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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
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, 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
Great Parrilla

I visited this place a number of years ago on a visit to Buenos Aires and went for dinner. You walk in and are instantly hit with the smell and heat of the enormous grill situated right by the main door. Tables are small, and the place is packed in as much as it can be, you basically go for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 8, 2015
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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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London, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

I visited this place a number of years ago on a visit to Buenos Aires and went for dinner. You walk in and are instantly hit with the smell and heat of the enormous grill situated right by the main door. Tables are small, and the place is packed in as much as it can be, you basically go for... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

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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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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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

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.