Is It Any Good?

Burbank’s own Brazilian Steakhouse.  Churrascaria roughly translates to prepare to eat…a lot.

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Holy @#$%. You should never leave a restaurant feeling like this, ever. Is that a good thing? Up to you.

Picahna Churrascaria is a Brazilian steakhouse, only the steak doesn’t come at you all at once. It comes at you in delicious bits and pieces.

You sit down at your table, and there’s a little wood salt-shaker looking thing by your menu. One end is painted green, the other painted red. Red Light, Green Light. Turn that sucker over, and the show starts.

Basically, Picahna roasts up to fifteen different varieties of meat on their rotating spit roaster. Once they’re done, the spits are taken down, and handed to the Gaucho looking dudes (Guys, the ladies love them some Gauchos.  Don’t know why) and they walk the floor. They approach your table, with the spits of freshly roasted meat, provided you’re showing the Green light. Bacon wrapped chicken? Why, yes. Brazilian sausage. Please. Best of all the meat comes at you in convenient tasting size. They’re not hitting you with a whole steak, just a taste of one.

To break things up, there are side dishes available in an all-you-can-eat buffet. Things like Stroganoff and Plantains (aka, the Bananas that aren’t really bananas? Mentioned last on the Mofongo’s posting). Thus, it’s really important to pay attention to the safety tip, this time around.


WHAT SHOULD I GET?: Well, you’re getting the meat. You pay the fee to get in, and you pick and choose what the Gauchos give you.

If you’re a Vegetarian…well, you really shouldn’t be here.


IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: I cannot think of a restaurant where the Safety Tips are not more important than this one.

One, the Dim Sum Rule does not, repeat, does not apply here. Each person should limit themselves to five selections of meat, period. Anything more than that, you’re tempting fate. By which I mean you might not be able to function once you leave the restaurant. Too…much…protein. Nothing matters anymore, not friends, not family, not even driving home. Just..let…me…sleep. Here…is…good.

Two, don’t feel bad about the Dim Sum Rule not applying. There is so much at that all-you-can-eat side dishes buffet. That’ll be your filler.

Three, just because the Gauchos are offering, don’t mean you have to take it. Just sample what looks good. If you take everything that comes your way, you’ll be done in ten minutes.

Four, be sure to ask what they’re roasting today, so you can get an idea of what’s coming, and you can select accordingly.


PARKING: Like with Octopus, Orochon Ramen, and generally all things Downtown Burbank, check our Burbank Parking Map.  The best best is the Parking Structure near Palm Ave. and San Fernando Blvd.  Two bits of good news.  One, it’s Burbank, therefore parking is free.  Two, the Garage is basically the same building that houses Picanha itself.


Picanha Churrascaria
269 East Palm Avenue
Burbank, CA 91502

Tel: (818) 972-2100