Located in Factoria (12405 SE 38th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006, 425.603.1111), Novilho’s Brazilian Steak House welcomed its first customers in fall of 2010. As the first authentic Brazilian steak house in the Puget Sound, Novilho’s appeals to foodies in search of interesting flavors and textures, and for those residents with Brazilian roots, offers a taste of home. The restaurant specializes in the “churrasco” style of cooking, which translates roughly into “barbeque” and involves various types of meats such as beef, pork, filet mignon, lamb, chicken, duck, and more. Other offerings include a unique salad bar filled with unexpected ingredients, cocktails such as the Brazilian caipirinha, and simple yet flavorful desserts.

In addition to offering a traditional Brazilian menu, Novilho’s owner wanted give customers a truly authentic experience by creating a precise ambience. To achieve this, Novilho’s owners Luis and Roberto Franco sought the design assistance of Redmond-based Magellan Architects, owned by Pedro Castro, a native Brazilian. The two business owners worked to incorporate uniquely Brazilian elements into the design.

Castro led the design for the major renovation of the 7,000-square-foot building, which consisted of both interior and exterior modifications. The interior was designed specifically to accommodate the charcoal barbeque pit and salad bar, which were both imported from Brazil. The restaurant layout was developed to maximize efficiency and flow, taking into consideration that Novilho’s uses the traditional “rodízio” serving style, where guests pay one fixed price and waiters bring various food offerings throughout the meal.

At the entrance, guests pass through imported wooden doors inlaid with a glass map of Brazil, and upon entering the main eating area discover that the restaurant’s warm color palette, lighting, and comfortable seating provide a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a leisurely meal.