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El Desnivel

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San Telmo
Steakhouse, 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: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 335
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  • 475
    Very good
  • 164
    Average
  • 59
    Poor
  • 37
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great meats, budget prices!

If you are looking to sample some of the wonderful meats Argentina has to offer and don't want to spend too much, then this is the place for you. While it might look a bit dirty from the outside, this place is always busy with tourists and locals and the meats are very good and well priced. Most... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Derek S
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County Carlow, Ireland
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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Nashville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

I had a standard steak in this place for a lunch and it was GREAT! The steak was cooked to perfection for what I asked, the Churrasco con Chimichurri was my favorite that I tasted in BA. This is not an upscale restaurant BUT it was a GREAT value and incredible hospitality by the waiter Osmar.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We visited this restaurant twice during our four night visit to buenos aires. The staff are extremely friendly, great service and very decent prices. We loved the food!

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Galway, Galway, Ireland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

believe all the reviews...this restaurant has to be on your list.....the steaks were delicious and the service excellent.....it has a mix of locals and tourists....totally unpretentious No booking required....then head to tango show at El almacen

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Friendly service both times i went there, including in English for the first visit. Excellent steak, good sides, and wines that seemed to have low mark-ups vs retail prices. On the second visit they recommended two bottles that weren't on the menu, both choices were spot-on. Do yourself a favour and have your steak rare or at leat medium-rare here,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

We really enjoyed our meal here. Felt like we were dining among Portenos and were out of the touristy part of BA. Saying that they did have a menu in English, which was most helpful! The service was brilliant, or waiter was so patient with us while we tried to order in Spanish. The chimmichurri, delicious and both our steaks... More 

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County Carlow, Ireland
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

If you are looking to sample some of the wonderful meats Argentina has to offer and don't want to spend too much, then this is the place for you. While it might look a bit dirty from the outside, this place is always busy with tourists and locals and the meats are very good and well priced. Most of the... More 

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Mountain View, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We have been loving our time in Buenos Aires and have been eating really well at several Parillas throughout the different neighborhoods. We are staying in San Telmo and this place is about half a mile from our hotel. We had walked by it several times and one night, with no other plans, we came here for dinner. First of... More 

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Brackley, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our first experience in a traditional parillas. Its a bit scruffy, but don't let this put you off. It was lunch time, full of local people and tourists. We were seated upstairs, looking down over the cooking area, where we watched the steaks being cut and cooked on the grill, people coming in for takeaway, waiters running around. We could... More 

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Malmo, Sweden
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57 reviews 57 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Genuine and simple place, but friendly staff and excellent meat cooked in a perfect way. We had the tenderloin (lomo) steak and it was perfect medium rare as ordered. This along with very competive prices makes it our first choice restaurant in B.A. this far. Go there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Parillas abound in San Telmo - we have visited many of them, and. El Desnivel is my favourite. It one of the older and more traditional parillas, serving excellent meat from a scrupulously well run kitchen. We had the fortune to be served bif de lomo followed by pancakes with dulce de leche by Hernan, who always makes eating there... More 

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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: Steakhouse, Barbecue, Argentinean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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.