Palermo Viejo
Palermo Viejo

Palermo Viejo

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Palermo-Viejo-Authentic-Argentine-Restaurant/132222680172
  • Phone: (502) 456-6461
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, South American
  • Executive Chef: Federico Elbl
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: Occasional live music.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Midland
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: A private lot is located behind the restaurant.
A word from Palermo Viejo
Palermo Viejo is the only authentic Argentine restaurant in 3 states & features the only Argentine charcoal grill in the Midwest. Palermo Viejo specializes in free-range beef, handmade pasta & Argentine wines.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
Palermo Viejo reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (33)fit for foodies (28)special occasion (16)romantic (12)good for groups (10)notable wine list (7)hot spot (5)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (2)great for lunch (1)late-night find (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Keith
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner Palermo Viejo very much. If you didn't know it was an Argentinean restaurant, you'd think possibly Italian after looking at the menu. We started with the Argentina appetizer which was basically an antipasto plate. We shared a tossed salad with Hearts of Palm that was very good and fresh tasting. I had the a fish dish (Pescado A La Romana) that was delicious and my wife had a pasta dish (Fideos Al Estofado) which was also very good. The prices were more than reasonable and the food was very good. Our service was excellent as well. We will be going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service!
    Shire
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Once again, our party of 4 had a great experience at Palermo Viejo. We started with the chorizo, which was beautifully seasoned and spicy. The chimichurri sauce was the perfect accompaniment. For our entrees, a few of us had the steaks (2 flanks and 1 ribeye). All were cooked perfectly, and were tender and succulent. This also came with a chimichurri sauce. My husband had a chicken milanesa -- a breaded cutlet with garlic, ham, cheese, and sauce. The meat was crisply sauteed and delectable. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Oh yeah, we'll be back!
    larryvVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    My wife and I spent a vacation week trying a restaurant each night where we haven't eaten before. We tried 4 and 5 star restaurants all week. This is one of our absolute favorites! Great food and wine. Great service. Great ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • smsmith416
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Very authentic and reasonably priced. Service was great and food was delicious. We tried the Parrillada with 3 different cuts of beef and the housemade chorizo, all were perfectly cooked and the chimichurri was a perfect balance of acid and spice to compliment the meats. We will definitely be going back for the ham and cheese empanadas and crepes with dulce de leche.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Buddy
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Excellent and varied menu. A very nice restaurant that is true to its Argentine roots. Louisville is lucky to have such a place. Worth visiting the city for Palmero Viejo alone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Try the milanesa
    nonfoodsnob
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    That is all. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wonderful dinner
    asd2010
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    food and service was great- very reasonably priced (and yummy) steaks and wine, good date night. Really enjoyed the whole experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Try the lamb
    Notquite
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We have eaten here multiple times and I have always gotten steak - which is excellent. This time I branched out and had the lamb chops. So glad I did. They were the best. Try them next time you will not be disappointed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Boxley
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Never disappoints with the quality of the food product. I would suggest specials or rotating the menu. Milanesa is great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique & Reliable
    Fran
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always excellent food and unique flavors. Moderately priced. A great value. A bit noisy, but not to the point of distraction. The restaurant was crowded (a good sign) and there was a bit of a delay between our appetizer and main course. We were in no hurry, however, and the food was worth the wait!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    RKVille1
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The authentic Argentinean fare is a treat. Our party had a little of everything. The pasta, fish, empanadas, desserts, & meat were all excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice all around
    Zinphany
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Small quaint place. The food is the right amount and very tasty. The server was fast and knowledgeable. The sangria was very tasty with a punch. Good noise level to converse. I recommended and will return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steak!
    MissJess
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Palermo Viejo honestly has some of the best steaks/meat I have ever had the pleasure of enjoying. I have recommended this place multiple times to multiple people. Every item on the menu is absolutely succulent and I love eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Palermo Viejo
    mashie01
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I liked this place so much, I returned a week later. The steak and chorizo sausage are excellent, and I love the based cheese appetizer. My only real disappointment was the salad, which was only so-so. I loved the fact that it was full or hearts of palm, but the rest of the salad was absolutely nothig special, and lacked any flavor or spark. You can do better! Decent wine list, decent drinks. Not a cheap evening, but worth it for a sometimes treat! I was with a large group of nine people, and service was well done, if not perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pc1029VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We haven't been for a while and enjoyed going back. Everyone got something different and liked what they ordered. Service was great. I had the salad with hearts of palm in it and the 1/2 chicken, plus we shared the cosida and calamari for appetizers. Lots of food and all very tasty.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 261 reviews are from the Palermo Viejo reviews archive.
  • Good Atmosphere & Comfort Food
    Bwoolies
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We dined at this restaurant with a party of 4 on a Saturday night. We had no problem getting a table earlier than our reservation although about half of the tables were filled. We thought about sitting outside but the tables were very close to the street exhaust so we dined inside. The atmosphere was lively and the waitress was very attentive throughout our visit. The food was good comfort food - half chicken & salad, chicken with red pepper, onions and mashed potatoes, a beef pasta dish, etc. Everyone liked their food and our only comment was that we would have liked more spices or variety/complexity of flavors. It is definitely a good comfort food type of menu.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We absolutely love Palermo Viejo. It's romantic, personable, delicious, and our go to restaurant on date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Snobery for no reason
    exercisetoeat48VIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    My family decided to go there for a spontaneous special occasion. We were asked if we had reservations and looked down upon for not, even though the restaurant was less than half full. The waitress forgot to put in our appetizer order because she wrote nothing down, therefore all food came together, which is a huge pet peeve. When asked about a couple of classic drinks, she did not even inquire with the bartender as to making them. Our steaks were overcooked and had to ask 3 times for another drink. Very disappointing, have had delicious meals there. The cheese plate, which was described as one of the best of Louisville award winners looked like a 1st grader threw cheese and grapes on a plate. Bummer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Something for everything
    KyRoamer
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had a vegetarian who said his portobello dish was the best ever. My wife enjoyed her fish. My half chicken was excellent. Usually I have beef there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Rush to Order!
    derbycitypalatte
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Met an old friend who now lives out of town. Spent an hour catching up over a carafe of white sangria. The waiter artfully kept an eye on us too see if we were ready to order but never interrupted. She took her cue when we finally picked up our menus. Both the salmon and flank steak were wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ambience
    Karen
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Loved the restaurant and the ambience. Louisville has much to offer. Some food is a bit spicy, so ask the wait staff what not to eat if spicy isn't your thing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place !
    Nursesea
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    my husband, son and I dined here on a recent first visit to Louisville. The Highlands neighborhood is quite the cool spot, very walkable and fun. Palermo Viejo was unique and delicious. Our server was quite helpful in suggesting entree items. I had sweetbreads as part of my mixed grill entree and they were delicious, along with everything else. we all enjoyed our food, and plan to return.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of my favorite go-to restaurant
    bama426VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    One of my favorite go-to restaurants in Louisville!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Twice a month
    Foodie2VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Great for the diet. A tenderloin with a salad of your choosing. They also have more traditional Argnyian selections. Fish, chickem, shrimp. We go at least twice a month.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great meal
    KyRoamer
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Not just a steakhouse. Many excellent vegetarian choices. But the steak, chicken and fish dishes were the best.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    kkasun
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We loved the food, the atmosphere, and the service! There are so many choices that we will have to go back a few more times to try out everything we were interested in! The prices are very reasonable for what you get! I can't wait to go back in the spring or summer and eat outside!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great potential
    redheadfoodiewrandomdate
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    Palermo serves SOME great food, We both had steaks (filet & rib-eye) they were great quality. Didn't understand the Chimicurri sauce - very tart, guess it is an Argentinean thing… We had the garlic fries YUM YUM! Very inventive However… The salad was WEIRD! cheap iceberg, tomato and HUGE amounts of hearts of palm…. dressing was also very tart The thing that got me the most is the place used the CHEAPEST silverware, dishes, & glasses. The tablecloths have not been changed in YEARS - very worn and dated. It is time to liven up the place, sorry I do not go out to dinner to eat off of salvation army type dishes…… I now remember why I have only visited Palermo 3 or 4 times in the past 10 years Not bad enough but lacking too much to be very good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great neighborhood original
    noshingaway
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Have been several times now and each time the food is delicious. The beef is tender, cooked to your taste, and delivered to your table sizzling. The house salad is delicious, as is the house-made pasta, and there is an interesting wine selection. Reservations are needed on weekends. This small intimate restaurant adds to the Highlands dining scene. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not let me down
    Diane
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    I took my valentine out on a belated date and was pleased with the food, service, and overall experience. The seating was a bit tight, but doable.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bardstown Road meets Argentina!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Palermos is in an intimate space that combines the delicious foods of Argentina with the convenience and fun of Bardstown Road. We ordered the pork dinner with red cabbage and whipped potatoes. The meat was fork tender, seasoned beautifully and delicious. The red cabbage was the most yummy, flavorful dish that I've ever had made from that vegetable. It was perfect, in fact, and I could have made a meal of it. I'm glad I didn't though because the pork was so good. My guest had the filet and it was amazing. Tender, flavorful beef cooked to perfection was the perfect size. It was served on a grill heated with a hot coal to keep the meat the perfect temperature. The server was attentive and non-intrusive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Date Place!
    Nmthie01
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a belated Valentine's Day dinner at Palermo Viejo. The food was wonderful and the atmosphere quite cozy. We absolutely loved the homemade banana ice cream for dessert. We almost went back the next day to order it again!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Customer Service
    kbowman
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Wait staff was awesome, food was served in a timely matter with a smile and friendly attitude never had an empty glass. Also on a side note I dropped an I.D card while at the restraint the next day the staff called me and held it for me till I could return for it which I truly appreciated. I would recommend this place to anyone not just because the food was awesome but more importantly the service was as well.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good flavors
    southernfoodie
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Three of us, 2 had flank steak, one fish. Flavors all blended together and had a good snap! All agreed it was delicious! Loved how the steaks were brought to a table on a grill, asparagus were fresh and perfectly cooked. Service was most friendly. Would like to go back and try something different.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We wanted to try something new for dinner. So we found Palermo Viejo on Opentable. It sounded great after reading the menu and it was amazing. I can't wait to go back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Friday night
    Photopro24
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Enough variety to ease everyone. Very attentive staff. Love coming here to celebrate something special. Don't miss out on the appetizers or the homemade ice cream.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Argentinian...deep
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Authentic Argentinian...deep robust spices on and in various cuts of beef, chicken and sausages. Nice house salad with hearts of palm and fresh tomato.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    lkng4goodeats
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    good food. good service. could order ~4 great apps and make a meal for 2. small & busy on a Saturday night, but w reservations went right in.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy and Authentic
    nikkib
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Palermo Viejo is a wonderful taste of Argentina in the heart of Louisville. Anything off of the grill is phenomenal--I enjoyed a perfect filet. I spent a semester studying abroad in Buenos Aires (and loved the food), so I'm so happy to have found a place near home that offers some authentic Argentine cuisine! My little sister and I took our mom here for her birthday and had a lovely evening. The only reason I gave the food a 4/5 is because of the empanadas. Empanadas are central to Argentine cuisine and, while the empanadas at Palermo Viejo were good, they weren't as excellent as I expected. They were also much smaller than traditional, so didn't seem a very good value for the price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had not been in quite awhile
    Audmary
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had not been in quite awhile but need to increase our visits. Pasta was seasoned just right not strong garlic, Steaks were all done perfect. Salads came with meal were plenty and tasty. Chorizo was a great appetizer choice. reasonable pricing and wit staff very helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Dining Experience
    SuperJames74
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The food, service, and ambience were all excellent, period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.