In Rio Grande do Sul, the southernmost part of Brazil, gauchos, or Southern Brazilian cowboys, roam the land herding cattle across the state’s vast pastures. These gauchos would pierce large pieces of choice cuts of beef, and slow roast them over open flamed pits, preserving the individual flavor of each cut, and producing the most succulent and tender of dishes.
Today in Brazil, the centuries old gaucho tradition is still alive, and in modern churrascarias, the gaucho servers parade the meat around the dining room, offering guests slices, fresh from the grill. From traditional cuts like filet mignon and ribeye, to more obscure cuts like tri tip and pichana, the Brazilian favorite, beef is the prime choice for many. But the pork loin and ribs, chicken legs, linguica sausage, bacon wrapped chicken breast, pineapple and lamb should not be overlooked.
These succulent meats are accompanied by a gourmet salad bar with fresh greens, prepared salads, sliced fruit, soup, bread, cheese, olives, and black beans and rice done in the Brazilian tradition. Mashed potatoes and fried plantains are also brought to the table, as well as the famous Brazilian cheese bread. Vegetarians need not fear as the salad bar alone, for which there will be a reasonably priced menu option, will provide them with plenty to eat, and they are also welcome to enjoy the meatless items that come off the grill.
Espada is not just Rochester’s only churrascaria, but is also Rochester’s first eco restaurant. Run entirely on renewable solar, wind and hydro energy, it is designed to have a small footprint. The chairs are constructed from Brazilian wood from an old ship, the columns are lined with indigenous reclaimed wood and recycled glass tiles, and our paper products are earth friendly. All our dairy products are from local Finger Lake farmers, making Espada’s Sunday brunch especially wholesome, with fresh butter and cream, and organic brown eggs. Despite the higher cost of these items, we are committed to bringing you a wonderful dining experience without putting a strain on Mother Earth.
But at the center of it all is the meat. We’ve carefully tested and selected our thirteen cuts of meat, our salt and our charcoal, in the hopes that we can live up to not just our guest’s previous churrasco experiences, but also the expectations of the Brazilian community. We are here to provide the city of Rochester and the area with this increasingly popular form of dining, and we think you’ll love it!
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Reservations for weekends and large parties are highly recommended. Please call during normal business hours.
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY: 4:30PM - 10:00PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY LUNCH: 11:30AM - 3:00PM
FRIDAY & SATURDAY DINNER: 4:30PM - 11:00PM
SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10:00AM - 3:00PM
SUNDAY DINNER: 4:30PM - 9:00PM
Located at 274 North Goodman St. (In the Village Gate) Rochester, NY 14607