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“Great food makes up for a mediocre atmosphere.”

Sabor de Vida Brazilian Grill
Ranked #70 of 300 Restaurants in Encinitas
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: NOT JUST A BARBECUE… …AN EXPERIENCE! Sabor de Vida proudly serves authentic Brazilian BBQ using traditional methods of slow cooking premium meats over open flames. Our focus is on providing our guests with the highest quality meats and service possible. The result is truly an EXPERIENCE!
San Diego, California
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Great food makes up for a mediocre atmosphere.”
Reviewed 17 September 2013

A friend and I tried this place for lunch on Friday. Well you can't go here for the atmosphere. The food on the other hand was worth the trip and sure to earn another visit. My friend had a med-rare Tri-tip steak and it was prepared just as he wanted it. I tried the combo, which was a small piece of Tri-tip, chicken breast and a beef sausage. It was served with grilled seasoned mix of onion, red bell pepper and zucchini. Also had white rice and a bowl of black beans. A small pile of farofa (toasted yuca flour, seems to be the national condiment of Brazil) was in the middle of the plate. The food was terrific. Everything was done right and had great flavors. This is basically a take out place with tables. All the ambiance of a Subway sub shop. Set that aside though, it's definitely worth the visit!

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Chino, California
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A Brazilian Treat”
Reviewed 7 September 2013

Stopped here for lunch while waiting for a youth soccer match to begin and were very glad we did!
Not very large, not very fancy BUT what great food. We ordered the tri tip platter and it was delicious. Very tender, plenty of it along with a large amount of fries--perfect lunch meal. The selection on the menu list several traditional Brazilian dishes and those may interest you as well.
Oh, and then there's the deserts--my wife had the flan (huge and fantastic), I tried the grilled pineapple--very tasty.
Our waitress was wonderful, answered questions, served with a smile and made our visit even better. A return visit is already in the works!!

  • Visited September 2013
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San Marcos, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Love the food, love the service, love the price!!”
Reviewed 13 June 2013

Sabor De Vida in Encinitas is so delicious. Our family heads over once a month to enjoy the great food and great service. We like to call ahead for a reservation because it is always packed!
I want to try everything but so far we have had the SDV BBQ tray (which you can't beat for value and quality), the SDV Risotto (one of my favorites), the crispy yucca, the Picanha Plate (my husbands favorite). Everything is so yummy. Next I want to try the Stroganoff and the Salmon plate which I hear are excellent as well. The staff is so sweet and the owners are an adorable and kind couple.

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank leslie t
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Encinitas, California
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Sabor De Vida”
Reviewed 27 May 2013

EXCELLENT!!!!!!!! Had their appitizer of grilled zuccini, red pepper, onion, tri tip, chicken and sausage served on a large wooden dish with two sauces. Added garlic bread and their cheese rolls. Tried their avocado salad with citrus dressing and sliders. Added a bottle of wine and what a meal for the three of us! Shared a custard dessert with little chocolate chips that was an excellent
finish to a great meal.

Visited May 2013
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2 Thank guinness/currant
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Encinitas, CA
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
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“The food is WORTH the price!”
Reviewed 4 March 2013

At first glance, those on a budget might choke at seeing the prices and try doing a quiet "slip" out of the restaurant. But let me assure you, the quality and taste of food is worth it! Came here for lunch on a Sunday with my mom and husband. There was so much to choose from on the menu that we wanted to order everything. After getting assured from waitress that the "SDV BBQ Tray" was sufficient for 3 hungry people to share along with side dishes, we decided on that (It's under the "Petiscos" section of the menu, which is the tapas or appetizers section).

Wow.. the amount of meat (grilled tri-tip, chicken breast, and beef sausage), along with grilled veggies (zucchinis, onions, red bell peppers), was amazing. We all ordered a side of rice each (and being rice lovers, actually ordered a 4th portion); and my mom ordered an acai smoothie. We scarfed the food, and could have had enough for a small, leftover plate. But since we were busy that afternoon and didn't want food sitting in a hot car, we forced ourselves to finish off the meat plate.

If you've ever been to an all-you-can eat Brazilian BBQ place, then this sweet, little "diner" will warm your heart. It's being able to enjoy the savory taste of that BBQ meat without the pressure of having to "eat all you can" to make up for how much you shelled out to eat there. :o) It is a sit-down place, although I believe you may be able to order for take out. But check with them.

This little "restaurant" is fairly new to Encinitas. It's located in the same shopping mall as "Tuesday Morning" and "Baker and Olive", and is literally next to the "Flippin' Pizza". Easy to miss unless you know what you're looking for. URL for the menu: http://www.sabordevida.com/restaurant.html

You can sign up on their website for deals and coupons.

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank CLaw_9
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