried Banana works as a dessert and ends this hour long session

Like I said, overall it was a very Unusual and Interesting experience and we just paid $17.50 p.p for over an hour of gluttony and interesting display of new flavors.

2
★★★★★

One nice and sunny week day in mid September, my spouse decided to skip office and took me there as a surprise and I'm glad he did. It was recommended to him by a colleague. Usually I read reviews before I visit a new place but I?m glad that this once I didn?t. Coz had I read the bad reviews written back then, I would have never gone.

It was a weekday and we ordered the Buffet. We were seated quickly although I agree that the waitress is not very friendly and looks sulky.

The all you can eat Buffet is a very interesting and unusual experience. There are side items or the salad bar (atleast 40) and then there is meat carved specially for you. Different Servers come to the table carrying long metal SKEWERS with various cuts and flavors of Hot-of- the- Grill Pork or Beef and they carve it with a HUGE knife as per your taste and you can decide which all you want to try. They provide you with Tongs to grab those delicious slices A Cardboard token on the table informs the waiter if you wish to be served or need a small break to polish off from your plate.
Some of the meat cuts were tough, but that?s me. I loved the sausages though. What I enjoyed the most was the salad bar. It was an extensive and unique display of pilaf?s, sweet and savory salads and greens along with fresh fruits and cheese and cold cuts. I loved the marinated mushrooms and the artichoke salad.
Keeping beans and rice handy and mixing it with various meat cuts offers an interesting and unique flavor. A complimentary (inadequate as it was so yummy) portion of Fried Banana works as a dessert and ends this hour long session

Like I said, overall it was a very Unusual and Interesting experience and we just paid $17.50 p.p for over an hour of gluttony and interesting display of new flavors.

Pros: Unsual and Interesting Experience, Extensive and Deliciously different Salad Bar

Cons: Parking in downtown

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This restaurant was the finest in food selection I have ever been to! They bring the best tasting meats (14 to be exact) to your table until you want no more. The food was a delicious value for the $35 pricetag. Even the salad had wonderful unusual offerings such as prosscuito & salami, fresh asparagus and seafood. You must try the house drink and the creme de papaya desert!

2
★★★★★

This restaurant was the finest in food selection I have ever been to! They bring the best tasting meats (14 to be exact) to your table until you want no more. The food was a delicious value for the $35 pricetag. Even the salad had wonderful unusual offerings such as prosscuito & salami, fresh asparagus and seafood. You must try the house drink and the creme de papaya desert!

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After my experience at Ipanema, my first reaction was WOW! The food here is unbelievable and the service is above and beyond one's expectations! If you enjoy incredibly well seasoned meats that'll stimulate your taste buds just the right way, a salad bar that goes beyond all other salad bars and service that compliments your dining experience just right.....than Ipanema is the place for you. The atmosphere is comfortable and warm, and from the moment you enter the restaurant it appears as if it's the mission of the staff to make your experience an enjoyable one. There are so many cuts of meats to choose from but I really enjoyed the Picanha and the Brazilian beef which both complimented the fried bananas, black beans and rice perfectly...... I can't wait to go to Ipanema again.......I've been telling all my friends about it!

2
★★★★★

After my experience at Ipanema, my first reaction was WOW! The food here is unbelievable and the service is above and beyond one's expectations! If you enjoy incredibly well seasoned meats that'll stimulate your taste buds just the right way, a salad bar that goes beyond all other salad bars and service that compliments your dining experience just right.....than Ipanema is the place for you. The atmosphere is comfortable and warm, and from the moment you enter the restaurant it appears as if it's the mission of the staff to make your experience an enjoyable one. There are so many cuts of meats to choose from but I really enjoyed the Picanha and the Brazilian beef which both complimented the fried bananas, black beans and rice perfectly...... I can't wait to go to Ipanema again.......I've been telling all my friends about it!

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My boyfriend took me here for my birthday last week. The food here was absolutely delicious! The fried bananas were to die for, and they even had drinks made with caju (cashew juice). The servers were super friendly and funny. Be sure to try the Pork Tenderloin with parmessan, it makes me drool just to think of it. The buffet was very good, but don't be too tempted to stuff yourself on these side dishes--save your tummy space for the meat! The music was wonderful too. I've been to a Brazilian BBQ restaurant in Sao Paulo, and the staff here was just as attentive and friendly as the Brasilians I met there. The drinks were not as strong as what they serve in Brazil, but I think that's because Americans aren't used to the strong cachasa taste. I just asked the waitress to make mine much stronger, which they did.

2
★★★★★

My boyfriend took me here for my birthday last week. The food here was absolutely delicious! The fried bananas were to die for, and they even had drinks made with caju (cashew juice). The servers were super friendly and funny. Be sure to try the Pork Tenderloin with parmessan, it makes me drool just to think of it. The buffet was very good, but don't be too tempted to stuff yourself on these side dishes--save your tummy space for the meat! The music was wonderful too. I've been to a Brazilian BBQ restaurant in Sao Paulo, and the staff here was just as attentive and friendly as the Brasilians I met there. The drinks were not as strong as what they serve in Brazil, but I think that's because Americans aren't used to the strong cachasa taste. I just asked the waitress to make mine much stronger, which they did.

Pros: Food, service, music

Cons: price, shrimp

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I never had brazilian food before and this place was awesome. It is like $34.95 per person and servers are constantly going from table to table with huge skewers of BBQ meet, anything from beef to lamb and even pineapple. I had such a great experience and it has a wonderful atmosphere. You get a lot of food for what you pay for and the servers are polite, quick and really seem to have fun with their work. I defn recommend it....

2
★★★★★

I never had brazilian food before and this place was awesome. It is like $34.95 per person and servers are constantly going from table to table with huge skewers of BBQ meet, anything from beef to lamb and even pineapple. I had such a great experience and it has a wonderful atmosphere. You get a lot of food for what you pay for and the servers are polite, quick and really seem to have fun with their work. I defn recommend it....

Pros: Tudo Bem !

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VERY Brazilian... Authentic/classy ambiance, tasty and tender meats, excellent service. This is very close to an all-you-can-eat (rodizio) style Brazilian Churrascaria. This is how Brazilians like a steakhouse. Excellent!!!

2
★★★★★

VERY Brazilian... Authentic/classy ambiance, tasty and tender meats, excellent service. This is very close to an all-you-can-eat (rodizio) style Brazilian Churrascaria. This is how Brazilians like a steakhouse. Excellent!!!

Pros: Everything !!!

Cons: parking

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The food was good but the noise was very loud and it was nothing like what I was hoping. We paid lots of money for bad tasting meat and a cold buffet with such a long line. The staff didn't seem that friendly and not that romantic. It was okay but I would not recommended it.

1
★★☆☆☆

The food was good but the noise was very loud and it was nothing like what I was hoping. We paid lots of money for bad tasting meat and a cold buffet with such a long line. The staff didn't seem that friendly and not that romantic. It was okay but I would not recommended it.

Cons: Very Noisy

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Excellent!!! Is all I have to say. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday on Monday and he is a meat lover so he was in heaven. I was really impressed with the manager and his wine recommendation. My orange flan looked and tasted divine. The staff is very attentive.
One thing though if you are looking for a quiet romantic spot that is where it is lacking. Its a very busy place.

2
★★★★★

Excellent!!! Is all I have to say. I took my boyfriend there for his birthday on Monday and he is a meat lover so he was in heaven. I was really impressed with the manager and his wine recommendation. My orange flan looked and tasted divine. The staff is very attentive.
One thing though if you are looking for a quiet romantic spot that is where it is lacking. Its a very busy place.

Pros: Everything !!!!

Cons: little noise

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I had a great birthday dinner here. The friendly waiter explained how the restaurant worked and ecouraged us to enjoy the dinner and relax between servings. The parade of meats was mouth watering. From the bacon wrapped turkey to the spicy sausages. We were a party of two then, but a few months later we came back with a larger group including business associates from out of town. We were not disappointed. Ipanema is a great place if you're looking for something different.

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★★★★★

I had a great birthday dinner here. The friendly waiter explained how the restaurant worked and ecouraged us to enjoy the dinner and relax between servings. The parade of meats was mouth watering. From the bacon wrapped turkey to the spicy sausages. We were a party of two then, but a few months later we came back with a larger group including business associates from out of town. We were not disappointed. Ipanema is a great place if you're looking for something different.

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Wow....What an experience!! The service was very good, and the food was amazing. I went for lunch but cant wait to go back for dinner. We ate unlimited meats....cooked all different ways, which they bring to you fresh and hot on metal skewers which they slice right in front of you. The closest thing Seattle has to the real Brazil.

2
★★★★★

Wow....What an experience!! The service was very good, and the food was amazing. I went for lunch but cant wait to go back for dinner. We ate unlimited meats....cooked all different ways, which they bring to you fresh and hot on metal skewers which they slice right in front of you. The closest thing Seattle has to the real Brazil.

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Ipanema is a great little place but could use a little more user friendly introduction from the hostess or from a server. The steak is fantastic but the salad/veggie bar and sides could use a little more spicing up. It's noisy on weekends but worth trying.

2
★★★★☆

Ipanema is a great little place but could use a little more user friendly introduction from the hostess or from a server. The steak is fantastic but the salad/veggie bar and sides could use a little more spicing up. It's noisy on weekends but worth trying.

Pros: Great Steak, Ambiance

Cons: Parking, Loud Music

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The food and service were great! The waiters were cheerful and attentive. It brought back great memories of a wonderful country with delicious food. I was worried about going after reading some of the reviews but after enjoying a nice dinner there I felt I should write about our positive experience!
It is a little pricey but the quality of food offered made it worth it- we are definately going to take some friends back with us next time!

2
★★★★★

The food and service were great! The waiters were cheerful and attentive. It brought back great memories of a wonderful country with delicious food. I was worried about going after reading some of the reviews but after enjoying a nice dinner there I felt I should write about our positive experience!
It is a little pricey but the quality of food offered made it worth it- we are definately going to take some friends back with us next time!

Pros: food, service, friendly

Cons: price

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Drinks were excellent, food and service was wonderful. I loved all the various cuts. Nice to continually have service throughout your meal and always have cuts coming directly to you from the spit. Never a cold piece of meat. I loved it!
The buffet was beautiful - a wide variety of vegetable and fruit dishes. Definitely give a great sense of Brazillian cuisine.
I'm going back for more!

2
★★★★★

Drinks were excellent, food and service was wonderful. I loved all the various cuts. Nice to continually have service throughout your meal and always have cuts coming directly to you from the spit. Never a cold piece of meat. I loved it!
The buffet was beautiful - a wide variety of vegetable and fruit dishes. Definitely give a great sense of Brazillian cuisine.
I'm going back for more!

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: parking

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With all the horrible stares from manager, we felt very uncomfortable in this environment. The place is nice, our waiter was great but if you reserve people and they cancel, you must fit there bill for the reserve. It was supposed to be a birthday celebration, but with a bullying manager who kept us dirty looks, it made everything uncomfortable. We paid lots of money basically for ok tasting meats, and a cold buffet line that only had about 4 plates that were only salad. Definitely not recommended.

0
★☆☆☆☆

With all the horrible stares from manager, we felt very uncomfortable in this environment. The place is nice, our waiter was great but if you reserve people and they cancel, you must fit there bill for the reserve. It was supposed to be a birthday celebration, but with a bullying manager who kept us dirty looks, it made everything uncomfortable. We paid lots of money basically for ok tasting meats, and a cold buffet line that only had about 4 plates that were only salad. Definitely not recommended.

Pros: waiters, environment

Cons: management, food, price

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I was very pleasantly surprised when dining at Ipanema. I was a bit concerned after reading all these reviews. The service was excellent, the meat was delicious, and the ambiance was elegant and fun. If there were problems in the past- they have all be addressed. Try it out.

2
★★★★★

I was very pleasantly surprised when dining at Ipanema. I was a bit concerned after reading all these reviews. The service was excellent, the meat was delicious, and the ambiance was elegant and fun. If there were problems in the past- they have all be addressed. Try it out.

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I'm a Brazilian citizen living in the US, so every once in a while I miss eating a good Brazilian BBQ. I have been to different Brazilian churrascarias in different states and had mixed experiences, so I wasn't sure how Ipanema Grill would compare. The quality of the meat was good, but the seasoning was a bit off. I don't think they use as much seasalt as we traditionally do in Brazil, and that's a big part of the flavor. The variety of meat was pretty good. The salad bar was below average, they have to improve it. The side dishes were OK, I was happy to eat some farofa again. Good service, they kept bringing the meat pretty fast. The dessert I had was OK (Quindim), a little dry. Ipanema Grill is not on my "Best" list of Brazilian BBQ places, but it's in the "Pretty Good" category.

2
★★★★☆

I'm a Brazilian citizen living in the US, so every once in a while I miss eating a good Brazilian BBQ. I have been to different Brazilian churrascarias in different states and had mixed experiences, so I wasn't sure how Ipanema Grill would compare. The quality of the meat was good, but the seasoning was a bit off. I don't think they use as much seasalt as we traditionally do in Brazil, and that's a big part of the flavor. The variety of meat was pretty good. The salad bar was below average, they have to improve it. The side dishes were OK, I was happy to eat some farofa again. Good service, they kept bringing the meat pretty fast. The dessert I had was OK (Quindim), a little dry. Ipanema Grill is not on my "Best" list of Brazilian BBQ places, but it's in the "Pretty Good" category.

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As a Brazilian citizen living in the Seattle area for the last 14 years, I was looking forward to going to Ipanema Grill and have a little taste of Brazil. On the plus side, the restaurant itself was airy and lively, and the service was extremely attentive and friendly. However, the food and the beverages left a lot to be desired. My husband's caipirinha (the "national" drink of Brazil) was very watery, as was my mango juice. The meat selection was quite varied - another plus - but the flavor just wasn't there. The accompanying dishes of rice, beans, collard greens and farofa, were also poorly prepared. I was eager to love Ipanema Grill and to become a regular patron, but after this experience, I'm not so sure I'll be going back.

1
★★★☆☆

As a Brazilian citizen living in the Seattle area for the last 14 years, I was looking forward to going to Ipanema Grill and have a little taste of Brazil. On the plus side, the restaurant itself was airy and lively, and the service was extremely attentive and friendly. However, the food and the beverages left a lot to be desired. My husband's caipirinha (the "national" drink of Brazil) was very watery, as was my mango juice. The meat selection was quite varied - another plus - but the flavor just wasn't there. The accompanying dishes of rice, beans, collard greens and farofa, were also poorly prepared. I was eager to love Ipanema Grill and to become a regular patron, but after this experience, I'm not so sure I'll be going back.

Pros: Service, Ambience

Cons: Bland Food, Watery Drinks

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We came here for dinner for a group of 6 people. The steak was normally overdone and each time they made sure to give us just a very small bite site piece. When asked for another side dish of fried bannana, the waiter informed us that there would be a $2 fee for it since this is our 4th dish. This is not about the money but it really upset us b/c this restaurant is all you can eat!!! When ask if there was more papaya, the waiter came back and said they had no more while it was visiable that there were at least 2 ripe ones on the counter.

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★☆☆☆☆

We came here for dinner for a group of 6 people. The steak was normally overdone and each time they made sure to give us just a very small bite site piece. When asked for another side dish of fried bannana, the waiter informed us that there would be a $2 fee for it since this is our 4th dish. This is not about the money but it really upset us b/c this restaurant is all you can eat!!! When ask if there was more papaya, the waiter came back and said they had no more while it was visiable that there were at least 2 ripe ones on the counter.

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Brazilian steak houses are know for being a great value,but Ipanema set herself apart from others, I took a seasoned group of churrasqueiros (experts) there,we had eat at other churrasquerias in Denver,Chicago,New York to name few and Ipanema is as good as the best of them!! the ambiance was festive,the restaurant was full and the energy high!,the drinks awesome and the meats tender and well seasoned,not to mention that they use only natural grass feed products,a real bonus..the service was prompt and very friendly!! I'll definetly will recomend it to my friends and co workers, Seattle should be happy to have a world class churrasqueria... I hope to visit Seattle soon with a big group of people and I'll be there to enjoy some of the best steak in that part of the coast .... obrigado!!

2
★★★★★

Brazilian steak houses are know for being a great value,but Ipanema set herself apart from others, I took a seasoned group of churrasqueiros (experts) there,we had eat at other churrasquerias in Denver,Chicago,New York to name few and Ipanema is as good as the best of them!! the ambiance was festive,the restaurant was full and the energy high!,the drinks awesome and the meats tender and well seasoned,not to mention that they use only natural grass feed products,a real bonus..the service was prompt and very friendly!! I'll definetly will recomend it to my friends and co workers, Seattle should be happy to have a world class churrasqueria... I hope to visit Seattle soon with a big group of people and I'll be there to enjoy some of the best steak in that part of the coast .... obrigado!!

Pros: food, ambiance

Cons: no parking

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I've eaten at a lot of Churrascaria's throughout the world and this is certainly subpar. It would be a shame if you used Ipanema Grill as your reference point for Brazilian BBQ. Save your money and wait until you are in a city with a real one. A few examples...1) Fogo de Chao in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta 2) Porcao in Miami (and Rio of course) 3) Samba Grill in Salt Lake City
Service also leaves plenty to be desired. Food is marginal. The other restaurants I mentioned are very good at making sure your plate stays full of meat. Ipanema Grill is slow and I waited 25 minutes just to get one small piece of Picanha (the signature meat).
If Tempero do Brasil in the U-District is still around, go there and eat some good home-cooked Bahian food. Save the Rodizio experience for a good one somewhere else.

1
★★☆☆☆

I've eaten at a lot of Churrascaria's throughout the world and this is certainly subpar. It would be a shame if you used Ipanema Grill as your reference point for Brazilian BBQ. Save your money and wait until you are in a city with a real one. A few examples...1) Fogo de Chao in Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta 2) Porcao in Miami (and Rio of course) 3) Samba Grill in Salt Lake City
Service also leaves plenty to be desired. Food is marginal. The other restaurants I mentioned are very good at making sure your plate stays full of meat. Ipanema Grill is slow and I waited 25 minutes just to get one small piece of Picanha (the signature meat).
If Tempero do Brasil in the U-District is still around, go there and eat some good home-cooked Bahian food. Save the Rodizio experience for a good one somewhere else.

Pros: Good Location

Cons: Poor Service

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This was fabulous !. I've just came back to the city after a year and a half away and I was extremely surprised to find out that Ipanema is still there . I'd one of the best experiences before and last Saturday my dinner exceed all my expectations. I tried to make reservations for a party of six but I was told that the restaurant was booked that night , but I was invited to show up as a walk in. The hostesses were extremely nice and sweet and I could notice the effort trying to accommodate us promptly.
We went to the bar ,it was packed,but Pedro and Gabe took great care of us while we were waiting.The drinks were so, so tasty that I could believed that I was in Rio , and the caipirinhas the best drink ever . The manager was warm and proffesional and I noticed how involved she was with all the customers . They 'd large parties that night , but all the servers and bussers were paying great attention to all tables equally. Our waitress , Roberta , was sweet and proffesional, she explained us everything about the food, drinks and answered all our questions about Brazil. Thanks to her we are thinking about our next vacation in Rio. The meat servers were really attentive , but unfortunatly they weren't really talkative, probably because they were busy. After reading the reviews I think it's fair to say that the restaurant is really ,really noisy but it's part of the brazilian culture , I guess . It's not a romantic place to go , but all the comments about poor service are wrong and I think it's fair to say that the manager is a warm, proffesional and an attentive young woman who tries hard to pleased everybody and sometimes it's a difficult job to do. Overall , Ipanema is a wonderfull place to go. I'll be back for sure.

2
★★★★★

This was fabulous !. I've just came back to the city after a year and a half away and I was extremely surprised to find out that Ipanema is still there . I'd one of the best experiences before and last Saturday my dinner exceed all my expectations. I tried to make reservations for a party of six but I was told that the restaurant was booked that night , but I was invited to show up as a walk in. The hostesses were extremely nice and sweet and I could notice the effort trying to accommodate us promptly.
We went to the bar ,it was packed,but Pedro and Gabe took great care of us while we were waiting.The drinks were so, so tasty that I could believed that I was in Rio , and the caipirinhas the best drink ever . The manager was warm and proffesional and I noticed how involved she was with all the customers . They 'd large parties that night , but all the servers and bussers were paying great attention to all tables equally. Our waitress , Roberta , was sweet and proffesional, she explained us everything about the food, drinks and answered all our questions about Brazil. Thanks to her we are thinking about our next vacation in Rio. The meat servers were really attentive , but unfortunatly they weren't really talkative, probably because they were busy. After reading the reviews I think it's fair to say that the restaurant is really ,really noisy but it's part of the brazilian culture , I guess . It's not a romantic place to go , but all the comments about poor service are wrong and I think it's fair to say that the manager is a warm, proffesional and an attentive young woman who tries hard to pleased everybody and sometimes it's a difficult job to do. Overall , Ipanema is a wonderfull place to go. I'll be back for sure.

Pros: drinks, happy hour, great for parties

Cons: no valet parking, noisy

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If you're on a high protein diet this is the place for you! The all-you-can eat salad bar and various types of roasted meat will cost you $35, which is a good value for the amount and quality of food that's available here. Dessert and drinks aren't included in that price so unless you're getting a free birthday dessert you can expect to spend around $65 including tax & tip for a full meal. Our party had some problems with a forgotten reservation, but this mistake was quickly corrected and compensated for beyond our expectations. The highlights of the restaurant are the salad bar, which is full of super fresh fruits, vegetables, chilled shrimp, etc., the roasted lamb, and warm roasted pineapple with cinnamon (better than apple pie!). The drinks and desserts are to die for. Skip the fish, everyone in our party unanimously rejected it and for good reason.

2
★★★★★

If you're on a high protein diet this is the place for you! The all-you-can eat salad bar and various types of roasted meat will cost you $35, which is a good value for the amount and quality of food that's available here. Dessert and drinks aren't included in that price so unless you're getting a free birthday dessert you can expect to spend around $65 including tax & tip for a full meal. Our party had some problems with a forgotten reservation, but this mistake was quickly corrected and compensated for beyond our expectations. The highlights of the restaurant are the salad bar, which is full of super fresh fruits, vegetables, chilled shrimp, etc., the roasted lamb, and warm roasted pineapple with cinnamon (better than apple pie!). The drinks and desserts are to die for. Skip the fish, everyone in our party unanimously rejected it and for good reason.

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It's difficult to embrace a new concept .At the beginning when the hostess tells you that a whole dinner is $35 per person plus drinks and desserts you probably think that it's too much,but believe me if you consider that it's "as much as you can eat " : beef, pork, shrimp, fish , plus all the salads and sidedishes and the quality , the price is really , really accurate.
The service is really good and the brazilian drinks are something different to try !!
They also have a good selection of wines which goes well with the meat. The only thing to point out is the lack of valet parking . Besides that the experience was excellent!!.

2
★★★★☆

It's difficult to embrace a new concept .At the beginning when the hostess tells you that a whole dinner is $35 per person plus drinks and desserts you probably think that it's too much,but believe me if you consider that it's "as much as you can eat " : beef, pork, shrimp, fish , plus all the salads and sidedishes and the quality , the price is really , really accurate.
The service is really good and the brazilian drinks are something different to try !!
They also have a good selection of wines which goes well with the meat. The only thing to point out is the lack of valet parking . Besides that the experience was excellent!!.

Pros: good food, good music, great drinks

Cons: no valet parking, dark

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Poor ambience (very cafeteria like), the meat had ok flavor, but was consistently overcooked - everything well done and tough. Salad bar pretty standard. Our server was nice, but slow bringing drinks which was odd as there were only 3 or 4 other tables in the restaurant. This place is really overpriced for what you get - if you want great South American food go to the Buenos Aires.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Poor ambience (very cafeteria like), the meat had ok flavor, but was consistently overcooked - everything well done and tough. Salad bar pretty standard. Our server was nice, but slow bringing drinks which was odd as there were only 3 or 4 other tables in the restaurant. This place is really overpriced for what you get - if you want great South American food go to the Buenos Aires.

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Been to several radizio restaurants throughout US. Unfortunately, my hometown establishment needs to learn from others in ALL areas. Very disappointed. Brazilian
BBQ can be a great experience; just not in Seattle.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Been to several radizio restaurants throughout US. Unfortunately, my hometown establishment needs to learn from others in ALL areas. Very disappointed. Brazilian
BBQ can be a great experience; just not in Seattle.

Pros: Clean Bathroom

Cons: Service, Quality of Meat, Hair(s), Value

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Eating at Brazillian barbeques is an interesting experience. There is not really a menu per se. Think more along the lines of an all-you-can-eat buffet only where all of the meat is brought to your table and individual portions are sliced off. The meats were great, and there was quite a selection of different cuts and cooking methods. Our waitress was a little spaced out, and it took a while to get refills on water. It was a bit of sticker shock also when we finall got the bill ($70/person with each of us having 1-2 drinks).

2
★★★★☆

Eating at Brazillian barbeques is an interesting experience. There is not really a menu per se. Think more along the lines of an all-you-can-eat buffet only where all of the meat is brought to your table and individual portions are sliced off. The meats were great, and there was quite a selection of different cuts and cooking methods. Our waitress was a little spaced out, and it took a while to get refills on water. It was a bit of sticker shock also when we finall got the bill ($70/person with each of us having 1-2 drinks).

Pros: Great Meat, Ambience, Drinks (quality)

Cons: Expensive, Slow Service, Drinks (size)

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Ipanema is a new Brazillian Grill on 1st Ave, in the space Wolfgang Puck's used to occupy. Ipanema is a great, fun place for dates, big groups, dinner with friends, after work drinks, or drinks for any occassion. The special part of this place is that it exudes a genuine atmosphere one might discover in Brazil or Argentina...wonderful, warm, fun and definitely worth while - and the food is very good. The three times we've been there we've yet to be let down on the quality of the food...

2
★★★★★

Ipanema is a new Brazillian Grill on 1st Ave, in the space Wolfgang Puck's used to occupy. Ipanema is a great, fun place for dates, big groups, dinner with friends, after work drinks, or drinks for any occassion. The special part of this place is that it exudes a genuine atmosphere one might discover in Brazil or Argentina...wonderful, warm, fun and definitely worth while - and the food is very good. The three times we've been there we've yet to be let down on the quality of the food...

Pros: Atmosphere, Food, Location

 

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