Rodizio Rico

Restaurants, Brazilian Barnsbury
Rodizio Rico

On a Friday night, Rodizio Rico is the culinary equivalent of the Rio carnival. Heaving bodies clog the entrance, hungry diners chill over Brahma beers at the bar, gangs samba up to the buffet to grab some rice, beans and farofa (manioc flour), and the meat waiters dash about serving cuts from their swords.

It’s surprisingly fun; the staff keep coming with newly grilled bites, and even find time to chat.

The buffet is easy to overdo. As well as the aforementioned staples, there are salads, pickles and croquettes filled with imprecise vegetable matter. Better to wait for the delicious prime ribeye, chicken hearts, sweet and spicy sausage and the roast lamb.

Desserts are sugary and superfluous. At a fixed, eat-all-you-can £20.50 it’s no bargain, but for a lively feast Rodizio Rico is hard to beat.


Venue name: Rodizio Rico
Address: 77-78 Upper Street
N1 0NU
Opening hours: Dinner served 6pm-midnight Mon-Fri. Meals served noon-midnight Sat, Sun.
Transport: Tube: Angel tube
Price: Buffet £15.50 vegetarian, £22.50 meat..
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I don't think I ever got so sick from eating meat in my life. The place is incredible, but I warn you: PREPARE YOURSELVES! There's so much meat, all night long, landing on your plate almost without warning. The quality is very good too, but I completely overdid it. 

I love steak, Can't get enough of it. I've wanted to go to this place for a few months now and decided to last Saturday as I was pretty ravenous. Now I can eat, lots! The Salad buffet was ok and had a relatively good selection.. little did I know I'd spend a lot of time here to try and recuperate the £25 loss. The meat is just the poorest quality, it's foul, smells horrible and tastes like dirt. How anyone can sell this or work around this meet baffles me. We were a table of 6 and not one us enjoyed the disgusting selection of meats. I only had 3 slices of different kinds but couldnt finish any of them. The sausage was full or lumps of fat, the rump steak stunk and tasted foul, every other meat was just as bad. I decided to eat the lasagne from the salad bar which was also pretty bad but edible at least. How anyone can eat this low quality meat baffles me, if you do go, get drunk or just spend your £27 50 (£25 + 10%) on a good quality fillet steak somewhere, no reason for this. On par to a $4 steak I got from a casino in Vegas two years ago.

I have been to most of the branches of Rodizio Rico and have never had a bad experience. They have so many different kinds of meat, and the people that serve the food are very accommodating. If you let them know how you prefer your meat cooked, they will come back with exactly what you asked for. The salad bars are always changing and most things are lovely! I always pick Rodizio if I have visitors (especially those with a big appetite) and want to something a bit different!