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Rodízio (pronounced [ʁoˈdʒiziu] in Brazil) is an all-you-can-eat style of restaurant service in Brazilian restaurants. In most areas of the world outside of Brazil, a rodízio restaurant refers to a Brazilian style steakhouse restaurant. Customers pay a fixed price (preço fixo), and waiters bring samples of food to each customer at several times throughout the meal, until the customers signal that they have had enough.[1]

In churrascarias or the traditional Brazilian-style steakhouse restaurants, servers come to the table with knives and a skewer, on which are speared various kinds of quality cuts of meat, most commonly local cuts of beef, pork, chicken and sometimes exotic meats.[1] The exact origin of the rodízio style of service is unknown, but the traditional story is that rodízio was created when a waiter delivered a meat skewer to the wrong table by mistake but let the guest take a small piece of the meat anyway.[2] Rodízio became increasingly popular in Brazil in the mid-20th century and spread around the world as experienced servers moved to open their own restaurants. In Brazil, the rodízio style is sometimes also found in Italian or more recently Japanese restaurants.[2]

Most rodízio courses are served right off the cooking spit and are sliced or plated right at the table.[1] Sometimes, they are accompanied with fried potatoes, fried bananas, collard greens, black beans, and rice (served buffet style).

In many restaurants, the diner is provided with a colored card. Green, on one side, indicates to servers to bring more meat. Red, on the other side, indicates the opposite.[1]


The following foods are often served at a churrascaria:

  • Filet mignon chunks wrapped in bacon
  • Turkey chunks wrapped in bacon (these two are usually two-bite sized)
  • Sirloin steak (cut semicircular and served in slices)
  • Roast beef (served like sirloin steak)
  • Rump cover (called picanha in Portuguese)
  • Beef short ribs
  • Lamb
  • Pork ribs
  • Chouriço or some other spicy Iberian pork sausage
  • Chicken hearts
  • Grilled dark-meat chicken
  • Grilled pineapple or banana (meant as a palate cleanser between courses)

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  1. ^ a b c d Ro, Herrine (2016-08-03). "The complete guide to Brazilian barbecue". Archived from the original on 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  2. ^ a b Tonon, Rafael (2016-10-06). "'Meat-Eater's Mecca': How the Brazilian Steakhouse Swept America". Archived from the original on 2018-05-01. Retrieved 2018-05-01.