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Rei do Gado

Rei Do Gado isn’t your typical buffet—it’s an experience. This traditional Brazilian steakhouse and restaurant boasts 40 different menu options, including slow roasted cooked meats, salads, and side additions. Rei Do Gado is more specifically known for their meats, and each table is assigned a passador, or “meat waiter,” who slices the meat directly off of the skewer and on to your plate. Located in San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, this unconventional buffet is an upscale eatery with traditional options that are equally as savory.

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Restaurant Info

  • Address: 939 4th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101
  • Cross Street: Broadway Street
  • Location: Downtown | Gaslamp Quarter
  • Cuisine: Brazilian |
  • Cost: $$ | Inexpensive | $25 - $50
  • Category: Buffet/All-You-Can-Eat
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Unknown
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (619) 702-8464

Business Hours



  • All You Can Eat
  • Catering Services
  • Private Room
  • Takeout Available


  • Dining Alone
  • Business Dining
  • Special Occasion


F.A.Q. - Frequently Asked Questions


Restaurant Address: 939 4th Avenue, San Diego CA 92101

User Reviews

Fun Dining  

I had a blast at Rei do Gado. I thought it was a brilliant idea to do the go-around with the meats. The food is delicious and the ambiance is just fun!

Exceptional Braziilian BBQ  

This restaurant serves Churrascaria, which is a procession of cooked meats (beef, lamb, pork,sausage, chicken) served by waiters in native costume. You indicate your interest by placing a stoplight colored wooden dowel on the table, and the aformentioned meats are slices tableside. The menu also includes a salad bar and a side dish counter, where many items traditional to brazilian cuisine, such as rice, black bean stew (fejioada), plantains, greens, and even seafood. All in all a huge selection to choose from; I advise to not load up on the salad bar prior to the meat parade coming your way. Service was professional yet unobtrusive; this is after all, a buffet to a great extent. Large selection of beer, wine, and soem exotic brazilian bar creations.

Tied For the WORST food I have ever had!  

The service was fine but it was the biggest waste of money I have ever spent on a meal that tasted so bad. It was a buffet of "fillers" and meat that was hard to swallow. It's way too expensive so save your money@

A major disappointment!  

After trying a similar restaurant in Philadelphia, I was excited to try San Diego's Brazilian. Tonight's dinner was a special celebration of my son's birthday with his soon-to-be fiance. The meals are pricey, however, I was willing to pay the fare for a good celebration dinner. While plentiful, I found the meats to all have a gamey flavor. Strike 1. When presented with the bill, I offered my AmEx card along with a $5 coupon which I found in this evening's paper. The server told me I could not use the coupon. on a weekend night (my visit was early Fri evening). I pointed out to him that it specified that it was valid Mon - Fri. He took the coupon to the manager, and they recreated my tab reflecting the $5 deduction. Strange thing, the final total on my bill was $12 greater than the original tab presented. I thought the coupon was supposed to reduce my out-of-pocket cost and not increase it...strike 2! Enough is enough, I'm not giving them a shot at strike 3, I'm not going back!

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