The History of Texas de Brazil

Our story begins in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Living the cattle rancher’s life and feasting in the traditional rodizio style native to this region, one of the partners had visions of bringing this culture north to the United States. The unique concept offers diners a parade of meats and an extravagant seasonal salad area. After years of hoping and dreaming, this rodizio vision became a reality. The destination of choice was no other than the cattleman’s land … Texas.

Settling in Texas, it was apt that this unique style brought from Brazil be combined with the hospitality that is indigenous to the lone star state. Combining the culture and feast of Brazil with the service and class of the states, Texas de Brazil Brazilian Steakhouse emerged. Texas de Brazil is family owned and operated and continues to expand both domestically and internationally to bring the Brazilian Steakhouse dining experience to new and exciting geographical locations.

Company Timeline

  • 2015

    The first of Texas de Brazil’s openings this year was a great success! The company opened a second location in Alabama in the city of Huntsville. We also opened up a second location in Miami located in the Dadeland Mall.

    We decided to venture into the nation’s capital and open a beautiful restaurant in the heart of the Mount Vernon Triangle district. In August, Chicago welcomed us back with open arms! We reopened in a new location in the Optima Chicago Center and couldn’t be happier.


  • 2014

    The year 2014 was the year of expansions for Texas de Brazil! The restaurant opened up a location in Norfolk, Virginia – the third of its locations in Virginia. Additionally, they expanded in Tennessee with a new location in the country music capital, Nashville.

  • 2013

    Texas de Brazil was named to Nation’s Restaurant News “Top 50 Breakout Brands” based on the concept’s ethnic cuisine, differentiated service and premium product quality.

  • 2013

    Columbus, Houston, Pittsburgh, Syracuse- The year started off with a bang as Columbus at Easton Town Center, Houston at City Centre, Pittsburgh at Station Square and Syracuse all opened within weeks of each other in exciting mixed used entertainment, dining and retail destinations.

  • 2012

    Yonkers, Salt Lake –Texas de Brazil opened locations in brand new shopping centers including Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers and City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake.

  • 2011

    Tampa, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Puerto Rico & Trinidad – Continuing with aggressive growth, Texas de Brazil opened locations at MetWest in Tampa, downtown Detroit, and across from the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale. The company also added international franchised locations for the first time in San Juan, Puerto Rico, near the convention center as well as in Port of Spain Trinidad.

  • 2010

    In late 2010, Texas de Brazil opened the San Antonio location in the historic Kress building downtown.  This location also featured the unique aerial wine artists, helping to appeal to RiverWalk guests.

  • 2009

    Hallandale Beach- Furthering its expansion into Florida, Texas de Brazil opened the Hallandale Beach location at the newly opened Villages at Gulfstream Park, a race track and retail center.

  • 2008

    Las Vegas, Chicago, Baton Rouge –In 2008, Texas de Brazil opened its largest location yet in downtown Chicago, just off Michigan Ave. This extravagant location also featured the first-of-its kind: aerial wine artists. These unique performers engage in gymnastic aerial tumbles and flips while they retrieve bottles of wine ordered by onlookers and diners below in a massive 2-story wine cellar. The custom-made flying system allows the artist to control their own vertical, horizontal and 360 degree rotating movements.


    The Las Vegas location opened in the new Town Square entertainment and shopping center on Las Vegas Blvd. while the Baton Rouge location opened in the brand new Perkins Rowe mixed use development.

  • 2007

    Wine Spectator “Best Restaurants for Wine”

  • 2007

    Fairfax, Miami Beach – In early 2007, Texas de Brazil opened its 11th location in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, VA, right outside of the DC metro area. The Miami Beach location at the marina followed in late 2007 with sweeping marina views and an extended bar/lounge area uniquely named “Beijos Lounge.” “Beijos is Portuguese for “kisses.”

  • 2006

    Wine Spectator Aware of Excellence

  • 2006

    Wine Enthusiast Award of Distinction

  • 2006

    Denver, Richmond –Texas de Brazil opened the Denver location in the newly redeveloped Stapleton neighborhood, while the Richmond location opened in Regency Square Mall.

  • 2005

    Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence” & Zagat Survey “America’s Top Restaurants” – Also in 2005, Texas de Brazil was fortunate to receive the coveted Wine Spectator “Award of Excellence.” Texas de Brazil’s extensive wine list features wines from all over the world as well as a special emphasis on South American varietals that pair perfectly with the restaurants seasoned meats. The company also received another top award from Zagat Survey.

  • 2005

    Schaumburg –Texas de Brazil opened an 8th location in the northwestern Chicago suburb of Schaumburg in the regionally popular Woodfield Mall.

  • 2004

    Miami, Orlando –Recognizing the growth potential in Florida, Texas de Brazil opened a 5th location at Miami’s Dolphin Mall as well as on International Drive in Orlando-both of which are popular tourist destinations, particularly with international visitors.

  • 2002

    Memphis, Aruba –The company opened locations in downtown Memphis and ventured into international waters with a location in Palm Beach, Aruba.

  • 2001

    Texas de Brazil was awarded the “A1 Service” award by widely recognized Zagat Survey

  • 2000

    Fort Worth- The opening of a 3rd location in downtown Fort Worth provided the perfect addition to this meat-loving “Cowtown.”

  • 1999

    Dallas — Following the first location, Texas de Brazil quickly opened a second location in uptown Dallas, a perfect fit in the city’s vibrant and growing dining scene.

  • 1998

    Addison – Texas de Brazil, a family-owned and operated business opened its first location in Addison, TX in Oct. 1998. The concept is the first of its kind to feature the traditional Brazilian concept of churrasco cooking with the generous spirit and hospitality Texas is known for.

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