I have never written a review before, and am sad to write this one, because Samba has such great potential. I went because I thought my date would enjoy the dance show, which we both did, but even that was mediocre at best. Instead of being completely negative, I will instead offer advice to management at Samba, because I truly would like to see it do better: \r
1) The buffet that accompanies the ""feast"" channels bad Vegas. More selection and better quality needed for $30/person; \r
2) Beef up the dance show. We were there long enough to see all three shows (7:30, 8:30, 9:30), and they were all exactly the same- and not very long. Same dancers, same routine, same everything. Wait- I think that the dancers may have traded costumes. I stand corrected. However, the show had minimal interaction with the audience, and could just generally be more engaging. But the girls were adorable and did a good job for what was required of them! The show is technically 10 minutes, but the dancers travel throughout the dining room, so you can't see them the entire time. \r
3) You need major ambiance re-haul. When the show wasn't going on, there was no music, no spirit, nothing to indicate the ""authentic"" Brazilian atmosphere that the website boasts. At the very least, add some flatscreens to the main dining room and play soccer or Brazilian soap operas or something. The vibe was very dry- the place where I get my eyebrows done has more ambiance.\r
4) Something that can create ambiance: decor. Didn't they just remodel?! The restaurant was clean, and the furniture was new, I'll give them that. But there was nothing to distinguish Samba from the nearest pancake house, really. You have an amazing theme- decorate accordingly! The building structure is so unfortunate in and of itself- 1980's contemporary- you MUST counteract that with some Amazonian influence, please! \r
Service and food were just okay. If that's going to be the case, give me an experience!