Sarava on Shaker Square

We’ve been to Sarava twice now, and both times have been pretty good. The first time we went on accident (we wanted to go to Fire, but they aren’t open on Mondays, the second time we made plans with friends). I’ve been to Sergio’s on University Circle (same owner) and really enjoyed my meal and the atmosphere, so I had good expectations for the Shaker Square restaurant. First thing you notice is the decor. This is a Brazilian restaurant and they really wanted to convey that in the overall style of the place. This really is a beautiful restaurant. It’s fun and even a bit exotic. The color patters, furniture, lighting and tile all well-chosen. The bar area especially is very impressive. My husband is a creative director and was really impressed with the overall style of the place. You can tell they spent a lot of time paying attention to all the details. There is also a cute little patio overlooking the square, but we have yet to sit outside. The menu was equally as impressive. A lot of seafood, and other traditional Brazilian dishes with a twist. I had the shrimp baina with Brazilian rice and the pan-seared scallops with a ginger cider reduction. Excellent. My husband had the beef picanha both times, served with the famous fried spinach and black beans. He also had a super spicy salad that made his eyes water. I’m not a fan of heavy spice, but he was in heaven. Sarava also has a great wine list and they make one hell of a Caiprinha. Even better, they offer a daily happy hour with 1/2 price appetizers from 5 – 6:30. And they are open on Mondays went most restaurants opt to close.


  1. Valerie
    Posted June 15, 2007 at 8:45 am | Permalink

    Their Bouboulaisse(sp?) if they still have it is especially fantastic.
    Not a fan of the appetizer prices though.
    p.s. glad I stumbled across your blog. Always looking for some good restaurant reviews from a foodie.

  2. michelle v
    Posted June 19, 2007 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Thank you!

  3. Anonymous
    Posted April 28, 2008 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    I agree with Valerie, the boulliabaise is great. I have been to Sarava quite a few times. I also am not a fan of the appetiser prices. The last couple of times I have been, I was very disappointed. The resturant was dirty. The floors were covered in crumbs at 630pm!
    The fish tacos were cold, the corn tortilla was dry ( almost as if it had been microwaved). I am not sure I will be returning there again.
    My money would be better spent somewhere else.

    BTW…great blog.