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El Desnivel

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Defensa 855, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54114300 9081
Today
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 302
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    Very good
  • 156
    Average
  • 57
    Poor
  • 36
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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
Most recent review
Great steaks for a great price

It's located a bit out of the way for the major tourist attractions but if you're in the area check this place out. We stayed at a hostel nearby so it was a short walk for us, but I think it might not be as accessible given that it is located in San Telmo which isn't as nice a neighbourhood... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
MGDL1989
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It's located a bit out of the way for the major tourist attractions but if you're in the area check this place out. We stayed at a hostel nearby so it was a short walk for us, but I think it might not be as accessible given that it is located in San Telmo which isn't as nice a neighbourhood... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

It's a popular place and large scale grilled meat place. The environment is very local, although there's english menu, the food is truly Argentinean...

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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 via mobile

Been here twice now, first time in low season was better but both times the food has been delicious. It's quite informal and feels like a local spot. Service was good, overall a good experience!

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Funchal, Portugal
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8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

The service is poor, with long waiting time. The food is good, but it doesn't worth the bad service.

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London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

It was our first restaurant to dine in Argentina and it certainly didn't disappoint my friend and I. The service was casual and efficient, we have ordered a Bife Rellano to share, the portion was quite big and the beef was cooked to how we wanted it. The chimichurri sauce was amazing, one of the best we have tasted in... More 

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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Don't expect for a good service. Structure (tables, chairs and stairs) are also a little creepy. But the food is amazing. Price is also interesting. Recommended.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This is my kind of place. Came here with my family several times. Got there at 8 PM and by 8:30 PM the place was packed. A lot of tourists but a working mans place. Plastic tablecloths, loud, limited English spoken, friendly, open grill (can actually get food to go), and great value. The lomo can't be beat. Do yourself... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The restaurant was recommended as a decent steak house, we went there on our first night in Buenos Aires and don't think we had a better steak while there. It was a simple but fantastic steak, the wine was decent and it was generally very enjoyable. You cannot pay on card so make sure you have cash on you!

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12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

It's not a beautiful place, but El Desnivel has the best "lomo" (sirloin steak) in Buenos Aires. I recommend to go on Sundays when you can also visit the San Telmo's fair.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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77 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Located just few meters from home, I made Desnivel the place where to buy dinner a couple of times a week. The meat quality is not the same as in the past, but still better than many other options. The place is noisy but funny, kind of a difficult place to talk and a heaven for budget travellers. If you... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, 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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