Fogo de Chao

5 ratings
$$$$ • Brazilian Restaurant
Reported to have a gluten-free menu
Reported GF menu options: Bread/Buns, Dessert
Safety Rating
3 ratings

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377 Santana Row #1090
San Jose, CA 95128

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The food was great. But as in all you can eat establishment, it's quite expensive unless you come with a huge appetite. They have an extensive allergen menu that they can bring to the table, and my server seem to be pretty knowledgeable about what has gluten. I ate here without any issues.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Gluten-free items are marked on the main menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for lunch
  • Good with other allergies
  • Offers outdoor seating
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Symptomatic Celiac

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The waiter came by with a list of everything that was NOT gluten free (mashed potatoes, the chicken, Italian bread and several items from the bar). Otherwise everything else is gluten free - just double check!! They bring around gf bread, bananas, and these fry like things. All the meats they bring around are gf with exception to the chicken (tho I saw several times where they brought a skewer of chicken and beef and were touching each other so I just stayed away from that beef option as well).

Celiac friendly?

Yes

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Celiac friendly?

Yes

Updated 5 years ago read full review

This establishment is NOT a dedicated gluten-free facility and may not be safe for those with celiac disease. Please contact the establishment directly to inquire about safety precautions.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Bread/Buns
  • Dessert
  • Gluten-Free Menu

Categories

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Brazilian
  • Dairy-Free Friendly
  • Dinner
  • Keto Friendly
  • Lunch
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Paleo Friendly
  • Restaurant
  • Steakhouse

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Celiac

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I ate her a few days ago and I was amazing. The server new exactly what was gluten free and what wasn't. They had many options which is always nice to hear when you have celiac disease. The bread they bring to the table is gluten free which is stuffed with cheese. I seriously could have eaten that all night. I am extremely pleased. It was a bit expensive but well worth it.

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When I told my server I was Gf because of an allergy, he was very knowledgeable about their menu and about hidden gluten. He told me what items on the salad bar had gluten, even not the obvious choices, like that the beans were dusted with flour, to stay away from them, and a few other items that should be naturally gf had ingredients that changed that. He even gleefully told me their table side bread baskets are gf - made with yucca flour! He told me to stay away from chicken and hearts as they are marinated in beer and the Parmesan crusted pork, that had bread crumbs, but that everything else would be safe. We had amazing service, amazing food... It's a food fest experience! Safe for vegetarians- with an amazing farm to table salad bar, the best I've ever seen! Safe for gf - so many options AND bread! Its very reminiscent of a patishoo , but it's bread... Not made with rice or potato. Yummy! And if you're a carnivore, you will think you have died and gone to meat heaven. I didn't know what to expect when my husband took me here & said that men run around & serve you from meat on a stick... Lord have mercy! It is a spectacle to behold. Its on the pricey side, but worth every penny of all you can eat bliss.

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Symptomatic Celiac

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I went here for a company function and had resigned myself to getting sick. I was pleasantly surprised that the buffet had the cheese and meats on the totally opposite side from the bread, which was by the salads. At the buffet I chanced tiny pieces of the prosciutto, papaya and star fruit. The tropical fruits weren’t ripe so I didn’t end up finishing these.

I signaled the waitress of my allergy and she brought out a detailed allergen list. This list showed most of the meats as having soy, which I worried was soy sauce. Though overwhelmed by our party of 16, the waitress eventually brought me the manager who took a trip to consult the chef who told me most meats were simply rubbed in lemon pepper and no soy sauce was involved.

Based on the advice of the waitress and manager, I tried several types of lamb and beef and did not get sick. For drinks I had Caipirinhas. Though they were listed as wheat free I did not try the Pão de queijo, which were prepared in a kitchen that also prepared bread. For dessert I wanted to try the flan, but they were “out” (I saw it being served to other tables, so they must have just run out) and was given vanilla ice cream.

Overall this restaurant did a great job taking care of me and keeping me safe on a very busy night.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Staff is knowledgeable and can answer questions

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Celiac

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So much food, we had great time here and left sooo full. A fun spot for the family, endless cuts of meat and salad bar. The rolls are safe, meats are safe, a few items on salad bar that we were warned of ( bread items). We had no reactions, nice lunch here.

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Symptomatic Celiac

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Great experience here, told them of my allergy and they brought me a list of everything and their allergens: gluten was only in a few things! Safe buffet, all the meats except the tofu but I didn’t even see that. Highly recommended. All you can eat is $66 which seems like a great deal!

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Very

Safety Feature Ratings
  • Dedicated gluten-free fryer

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— Separate gluten-free menu

How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Excellent

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
Symptomatic Celiac

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Mostly everything here was gluten free. I was hesitant at first and took some precautions, but everything was great. If you haven’t eaten this style before, they come around to your table with a slab of meat and slice off a portion if you want to try it. There are several meats that are not gluten free, but there were more than enough options without it. I was skeptical of the buffet, but [at least on the night I was there] almost everything on the table was gluten free. I stood there and watched it for 5 minutes before deciding it was worth it to check out a couple items. Taking off a star for safety due to the waitstaff; somewhat knowledgeable, but also apathetic and not willing to get answers very quickly (like 30 minutes into the meal when everyone else was already eating). My primary complaint was the servers — one was a little weird encouraging us to drink and drive (we did not, of course), and one just did not help at all. We went somewhat close to the opening and seemed like a decent amount of turnover with the waitstaff, so perhaps it was a logistical issue and has since improved. I had a vegetarian friend who went and found plenty to eat to hang with her family, but I’m not sure I would recommend that for the price point. I did not get sick, and was very full :)

Safety


How confident are you that this establishment takes safety precautions against cross-contact?

— Somewhat

Quality & Quantity


How much of the menu is available gluten-free?

— Most/All

How would you rate the taste and quality of the gluten-free food you tried?

— Good

Other


Other Characteristics
  • Good for dairy-free
  • Good for dinner
  • Good for keto
  • Good selection of healthy options
  • Reservations recommended

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I haven’t been yet but looking online it looks like their entire market menu is naturally gluten free. Apparently they can also serve Brazi bread. Hope to check out soon.

Quality & Quantity


Is there a gluten-free menu?

— No gluten-free information on the menu

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