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Café Brasil

11736 W. Washington Blvd.
Mar Vista, CA 90066


  • Daily, 11a.m.-10 p.m.
  • $$
  • Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair Accessible, Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Takeout
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • Beer/Wine
  • Parking Lot Available, Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
This authentic Brazilian restaurant and café is shrouded in leafy green foliage and decorated with bright colors, with an adjoining airy patio. It's part of Culver City's Brazilian-style neighborhood and now includes a sister location on Washington Boulevard in West Los Angeles. Both locations are veritable hot spots for Brazilian culture, sports and music. Mostly, you'll find grilled animals at Café Brasil: pork chops, lamb chops, steak, shrimp and fish, all profoundly salty and resonant with garlic, charred at the edges, fragrant with citrus and a little overcooked. With all this protein come truckloads of rice glistening with oil, sweet fried plantains and spicy black beans. Café Brasil also serves wonderful feijoada on weekends, less offal-intensive than some versions but meat-fragrant in the best possible way.

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