Welcome to Fogo de Chão® (fo-go dèe shoun), an authentic Brazilian steakhouse in Washington DC. Our restaurant is housed in the historic Evening Star building. A Beaux-Arts style façade invites guests into a spacious and elegant space featuring large murals that depict ranch life in Southern Brazil.
There is a fixed price for endless salad bar and tableside meat service. Customers can simply wait for their favorite cut of meat to make its rounds. The meal comes in two parts. The first starts at the gourmet salad bar, which offers cured meats, smoked salmon, imported cheeses aged from 1-30 years, vegetables, and salads. The second part of the meal consists of fifteen different cuts of beef, pork, chicken and lamb, served tableside. We invite you to enjoy the delicious preparations of our gaucho chefs along with our gourmet salad bar, authentic Brazilian side dishes, and award-winning wine list.
Fogo was named one of America's top restaurants by Zagat Survey. Also, it has won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence every year since 2002.
Valet parking, located on 11th Street, is offered during dinner. Parking garages are also available, as is a limited number of metered, street-parking spaces.
About Fogo de Chão® Churrascarias
The history of Fogo started in 1979 when it began sharing the gaucho way of preparing meat in the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul, more precisely in Porto Alegre, Southern Brazil, where its founders were born. Growing up, the brothers were immersed in the centuries-old Gaucho culture, a rich blend of traditions from European immigrants and Brazilian natives.
An important element of this culture is churrasco, the Gaucho way of roasting meats over pits of open fire for delicious barbecues, which is always present at every festive occasion, especially family gatherings.
The young boys would learn how to grill the meats the Gaucho way from their fathers, becoming the caretakers of a culinary tradition passed down from generation to generation for over three centuries.
In 1975, the brothers left their homes in the heart of the hill country and went to Rio and São Paulo. There, they worked their way up starting first as waiters, then as assistant churrasqueiros, and finally as churrasqueiro chefs, all the while developing the Fogo de Chão concept.
In 1979, the first Fogo de Chão opened its doors in Porto Alegre, combining the best of the centuries-old culinary tradition of churrasco with a focus on exceptional customer service.
In 1986, encouraged by the success of their restaurant and frequent requests from out-of-state customers, Fogo expanded their business to São Paulo, Brazil's largest city.
By 1987, the restaurant had established a respected reputation in the city's culinary scene and opened its second location in Såo Paulo...
In 1997, in response to the continuous requests of their loyal American customers, Fogo exported their concept to North America, opening the doors of the first U.S. restaurant in Dallas, Texas.
After years of challenging work and dedication to excellence, the Fogo de Chão team has opened locations in several major U.S. cities. However, the journey is not over yet. Their heart is set on expanding and continuing to draw from their passion for sharing their culture and preserving the authentic, centuries-old tradition of The Gaucho Way of Preparing Meat®.
Today, our gaucho chefs still expertly grill each of our 16 cuts of meat and offer you continuous tableside service.
Our unique dining experience is sumarized below:
Step 1: Sit down, relax, and enjoy a drink while we explain the Fogo® dining experience.
Step 2: Visit our gourmet salad and sides bar. Enjoy over 30 items including fresh cut vegetables, imported cheeses, cured meats and Brazilian side dishes.
Step 3: Turn your card green side up, signaling that you are ready for our gaucho chefs to begin tableside service.
Step 4: Choose from the 15 cuts of delectable fire roasted meats that are brought to your table, sliced, and served by our gaucho chefs.
Step 5: When you are satisfied, flip the disc to the red side until you are ready for more offerings.
Step 6: If you wish, end the meal with one of our delicious desserts.