Chima Brazilian Steakhouse
Really great atmosphere and decor. Went on a Friday night at 730, had a reservation but still waiting 30 minutes to be sat. I would recommend getting an extra plate and trying everything once the Gauchos, the meat carvers, come by and have it on your plate to try at your leisure. Our server was good and attentive. We did go to celebrate a birthday and got the cheesecake that's pictured. For price point, the main entrees for the 2 of us were $118. Overall I would come again.
This place was very lovely at first. Our experience wasn't the best though. We had to wait 25 minutes past our reservation to get a table. They sat us down directly in front of the entrance to the area where the restrooms were and we requested to move. Which took about 10 minutes to do so. Finally when we got to a more conveniently placed table we had to wait another 10 minutes just to get plates and order drinks. Our server was kind but seemed more interested in the larger tables that she was serving and seemed to sideline us. Which didn't seem fair. I must say the food was unique and very tasty! The desserts were better than everything else!! The dining experience was just not what I would call "classy" or "fine dining". To top it all off the restroom facility itself was very mismanaged and dirty. Eat at your own risk!
We went to Chima last night celebrating my birthday with a party of 11. While we were there, it was a little frustrating that there wasn't a lot of selection of meats. And while some of it was great, some other items (like the chicken, salmon, lamb) just lacked flavor and/or was overcooked. Several times the gaucho ran out of an item at our table and left, but didn't bring back out more for the rest of the table. I realize that a party of 11 is large, so I just let that go and tried to focus on the experience, and if we flagged down someone and asked for something, they would bring it out; it was just a hassle to keep doing that. But most importantly, and the reason for the lowest review, is that within an hour or two of leaving the restaurant, 3 of our 11 came down with food poisoning. Most of us live an hour outside of Charlotte, and by the time we had gotten home, we were already sick. We've tried to figure out what we three ate that the others didn't, but we aren't totally sure. It's a super expensive meal, so bad service and less than stellar food is disappointing, to say the least. But the food poisoning takes it to a whole new level of low. I feel completely horrible because we were celebrating my birthday, so my friends and family spent an enormous amount of money on their dinner only to get sick in the process. Needless to say, we won't be back to your restaurant. I have tried to contact the restaurant and will probably notify the Health Department as well to try to ensure that other diners are safe in the future.
My husband and I went here for our anniversary dinner and the food was delicious! The beef rib and lamb were my favorite. The salad bar had a good selection with some interesting items I would've never tried otherwise. Our waiter was great and the servers were not pushy at all. The atmosphere was pretty laid back but with an upscale feel. The drinks were also pretty good.
One of the best Brazilian steak buffets I've ever been to, and I've been to a few across the country. The meats selection is mmwwaahhh and the salad bar is very diverse with cold cuts of meats, cured meats, fishes and many sauces and pickled items. If you are shameless like me and still have room for dessert after stuffing all that meat in your face, do yourself a favor and order the apple strudel. Thank me later.