Now Knoxvillians don't have to venture any further than Kingston Pike to get an authentic Brazilian meal. Owner Vilmar Zenzen, born and raised in a remote city in Southern Brazil, is offering everything he has learned during his upbringing to the Knoxville community. His menu features twelve different cuts of meat that have been roasted over an open fire by his chefs, following the traditional method used in his hometown. (Dinner service starts at 5 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. on weekends.)

From YUMMM!, the Metro Pulse restaurant guide:

The interior of Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse promises good things at first sight—it’s both comfortable and beautiful with the kind of polish that’s reminiscent of an upmarket, nationally known group of prime steakhouses. But Brazeiros is locally owned, and it shows in all the right ways. Owners Vilmar Zenzen and Renata Lopes-Zenzen make their home in Knoxville and are usually at work, checking on your table and making sure that your experience is top-notch.

A meal here starts with an array of gourmet goodies, from artichoke hearts and hearts of palm to rounds of artisan cheese and delicate sheets of smoked salmon that are available on the expansive salad bar. In fact, the limitless salad bar is available separately for veggie lovers and anyone else who can resist the summons of Brazeiros’ grill.

When you’re seated here, you’re given a two-sided coaster. While you keep the red side of the coaster up, you can quietly eat your salad. But once you turn it over and show the green side, your server will bring you three side dishes—a wonderfully crispy polenta, rich garlic mashed potatoes, and unbelievably delicious caramelized bananas—followed by a unending parade of grilled and sizzling beef, lamb, pork, and chicken all served table-side. As long as the green side of your coaster is showing, the ever-smiling servers—called Gaucho chefs—will continue to offer you hot and limitless servings of 12 different cuts of meat. And 95 percent of the menu is gluten-free!

At first glance, it may seem overwhelming, but the proteins are served in manageable sizes to maximize the experience of beautifully seasoned meat served hot from the grill. And certain cuts of beef and lamb are available at different temperatures, so, amazingly, you can have a choice from rare to well-done. Everything is beautifully cooked, succulent, well-trimmed, and tasty in a mouth-watering way. And if you have vegetarians in your party, not to worry—there’s a rice and beans option available as well as the salad bar.

It’s hard to imagine completing a dinner of this magnitude with any room for dessert, but it’s worth trying because the offerings are all fantastic. That’s particularly true of the signature Brazilian desserts that are not only sweet endings, they’re also surprisingly excellent aids to digestion—especially the too-good-to-be-true Papaya Cream.

Group and private dining is available—and Brazeiros is now accepting holiday season reservations. Brazeiros make it easy for your large group to dine: There’s no food ordering—just choose the offerings from its salad bar and the Gaucho chefs handle the rest!

Restaurant Details

Locally Owned Wifi Patio Live Music Accepts Reservations Party Room (20+)
Kids Menu Delivers Buffet Waterfront Vegetarian Dishes Vegan Dishes


Day Opens Closes
Sunday 11 a.m. 9 p.m.
Monday 5 p.m. 10 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. 10 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m. 10 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. 10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
Saturday 3 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
Day Business Hours
Sunday 11 a.m.
9 p.m.
Monday 5 p.m.
10 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m.
10 p.m.
Wednesday 11 a.m.
10 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.
10 p.m.
Friday 11 a.m.
10:30 p.m.
Saturday 3 p.m.
10:30 p.m.

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Comments » 3

knoxfoodguy writes:

Fantastic! Food Quality: 10; Atmosphere: 10; Service: 9
We went to the new Brazilian Steakhouse on Thursday evening. Greeted by a friendly and courteous hostess, we were impressed with the atmosphere. There is an air of familiarity of the former Amerigo with the fireplace and blue pearl granite bar; however, what is striking is the eleveated dining room floor is gone and the centerpiece of the restaurant is the gourmet salad bar. The salad selections are unique, fresh, and abundant. After enjoying an excellent salad, we were greeted by a never ending supply and selection of unparalleled meats by the passadores or gauchos. The spears were filled with beef (filet and sirloin), pork (picanha and sausage); chicken, and lamb chops. The flavor and quality were superior. The owner, Vilmar Zenzen, is integrally involved in the operations and both greeted us and check on our meal. He explained that his purveyor is Buckhead Beef Company. The quality of the meat that Buckhead Beef provides is perhaps the best in the industry. Also, I learned that Mr. Zenzen is Brazilian by birth and lived in the United States for the last 14 years operating Churrascarias.

The price is reasonable, $29.00 considering the quality and quantity of the food and dining experience. The same experience in Atlanta would cost you almost double. For those that are meat eaters like my wife, there is plenty of salada and vegetables available for a more modest price. Also, the wine list is excellent and pricing ranges from low $20.00 to $40.00. Again, reasonable. Please be patient with the service. The restaurant has only been opened for a few days. Whatever transgressions the staff might make, is overcome with friendliness and eagerness to learn.

This is perhaps the best dining experience I have had in Knoxville! Knoxville congratulations on landing a "big city" restaurant! I wholeheartedly recommend Brazeiros!

Chuck writes:

I have to disagree about the experience at this restaurant. I arrived with a party of five and on time for my reservation. We much anticipated the meal because the new restaurant has been talked about. After 30 minutes of waiting past the reservation I inquired with the hostess and was told we would have a table any minute. After waiting another _20_ minutes and watching two parties that arrived after us get seated I asked again and was told any minute. The staff definitely measure minutes differently than I do. Maybe a party of five isn't manageable by the restaurant. Parties of 6 arriving after us were seated so the extra chair must be the issue. But parties of 4 arriving after us were seated and we would have been happy to put an extra chair at a table for four - but since we weren’t asked we just had to wait. I think it would be better to tell the patrons that you are full so they could plan for a different night. It seems these guys overbook the reservations for some reason, so please be prepared for an unplanned wait.

zack_js writes:

What a memorable experience and evening we had at Brazeiros. We heard some friends talking about the Brazilian steakhouse, so we decided to try it. WOW, what a great place! I guess this just became one of our favorite places in Knoxville. They do not take call ahead, so we came as a walk-in. The hostess said the wait would be about 30 minutes, so we went to the bar, where they brought some cheese rolls, my wife just loved it. We also tried their house 'caipirina' drink, also really good.... a must try. Our table were ready in less than 30 minutes.
They also have a large wine selection, but no Brazilian wine on the menu, we had a Malbec with our meal. We were impressed with some of the items they had on their salad bar, aspargus, heart of palm, artichokes bottoms, fresh mossarella, a apple salad that tasted really good, the cheeses were also really good. My wife loved the salad bar so much, that she decided to have the salad bar only (which is also an option, the server said). However, I could not wait to try all the meats... my favority cuts were the house cut 'picana', file mignon wrapped in bacon, bottom sirloin, and the leg of lamb. I didn't care much for the white meats. The sides were also tasty. To end the experience my wife order the creme brule, the best we have ever had. Definetely the best in Knoxville. We had a great time, and can't wait to go back. We highly recommend this place.

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