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Carlitos Gardel
Carlitos Gardel
  • Address:
    7963 Melrose Ave.
    Los Angeles, CA 90046
    Neighborhood:
    Beverly / Fairfax / La Brea / Third St.
  • Cuisine:
    Argentinean
    Price: $31 to $50

Carlitos Gardel Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.carlitosgardel.com
  • Phone: (323) 655-0891
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Azniv Bozoghlian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Piano on Fridays and Saturdays play Argentine Tango classics and World standards.

Getting there

  • Parking: Valet
A word from Carlitos Gardel
Carlitos Gardel Steakhouse is a family-owned and operated restaurant offering the finest in authentic Argentine cuisine and hospitality since 1996. With an extensive menu of personal family recipes from Buenos Aires, the restaurant serves only certified USDA prime cuts of grass-fed beef and sustainably sourced ingredients prepared the Argentine way.

Sommelier Max Bozoghlian directs a multiple award-winning wine program showcasing the largest cellar of Argentine wines on the West Coast and several rare and boutique labels.

Named in honor of Carlos Gardel—an iconic cultural figure in Argentine history and the paternal voice of tango—the restaurant was recently highlighted by Irene Virbila of the Los Angeles Times as one of the city’s top steakhouses. Its 1930s-inspired ambiance is a nod to the “Golden Age” of Buenos Aires and has been a favorite of many locals, celebrities, and Argentine visitors for years.
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Diner Reviews
  • "The exquisite food and super special attention ... Thanks, see you soon!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "It is a local small restaurant. We are so surprised that no any other customer there when we arrived. Parrillada is so good included the sweetbread. I love the fatty part of ribeye!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Wonderful Argentine food in the heart of Los Angeles. Dulce de leche ice cream is a must!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Had seen the nearly 5-star review of this place on Yelp and a few friends at work had recommended. Took my stepson here for his 22nd birthday. The food was delicious, the service perfect, and the night incredible."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to dine at Carlitos. Service and welcome to restaurant are genuine. Food is delicious whether the specials or from the menu. Generous size portions. Dessert from Moma."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "I thought I hated lamb until I tried it here last night. Amazing!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "I find this Argentine Steakhouse to be a gem perfect for a special evening. The food is super tasty and you can tell they make a special attempt to make it a unique dining experience. The Ribeye Cap is my favorite entre and the garlic fries are enticing "
    Dined on 6/5/2014
  • "If you want to eat great food with attentive and caring service, Carlitos Gardel is the place. The most recent meal was a birthday dinner with two close friends. We spent three hours, enjoying our food and conversation. At no point did we feel rushed and we were looked after perfectly. The wine suggested by Max was a perfect counterpoint to our entrees, and served as a course in and of itself as we lingered over it, completely relaxed. Then, of course, desserts, rich and sublime, brought our evening to a lovely end. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Carlitos is consistently wonderful. This mean was no different "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "Great Argentinian meals in West Hollywood ... a short drive for authentic food and great service ... always a pleasure to visit and enjoy ..."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "Carlitos Gardel has become a favorite for my husband and I whenever we have something notable to celebrate. The service and food are always phenomenal, steak the way it is meant to be prepared and enjoyed. The wine list and the owner Max who is also the Sommelier makes the most perfect wine recommendations. Seriously you will not be disappointed spending your evening here. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We love going to Carlitos. the food is always amazing and they always make us feel like we are part of the family. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Great food , great service , great for special occasions and anyone who appreciates a good piece of Mooooo heaven !! "
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "Took a few people for an after the theater (Music Center) dinner on Sunday. I'd been here before on a weeknight and my memory of my dining experience here was correct. The food was fresh, well seasoned and excellent. We ordered several courses, family style so that we could taste a few offerings on the menu and there was not one course that disappointed. The empanadas were wonderful, the soup tasty, the salmon tender and cooked just right with a wonderful sauce, the lamb chops were to die for (only others to come close were at Angelini Osteria), the pasta perfect and the rib eye steak tender. The wine they recommended had the loveliest bouquet and was absolutely top notch and the service was right up there with the food. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "The service was beyond compare, food was delicious, wine was superb. Came here for dinner with a few friends. We ordered a bottle of wine, enjoyed a couple of filets, and had their amazing dulce de leche ice cream for dessert. Overall, a great experience for us and will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "We drove by this place million times and finally decided to try it. We couldn't have better time! The food was delicious and the service superb. We will be definitely back. Awesome wine list!!"
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "The ambiance in the restaurant is perfect! They were very welcoming and knowledgable not only about their food but as well as their wines. Never been to a place that had that much knowledge about what they were serving. I'm happy I found this place. Would recommend to anyone who wants to make an impression."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful early dinner, so it was not busy. Everything was great. The only negative was that someone, I presume the owner, was sitting at an outside table smoking a cigar. "
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "A perfect dinner, the service was adorable, the food exquisite (a memorable lamb rack), perfectly cooked, and the wine was superb (awesome list of Argentinian wines). A total must, and one of the best dinners I had in the past year."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Excellent service. We got to the restaurant a few minutes.I was apologetic about it. Told the host that we were on a tight time schedule. The server was made aware of our situation. Sure enough the restaurant accommodated us and we got out of the restaurant within our requested time. With the time constraint the quality of food did not suffer - scrumptious meal!!!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Gardel's is saved for special family events. We are always happy and never disappointed when we leave Gardel's after a delicious meal, graciously served. I am not a foodie and do not enjoy fussy food. Gardel's menu has choice and variety but sensible and everything is well prepared and I enjoy every bite of my meal. If only I was more affluent and the restaurant was closer to home...I would be a more frequent visitor. I would also be living by the Pacific instead of stuck in the Valley!"
    Dined on 4/14/2014
  • "We went to this restaurant because of our love of Argentine food. We had the Matambre al Pollo for an appetizer and it was excellent. For entrees we had the Milanesa and the Pollo con frutas, both very typical Argentine dishes. Bot were superb. We topped it off with Panqueques dulce de leche which was incredible with housemade dulce de leche, something you rarely get even in Buenos Aires. The service was very attentive. Overall it was a lovely experience."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Fantastic experience. We had great service, excellent grilled sweetbreads and steaks that were just to die for. I will definitely be back. It's not easy to find places that do grassfed steaks and cook them well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Service as good as you would expect for the price. I've only had service like this in New York where your waiter is a professional waiter, not a writer or actor "wanna-be." Everything is quality and not hiding under butter or sauce. A real meat eaters paradise."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We loved this place! Great food in a beautiful, romantic setting. The desserts are absolutely awesome."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Wonderful food. Great professional service. Attention to details. Would go back."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "This is now one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Wonderful food and best of all a great sommelier who suggested exquisite wines. Clearly a restaurant managed by people who care deeply about their product and service."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "I love this place! My wife and I first stumbled into Gardel's over 22 years ago, and it has always been a beautiful experience. Great food! (perfect gnocchi and ice cream) Great Service! (in every aspect and every person) Great Ambiance! Great Music! (Loved their musician, he put me in Argentina!) God bless Carlito Gardel's!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Stereotypical menu far from authentic Argentinian cuisine. Cheap quality OVERPRICED food items. AKA...Tourist trap."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "The entire experience was simply exquisite from the delectable appetizers, the mouth-watering steaks, and the scrumptious desserts to the amazing wine selection and outstanding service. We couldn't have asked for more. If you're looking for a memorable experience, this is the place to go."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Nice small footprint venue with good food and service and a giant wine list."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We very much enjoyed our food and service. As a party of 6, I was not surprised that the service charge was automatically added (although no mention of this on the menu or signage). I was surprised that the service charge was 20%, and that it was added to the bill pre-tax, thus I paid 20% PLUS the extra percentage of the prevailing local tax. This seems a bit tricky and almost like gouging. The food was expensive - and worth the price. The tricky method of increasing the check was simply desperate on the part of the restaurant as we were the only patrons present when we arrived for lunch. Not cool."
    Dined on 2/13/2014
  • "I have been to Carlitos Gardel on three occasions. And on each time the experience has been very positive. Really good food. A little noisy when the restaurant is full."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Smart, caring owners. Delicious food with lovely ambiance. The piano player on a keyboard was a little odd looking and too loud but he played very well. Policy on corkage ($30!) seems punitive. But overall a terrific dining experience. We shall return."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Gardel is the place for a special evening: a romantic evening, an evening of fine food and wine, an evening of being pampered."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Took a friend to lunch. The empanadas were the best I have had- but the lamb chops were perfection! I will be dining there soon again!"
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "The lamb was exquisite as always. The lingua appetizer was a pleasant new surprise. My guests were delighted, including the vegetarians. I love to bring business associates here as in this case as Carlitos is quiet and conducive to conversation. The service is wonderful and Max always chooses the right wine for us."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Small, intimate setting perfect for a special night out. Came here with the bf for his birthday dinner on a Friday night and we shared the bone-in rib-eye dinner. The stuffed mushrooms and mixed salad were nice appetizers, and the wine recommendation was spot-on. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "But small restaurant, don't bring a group or a kid"
    Dined on 10/27/2013
  • "My husband & I have been eating here for years now and every experience is great. Coming to Carlitos GardeI gives us a chance to relive the great memories we have of our trip to Argentina some years ago. It's a fairly small restaurant so feels quite intimate and the live music really adds to an authentic Argentine experience. The steaks are all AMAZING and cooked exactly as requested every time. The wine list seems infinite and the sommelier is very knowledgable without being stuffy or only recommending the most expensive bottles which is refreshing. Love this place and can't wait until we go again!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013