Fogo de Chão to Open New Waterfront Santa Monica Location

by Katie Lee

Santa Monica, Calif. — Fogo de Chão has signed a lease agreement for its 11th Southern California location. The new 7,246-square-foot restaurant is scheduled to open in late 2024 at 1551 Ocean Ave. and joins existing Fogo restaurants across metropolitan L.A. area, Orange County and San Diego.

The Santa Monica restaurant will offer a new dining experience in the city’s westside area which features popular attractions like the Santa Monica Pier, Third Street Promenade shopping district and a stretch of the iconic Pacific Coast Highway. This Los Angeles lease agreement news comes on the heels of the brand announcing earlier this month its global expansion initiative, with more than 20 new locations expected to open in the next 24 months. Fogo opened in 2023 new restaurants in key markets such as Providence, R.I.; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Irving, Texas; Quito, Ecuador; Wayne, N.J.; Santa Cruz, Bolivia; and a sixth restaurant in Mexico City, Mexico.

“For nearly 45 years, Fogo has introduced the authentic flavors of Brazilian dining to cities around the world that cannot be experienced anywhere else,” says Barry McGowan, chief executive officer of Fogo de Chão. “As we expand our Southern California footprint, we look forward to offering Santa Monica community members and tourists alike a differentiated dining experience full of culinary discoveries.”

Designed in partnership with architecture and design agency Innovation & Design in Architecture, the Santa Monica restaurant will showcase Fogo’s recent brand transformation featuring enhanced design elements like an enclosed patio with oceanfront views, menu optionality and innovation platforms like a dry-aged meat locker.

Fogo de Chão was founded in Southern Brazil in 1979. For more information, visit

SOURCE: Fogo de Chão

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