In need of a meat coma? Toronto’s Brazilian and Argentinian BBQ joints got you covered

In Canada, we’re quick to give the honour of “world’s best BBQ” to our friends to the south, or take it for our own. But the simple fact is that no one knows how to BBQ like the Brazilians and the Argentinians. Seriously. If you’ve ever seen a back yard get together in either of those countries, the amount and variety of meats on the grill is enough to make Ron Swanson show is O face.

If you need more meat in your life, here are 3 places to try Brazilian and Argentinian BBQ restaurants in Toronto.


Now with 4 locations (230 Adelaide W, 150 Eglinton E, Vaughan and Niagara Falls), Copacabana takes its churrasco-style cooking very seriously. It’s a classic preço fixo menu with a big open salad bar. It’s expensive, but they bring a ton of different cuts of beef, chicken, lamb and sausage to the table and you won’t leave hungry.

beef skewer at copacabana restaurant

A mighty, beautiful, dazzling sight.



Meats seared on a woodfired grill? Yes please. With a mean skirt steak and the obligatory mollejas (sweetbreads), this place on Dundas near Parkdale does authentic Argentinian fare well. Beware the prices, though.

roast beef sliced from branca

Mouth watering.

Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse Rodizio

Less swanky than Copacabana, Rodeo on the Danforth is one of Toronto’s best known Brazilian BBQ restaurants, though it gets mixed reviews. Their grill isn’t woodfired, but the place does give that Brazilian BBQ experience.

various meats from rodeobraziliansteakhouse

Brb moving to Brazil.

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Born on the Prairies, Erin Cardone grew up knowing there was more to life than canola fields and AAA Alberta Angus. So she escaped, living in Europe and Australia, white-knuckling it through plates of calf brains and raw horse meat, and learning languages she can't remember anymore. After a stint as a jaded, skeptical journalist, she changed tack and began writing rather awesome blogs and showing businesses that advertising is dead, so long live social media, with her businesses Legendary Social Media. She now splits her time between various Canadian cities, Costa Rica and wherever else the wind blows.

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