Rei Do Gado isn’t your typical buffet—it’s an experience. This traditional Brazilian steakhouse and restaurant boasts 40 different menu options, including slow roasted cooked meats, salads, and side additions. Rei Do Gado is more specifically known for their meats, and each table is assigned a passador, or “meat waiter,” who slices the meat directly off of the skewer and on to your plate. Located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, this unconventional buffet is an upscale eatery with traditional options that are equally as savory.
Address: 939 4th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101
Cross Street: Broadway Street
Location: Downtown | Gaslamp Quarter
$$ | Inexpensive | $25 - $50
Dress Code: Casual
Phone: (619) 702-8464
Features: All You Can Eat, Catering Services, Private Room, Takeout Available,
Occasion: Dining Alone, Business Dining, Special Occasion,
Rei Do Gado
Rei Do Gado
Exceptional Braziilian BBQ
This restaurant serves Churrascaria, which is a procession of cooked meats (beef, lamb, pork,sausage, chicken) served by waiters in native costume. You indicate your interest by placing a stoplight colored wooden dowel on the table, and the aformentioned meats are slices tableside. The menu also includes a salad bar and a side dish counter, where many items traditional to brazilian cuisine, such as rice, black bean stew (fejioada), plantains, greens, and even seafood. All in all a huge selection to choose from; I advise to not load up on the salad bar prior to the meat parade coming your way. Service was professional yet unobtrusive; this is after all, a buffet to a great extent. Large selection of beer, wine, and soem exotic brazilian bar creations.
I had a blast at Rei do Gado. I thought it was a brilliant idea to do the go-around with the meats. The food is delicious and the ambiance is just fun!