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Porto Alegre

Map & Directions 260 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91101
  • Brazilian, South American
  • Sun 11:30am-9pm, Mon-Fri 11:30am-2:30pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-10pm, Fri 5pm-11pm, Sat 11:30am-11pm
  • MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Reservations Accepted
  • Parking Lot Available


LA Weekly's Description

The upper-west level of Pasadena's Paseo Colorado complex is a catalog of mild modern sins, a promenade of cigar stores, wine bars and tea shops, crystal-laden boutiques and holistic-massage parlors, overlaid by a thin film of hot suburban lust. Fitting right in is the new Brazilian churrascaria Porto Alegre, a yawningly huge palace of the basest carnal appetites. Here, dripping rump roasts carved to order from superheated metal swords, fennel-laced sausages and plump chicken legs, crisp-skinned quail and fat prime rib, bacon-wrapped filets and an incongruous side of baked salmon are slipped onto your plate until you grab a waiter's lapels and shriek "Stop!"There is an enormous salad bar, of course, stocked with smoked salmon, prosciutto and hearts of palm as well as the usual suspects, and warm balls of cheese bread that expand in your belly like some magical diet aid - the establishment wants your stomach to be full for your $35.50 prix fixe. Porto Alegre is neither L.A.'s best churrascaria (that would be Fogo de Chao), its sexiest (By Brazil in Torrance), nor its sleekest (probably Burbank's Picanha). Its sisters, the massive Green Field restaurants in Covina, Long Beach and Queens, far surpass it in grandeur. Gaucho's Village in Glendale is homier. But in a mall whose other choices run to Tokyo Wako, Islands and P.F. Chang's, Porto Alegre might as well be the greatest restaurant in the world.

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  • Valerie T. on 06/04/10

    The cheese bread is DELICIOUS!!!

  • Genellyn D. on 01/04/14

    Don't fill up too much on the salad bar!!!

  • Dorothy C. on 09/24/11

    The perfect rib eye and perfect cut-at-table-side beef ribs will make you melt!

  • Junell on 09/18/11

    Make sure they validate your parking ticket

  • Bryan C. on 09/03/11

    The food here rivals fogo de chao. I stopped going fogo after coming here. Waiters are extremely polite, and ask for custom cooks of your favorite meat and they will deliver!! Soooo gooood!!!

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