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

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.carlitosgardel.com/
  • Phone: 3236550891x
  • 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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Carlitos Gardel reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
notable wine list (26)special occasion (25)romantic (22)neighborhood gem (21)fit for foodies (20)good for groups (12)great for lunch (4)hot spot (4)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Didn't quite live up to the hype
    LaLaLandVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    While the food was better than average, and the wine list expansive with a great Pinot, didn't really feel it met our expectations based on ratings and prior reviews. Server was nice, but we felt rushed at first (asked if we'd decided on our meal selection before taking a drink order) and then virtually ignored at the end. Last round of drinks took so long to get we thought he'd forgotten, but he said they had to "find another bottle." At which point we noticed it was not the same wine we were drinking previously. Not good and left it on the table. When asked if it was different, the waiter said "it's supposed to be..." Not "I'll confirm" or remove it from the bill.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful and Fulfilling Experience
    Brugoog
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The restaurant has a very nice and cosy athmosphere. The staff is not only at it's best but tremendously friendly and perfectly informed as well. All the dishes were delightful and absolutely tasty. Especially impressing ist the wine card -including a couple of Argentinian Malbec which we had the opportunity to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Best steaks, and service was superb also great non-meat selections too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelente
    EAAS68
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Mejor restaurante de Carnes Argebtino en LA, el postre de chocolate con dulce de leche inmejorable, al igual q la famosa entraña.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Choose Carefully
    MNsRevus
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The ribeye and skirt steak were both very good and the service was excellent. Though we all thought the side dishes were overseasoned and the desserts were hit and miss. Some were too sweet even for someone who likes sugar, while some others were very good. Stick to the skirt steak, ribeye and potatoes and you should be pretty happy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • best argentinian in town
    Dinnersaurus
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Excellent meat cuts and great dishes for the non meat-eaters as well. This is best argentinian restaurant in California. A veritable treat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was nothing special, and for the price, you expect to eat good food. Their "famous" skirt steak, was not cooked well, and it was seasoned poorly. The garlic fries were good, but that is about it.
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  • authentic argentine
    utahguest83
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I visited this restaurant with my husband on our trip to LA. We loved the empanadas and the chimichurri. Marco was a great server and he even carved the cut for us. Great ambiance and fun people. Definitely going back on my next trip to LA.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Espectacular!!!!
    Anelia63
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    The exquisite food and super special attention ... Thanks, see you soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First try Argentine Steakhouses
    ChenVIP
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Argentine Food
    theonewithabowVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Wonderful Argentine food in the heart of Los Angeles. Dulce de leche ice cream is a must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration was Perfect
    yntbomVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I thought I hated lamb until I tried it here last night. Amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Special night
    PatrickFitzgerald
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • wonderful, always.
    profmcd
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Carlitos is consistently wonderful. This mean was no different
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 347 reviews are from the Carlitos Gardel reviews archive.
  • Visit Buenos Aires in LA
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Great Argentinian meals in West Hollywood ... a short drive for authentic food and great service ... always a pleasure to visit and enjoy ...
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • For a charming evening
    Fregia
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always outstanding food..!
    rezz
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We love going to Carlitos. the food is always amazing and they always make us feel like we are part of the family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful experience !!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Great food , great service , great for special occasions and anyone who appreciates a good piece of Mooooo heaven !!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely After Theater Dining
    Tina
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this place!
    Noelle
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    VIPTreatmentForYou
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome dinner
    Marcel
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner with Cousin
    AdventurousVIP
    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!!!
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • lovely and sublime
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/14/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT ARGENTINE CUISINE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great grass fed steaks and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, quiet, romantic place
    DocMellyMel
    Dined on 3/17/2014
    We loved this place! Great food in a beautiful, romantic setting. The desserts are absolutely awesome.
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  • Wonderful food. Great professional
    queen
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Wonderful food. Great professional service. Attention to details. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A wonderful meal
    RichB
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Carlitos Gardel's is My Favorite
    SamPepke
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • tourist trap
    customer
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Stereotypical menu far from authentic Argentinian cuisine. Cheap quality OVERPRICED food items. AKA...Tourist trap.
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  • Exquisite!!
    JonM
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    ReviewmanVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Nice small footprint venue with good food and service and a giant wine list.
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  • Service added at 20% before tax
    lookouts
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.