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“Don't Order The Ribs!”
Review of Estancia Don Juan

Estancia Don Juan
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Argentinean
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: It is one of the best known restaurants in Buzios. How come you don't know it?
Reviewed January 28, 2013

Don’t order the ribs! This multi-level restaurant looks great, offers live music and has a reputation for good meat from its barbecue – but the latter was not our experience.

I ordered ribs and was astonished to receive an offering that was completely inedible. The “chef”, who glared at me when he realised I had rejected his disaster, had cut across the raw ribs instead of the usual manner of following the bone and, without any effort at marinating, basting or adding sauce, had just thrown them on the grill until they were frazzled. The meat was as tough as leather and completed welded to the bones.

Although the oily maître clearly sided with his “chef”, the more sympathetic wait staff did offer a different cut of meat but by then our dining experience was ruined. And they still charged. Don Juan would not have had a romantic dinner here!

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Thank buenvino
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Reviewed January 13, 2013

Very fun atmosphere, great service and delicious steak! I'd recommend reservations as a lot of people were waiting. We were able to secure a reservation through our pousada so didn't have to wait.

Thank angseig
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

Don Juan has been a Buzios favorite of mine over nearly 10 years - always under the same management but they have had various suppliers of their trademark "Best Argentinian Beef" -
and therein lies their problem. You are only as good as your suppliers! To be fair they recognized the problem back in 2011 and are now back on song supplying some of the very finest Argentinian beef around these parts. We were a large party just before Christmas and had therefore booked in advance for a table outside.
Slick service has never been a strong point at Don Juan, and we were kept waiting for our Caipis and couverts, almost 30 minutes which gave newcomers a chance to study the menu at
length. I already knew what I was having - an underdone Olho de Bife - Ribeye, I guess that rolls in at around 600g - many people choose to share this monster, but not me! Others chose the Sirloin or flank steak and at least one eschewed the meat for a fish dish. The creamed spinach is executed perfectly but the baked potato can be problematic as someone has earlier opined. If it's not baking hot just send 'em back. I always do - and the more times that happens, the more likely
the Kitchen will take note!
The wine list is more than adequate, with, as one might expect, a couple of excellent Malbecs,
one of which, the Catena , we ordered in quantity. It goes so well with big steaks. All in all, a good experience and marked down simply on service. The food was universally enjoyed that evening.

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Thank mike j
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

We dined there just before Christmas and had a great meal there - the meat was good quality and reasonable price with an excellent wine list. Has a nice terrace in the street or you can dine inside and also has tango shows at night

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Thank bc1050
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Reviewed November 16, 2012

we went for rump steak 'meal for two' and were pleasantly surprised by both the quality and quantity of the steak. Overall the meal was let down by baked potato which was only warm but the cheese sauce for the potato was excellent.

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Thank david h
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