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“Excellent and beautiful restaurant” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Elena

Elena
Ranked #29 of 4,660 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $100
Cuisines: Contemporary, Argentinean, South American, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Retiro
Description: When simplicity is truly authentic, it conveys the superb quintessential spirit of the product. This is what we aimed to create while designing Elena's menu. We place absolute importance on the search to find every impeccable ingredient. Proud believers of the farm-to-table philosophy, our iconic charcuterie and cheese platters - paying homage to the Argentine picada - are locally sourced, carefully selected and coming from the country's best farms. The Argentine beef, a driving influential force throughout the entire menu, undergoes the old method of dry aging the meat, aging the beef properly in a highly controlled environment to provide a steak with the utmost quality where the bursting flavors are concentrated and achieve the perfect texture. We pay tribute to our grandmother's cooking with hearty dishes like pastas and osso buco. Through unconventional cooking techniques using a char-broiler and rotisserie spit grill, our food achieves a distinct ideal consistency. At Elena, we carefully and purposefully have thought out every last detail: from the water which is purified and filtered in house, the bread basket which includes homemade sourdough made from our own starter, the elegant coffee cups, and even down to the best sugar and flour for our coffees accompanying petit four. Elena has its roots deeply entrenched into the heart of the local culinary scene. And, from here, conquers the entire world.
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Excellent and beautiful restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

The food is outstanding, the ambiance terrific. We order goat, baby ribs and the paella for dinner. Everything was superb.

Visited May 2013
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Phoenix
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Fantastic food with an art deco ambience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 15, 2013

My wife and I ate at Elena and the entire experience from seating to leaving was excellent. The restaurant has a relaxed feel, with semicircular booths, black and white tiled floor and an open kitchen accented in red. The Charcuterie is a great touch as you can see all of the produce on display. The drinks served are clever and also hit the mark (we had a Brazilian Mai Tai, Urban Mojito, a Backhander (gin and green tea in a Mate cup) and an Osaka. All different, all very good. The warm fresh bread was a welcome relief for what seems to be a weak spot in Argentina. The food was sublime - Octopus in potato broth and Brie and Blueberry preserves for appetizers and home made ravioli with Osso bucco and Beef Cheeks in a wine reduction. We were too happy and full to take on desert so shared the home mate date and goat cheese ice cream which was a great way to end the night. Also a note on the service, which was a perfect middle ground between over attentive US service and laissez fire Argentine. Highly recommended!!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Melbourne
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Fours seasons have recently opened this restaurant.
The fit out is elegant comfortable and romantic.
The service was attentive and knowledgable.
Food cooked with great attention to detail.

  • Visited February 2013
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