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El Desnivel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
San Telmo
As featured in A day in Buenos Aires
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Calle Defensa 855, Buenos Aires C1065AAO, Argentina
+54 11 4300-9081
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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Marlow, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had several recommendations for Desnivel and ended up going twice, and we were not disappointed either time. The steaks here are huge and superb. The desserts are also excellent and there is a good wine selection. Service is efficient and friendly. It is not a 'smart' restaurant and so if you are after sophistication this is probably not for... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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106 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We walked three blocks from the Hotel Anselmo for a meal at Des Nivel on a Saturday about 6 p.m. We hadn’t had lunch, and it was too early for the Argentinian dinner hour, but they open and fairly busy. I had the bife de lomo (tenderloin) with papas de Espanol (Spanish potatoes), and my husband had the bife de... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited El Desnivel on a recommendation from a tour guide from a bike tour and the steaks did not disappoint! We both had the Lomo and the steak itself was great and cooked amazingly! The mushroom sauce was good, but a little bit lumpy, it tasted great still but looked a bit strange! Our waiter was friendly and spoke... More 

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Shell Cove, Australia
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31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our tour group went to this restaurant on the recommendation of our tour leader - he was with us. We were seated in a room at the back - which was fine and meant we didn't disturb other diners. Service was very good, as was the selection of meals. Standard of food was very good - and overall was excellent... More 

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Washington DC
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94 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was packed on a Sunday afternoon. We went around 1pm after checking into the Hilton Anselmo nearby. We were seated upstairs relatively quickly although at first the waiter wanted to sit us at a 2 top near the stairs but we didn't want to sit by a high traffic area. We ordered the 1/4 chicken and vacio. The portions... More 

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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of three each had steaks, alongside Spanish potatoes and salad. The steak was cooked a touch over medium. A bit over for my taste, but still good. Our waiter was excellent, lots of character and energy.

Thank Vanessa H
Wellington, New Zealand
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I came here for dinner, there were only a handful of other diners at 7.30pm. I ordered ribs. It wasn't ribs. The meat was tough and not very nice at all - and was 170 pesos. It was three 1cm thick slabs of meat, with bone and fat and gristle. I wasn't given any chimchurri (unlike all the other tables)... More 

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Huntington Beach, California
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555 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a small restaurant. It appeared to have mostly patrons from the neighborhood. The speciality is meat. The steak...Bife de Lomo (240 pesos) was big enough for 2 people. We added the papas fritas (55 pesos) and a mixed salad (55 pesos). The service was excellent. I would eat here again.

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Broadbeach, Australia
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57 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant is in a good location and the food was pretty good. We were seated in a back room near the toilets but that didn't bother us. I had a pasta dish which was really nice since I don't eat meat.

Thank elizhar76
Milan, Italy
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2016 via mobile

First time here. I was told it was a past favorite of co workers and was now better than ever. Had the Lomo with pepper corns. Awesome! I'll be coming here regularly!

Thank eholbrook

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinean, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 1:00 am
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Defensa 855, Buenos Aires C1065AAO, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
  • Neighborhood: San Telmo
  • Phone Number: +54 11 4300-9081

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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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