Our Story

The story of our Gaúchos and our country is as robust as the meat you will enjoy at Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steak House. In the early 1800's, European immigrants settled in the Southern region of Brazil, specifically in the Rio Grande do Sul state, where the fertile, grassy plains were perfect for finding new and better opportunities for their families. There Brazilian settlers were excellent horsemen so they quickly became adept at rising and herding cattle imported from Cabo Verde. The settlers, our ancestors, became known as Gaúchos. The Gaúchos were a strong and proud people who loved their land.

A unique type of cooking, inspired by the Gaúchos, was called churrasco (pronounced shoo.rhas'.ko). After digging pits in the ground, the Gaúchos would start a fire with wood from the rangelands of the Pampas. Once the fire turned to embers, large portions of prime meats were skewered and slowly roasted to perfection over the fire pits.

As groups of families would gather for meals, Gaúchos would carry bountiful portions of skewered meats, along with fruits and vegetables to the table. Using traditional knives, which Gaúchos wore on their belts, they sliced thin and tender pieces of meat. The succulent meats were served, continuously to all.

In the mid-1990's, an enterprising Gaúcho had the idea of turning this concept into a restaurant. He opened the first Churrascaria in the Brazilian state of Paraná, home state of the owners of Boi Na Braza. This Gaúcho served many different types of meats to his customers, continuously at their tables. This is called 'rodízio' style, meaning 'all around'.

This unique style of preparing and serving food is the tradition of the Brazilian Gaúcho. The Churrascaria is now a staple of Brazilian life today - and an experience we would like to share with you in our Steak House.

Boi Na Braza, meaning 'steer over embers' in Portuguese, is proud to offer the tradition of our ancestors and our home with you.  Obrigado - Thank you!