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“Cafeteria -Esque”
Review of Boizao Steakhouse - CLOSED

Boizao Steakhouse
Price range: US$ 31 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Brazilian, Steakhouse
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: N Westshore Blvd.
Description: Bringing the authenticity and traditional Brazilian style to Tampa Bay diners for 4 years, Boizao Steakhouse provides the ultimate dining experience with a variety of 18 prime cuts of meat grilled to perfection and served by the gaucho chefs. The extraordinary salad bar features 50 items as well as delicious side dishes with the favorite “pao de queijo” (warm cheese bread). A sweet treat for every taste: fine selection of desserts traditional to Brazil and local favorites, served “a la carte”. You can’t miss Boizao’s signature The “Caipirinha” and the special liquor after dinner. Extensive wine collection and full bar.
Reviewed 18 August 2013

Another over rated, over priced restaurant. We received a coupon for $20 off per person for Friday or Saturday nights. We arrived early and headed to the bar. I ordered a glass of Sabatini wine $13 a glass! Bartender stated it would be cheaper to buy a bottle of wine that cost $48 and now it would be $24. The wife ordered a coke for $2.95 in a small bottle. Our friends arrived we received the check at the bar and almost needed CPR. Without notifying us before hand they had applied 18% to our check for 1 coke and a bottle of wine! When we questioned the bartender he stated it was applied because people didn't tip at the bar. The dinning experience was at best like being in a upscale cafeteria. Men dressed in Brazilian attire streaked through the restaurant with meat on a skewer, stopped quickly at your table and shoved meat on your plate and disappeared. The salad bar had an array of things but was not up to bar for $20 a head. When we got our final check another 18% had been added! For what? We had someone give us water, 1 clean plate and a dessert. Several of the meats that were given to us were dry. I'm not sure what the buzz is about here or is there a buzz?

Definitely will not be going back. Oh, we tried for 3 days to contact the restaurant to make reservations and no one answered. Keep your money in your wallet and go to Morrison's Cafeteria where the bill maybe $30 not over $100 for 3 people at this over priced under marketed restaurant.

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1  Thank Keiffer E
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Visited the restaurant with some friends on a Saturday night! The good: restaurant is very nice, the meat selection is about as the same as the other restaurants of this kind, the service was good. The not so good: We used a coupon that was available and when we were getting ready to pay, we found out that they added 18% gratuity to the check for a table of four (I usually see that happen for tables of eight or more) they had wines available at 50% discount, but the price of the bottle is quite higher than what you can find somewhere else for the same bottle. The also charge you separate gratuity for the service of the wine, which I have never seen before. By the time we finished paying, we almost pay regular price per plate.

2  Thank Jwcancel
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Reviewed 18 August 2013

Food is so so, not worth the money despite being "all you can eat". Service was bad and they added 18% to the check anyway. Tried it since we enjoy Texas de Brazil and have never been here. Will not go back.

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Thank dvspirit
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We have dined here several times, and found it rushed and frantic. Never time to enjoy the food with constant interruptions! This time we went on a Tuesday night and it wasn't as crowded..so we weren't pushed, nice as we had time to enjoy our birthday celebration. Salad bar not marked..so you have to search and it seemed limited with no shrimp or other high end appetizer or salad choices. Also no lamb chops? So it seems the selections are more limited..but the price is still high with nothing like dessert even included for the $40 plus price tag. Tip automatically added..so it ends up quite pricy without much atmosphere.

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Thank msmith
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

I rec'd an email fot the 50% off special 7/21. Decided to visit Boizao for the first time. We were seated promptly & the eating began. I give the salad bar a 6 out of 10. NOTHING was marked. The mashed potatoes & plantains arrived & they were excellent. I turned my meat coin to green & the meat was on the way. The skirt steak was excellent. The other steaks, chicken & pork were over salted. Next. The drinks & deserts were over priced. $2.95 for an 8oz. bottle of coke. Why no fountain soda w/ free re-fills. Next the bill. The full price is charged & the automatic gratuiity of 20% is added then the 50% is deducted. Seems like a rip off. That's why they want u to bring a coupon instead of just offering the discount at 50%. Restaurants that have specials & early bird dinners don't add gratuity on the full price. They have 2 valet attendants & it took 20 minutes to retrieve the car. Texas de Brazil is much better & classier. The dining room at Boizao is boring & needs a makeover. No windows & very dark inside. I predict in less than a year this restaurant will be closed. The competition is much better & the area is full of steak houses.

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Thank Jeff B
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