If you’re looking for a refreshing change from the typical dining experience, Copacabana (COPA) is the place to be. Offering no shortage of flair, this Brazilian rodizio style restaurant is famous for its palate pleasing all-you-can-eat format and larger-than life table-side theatrics.

Michael Rudan — a member of the founding family — was inspired to start COPA during his travels in Brazil as a professional tennis player. After his tennis career finished, they decided to open the first COPA in Niagara Falls and went back to Brazil to perfect the art of Churrasqueira and butchery.

Over a decade later, this sizzling steakhouse has expanded to four locations — one in Niagara Falls, two in Toronto, and the newest, in Vaughan. Honouring the Brazilian tradition, COPA offers a fixed price for patrons looking to taste various selections from the menu.

Your experience at COPA begins with a trip to the “Galleria” where you will be tempted by crisp salads, colourful starters, fresh baked breads and dips from the open concept bakery, cheeses cut from the wheel and expertly hand sliced charcuterie selections. Here, you’ll also find the hot table offering items such as lasagna, wild rice, fried yucca and sweet potato casserole.

Back at your table, a procession of various grilled meat awaits. Helpful gauchos (carvers) serve up a feast of 18 different skewers of tasty Brazilian grilled meat, fresh right off the bbq. Available at unlimited quantities, there are selections like chimichurri flank steak, cheese-stuffed prime rib, parmesan fillet mignon, and their signature steak, the Picanha Brazil, a top sirloin grilled over ultra-hot charcoal.

In addition to mouth-watering delights, COPA serves up a vibrant ambiance with authentic Brazilian entertainment. From samba dancers and silkists to heart thumping music, COPA is a new take on a lounge crossed with dinner theatre.

Experience the smells, sounds, sights and most of all taste of Rio for yourself. Find out more at thecopa.ca.