In my mind, I imagine that my own personal heaven will look something like Carvao Prime Brazilian Steak House in Lakeside DFW. A place where others wait on me and serve me gigantic skewers of fantastic cuts of meat.
Since Carvao opened in the Fall of 2015, I’ve been a huge fan of this locally-owned Brazilian steakhouse and have enjoyed many fabulous meals with them. I love walking in the doors and seeing the owners and managers out in the front of the restaurant chatting with their patrons and making sure everyone is having the best experience possible.
Owner, Paulo Novaes, is a 15-year resident of Flower Mound who is thrilled that he was finally able to realize his dream of opening his own Brazilian restaurant right here in his own town. A native Brazilian, Paulo has spent his whole life perfecting his take on traditional Churrasco-style recipes. Part of what makes his recipes so unique is their use of a charcoal grill, which gives their food a different taste than most other Brazilian steakhouses. (Fun Fact: ‘Carvao’ actually means ‘charcoal’ in Portugese.)
As is typical with Brazilian steakhouses, restaurant patrons begin their meal at the salad bar which has over 50 hot & cold items to choose from. Some of our favorites include the grilled pineapple, the cheese and cold cut selection, and (most of all) their lobster bisque which is just simply incredible.
Once you’ve loaded up at the salad bar, you head back to your table and flip your card to green which initiates the parade of incredibly-prepared and seasoned meat selection. They offer somewhere around 20 cuts of meat, including some that are (true to Paulo’s style) unique to Carvao. Our personal favorites are the filet mignon, the ribeye, and their house speciality beef picanha with garlic.
Feel free to flip the card between red and green as necessary to signal to the gauchos when you are and are not ready for them to stop by your table. There are so many delicious selections, you could easily find yourself with 12 cuts of meat on your plate all at once!
If you’ve managed to save room for dessert (which we highly advise you do), some of our absolute favorites are their Papaya Cream and the Creme Brulee. I truly believe their Creme Brulee is the best in town. Paired with a cup of their smooth-roasted coffee, it’s the perfect end to a meal.
In addition to their main dining area, Carvao also has a fantastic bar where you can enjoy drinks before, after or in lieu of your meal. They also have a gorgeous wine room which features over 100 labels that you can choose to pair with your meal. And they have a wonderful selection of after-dinner drinks as well.
Carvao is truly a great place to enjoy a special evening out, host a dinner party, or have a business dinner. They are open from 5:00-10:00pm Monday through Saturday and are open for lunch and dinner on Sunday. We always recommend making a reservation – just in case! This place can fill up quickly!
If you haven’t been to a Brazilian Steakhouse before, Carvao is the best place to have your first experience. And if you have been to a Brazilian Steakhouse before, you’ve never been to one like Carvao!
*Carvao Prime Brazilian Steak House is located in Lakeside DFW at 2401 Lakeside Pkwy, Flower Mound 75022.