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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: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, 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
Steak and basil!

Never had Argentine steak before... it was delicious and the basil sauce was definitely something I'd had before either. Pretty busy at lunch during the Sunday Feria de San Telmo rush, but so worth it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Never had Argentine steak before... it was delicious and the basil sauce was definitely something I'd had before either. Pretty busy at lunch during the Sunday Feria de San Telmo rush, but so worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Argentinian beef was what we were searching for and it was done right here! For the price we paid compared to the other beef establishments, it was a bargain! The meat was tender and cooked just right.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

This place is good if you are looking for a mom and pop kind of place with good food. The garlic round steak was my favorite. It had great flavor. The fries were kind of bland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Love the gigantic steak sandwiches! I prefer bife de lomo, juicy and thick with extra fat. Great place to sit down and enjoy lunch or dinner too. Lots of locals and a large list of wines. If you get the house wine, they serve it in a ceramic bird shaped pitcher!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

Slightly run down but super-authentic parilla. Excellent food from competent hosts. Massive portions, great value for money. Sad I could only visit the one time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This restaurant has been around forever. It has always been a cheap place to have a nice meal. Nothing fancy about it really, but meat was always good and we used to enjoy it after strolling in the flea market for hours. Unfortunately this place is a tourist trap nowadays, as it has become well known so it is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Our tour guide brought us to this restaurant and we were so glad she did. Not a touristy restaurant at all. Filled with locals. Began with delicious chorizo sausage and a tasty grilled provolone and red peppers. Then a generous portion of the best steak tenderloin I've ever eaten. Dessert was a sweet custard flan with dulce de leche (caramel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

After spending some time looking for a restaurant serving parrilla, I stumbled upon Desnivel. Although at the beginning the attention was not impressive, the food was amazing. I did not like that I could not get tap water, however, a jar of wine was cheaper than a bottle of water. This restaurant charges cubierto.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We popped in for a late night dinner, the place was buzzing and the ribs were very tasty. Service is not top notch but I think that's the style here. Empinadas were not the best but the meat was good

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Ordered one of the specials of the day, turned out to be tough and under-seasoned pieces of meat swimming in sauce. Some of the other customers sitting nearby seemed to have ordered tastier options. It was a ton of food for the price... Potatoes on the side were okay.

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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
  • Phone Number: +54114300 9081

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Argentinean, South American

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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