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El Desnivel

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$$ - $$$
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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99 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate here last week as the restaurant was recommended to us by many people and the experience was not what we expected. The food was decent, but it didn't blow our minds and the service was really poor. When we sat at the restaurant we saw a huge cockroach and we showed it to the waiter, who reacted very... More 

Thank Julia R
Slough, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Local restaurant is the old center of EZE. Great service with warm attention to its frequent guests !

Thank StephanW W
Sao Paulo, SP
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to BA many times. Had the opportunity to go to many restaurants. This is, by far, without any doubt, the worst I've ever been to. Probably the worst in my entire life. The service is dreadful, they are rude, slow and inefficient. Oh, and did I mention RUDE? The food is OK, but they don't write down your... More 

Thank TheusHenrique
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this place looking for a steak and we were not left disappointed. Upon recommenation from Gustavo we went for a bife de chorizo mariposa and it was awesome: tender, juicy, flavoursome. Please note service can be a bit slow but that's because the place gets very busy.

Thank Betta_Italy_1987
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A truly wonderful place, with a great, friendly atmosphere and helpful waiters. The food more than stands up too. I came back here for the second time in three nights, last night. With places like this, at much more reasonable prices, no-one should ever need to go to overpriced tourist traps like la cabrera.

Thank hollicio
Province of Alicante, Spain
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90 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a top Padilla. Fantastic food at reasonable prices. So much better than La Brigada nearby and a lot cheaper. I had the grilled Skirt Steak which was fantastic and my wife had the chicken which was lovely and moist. Packed with locals and tourists at lunch which is a good sign. Also sold wine by the glass. Great... More 

Thank Mike V
San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We tried to eat Choripan at every opportunity in the city. This was recommended in the guide books and by locals. We both had a choripan and a plate of fries to share. It was very cheap, cooked to order and delicious. There are also many other delicious looking meat options available and it's close to the San Telmo market,... More 

Thank Travellover6128
Olympia, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located a few blocks from Dorrego Plaza, this little gem is worth a visit. My husband and I shared the bife lomo steak....like a large filet mignon, and the papas fritas Provenzal. With a bottle of Malbec, there was more than plenty of food. The fritas are seasoned with garlic and fresh parsley and are terrific in their own right,... More 

Thank Cathy C
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3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Loud, cantine style, ceowded. Still got my food 2 minutes (seriously!) After I had ordered. The meat was of mediocre, the salsa of minor quality. The meat seemed to be cooked, not grilled. So it took short time, that my body decided to get rid of the food. The waiter was nice though. There are plenty of way better places... More 

Thank Eduard B
Lund, Sweden
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

After the hustle and bustle of Sunday market in San telmo we chose to dine at this little gem. Though the decor may seem shabby this place serves great food! The staff are friendly and service good. The food is wonderful! Just when I thought I couldn't get better ribs than the ones before, I was pleasantly surprised. The empanadas... More 

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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, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, 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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