Bovino’s Brazilian BBQ

CONTRIBUTED BY AMANDA NEMETH

Bovino's front sign

Out on the hunt one night, we came upon Bovino’s, which recently opened in October (2010). Driving up we noticed the bright yellow billboard enticing us in. Once we realized it was a Brazilian BBQ, we became excited, as we have eaten at a few back in the states. Brazilian dishes vary throughout the world as each area tends to modify items to specifically adapt to the local conditions. The one thing all traditional Brazilian restaurants have in common is that you can expect their cooking to be fresh, simple, and in abundance (large portions!).

Bovino's inside

As we walked in, the atmosphere was very warm and the staff were more then helpful. It is very large inside so seating won’t be a problem, in fact it is large-group friendly. When reviewing the menu we noticed they only do a buffet style meal – you’ll want to take full advantage of and go on an empty stomach!

Bovino buffet

The way their buffet works is that you approach the buffet portion of your meal first. There were a variety of salads, beans, beans with marinated meat, a pasta, and a curry with rice. So it has your basic needs and a few main dish entrees to get you started. After fixing our plates and diving in, a waitress came by with potato wedges and later brought cheese bread and fried bananas. This is where the fun really began. Sticking to their traditional Brazilian roots, they came out with a large skewer of grilled meat. They slice as much as you would like and put it on your plate and then come back with more every few minutes. The variety included Chicken, Chicken wrapped in bacon, Pork Rib, Sirloin, Chicken heart, Sausage, Lamb, Garlic Steak, Beef Neck, and Pork Loin.  To say the least we didn’t get very far, but next time plan to not eat so much at the buffet. To polish off the meal they bring out a pineapple on a skewer that has been rolled in apple smoked cinnamon – this sets the meal off. We had to close the deal with a traditional coconut brazilian dessert dish.

The meal was around $75 for both my husband and myself, but we tend to go overboard on our nights out. The one lesson my husband can attest to is… don’t fill up on the buffet, the real stuff comes after you load your plate.

This place is a must try.  It would be great for a group of friends, with food adventurists, even with the basic food lovers. I was informed by one of the staff that they offer traditional brazilian drinks and desserts as well. They definitely take pride in what they do because there were no last minute adjustments to finish preparing, the food was amazing.

Hours of Operation: Lunch 11am-3:30pm (last order 3:00pm) – Closed Monday lunch

Dinner 6:30pm-11:00pm (last order 10:30pm) – Every day

After hours 11:00pm-5am Karaoke and Buffet Only – Every day

Payment: Yen, Dollar, and Credit Cards (As of 10/5/10 no credit card machine, waiting to arrive)

Phone: 098-989-5934

Address: 1 Chome-12-7 Chatan

Google Maps Coordinates: 26.3075452, 127.7609261

Website:  www.bovinos-okinawa.com

Directions:  From Kadena gate 1, turn left. Pass Camp Lester upon Chatan intersection (major intersection before Camp Foster) turn Right. ETWS will be directly in front of you and the road will T make a left at the light. Bovino’s will be on your right hand side about 4 buildings later.

From Camp Foster main gate, turn right. Upon the end of Camp Foster will be Chatan Intersection (major intersection before Camp Lester) turn Left. ETWS will be directly in front of you and the road will T make a left at the light. Bovino’s will be on your right hand side about 4 buildings late

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  • February 21, 2017

    Came here several days ago with my girlfriend out of curiosity after moving into an apartment nearby. This is the first Brazilian barbecue I’ve ever been to and i don’t know what constitutes good Brazilian-type barbecue. If you’re a hardcore carnivore like myself and love all you can eat food thats not a yakiniku or izakaya type restaurant, you should feel right at home here. My only gripe was that some of the meat was a little too salty.

    Lumia
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  • January 10, 2015

    My husband and I had dinner here on Christmas Eve based on friends’ generous reviews. We have eaten at some excellent Brazilian steakhouses and unfortunately went in to dinner having high expectations. The atmosphere was on the quiet side, though there were several large groups dining. We noticed a couple restrictions right off the bat: all you can eat for 90 minutes and a warning that excessive food left on the plate could result in extra charges. Maybe the owner had problems in the past with diners who took advantage of the food set-up, but seeing those things were right away a turn-off. But we were hungry and decided to stick it out anyway, hoping that the food would make up for it. The salad bar was depressing with only one plate of leafy greens and then a few other types of salad (potato, pasta, bean). There was also a special Christmas dinner which consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy. We waited several minutes for the meat, which were all over-salted. It’s a shame, because we couldn’t enjoy the flavors of the beef, chicken or pork. The only thing we enjoyed about our meal was the warm pineapple (coated with cinnamon) served afterwards. This place could be so much more, especially with the abundance of fresh produce available on the island. Needless to say, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be back.

    Novia
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  • March 24, 2014

    Ate here on a whim for my birthday! Great food great service and pineapple worthy of the gods! Don’t read the negative reviews it’s worth every cent.

    Amanda
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  • February 7, 2014

    We went and ate here last week. It was so delicious! Yeah, it might seem a little pricey, but it is definitely worth it. Something I can’t afford to do all the time, but when I feel like going out, this place is on the top of my list. My 4 year old and two year old were free, so for our family of 4, we paid about $60. That’s a good value for an all you can eat with the quality of food there. They had a sign we had at the end of our table to let them know we wanted more meat, and we didn’t find ourselves waiting around for the meat. The pace was very quick. The cheese bread balls were amazing. Next time, I will ask for extra. The gentleman that sliced the meat at the table was very nice, and when he brought out the baked cinnamon pineapple, I was in heaven. My picky 4 year old didn’t want to eat cinnamon on his pineapple, so they brought us out another one, and sliced the outside pieces with the cinnamon for my husband and me, and sliced the inside pieces separately for my son. I felt they were very accommodating, and writing this review has me hungry for their food again, and now I’m toying with going back there this weekend!

    Jessica H
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  • January 3, 2014

    We just ate here for my husband’s birthday and thought it was great. We went right at 5pm when they opened and were the only ones there. Everything was really fresh and the meat was brought out quickly and cooked perfectly. We got my husband’s meal free which was just the cherry on top.

    Jaimie
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  • November 8, 2013

    Wow! This thread of comments is crazy. I just got on here to say that we had a mediocre experience at Bovino’s a few months ago that was more than made up for after Ken (the owner) invited us to come back last night. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. My husband was a bit uncomfortable with the “free” meal, but it was clear that Ken appreciated the chance to improve our experience and we appreciated the gesture. As such, we will definitely return to Bovino’s. I recommend anyone give it a shot and make your own conclusions based upon current management rather than pre-judge based on the past experiences of others.

    McKay
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  • August 10, 2013

    After reading all the comments I decide to ask my friends if they had been there and what they thought. Most said the meat was tasteless and the service was slow and a few had good experiences. Then I went on their Facebook and read this:
    “If America wants to solve its unemployment problem, take a look at okinawa…. Because it seems as though no body needs a job here lol” first you insult our dollar then this! I will be showing all the fb pages this screenshot and discourage us “Americans” from going to this place.

    Allie
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    • August 12, 2013

      IT WAS A JOKE BECAUSE ITS HARD TO GET STAFF IN OKINAWA.
      And by the way, I’m a veteran.

      Ken
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  • August 1, 2013

    I will start this by saying that I have been to multiple Brazilian BBQ restaurants throughout the world. That will, of course, have an effect on my evaluation of this restaurant.

    The price is a little spendy, but comparatively, it is really close to what you would pay for a quality restaurant of this type in the states. I am sure I have paid more at other restaurants on island that weren’t even buffet! I can live with the price and think it is reasonable for our location.

    While the self-service portion of the buffet is very small compared to many, it offered several tasty items that were worthy of second helpings. For Okinawa, it was an acceptably sized side bar buffet.

    The meat was tasty, though I thought the variety was quite sparse compared to the places I have been before. I was really disappointed by that.

    The grilled pineapple is fantastic… If the waiters will bring it by. This leads to my largest criticism of this restaurant.

    The service was very poor. We were a group of nine, but the staff forced us to separate into two different tables, which made conversation and company difficult and awkward. They said the purpose was so they could serve the meats easier, yet the servers didn’t even utilize the space between the tables.

    While the restaurant was not crowded at all, the servers were very slow to bring around different meats. When we requested meat or pineapple, it took more than 15 minutes and asking a second time for our requests to be granted, even though the servers walked right by our tables.

    We were charged a 10% service charge! What is that all about? That is NOT standard for Okinawa and because of that comes of as greedy and tacky. In other parts of the world, that is common practice, but not here.

    It was uncomfortably hot in the restaurant as well. Most places around here leave me freezing cold with the powerful AC, yet even I was sweating and uncomfortable here. It left me wondering if this is a psychological move on the part of management, knowing that people eat less when they are hot.

    It also took nearly 20 minutes for our checks after we requested them.

    Finally, when my friend posted on Bovino’s Facebook page regarding our experience, the comment was deleted after 15 minutes.

    Overall, for our group the food was not good enough to outweigh the poor service and uncomfortable environment.

    MissM
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  • June 20, 2013

    I never bashed anybody, and allot of the comments are the same person ,
    believe what you want to believe.

    Ken
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  • June 19, 2013

    I was very excited to try this place since I heard it was a Brazilian BBQ restaurant, after reading all the comments (good and bad) made by customers I was willing to give it a try not caring for prices (that’s how much I like Brazilian BBQ) but after reading the owners comments and rants towards dissatisfied patrons I can tell you I will never set a foot on this place, and I’m pretty sure I’m not alone on this. I’m a proud bussiness owner and I would never ever EVER bash patrons on any website or forum, it’s bad for bussiness all together. Bovinos owner, sir, take the critisicism and use it constructively to improve your restaurant not to bash back customers 🙂

    Potential customer
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  • June 14, 2013

    My wife and daughter went here for dinner tonight. They will never go back.

    I wont bother with details because invariably someone (owner?) will post after me telling you that all the negative reviews are “ridiculous”. So much for taking your customer’s comments and improving the experience.

    Josh
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  • June 13, 2013

    Food was bland but ok with sauce….I was stuff from eating a lot, but would prefer to not be stuffed and have tasty meat that does not require to be drenched. I was thinking I would go back, some time and try it again sometime, but after reading the owners comments on here, some which are very aggressive and very rude to customers I will not return and will make sure none of my friends or co-workers do either. On facebook the owner is also in an on going childish rant with some one else “https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200352400075061&set=gm.202754863181618&type=1&theater”

    When you are an owner of a place, everyone is a potential customer so you should be nice to everyone.

    Not going back
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    • June 18, 2013

      The Childish RANT you wanna post about Had NOTHING to do with the restaurant at all, a guy that dont even know me, running his mouth online, until the guy got on this site and started making Bad comments about the restaurant using fake names, as a personal attack on me. Also the so called “Owner” that was taking care of my place for the first 2 years was somebody else, and not me at all. Needless to say he is gone. if anybody wants to know about Bovino’s just ask someone. If anybody has any problem in Bovino’s we will do our best to take Care of them. and WELCOME any true comment from a real customer, especially bad ones, thats how things get better.

      Ken
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  • June 13, 2013

    If anybody is interested in Bovino’s. Just ASK A FRIEND ABOUT IT.
    This thread and certain people have obviously posted things thats ridiculous, I’m an Air Force Veteran, if Bovino’s was as bad as some people had portrayed it, it wouldnt be here.
    And THANK YOU to all the Thousands of people a month that come to Bovino’s. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    Ken
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  • June 11, 2013

    Overpriced for the subpar food you get. For the money i spent, i expect more than just some idiot coming out every 10 minutes with meat on a skewer. Not a great experience. We should have gone to Bambohe yakiniku, would have been cheaper and more fulfilling

    greg
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  • May 1, 2013

    Was going to try this place but after seeing what the owner wrote I don’t think so which sucks because I love Brazilian BBQ. Guess I’ll just wait til I get back to Brazil or California.

    Marissa
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  • April 20, 2013

    What I only liked was the cinnamon pineapple… the meat was ok but I felt not worth the price. I have a Brazilian friend in Cali and he cooked for me all the time when I was there.. it was delicious and I was so excited when I found Bovinos but.. I’m so disappointed.

    mbar
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  • March 17, 2013

    I dont talk down to the patrons, when the yen rate is 75 and they complain about it being expensive i explained why. When someone complained that We said there was “no meat” we were actualy CLOSED that day because we couldnt get meat, and i explained why. Our Meat is flown in Fresh and never frozen, and comes to the table Straight from the Grill Fresh. It never sits at all. I’m sorry you didnt like it. for you to get online and slam everything in the whole restaurant but the lettuce is a bit ridiculous as well RICO,,, The other 100-200 people that come everyday lunch and dinner love it, I’m not afraid to get on here and address any problems or compliments from my customers.

    Bovinos
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    • April 21, 2013

      Ya know, I really want to try this place, but you’re arguing on a forum and it’s making me really think twice about it. Also, the yen rate hasn’t been 75 for a while so you could stop bringing it up? These comments don’t go away and when new people find this thread (like myself), they’re going to see multiple years of you and your staff arguing with people condensed into a single comment thread. Not everyone is going to like a place and just because one person has a bad experience doesn’t mean that plenty of us won’t try it. Guys my husband works with rave about your restaurant, but it’s a little childish to attack people in a comment thread. If you don’t see it as that, you may want to go back and reread your comments. They come off incredibly hostile.

      And since you like to answer questions all the time.. do you have high chairs? We have a baby carrier that we’d be bringing along with us. It’s pretty much non-negotiable, no high chairs, we can’t go.

      Molly
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      • April 22, 2013

        Yes we have high chairs, and even a lay back high chair for very small babies.
        and Yes you are right, I shouldnt say anything, But sometimes things people post are just totally untrue, or They dont realize costs in japan. If someone has a problem inside Bovino’s, i would really like to Hear about it right away and be able to take Care of it. If you come I hope you have a great time, and Please talk with the staff, they will help you with anything you need.

        Bovino's
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  • March 17, 2013

    Went here for lunch a few weeks ago. We were greeted kindly, but that won’t make up for the food. The meats were unusually sweet and tasted off. Either they were borderline rotting or they sat out too long. The veggies at their salad bar were mushy. The lettuce was good, as were the black beans. The pork and beef were not edible and very tough. Full of fat with no flavor. We literally had to drench the meats in their vinegarette to get it down. If I went again (which I won’t) I’d only get the black beans, fishing out all the pork, and turn the little card over immediately to be served only the pineapple. The worst part was after we left our stomachs hurt bad. Reminiscent of Bridesmaids!!

    Oh, and after reading through the comments I think it is insanely tacky for the owner to come on here and talk down to the patrons. Not gonna get you more customers Rico.

    Jasmine
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  • March 16, 2013

    We ran across Bovino’s tonight while looking for another BBQ place. We decided to give it a try because my husband is a big fan of Brazilian BBQ. We had no expectations going in and we were pleasantly surprised. On a Saturday evening, we had no problem being seated. We never had a problem finding something to eat on the buffet. If you go in looking for Golden Corral, you won’t find it. But the food on the Buffett complimented the meat nicely. We were never given huge portions of meat but they were brought around frequently and there was a variety. The pineapple was amazing and we were stuffed at the end of the meal. The staff was accommodating and let us know how it all worked. We were given a coaster on the table to signal when we wanted meat and when we were finished. There was no question about pricing because it was pointed out to us as we sat down. And considering this is a small island, where all meat has to be brought in (seriously do you see cows grazing around the island? No), the price wasn’t bad. We have eaten at other restaurants that were more expensive and the food wasn’t nearly as good. My husband mentioned that he would like to take some of our friends there to try it out. If you are looking for an inexpensive meal, there are plenty of places to go. But if you are looking for a quality meal, that is a little different from the soba and sushi places, it is definitely worth a try.

    Amanda
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    • March 16, 2013

      Thank you so much Amanda. That was very well put, and I’m glad you had a good time. Please come again. (-;

      Bovino's
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  • March 9, 2013

    I dont bash customers. the price is 2980yen. 180yen softdrinks and 300yen Fresh juices. Thats the price. as for Carrie Fisher, LaLa, Jennifer, whether you are the same person or 3 different people, I’m sorry You had a bad time. Keep bashing me over and over again. everyone already read your comments already. Enjoy your Drive to New Mexico. As for everyone else, thank you so much for coming. If anybody needs anything My email is [email protected] Thanx again.

    Bovinos
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  • March 8, 2013

    DO NOT GO TO THIS PLACE! $120 DOLLARS FOR TWO PEOPLE FOR WHAT YOU GET IT’S RIDICULOUS! THE BUFFET WAS TERRIBLE, THE SERVICE EVEN WORSE BAD ATTITUDE FROM THE START. THE OWNERS BASH CUSTOMERS FOR COMPLAINING I MEAN THIS PLACE HAS A BAD ATTITUDE ALL TOGETHER.

    Carrie Fisher
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  • March 7, 2013

    Went there tonight for my husbands birthday. It was so GOOD! My husbands meal was free for his birthday which was a nice surprise. All the staff were super nice and attentive. It is a bit pricey ,but a very good special occasion place to eat.

    Crystal
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  • February 17, 2013

    Some folks would complain regardless. I’ve been to Bovino’s twice and while it is spendy, it was good food. Getting food items here is expensive. Fly it or boat it.
    That’s the two ways available. I’m not sure if restaurants are able to buy produce locally due to regulations like the Health Depts. in the states or not.
    Bottom line, Thanks Bovino’s, nay sayers, fix your own meals then.

    Old Guy
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  • February 16, 2013

    Not worth the money, expensive! The buffet was limited and not as tasty as I expect it to be, totally disappointed, will not be back

    Carrie Fisher
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  • February 1, 2013

    Ken/Bovino’s/Hard Worker: Maybe my saying “using multiple accounts” was not the right way to put it. Maybe I should have said using multiple names. Why would you do that? Sorry, but my perception is my reality and it seems that you are using multiple names to appear to be different people. It’s a free country, but it would reflect better on you and your business to pick a name, stick with it, address the issues, not bash Brazilian restaurants in the States, not bash the value of the dollar, etc. I have never eaten at a Brazilian restaurant in my life. My husband has eaten lunch at your restaurant and he enjoyed it. He is free to go back as much as he wants, but I will choose to not eat there because of your attitude towards your customers and their experiences. You are free to have that attitude as I am free to not spend my “weak dollars” at your restaurant. Oh, have you been following the Pizzakaya restaurant thread? I have never eaten there either, but take lessons from Janette’s January 31, 2013 @ 5:33 comment. She addresses concerns, provides information regarding who to speak to if a customer has a problem and an email address to use if a customer would like. I am now more willing to try Pizzakaya because I know the owner is interested in knowing my concerns and doing something about them rather than saying, “don’t blame the restaurant when there was a flood in Australia, or because your dollar sucks”. See the difference?

    LaLa
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  • January 31, 2013

    Ken/Bovino’s/Hard Worker: When will business owners ever learn that coming on forums and making multiple accounts to stand up for themselves or attacking customers is a real BAD idea? It would be much smarter to say, “I am sorry that you had a bad experience. Please come back, let us know about your bad experience and let us cook for you again, for free!” I personally have never been to Bovino’s and honestly was interested in trying it out until the owner or “hard working” employee or whoever came on here and decided to bash customers. Not smart, not smart at all!

    LaLa
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    • February 1, 2013

      Thanx Jennifer LaLa. I never bashed anybody. I explained costs and reasons for things. and Its not multiple accounts, Its all the same email address every time, You should realize where you are and not bash a local restaurant because its different than a place u know in a city with Millions of people, Thats not feedback. Now You are the one making Bad comments on here under multiple accounts. Thanx for that.

      Hard Worker
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    • February 1, 2013

      LaLa, I think that he believes we’re the same person. Thanks for defending ones right to speak their opinions. I personally did not like the place but wouldn’t tell anyone not to go because everyone should experience it for themselves but the bad attitude he’s given should be a warning to everyone since he’s a reflection of the company and it’s workers.

      Jennifer
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  • January 30, 2013

    I went to Bovino’s today with four friends for the first time. I was a little apprehensive because of all the negative posts I read on Okinawa Hai but I believe that you have to experience things yourself and form an opinion on your own. We went for lunch and all I can say is WOW and the nay-sayers were so wrong!!! The food was PHENOMENAL and so was the service. I’ll be going back again!!!

    Mechelle Williams
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    • January 31, 2013

      Thank you so much for posting a good comment, But most people never write any comments unless they are BAD…. Some people talk about the price, (if you’ve ever priced vegetables, and top sirloin off base) The price at Bovino’s is as low as i can possibly make it…. Normally this style restaurant anywhere in the world is $45 (4,500Yen in japan) or more, Plus you have to leave a TIP in other countries,,. I have to keep the meat chefs, the kitchen chefs(Brazilian), the waitresses, cashier, Bartender, there every single day lunch and dinner. That takes ALOT of customers to keep that place open, Also, we prefer reservations so we know when we will need extra help on a certain day,,,, I really appreciate your comment, thank you so much for coming, and please come again!!!

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  • January 23, 2013

    We went last month and really enjoyed it! The kids and I only eat chicken so we asked for more chicken and they kept bringing it out. The pineapple at the end was delicious! Oh and if you go on your birthday it’s free, so take advantage of that!

    Colleen
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  • January 23, 2013

    My husband and I were looking forward to this place since we were previously stationed in Albuquerque, NM. They have an awesome place over there for $20.00 and the selection puts Bovinos to shame. I thought all Brazilian restaurants are the same but they aren’t. We were disappointed with Bovinos and as for the price, most people are willing to pay more if the food is worth it. If anyone every drives by ABQ stop by Tucanos because you won’t be disappointed.

    Jennifer
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    • January 31, 2013

      This is an ISLAND out in the middle of the Pacific in Japan, in case you didnt realize that yet. and if you ever checked the price of top sirloin in japan, and Vegetables in japan you would wonder HOW somebody can have all you can eat for that price. (after Flying Brazilian Chefs, and brazilian staff to an Island) and you also conveniently forgot to mention the Tips not included, and the amount of customers in a CITY than on a small Island with Curfews, and no alcohol, and every other reason that makes business difficult on okinawa. Trying to compare is just senseless.

      Hard Worker
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      • January 31, 2013

        If you don’t want honest reviews then don’t post the company online. We’re giving feedback and if you don’t like that then post that only good comments are welcomed. I personally like to read everyone’s post and make my own decisions which we did and found that this restaurant wasn’t for us. If you can’t take my comment with a grain of salt then thats too bad but it is what it is.

        Jennifer
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        • January 31, 2013

          Honest reviews are great, especially any bad ones. Sorry that you thought all brazilian restaurants were the same, We are a bit different than Texas de Brazil in Las Vegas as well.

          Hard Worker
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  • January 23, 2013

    The price is 2,980 plus 10%. ALL you can eat Top Sirloin, Pork, Rump Steak, Chicken, Sausage, and HOT/COLD Buffet. If the yen rate was normal that would be $30. Find another Brazilian restaurant ANYWHERE for all you can eat, and only $30. Bovino’s must be the very cheapest priced brazilian restaurant anywhere. This is JAPAN. The price is as cheap as it can possible be. If the yen rate is down to 75, and your Dollars are not worth anything, don’t blame the restaurant.

    Ken
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  • August 11, 2012

    IT WAS OKAY FOOD. NOT WORTH THE PRICE!!

    Al
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  • May 19, 2012

    I have been waiting to try this restaurant for a long time.. Finally, today my husband and I went here.
    Honestly, I was very disappointed. The service was very slow. We had to wait forever to get the meat skewers brought to us. We were there for about an hour and had the meats brought out only twice. We waited for the pineapple to come out for 10 minutes after finishing our meal and it never came out. So, we left without dessert.
    The meats were delicious but like I said, their service was slow and unsteady- even with there being few tables served.
    The buffet table had some rice and pastas and salads. The food was okay.
    My husband got a long island ice tea for 700 yen- the SMALL glass was more than half full of ice. However, the Orion beer is worth the 400 yen.
    I do not think I would recommend this restaurant to anyone… we ended up paying 5000 yen and left there totally dissatisfied.

    LeeAnn Stevens
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  • May 17, 2012

    I’ve never been, but have a friend that raves about this place. He wanted to take me last week but I was busy and declined. When he came back he was severely disappointed by the food. I have no desires to go now.

    Jared
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  • May 17, 2012

    We have been super excited to try this restaurant. We finally decided to go for lunch last weekend, and they turned us away saying that they were “out of meat”… really?!?

    Cortnie
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    • January 23, 2013

      You are on an Island. All the meat at Bovino’s is fresh, never frozen. There were very bad Rain storms and floods in Australia and couldnt get any meat for a day or so. Sorry about that, some things are out of our control.

      Ken
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  • April 6, 2012

    I went there last night with my husband and a bunch of people he works with. The service was excellent (the waitress came to our table many times to offer us more drinks, also asked us if we’d want a certain type of meat to come out, offered us more cheese bread, etc).

    I also loved the buffet, it had something to make everyone happy… salads, pasta, rice, smoked salmon and such. Where i was a little deceived was the actual meat…not the service of it, but the taste. Everything was pretty much over salty, and i mean OVER SALTY. Seasoning meat do not mean hiding the taste of meat under pounds of salt. Oh and i was very disapointed when the waitress told me they had no lamb.

    Other than that, we had a great time. They had 2 brazilian dancers at some point dancing around tables, getting customers to dance with them, the general ambiance was nice, service was amazing, buffet was good, but i (and many people at our table) was disappointed at the meat because of the salt.

    Audrey
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  • January 29, 2012

    NOT WORTH IT AT ALL!!!!! Meat was under cooked for my liking and waitress/staff were very rude (plus we saw her 2 times)! It was not worth the price…$100 for my husband and I! I left still hungry 🙁

    Customer
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    • March 27, 2012

      If you want well done meat, just ask for it. And its ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT, and they never sent us away after the 1-1/2 hrs time was way over. (unless its totally Full and back to back reservations that would be understandable) Theres no reason to leave Still Hungry. and 100 DOLLARS ? To spend that much with only 2 people you would have had to have alot more drinks each and not possible that you’d see the waitress only twice…. Restaurants in Japan dont have any control over how much Your DOLLARS are worth.
      I LOVE the place, I’ve been many times, and the people, Food, Atmosphere is Amazing.
      Some people just like to complain about everything. Dont judge that place from a comment like that.
      Check out Bovino’s for yourself, and you will Love it like all the rest of us.!

      ME
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  • January 15, 2012

    We tried Bovinos for the first time this week, and the food was excellent! The service was great, and the servers were very attentive. There were quite a few employees that spoke decent English. We were able to try each meat they had listed on their menu. Each cut of meat was better than the last. The food was flavorful and tender. I would recommend making reservations if you plan to eat on a weekend. We had attempted to go another time before, which they were full. My husband and I agreed this is one of our favorite restaurants on island! Our total (we are a family of five- baby under two eats free) was approximately $100.

    Melissa
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  • December 18, 2011

    Jennifer, From Kadena, go out gate 1 and take a left on 58. Drive past American Village and Lester. At the intersection with 130 you will see a tall building with a “Blue Berry Cafe” sign, take a right. After about two blocks you will be at a “T” intersection with ETWS almost in front of you. Take a left. In a block or two Bovino’s will be on your right.

    (See the map above)

    Sarah
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  • December 18, 2011

    Can I get some directions coming from Kadena? We’ve been here for a month and miss the Brazilian grill from home. Any help will be appreciated.

    Jennifer
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  • June 16, 2011

    I agree. Never had a problem at Bovino’s. I like small portions and my husband always ask for extra cuts. How can anyone just sit there and say nothing? Let alone not tell them if you would like extra meat.. I mean come on you have to use common sense.

    RC
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    • October 5, 2011

      THANK YOU for saying that. ASK AND YOU SHALL RECIEVE. its pretty simple.

      KEN
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  • June 15, 2011

    I find this last Comment VERY hard to Believe, Even when its Busy. When the Meat comes to your table at Bovinos, He can cut it until you say its enough. If the meat isnt coming as fast as you like, just ask for it. You have an Hour and ahalf to Eat ALL the buffet and MEAT you want. Yes it gets very busy sometimes, but when the meat comes he will Cut large proportions if you ask. But i think some people just like to complain instead of doing something about it. I ASKED for more, and got more. I ASKED for him to bring a certain Type of meat back and he brought it back. How can People just sit there, and not say anything and then post something like that.

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  • June 6, 2011

    This was a lousy excuse for a Churrascaria, Brazilian steakhouse. The name implies it all endless amount of beef; however, that was not the case when we tried it. There is a 90 min time limit and we got the bare minimum serving. My husband and I have tried several of these brazilian steakhouses and this was the worst one. The gauchos did not bring the meat in a timely manner and at one point, my husband and I were waiting for 20 min before we got another small serving of meat. I would rather save our money and go to an all-you-can-eat Teppanyaki place.

    Not impressed
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    • November 18, 2011

      And by the way, they dont kick people out when their time is up unless the place it totally packed with reservations. Very FEW times has people ever been told that their time is up. Sit, Eat, Drink, Enjoy. thats what its all about. theres not much worries about time.

      KEN
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  • April 13, 2011

    This place is very Busy, If you make a reservation PLEASE make sure that you arrive on time. If you come to your reservation LATE, we can let you sit down if you choose, but you may not get your Whole Hour and Half if there are other reservations after you. Then We’ll get a comment saying you only had an hr to eat because we needed the Table. Often customers stay a little longer than the Hr and half and this is no problem…We are not strict on the time at all, unless it is busy and reservations back to back.
    Its very important to get to your reservation on Time…
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

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  • February 27, 2011

    My husband, my daughter and myself went on Saturday evening. We arrived just as they were opening and were informed service would start soon and shown the buffet. The food and service were excellent. Even after we turned out table chip to red the server offered us dessert (pineapples with cinnamon). Even my picky eating daughter found the selection satisfying. I’d say give it a try for yourself and there are NO suprises about the prices, its on the website and the menu.

    bk
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  • February 17, 2011

    I was a little reluctant to go here with all the mixed reviews, but I finally tried it for lunch today. The food and service were both great. I enjoyed all the salad bar items, and tried 5 different types of meat, finishing the meal with a few slices of grilled pineapple.

    They had a cream of broccoli soup that was delicious, and a pumpkin dish. As far as the meat goes I especially enjoyed the chicken and the pork.

    There were no issues with speed of service or price. My next piece of meat was offered before I had a chance to finish my previous piece and I paid under 3,000 yen for two people. I left feeling very full and satisfied. the only problem I have is having enough will-power to not overeat so I can dine here on a regular basis. I would absolutely recommend trying this restaurant.

    KP
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  • February 17, 2011

    We went on a Saturday night with our 1 year old. The atmosphere was really nice. They had a boppy seat for her, which was awesome. Although we had brought our on portable high chair.

    We ordered our drinks and helped our selves. Then it seemed like forever to get the meat brought to the table. To me, there was nothing I would crave at any time. Most seemed fatty. I did like the salad bar. but I didn’t pay 10000Y for a salad bar.

    We checked this off our list. As I recommended every one do. Our experience wasn’t the best. But maybe yours will be:)

    G4
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  • February 14, 2011

    We were able to eat dinner her on Saturday night. We had a wonderful experience. Great service and the meat was AWESOME! So flavorful and tender! And they did have an indicator on our table. As long as it was green they brought around the meat and once we flipped it to red the meat servers knew not to come to the table. It is a bit expensive, but even if you are watching your budget it is still nice for a special treat!

    MS
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  • February 14, 2011

    Avoid this place at all cost. I had the worse experience EVER with them. It was 3000 Yen for each person, which by the way is overpriced like crazy for the food they are serving. THIS IS NOT A BUFFET! What you saw in the picture above is the main part of the buffet. The meat that was supposed to come to everyone’s table, only came by 4 times and it was dry with no flavor. They knew in advanced we was celebrating a birthday, but they was only trying to give us an hour to eat. The whole time they kept asking if we were done so they can get the tables. When we complained to the owner and told him we were not coming back he said “That is all right becuase we get new customers all the time”. Really??!!! Avoid at all cost people. If you want a good buffet Bamboche blows this place out of the water and cheaper too. WORSE PLACE EVER!

    Angel
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  • February 4, 2011

    My husband and I decided to try this place out. We had been looking for a different restaurant, but we were hungry and thought we’d try Bovino’s. We loved it. Definitely on the pricey side (for the two of us it was about $80-two buffets, a coke and a glass of juice) but I would pay that price again. I’ve never been to a restaurant with my husband and seen his eyes roll back into his head because he was so satisfied with the food. The BBQ was excellent, we were both commenting the whole time about how it was perfectly seasoned and perfectly cooked. The buffet itself wasn’t the best I’ve ever had (since it was small and some of the things tasted..strange) but the cooked meats were amazing. The waiters were nice as well, checking in from time to time. We will definitely be eating at Bovino’s again!

    Stephanie
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  • February 1, 2011

    A few girlfriends and I went for lunch today (a Tuesday) and we were really impressed. The meat came out steadily – sausage, chicken, 2 different types of beef and 2 different types of pork) and the buffet bar was loaded with soup, beans, rice, many different types of salads, and meat. We only got/saw the cinnamon pineapple at the end when we were done so I am a little bummed about not getting the fried banana. Oh well! The food was yummy. We left with full bellies and smiles. We had a 4 year old with is and it was no big deal. Staff was attentive and explained the whole process to us. Do note that there is a 5% surcharge added to each meal regardless of using the credit card machine or not.

    Tara
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  • January 9, 2011

    I went here for the first time for lunch with my kids in November and on a date night for dinner with my hubby yesterday. I did notice a child on a high chair last night. I do remember that in November, when I first went, it wasn’t very kid friendly. My two-year-old was running to an fro in the corner bench table where they sat us. Both times, we did not get the fried bananas– and I love fried bananas! I agree that in Brazillian places, you can’t keep up with the meat that keep coming, but both times, we kept waiting and waiting and waiting for meat to come out. The skewer guys did come by slow and unsteady for both lunch and dinner. The chicken hearts and sausages came out frequently, but we wanted the beef! 🙂 Now this gets really frustrating, especially when you do get a piece of meat that you can devour in ten seconds… If I do go again, I’ll go on a weekday for lunch. It’s worth it for lunch, but I feel for dinner, it’s really not worth it… especially when it’s really busy and the skewer guys don’t come by often. The only difference I found for lunch and dinner is that they offer a few more different types of meat– other than the three that they have for lunch.

    monette
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  • November 15, 2010

    Went here for lunch the other day and it was FANTASTIC! Service was great and the servers were nice. Loved the rice and beans in the salad bar area. The meat and the pineapple were all delicious. Oh, and they don’t have high chairs, BUT they do have a bumbo for infants to sit in which was great.

    Amber
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  • November 12, 2010

    I don’t know if there was a sale today or something but the bill for me and my husband was only 2900 Yen (included 2 cokes).

    Definitely well worth it, the meat came about every 5 mins and the stew that came with the buffet was great!

    Christine
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  • November 11, 2010

    The Hubby and I just came back from having an awesome lunch there! It was perfect. The place was quiet and the service was on point! The meats flowed and the buffet endless. The added bonus was that our bill came to 4,000 Yen (incl. Buffet and BBQ, 1 Mojito and 1 Mango juice). NOICE!
    We give it 2 thumbs up and we’ll be back again!

    Fi
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  • November 10, 2010

    great food…I Will be back

    DAVID
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  • November 7, 2010

    I know what you are talking about because we have been to restaurants like this before. Unfortunately they don’t have something like that but would greatly benefit from it! If you go, just don’t sit in the back. It seems we were neglected more because of where we were seated.

    Jenifer Tyson
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  • November 7, 2010

    I’ve been to Brazilian BBQ places in other countries (including Brazil) and there is usually something on the table that you use to indicate that you want them to stop at your table with the meat. Perhaps there is such a thing at this restaurant and nobody is telling the patrons how to use it? The first time I encountered it I had no idea what it was, so we were moving it around and unknowingly indicating that we didn’t want them to stop at our table. We were confused and a little pissed off as well, until one of the waiters pointed at it and showed us how to use it. If this place doesn’t have these things on the table, maybe they need them! Based on the comments I’ve read here there is definitely room for improvement in the consistency of the service. I am looking forward to trying it out, but can’t decide if it’s a good idea yet.

    Suzanne
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  • November 7, 2010

    I heard of this place and was instantly excited because it sounded so yummy. I called in the early afternoon to make reservations, no problem. We arrived at 7pm and were led to our table in the back right next to the curry buffet. The gentleman showed us the menu, took our drink order and went on his way. He did not explain how it all worked but we helped ourselves to the salad bar and curry buffet. The salads were yummy and I wanted more but I held off since one of the previous posts said to leave room for the meats. While we were eating salads a waitress brought us the cheese bread puffs. These were OK but tasted like they weren’t cooked enough. This was the last time we would see a waitress without flagging one down. Shortly after a man came around with some beef and then some chicken. YUM, it was good. So I was excited to have more, especially because the portions were so small. So we waited and I would watch the man come in and out of the kitchen area but many times bypass our table. We had a large party sitting to the left of us so when he would come and serve them he would instantly run out of meat and we were left with nothing. I was getting irritated because when I am hungry and not fed I am not a happy camper. In an attempt to cure my hunger, I decided to help myself to more curry. To my surprise there was no rice, UGH! I was starving. We managed to get some more meat as the night went on but not enough for what we paid. We asked for more cheese bread twice but didn’t get them until we had already ate our dessert. The pineapple dessert was yummy but we had to ask for it or else I think we would have never received it. We also never received any potatoes that someone mentioned in a previous post. We paid and the couple that came with us decided to pay with a Credit Card. Wrong move! The gentleman said “this will take about 10 minutes”. Huh? I was so ready to get out of there and was upset at what we paid for the amount of food that we were “not” served. This place has potential but for now, I will not go back.

    Jenifer Tyson
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  • November 6, 2010

    We loved the dinner here. It was my hus bandd birthday and they treated us like royalty. He loved it and our children loved it they ate as much meat as they could. We highly recommend this place if you like meat you will like this place.

    YUMMMMMY YUM!!!

    Shonda Kirk
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  • October 30, 2010

    Tue-Fri ¥1380 (Child 5-12 ¥780)
    Sat-Sun ¥1680 (Child 5-12 ¥1080)

    Dinner ¥2980 (Age 5-12 ¥1280)

    Theres No Surprise for anybody when they get their bill.

    Thanx so much for all the nice Compliments!
    If you need anything just ask the Staff, they are glad to get you anything you wish.

    KEN
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  • October 30, 2010

    This is Japan. The price is in YEN, It is what it is, The yen rate goes up and down and is very bad now, so pretty much everything seems expensive if you think in Dollars. 2,980 Yen for what was available was a reasonable price, Much better than having to choose a certain dish on a menu in other places that cost almost that much in nice restaurants anyways, which are not very many on this Island actually.
    Its a price per person, so Obviously there were no surprises when I got my bill. I didnt sit around Waiting for anything, If I wanted something, I just got up and got it, or Asked for it. There was no Nightmare at this place, Everyone was so nice, it was very busy though. a nice change to the regular Ramen, izakaya or sushi place that we are stuck with living on an Island. I`ll definately go again.

    Me
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  • October 30, 2010

    We just got back from having lunch at Bovino’s. We were excited to try it, and had a few friends say they had good experiences there, so off we went. 2 adults and 2 kids (ages 4 and 7). The staff were very friendly upon arrival and seated us right away. Explained the concept and pointed us in the direction of the buffet. The buffet options were decent, some salads and veggies, rice, chicken and other goodies. There was also a drink machine that was self-serve, we couldn’t quite figure out which of the buttons were for water, but other than that, a good variety.

    The meat started coming out – my husband had been to a few of these places in the past and said that usually they come out so fast, you can’t keep up. We found the pace of “meat arrival” (if you will) slow and unsteady. We were constantly on the wait for skewers of yumminess to be delivered to our table. There was also a large table of patrons seated near us that seemed to know some of the staff, so often times a skewer of meat would come out and be gone before the staff member left that table. The meat was tasty (I mean really, if you like meat, skewered and hot at your table, you really can’t go wrong), we did feel it was a little salty for our taste, though.

    They were kid friendly (to us). Although, we didn’t have the high chair situation to worry about. We did have to pay for lunch for our 7 year old (did the buffet only) and the 4 year old ate off of our plates (they did provide a plastic set of dishes as they do so many places here though). They brought the kids coloring pages and crayons as well as ice cream at the end.

    All in all, we had a decent experience. I think the value is in the lunch buffet and bbq (like pretty much everywhere else on Okinawa… oh how I will miss the lunch set). We also didn’t see any of the fancier dishes (potato’s, pineapples etc) at lunch. Not sure if that is a dinner only thing.

    Also of note: the prices are higher on the weekends for lunch or dinner. Had we known that we probably would have waited to check it out on a weekday.

    Your best bet: probably check it out for yourself. The food was good and fresh. The staff was courteous and friendly. The place was clean. A little on the pricey side, but good atmosphere and music.

    K
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  • October 29, 2010

    My daughter kept saying Mom we have to try this new bbq place… so we decided to go there tonight! It was a nightmare!! This place is NOT kid Friendly at all! No highchairs!! NONE…. we really wanted to try it so we drove back home to get our portable highchair (which will now be kept in the car) .. We LOVED the steak, but we got NOTHING that a Previous poster got, No Potato, NO fried Banana In fact I kept waiting and waiting for it and all we got was some different steaks and they only came around 1x with the chicken and sausage. They had some salad on the salad bar but it was pretty lame if you ask me. The service…. What service we were seated and we didnt see the waitress again. But the worst part was THE BILL!!! $125…. $125 DOLLARS FOR 3 PEOPLE my daughter is 15 but eats like a bird so that was a waste and my son is only 1… and we werent charged for him… It was by far the worst place we have ever dined at… I would spend the money at Sams, we couldve gone there 2x for that price !!!! My opinion Save ur $$$$$$

    RACHEL
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  • October 29, 2010

    This is a very Large restaurant for Okinawa! The meats are excellent! The staff is very, very attentive! Great place for having a party as some tables will hold 8 or 10 people! The atmosphere is great! No complaints!

    JT
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  • October 26, 2010

    This restaurant was okay, but not the best. I would rather save my money and cook my Brazilian food at home.

    Customer
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  • October 23, 2010

    Note: The rice served is NOT cooked with curry. It’s a different way that we Brazilian use to cook rice.
    The garlic steak we call (Picanha com alho) be best of the best!!!!
    I’m so happy to have a Brazilian Restaurant in Okinawa!!!
    Brasileiros sim Senhor!!!

    Sandra O'Neill
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  • October 23, 2010

    Thanks! Fixed now.

    Joelle
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  • October 22, 2010

    the website provided is not valid

    Valerie
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  • October 21, 2010

    YES! YES! YES!
    I’m so excited to see this post! We love Brazilian Churrascos! They are all over the place around Osan AB in Korea, but we hadn’t found any in Oki yet! Thanks!

    Sarah
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  • October 20, 2010

    My husband and I went there tonight for dinner and the above right is spot on. The staff was super nice and attentive without being obtrusive. There were ten different types of meat, a grilled cheese, and pineapple with cinnamon. Everything was excellent but the garlic beef was to die for!

    Just to keep in mind, the credit card machine was still not there so we scrambled to pay with a yen/dollar combination. Definitely bring yen since their yen rate was only 73 to the $1.

    Lea
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