Terra Gaucha expands to Tampa, adding another churrascaria to the dining mix

The Brazilian-style steakhouse has Jacksonville roots.

click to enlarge Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse's picanha, a premium cut of sirloin infused with house garlic paste. - Courtesy of Terra Gaucha
Courtesy of Terra Gaucha
Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse's picanha, a premium cut of sirloin infused with house garlic paste.

Another Brazilian-style steakhouse has debuted in Tampa — South Tampa, to be exact. After a successful start in Jacksonville three years ago, Terra Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse decided to expand with a second restaurant at 1108 S. Dale Mabry Highway.

Weighing in at 7,000 square feet, the newly opened steakhouse features a full-service bar area with seating, a private dining space, and a main dining room with room for 200 guests. The centerpiece of the dining room, described as spacious and stylish, is a salad and hot bar filled with a curated assortment of cold meats and cheeses, fresh veggies and side dishes.

click to enlarge Caipirinha is one featured cocktail. - Courtesy of Terra Gaucha
Courtesy of Terra Gaucha
Caipirinha is one featured cocktail.

As a classic churrascaria, Terra Gaucha specializes in grilled meats. Everything — from lamb and beef to pork and poultry, plus seafood — is not only picked and butchered by the steakhouse's gaucho chefs, but also seasoned and roasted with rock sea salt in-house. Dressed in the traditional attire of South American cowboys, servers then roam around the restaurant, carving thin slices of meats off skewers as often as diners request.

A global wine list accompanies specialty cocktails, too — including the caipirinha, a celebrated combination of muddled lime, cane sugar and cachaça.

To start, Terra Gaucha is serving dinner through April 14 (the doors open at 4 p.m.), but lunch service will begin later this month.

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