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El Desnivel

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San Telmo
Barbecue, Argentinean
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Defensa 855, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54114300 9081
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8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very tasty and good price

We popped in for a late night dinner, the place was buzzing and the ribs were very tasty. Service is not top notch but I think that's the style here. Empinadas were not the best but the meat was good

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Slightly run down but super-authentic parilla. Excellent food from competent hosts. Massive portions, great value for money. Sad I could only visit the one time.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This restaurant has been around forever. It has always been a cheap place to have a nice meal. Nothing fancy about it really, but meat was always good and we used to enjoy it after strolling in the flea market for hours. Unfortunately this place is a tourist trap nowadays, as it has become well known so it is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Our tour guide brought us to this restaurant and we were so glad she did. Not a touristy restaurant at all. Filled with locals. Began with delicious chorizo sausage and a tasty grilled provolone and red peppers. Then a generous portion of the best steak tenderloin I've ever eaten. Dessert was a sweet custard flan with dulce de leche (caramel... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

After spending some time looking for a restaurant serving parrilla, I stumbled upon Desnivel. Although at the beginning the attention was not impressive, the food was amazing. I did not like that I could not get tap water, however, a jar of wine was cheaper than a bottle of water. This restaurant charges cubierto.

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Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We popped in for a late night dinner, the place was buzzing and the ribs were very tasty. Service is not top notch but I think that's the style here. Empinadas were not the best but the meat was good

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Ordered one of the specials of the day, turned out to be tough and under-seasoned pieces of meat swimming in sauce. Some of the other customers sitting nearby seemed to have ordered tastier options. It was a ton of food for the price... Potatoes on the side were okay.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This restaurant is located in a nice area of town in San telmo. The bread was okay and the dips were very tasty. I ordered the steak and it was delicious. 2 enormous cuts which were tender and juicy. My girlfriend ordered the chicken which was not of a high quality unfortunately. The service was okay.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This really doesn't rate compared to many other parrillas. The meat quality is low-average, yet the prices do not offer any incentive to the less than stellar cuts. Portions are generous, and the staff is quite decent and even humorous. Just don't expect the best asado here.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

We went to this place on two occasions whilst staying in San Telmo. Great local Parillia with reasonable prices, generous portions and tasty meat. We had bife de chorizo, asado de tira and tried provoleta during our visits. We were met with a tray of pure meat in our first visit and it was an impressive portion. The Bife de... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Despite being in a very touristic place, remains one of the best places in town to have some nice meet.

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Additional Information about El Desnivel

Address: Defensa 855, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Phone Number: +54114300 9081
Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 pm - 1:00 am  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday 8:00 pm - 1:00 am  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 pm - 1:00 am  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 pm - 1:00 am  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 pm - 1:00 am  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 pm - 1:00 am  12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cuisine: Barbecue, Argentinean

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Defensa 855, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
  • Neighborhood: San Telmo
  • Phone Number: +54114300 9081

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Argentinean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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Staying in San Telmo

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San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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