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El Desnivel

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighborhood:
San Telmo
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Calle Defensa 855, Buenos Aires C1065AAO, Argentina
+54 11 4300-9081
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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
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Munich, Germany
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161 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you don't know about it, or where it is, you will probably pass by El Desinvel without giving it a second look. The front, indeed, does not look like much. But the place has been a favorite haunt of the locals and tourists in the know for years. El Desnivel offers some of the best steaks you can find... More 

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Maidstone, United Kingdom
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154 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Do not be put off by the outside appearance of this restaurant. I might not have gone in had it not been recommended to me. But once in the food is worth it. There is an excellent wine list (many available by the half bottle) and they will help you with your choice of steak. There is also chicken, or... More 

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Thank Chrissybubs
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Had a huge bife de chorizo mariposa here, with plenty of chimichurri. A nice salty morcilla for an entry too. The ambience is simple yet cozy and traditional, the place is always crowded and busy. Well worth the visit though, especially during the San Telmo tour.

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Thank George D
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The place gets busy and crowded after a certain hour. Food is good and quantity very generous. The place kept it simple and that goes for the bill too. Good value for the quality.

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London, United Kingdom
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95 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

.....chorizo cut. I've never seen, let alone eaten, so much mollejas (sweetbreads). Followed by a perfectly cooked bife chorizo (a cut, not a sausage...had me puzzled for a moment). Thankfully, I didn't order sides and nor did I eat the bread. The portions, even by my standards, were huge. And the quality matched...huge. The two ladies sitting next to me... More 

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Thank Rufus S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Went late on a Thursday, restaurant was very busy but they found us a seat quickly. Had a great fillet steak and wine for not much money ! Would definitely recommend!

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Vienna, Austria
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a very traditional and rustic place where you can find locals as well as tourists. The food is amazing! We didn't have such a tender steak for a long time and it is done the typical Argentine way on a grill (parilla). The staff is helpfull with good recommendations and the prices are affordable and reasonable. We went there... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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51 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not a chic place but we were happy with the food, the service and the price. The service is reaaly fast for Buenos Aires. One should try.

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newcastle
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were recommended this restaurant by our Hotel and we were not disappointed. The atmosphere was great as soon as we walked in the waiters were super friendly and humorous. There was all different types of people in locals, as well as tourists enjoying their food. I had a Chicken Breast very tasty, done on the barbeque with mashed pumpkin.... More 

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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I loved the laid back, unpretentious, gritty atmosphere, simple well cooked steak and salads, attentive service.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinean, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
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: 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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