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El Desnivel

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San Telmo
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Defensa 855, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54114300 9081
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Today
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: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 319
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  • 468
    Very good
  • 162
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  • 57
    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:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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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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59 helpful votes 59 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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11 helpful votes 11 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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

I've been here in 2006 and back in 2015. Not much has changed. (it's gotten more expensive and more famous) Still worth it!!! THE RESTAURANT: Simple and local. THE STAFF: Same in 2006 and 2015. NOT the best mood staff but work fast. THE FOOD: For me classical Argentinean food. 1 Ensalada Mixta 1 Papas Fritas 1 Bife de Lomo... More 

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mumbai
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We stubled upon this restaurant on a saturday after a Milonga in Dorego Square which is close by. The restaurant is an open bustling place with a large grill at the entrance. We had some grilled meat with a salad and the food was excellent. The waiters are helpful and the price is reasonable. The portions are large. We enjoyed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I ate in this place one of the best beef steak from my life! I love Argentina, was beautiful experience...i love this place! all the best from over the blue ocean!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I have to disagree with Michael, the last contributor. Nearly into our third month here in San Telmo and quite the connoisseur of the parrilla, El Desnivel did not disappoint. This is an off-street parrilla with prices to match, plastic tablecloths and no-frills food. But for quality and taste it was excellent, rivalling more expensive restaurants. Don't come here with... 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: Argentinean

Restaurant Characteristics

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