My husband and I went here last week for my birthday. I had read mixed reviews online - people either seemed to love it or think it was very overrated - so I wasn't sure what to expect. Well, from our experience, I say believe the hype! We came on a Sunday night at 7:30, so the concerns about noise, slow service, and large crowds some others expressed in their reviews were not a problem. 7:30 is early by Brazilian standards, and Sunday tends to be a night that Brazilians eat at home with their families, so we have found we get wonderful service when we go out on Sundays.
The atmosphere is lovely - the giant, 100+ year old fig tree being the main attraction. We ate in the front part, which is actually outside, but covered. It was a little chilly, but there are heat lamps waiters will bring over if you ask. I wouldn't wear jeans here, but you don't have to get super fancy. I wore a dress and my husband wore nice pants and a button down shirt. (FYI, they do offer menus in English if you ask).
After we sat down, we were presented with the "couvert" (coverage charge) - non-Brazilians, be aware that this is not free. It is a very common practice for restaurants here to bring a starter - typically a bread basket with different dips - for a per person fee. You always have the choice of refusing it, but sometimes the waiter will not ask whether you want it or not, as was the case here. I can see how it would be confusing for Americans, since the bread basket is almost always free in the U.S., and the waiter would never bring an appetizer you didn't order. The couvert here is pricier than other places I've been, but it's also delicious and goes above and beyond the typical bread with sides. Ours had slices of chorizo, olives, cucumbers with shaved parmesan, fresh tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella, and salmon ceviche - plus fresh bread and pao de queijo (bread with cheese melted in the middle of it).
The wine menu is quite impressive - it goes on for pages, but the by-the-glass selection is limited. However, they do have half bottles, which was nice since my husband and I don't drink a lot. We ordered a half bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon from my favorite Argentine winery - Dona Paula. I was happy to learn it was as good as the Malbec I've had from that winery previously.
I ordered the Picanha Summus as my entrée, and it was one of the best pieces of meat I've ever had in my life. Tender, juicy, and melt in your mouth delicious! I think I embarrassed my husband by making "nom nom" noises. It actually comes with two large pieces of meat, so I took the second one home and had it for lunch the next day. And it was just as good! It came with a baked potato and romaine hearts with a balsamic drizzle, which were both tasty, but the steak was definitely the star of the show. We ordered a side of grilled vegetables, which were surprisingly good. Typically this side dish is pretty uninspired, but here it includes asparagus, pumpkin, eggplant, squash, cauliflower and green beans, all perfectly grilled.
For dessert we shared the Chocolate Nemesis, the most delicious foe I've ever faced! A very rich, flourless chocolate cake, it's served with vanilla ice cream and strawberries and is more than enough for two people.
Throughout the night, the service was efficient, if not overly friendly. The one thing I was surprised about is that the sommelier didn't come over to refill our wine glasses. This is standard practice in nicer restaurants in the U.S. However, to be honest, I'm not sure if it's typical here, because I don't drink wine all that often.
Our bill was around R$400 (about $180), which is pricey, but not much more than what we've paid at other nice restaurants in Sao Paulo (or DC, for that matter). I definitely felt like it was worth it.
Amazing experience. The venue itself is quite large yet somehow it still feels intimate. The huge fig tree makes quite an impression when you walk in and it's canopy covers the entire restaurant.
Being in Brazil I feel the need to make the most of the amazing meat options this country has to offer and la figueria surely does deliver.
Whilst it's not the cheapest place around the quality, ambiance and service create an excellent experience. My steak was cooked to perfection and the waiters were very helpful to ensure we got what we needed promptly. All steak dishes come with sides, a selection of sauces and of course the brazilian flour.
The cocktails were also delicious of note the berry caipirinha.
If you have room at the end of your meal you can opt for a desert buffet. We had filled up on the amazing bread and starters but managed to fit in some banana and dulce de leiche ice cream which was Devine.
Great spot for a date, large group or business dinner. Definitely worthwhile.
One of the best places to eat Brazilian steak. The restaurant is not a "rodizio" so don't expect all-you-can-eat kinda restaurant. Instead the place offers super quality dishes, my favorite being their Brazilian Baby Beef.
The place is beautiful and is great for either business or for a date. Please bear in mind they don't only accept American Express cards!
Such a beautiful place. Got a reservation (online) and went there for lunch and it was really nice. Absolutely incredible design. I agree with other people that it is quite large but still intimate. The dishes are quite expensive [especially for lunch], but very good. The little kid in me loved the cheese bread...yum. Will go back at nighttime when things are lit up and probably even more beautiful.
Nicest bathroom I've been to in São Paulo. If you like nice bathrooms.
Been here a couple of times already, despite still new in town.
Beautiful place, would recommend it more for dinner. nice people, good food.
Tried to book over the phone on Sunday for lunch but phone was always busy. Showed up and quickly had a table inside, for the outside under the beautiful tree in the main restaurant veranda, the wait would have been 40 mins.
The atmosphere at this high-end restaurant is truly worth the visit. We sat below the old fig tree and were fascinated by its beauty and wow factor. However, be prepared to pay hefty prizes... We averaged $90 per person for a cocktail, bottled water, shared appetizer ($40! Which we did not order! Beware!) and entree. The Argentinian skirt steak was excellent and well prized. Highly recommend it!
best brazilian steak restaurant. Really great atmosphere, the service is incredible and the food is amazing. The restaurant is located and built around a 100yr+ huge tree. Would really recommend it to anyone here in sao paulo
Often mentioned as one of the best restaurants in Sao Paulo, I suppose it depends on what you are looking for, but if having good steaks under a fig tree sounds like a good time to you then go for it.
This pricey, lovely, tasty steakhouse in the fancy Sao Paulo district of Jardins has very attentive service and handled my English speaking group pretty well. They didn't quiet come through on every request but considering the language gap they did a fine job.
You cannot beat the 100 year old fig tree that hugs and fills the majority of the dinning area.
The menu is basically the same as the rest of the Rubayat group of restaurants in Sao Paulo. I have tried one of the others, had steak at both and was very impressed with the quality of the meats.
Wonderful place under a huge tree. Food is quite extensive but really good quality and service. You should reserve in advance since this place is really packed on the weekends.
This is the most overrated restaurant in the city. The place is beautiful, but the food is only ordinary. There are dozens of much much better restaurants in this neighborhood, and the prices here are twice what they should be, even considering that the prices in São Paulo are usually very high.... My friends had warned me about this restaurant but I didn't believe them. Now I wish I had...
Okay, this is suppose to be the holy place for steaks in Sao Paulo. So I had to pay my homage since this is the second time I am in town. I was dying for some fine dinning after a long trip. I have to say the food was not up to my expectation of a fine dinning restaurant. I have definitely had better steak than the ribeye we got (Australian). The complimentary appetizers were actually the highlight of the meal.
The steak was heavily salted and the meat quality for a ribeye was not impressive at all, it was a bit chewier than it should be and definitely should have had more flavor than just rock salt. To compare, if you know what Costco is, you can get a ribeye from costco and grill it on your own grill and probably going to taste the same if not better.
The atmosphere was however very nice. Love the big tree growing through the restaurant.
I'm really into Figueira. It's a very nice restaurant with great food, and it is an amazing place to take visitors.
As mentioned, the ambiance is great. There is a phenomenal tree that the restaurant was built around. It is a large area with lots of seats. If there is a wait to sit, don't fret, you can go to the bar next door (attached) and grab a cocktail and appetizer. I'm a huge fan of the bolinhos de bacalhau (salted cod balls deep fried).
If you don't speak Portuguese and aren't with anyone who does, you can ask for a menu in English. Take your time going over it, because there is a lot to choose from!
Your waiter will come around and offer you a large spread of appetizers. Tapenades, cheese, etc. It is very large. It's nice if you are with a large group, but if it is only a couple of you, it can fill you up, so be careful. Also, if you accept it, you pay for it. Remember, you don't HAVE to take it. My husband and I usually pass when it is just the two of us.
One of my absolute favorite salads here is the arugula salad with the pan roasted palm heart. It comes out looking almost like a fish, but it is a perfectly cooked palm heart. The servings are large. This last trip, my husband and I split both the salad and the entrée, so the photos will reflect half portions.
For the main course, we got a pan cooked bacalhau that comes with some veggies on the side, and ordered an extra side of broccoli rice.
The food was perfect and the staff was pleasant. I always have a great night when I come here.
In the middle of Brazil's largest dangerous city is the unexpected. A restaurant built around an over 100 year old Fig Tree. It is quite simply spectacular and humbling to be in the prescence of such a living force of nature. The place is mostly covered by a glass roof and the space is humungus.
It's basically a steakhouse with excellent meat, but they have some great local fish specials and an oyster bar. Plus local Brazil dishes like the stew etc.It is on the high end but well worth the experience.
When I was there at night it was raining cats n dogs.
Protected by the canopy nestled near nature's gentle giant with some local Brazilian pals polishing off a bottle of Alma Viva a Chilean Red all was right with the world.
Note: If you travel Brazil you need someone who speaks Portuguese.Once you get outside the two big cities-and even in Sao Paulo-no one speaks English.
Went to this restaurant with a business partner.
Food was great. Beef is very good.
No doubt the place is beautiful.
As with everything in Brazil - it's expensive.
Dessert table is impressive.
I would definitely go back.
Careful with the wine. In general wine in Brazil is very expensive.
Other than that... awesome. Love the tree that the restaurant is built around.
A Figueira Rubayat shows off what Sao Paulo does really well: Restaurants. The restaurant itself is huge and what's really surprising is they pack it out. You see large warehouse-sized restaurants in LA, but they are never packed to the gills. The ambiance is incredible, of course the fig tree, from which the restaurant gets it's name. They service is impressive, complete with ironed shirts and black ties. We had ordered some pork rinds and warm nuts, while enjoying some sangria and waiting for our table. Then they served a couvert, with buffalo mozzarella sundried tomatos, white fish, all kinds of things! It was great, but by this time, you're already full. I would suggest passing on the covert and appetizers. Wait for the fresh bread they serve you with incredible presentation. I split the fajita-style seafood plate with my girlfriend. A must.
TIP: Don't pass on the cafezihno. It is served with a cake platter filled with an array of delicate treats!
When I travel to Sao Paulo for business back in Nov, found this place on yelp and seem like very popular.
So I had my driver took me there, it was late, approx 10pm, but the place still pretty busy, I don't have any problem getting a table.
Server speak very little English, and I got the manager, thought it will be better, unfortunately he also speak very little English, but their a English version menu, all you have to do is ask for one.
I got to say, whatever you do, try their cheese brand, they are so.....good, but don't eat too much of that or you will not have room for your dinner. lol
I been to many great restaurants, but this is one of the kind that I will definitely put it on my list, why?
Well, the restaurant it self built around and under this huge tree. Yes, live tree.
Since Sao Paulo don't really have winter time, so the dinning area is always outdoor.
I ordered the steak since they are famous on that, it was so....good, no wonder why everyone is giving 5* on here.
I highly recommend if you do visit Sao Paulo, try this place out, but is not cheap, I think I paid almost $200 Rio by myself, which is approx $90.00 in USD, and I also recommend call in for the reservation, but if you don't speak any Portuguese, have the hotel front desk call for you.
Will definitely go back
Reluctantly I give 5 stars, although I can't say it wowed me. My husband would give it a 4 star rating.
The food was great, and the ambience is really cool. However, the seating area is exposed to the outdoors in a very beautiful setting with a tree set in the middle. However, I was cold. I had them turn on a heater near me, but I was uncomfortable for a while and had uneven hot and cold side.
I had the rib eye (lessimo or something like that--called the heart of the rib eye) and my husband had the other rib eye listed that was priced higher. His was significantly better. I wish I had known.
Their wine list is very pricey, but you are definitely at a fine dining restaurant. It doesn't stand out much from the street but the inside is beautiful.
Dessert was ok. We had chocolate cake that was more dense like a cheesecake than a cake. It was good but I'm glad we split it.
I think everyone should go once if you can afford it. However, you'll spend about 175-300$R per person. My taxi driver said that Bill Clinton loves this place and helped to make it famous.
So very good. High 4 or low 5 stars. Oh yeas, the music they played there is horrible!! The should definitely change it.
I brought my customers countless times. Especially those from outside of Brazil. One of the finest restaurant for meat. A bit pricy and that is why it is good for business occasions. Vegetables that accompany are excellent. Spinach, Potato. mushroom....
You can try any plates or ask servers who can explain really well. They are very well trained and friendly. Their wine selections are always good!
Beautiful setting, that built around fig tree, creates unforgettable atmosphere! Delicious food and list of fine Brazilian wines make wonderful match. Amazon river piranha in menu was cooked just perfect. Oh, and pao de quejo, traditional Brazilian cheese bread is just Yum!
If you are in Sao Paolo you have to go here. Even if just for a drink. To see that 200 year old tree, or however old it is.....
Oh, the food is pretty good too. I had fish but cannot recall what exactly I ordered. Service and food was excellent.
A much heralded restaurant. Here is the low down: great but not excellent food. Service: pathetic! Lots of staff walking around but scant, if any, engagement. At these New York prices I am underwhelmed. Sorry but no cigar!
Nice setting under the spreading limbs of a giant tree, but still under cover. Very delicious octopus special wowed me - definitely somewhere to go back and work through the menu!
great steakhouse.. even for a veggie!! The ambience is perfect for a good dinner with friends or business
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