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Fogo de Chão at Irvine Spectrum Center

We dined as a guest

It should be a known fact that the Irvine Company has this fantastic ability to finding the perfect additions to their restaurant family. I do not know how they do it, but they once again hit gold by bringing Fogo de Chão to the Irvine Spectrum.

ribbon cutting at Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão grand opening

It is huge for Orange County. For those who are not familiar with Fogo, de Chão, let me give you a little history. Internationally renowned Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which utilizing the centuries-old Southern Brazilian cooking technique.

Cocktails at Fogo de Chão

It all started in 1979 on the mountainous countryside of Rio Grande do Sul, in Southern Brazilian, on a farm, in the Serra Gaucha, that the founding brothers decided to share their culinary treasure with the world.

Meats at Fogo de Chão

Tradition, family, and love of churrasco (grilling meat) are the founder’s recipe for success and man we are reaping the benefits of their passion.

variety of meat at Fogo de Chão

The name Fogo de Chão means “ground fire” and summarizes the traditional gaúcho method of roasting meats over an open fire. As you dine, the roving gaucho waiters serve barbecued meats from large skewers directly onto the seated diners’ plates.

Fogo de Chão buffet

The full-service Brazilian steakhouse also offers an incredible salad bar known as the Carrara Market Table, which includes some of the most delicious vegetable options as well as an assortment of meats, fine cheeses, soups, salads and so much more. I seriously made a plate for myself and called it the rainbow of vegetables, my favorite being the most flavorful teardrop-shaped pepper.

Fresh vegetables at Fogo de Chão

The restaurant prides itself on accommodating to those with dietary needs, be sure to speak to the management team ahead of time so that they can arrange accordingly.

Fogo de Chão salad bar

For those with children six and under, they eat for free, and children 7-12 are half off the experience. On top of dinner, Fogo de Chão also serves during lunch and has a lovely weekend brunch. The Irvine location also features a contemporary bar with lounge seating for those who would like to take al fresco dining and cocktail sipping part.

Vegetables from Fogo de Chão

The meal experience at Fogo de Chão is not only unique but also delicious. As you, so the gaúcho’s traveling from tableside, you realize that Fogo de Chão stays true to its roots and creates an experience like no other.

Dessert bar at Fogo de Chão

Fogo de Chão is located at the Irvine Spectrum 623 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, California 92618. To make reservations visit their website at

Wines at Fogo de Chão

Naz Nodjoumi has lived in Orange County for over 35 years. She married the guy she sat next to in French class at WHS (go warriors), graduated UCI (zot zot zot) and has two kids. She’s grown up along side this once sleepy County and loves learning more and more about the ins and out of its great cities. When she’s not chauffeuring her kids around town, she’s either cooking, volunteering, or snapping away on one of her cameras. She loves museums, theater, art, discovering fun facts as well as traveling.
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