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“Don't Cry for Me, Aregentina”

Asado Cucina Argentina
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Ranked #10 of 761 Restaurants in Tacoma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Argentinean, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Pine
Description: Sizzle and smoke define Asado Cucina Argentina, the South Sound's only Argentine-themed steakhouse and a staple restaurant of the trendy Sixth Avenue dining district. Heady smoke wafts from the display kitchen where chefs sear beef over a mesquite grill. Low lighting is moody by night, bright and beautiful by day because of the expansive garage doors that roll up in the summertime, spilling diners onto Sixth Avenue. A mural evokes pastoral Argentina. Metalwork and heavy doses of deep-hued wood create a rustic urban palette. Social by design, with a large chef's table straddling the display kitchen. Bench booth seating connects diners to neighbors, but without being overly intrusive. The word "asado" means a gathering of friends for a grill party - the Argentine equivalent of an American patio barbecue - and that theme translates into a convivial gathering spot for friends and family. A steakhouse with a flavor-forward menu with preparations licked with smoke and sophistication.
Reviewed January 2, 2013

We have dined here four times. The first time was New Years Eve a few years back. I had an appetizer that they no longer offer consisting of lobster, hearts of palm, and a few other things. It was one of the best dishes I have eaten. The flat iron steak was good. The atmosphere (a bit dark) and the service were great. We have been back three time in the past six months and have decided that we are, alas, no longer fans.

Cons:
The lighting is not lighting. I bring my own flashlight so that I can read the menu.
Appetizers are not that good. The cheese dip is runny and salty. Only three prawns in the serrano wrapped prawn appetizer. The ceviche has zero flavor (not even salty).
I love salt. That said, the food is way too salty. The lentils were inedible because of the salt. Even the hamburger was waaayyy tooooo salty. The chef needs to check his taster. Seasoning is good, but over use of salt is not so good.
They carry two chardonnays, and neither are oaked. Who's ego won't let in an oaked chardonnay? I know they don't oak in Argentina, but is/does every wine offered need to be from Argentina?
They have a curtain by the front door to block the chill when the entrance door is opened. No such curtain at the bar entrance causing it to be quite cold whenever the door opens on a brisk night.

Pros:
The service is always good.

I rate on three points: Atmosphere, service, and food price for value (quality, portion, price). The price of the food does not reflect the quality or portion size. I give the food a 5 of 10. The atmosphere gets a 6 of 10, and the service gets a 10 of 10.

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Thank FriendshipII
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

We just had another wonderful meal here. Full of flavors to our taste buds, and just the right amount of food! T.he argentinian wine is very good, and increases my wine must haves! The steaks are outragious, especially the fillet migion.. great salads and deserts as well

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Reviewed December 15, 2012

Not a big burger eater, but if I only ate one, it would be the Chorizo burger dip at Asado's....yummy! Only available in the bar.

If you want a special meal, try the lamb shanks in the main restaurant...this restaurant is a little pricey but worth it!

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Thank Susan P
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

I don't know whether the food is authentic, but it sure is good. So are the service and the atmosphere. We had to park a couple blocks away, but it was worth the walk.

Thank IrvingBrown
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Great service, best steak, casual wear, great atomsphere, great wine selection. Love the Purple mash potatoes.

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Thank Francine B
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