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El Desnivel

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San Telmo
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Defensa 855, Buenos Aires C1065AAO, 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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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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 typical restaurant for locals

El Desnivel is very well known amongst locals in Buenos Aires. It is in San Telmo and from outside as well as inside is a very humble place. The staff is kind and the service is fast. The bife de lomo is really tasty!

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Pietro M
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Hamburg, Germany
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Hamburg, Germany
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24 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

El Desnivel is very well known amongst locals in Buenos Aires. It is in San Telmo and from outside as well as inside is a very humble place. The staff is kind and the service is fast. The bife de lomo is really tasty!

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Morud
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is totally worth a visit if you are looking for Argentinian BBQ! The service is good - the whole staff is very aware of you AND they have a English menu

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Thank Ellen J
Belgrade, Serbia
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While you are in San Telmo , it's worth visiting this restaurant. Food, particularly meat as this is parilla resto are very good and tasty. Service fast and professional. Wine list could be better. it is resturant where you can meet also locals. Prices are reasonable and that's why almost always is queue ...

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Thank Boban2015
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Although there are many Parrillas (steak houses) in Buenos Aires, this was one of my locals. The prices are slightly higher here being in a tourist area but don't let that put you off. Great juicy steak straight off the grill, with a bottle of Malbec, delicious!

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Thank Matthew R
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Again this Parilla is in all the guide books. Great service, great barbecued beef, great atmosphere. There are so many good Parillas in this city, all great value for money and huge portions of barbecued ( slowly on wood not charcoal) beef ( the best in the world). Order a red Malbec wine to go with it and do not... More 

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Thank Keith E
Montreal, Canada
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66 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went there( in San Telmo district) to check out the famous Argentine meat scene. We were not disappointed. This restaurant has all the meat you may desire and more. And cooked exactly as requested. Friendly service. The place is not the most elegant or fancy, but who cares.

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Thank Clarencephil
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the heart of san telmo. Family restaurant. 50/50 touists and locals . Feels like italy. Good food. Good prices

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Thank Charlotte U
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed a very nice Bife de Lomo with a mixed salad at lunchtime. Service was good if a little slow, but they were busy and seemed to be running around all over the place. The steak was delicious, not quite as rare as I had hoped but very good and reasonably priced. My plate was a bit dirty but... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good value for tourists and locals alike, quick service and conveniently located centraly in San Telmo.

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We all ended up in San Telmo after a last-minute bout of frantic Christmas Eve shopping and decided that it was high time for a proper, meaty lunch. Where else could we go but El Desnivel? We were almost entirely surrounded by locals, which isn't the case on Sundays. You don't just go for the succulent steaks, sausages and 'papas... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Defensa 855, Buenos Aires C1065AAO, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
  • Neighborhood: San Telmo
  • Phone Number: +54114300 9081

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, South American, Barbecue, Argentinean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Large groups, 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

Neighborhood Profile
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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