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El Desnivel

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San Telmo
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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tue - Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Overland Park, Kansas
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173 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 418 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We ate here twice during the five days we were in BA prior to our Antarctica trip and enjoyed both dinners. The menu is in English and Spanish but not everything translates well. For example, one of the menu items is Lomo y Noisette, translated into English as Tenderloin and noisette potatoes. The steaks were huge, tender and flavorful. The... More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My experience at el Desnivel was a very bad one. The lonely planet guide said it was a good place for steak but i guess we were unlucky. We ordered the bife de chorizo and the vacio (bad choice) but even de chorizo was pretty bad. It was a very thick piece therefore it was quite raw when I got... More 

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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369 reviews
221 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This perilla (grill restaurant) in San Telmo doesn't look very attractive from the outside, but the interior is nice and the grilled meats are very good. Especially attractive is your meat being actually grilled near the entrance of the restaurant. We enjoyed lomo, bife the chorizo and more. Also the side dishes are very nice: mashed pumpkin, spinach with cream.... More 

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Thank Catharina50
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72 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Probably at the pricey end but still great value. The meat portions are huge so don't over order - but they are also delicious. Would recommend.

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Thank William F
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant has a great location, in San Telmo, a very beautiful part of Buenos Aires. The atmosphere is lively but not chaotic, the walls of the premises are covered in old photographs, posters and more. The food itself was delicious and the pricing was more than acceptable!

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Thank Jonathan R
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for dinner as a suggestion from our hotel concierge and it was by far the best dining experience we had our entire stay in Buenos Aires! Our waiter was excellent, the food was out of this world and the prices were extremely reasonable! The only disappointment was that we hadn't found this restaurant sooner - order any cut... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a good experience at Desnivel, Bife Chorizo is a big piece of meat and the size of their servings are big! Good value! Just make sure of the operating times, we weren't sure and had to wait outside for a while. This restaurant won't make it on the Top 100 places to eat in the world, but is worth... More 

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County Dublin, Ireland
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for lunch last Sunday and we ordered bife and chorizo with chips and salad. The meet was ok, no complaints although nothing really special. However, the salad and chips were pretty poor, bad quality. The service was good, the waiter was nice and kind all the time.

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Thank traveller_non_stop84
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having slept through the hotel's complimentary breakfast, it was a short stroll down to Desnivel, where from 12.00pm onwards they are continously cooking a multitude of mouth-watering cuts of animal over hot coals. Not having a huge appetite at this time of day, I only went with Choripan but it was delicious. All the other meals I saw coming out... More 

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Thank Tom M
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I think I went to Des Nivel at least 12 times during my 5 week stay. The atmosphere and staff are both welcoming and local-feeling. The inside is older and a bit grungy, but the food... THE FOOD is amazing and the portions are plentiful. During lunch you would never know how popular this place is, but at dinner this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinean, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Defensa 855, Buenos Aires C1065AAO, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
  • Neighborhood: San Telmo
  • Phone Number: +54114300 9081

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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.
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