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“Reality doesn't match reputation” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Argentina Steakhouse

Argentina Steakhouse
Baronsstig 11A, Reykjavik 101, Iceland
354 551 9555
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Ranked #188 of 323 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Price range: $60 - $150
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Grill
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Leeds, United Kingdom
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“Reality doesn't match reputation”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

We have rarely been let down by TripAdvisor reviews but Argentina Steakhouse just didn't live up to its reputation.

We were there on a Friday evening and the restaurant was only one third to a half full yet we were taken to a table in a dark corner next to the kitchen door. We asked for a better table and had to wait 10 minutes for a table that was almost certainly already set: we saw no diners leave while we were waiting.

When we placed our order I asked if the 'standard' baked potato could be replaced by fries. I was told that it could be but the fries would be charged for as they were an 'extra'. A disappointing attitude that wasn't replicated on the next two evenings at Caruso.

The time from placing our order to having it delivered was long and, when the steaks arrived, the evening continued its downward spiral. Having asked for the steaks to be 'medium' they were both delivered raw (as opposed to rare) in the central two thirds. Not only undercooked, they were tough. After waiting a long time to catch a waiter's eye, one was grilled further but came back just as tough and unpalatable. Having eaten steak in Buenos Aires, Argentina on more than a few occasions, the Icelandic version left a lot to be desired.

To make amends, the restaurant offered complimentary deserts and coffee but it really was a gesture too late. A restaurant advertising itself as a steakhouse, and using 'Argentina' in its name, really should be able to produce a decent steak, especially at the prices they charge.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Iceland
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Best steak of my life”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2013

I have eaten a lot of steaks in my life, and have the body to prove it. Never have I had a better steak than in Argentina Steakhouse. It is very pricey though.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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11 restaurant reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Disapponting”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Much advertised, does not meet the expectations. The restaurant is dark and dusty. Service is average, but the food is really mediocre. The lamb was fat and tasteless and the beef all but memorabe. Dishes presentation and meal qualities does not compare with the new and cool grill restaurants in town. Finally, definitively overpriced.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fab steaks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

A but expensive but only what you would expect in a capital city. About £30 to £35 for a steak .Great service . If you want to keep the price down don't have any extras and you could always drink the water. Icelandic water is fab .

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Rude Maitre D' totally overrated the whole experience was totally underwhelming and very disappointing.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Dreadful, disappointing and underwhelming in everyway. Rude maitre D, as he ignored request to change table. Children on the premises were very noisy at 8pm sitting. Very unpleasant and expensive experience. Not what we expected at all.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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