Our waiter was phenomenal. Very friendly, made excellent recommendations, and provided wonderful table-side chat when he knew we were from out-of-town and it was our first time to the restaurant. The owner also came by to make sure our food was to our liking and we were enjoying ourselves. My son had the rib eye with chimichurri sauce and I had the skirt steak. Both were cooked perfectly and super delicious. I also had a burrata salad with fresh mozzarella and melt-in-your-mouth prosciutto. The best I've ever tasted. We'll definitely be back for more!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
We felt like we were in Argentina
This is an authentic Argentinian restaurant, and was filled with other diners who appeared to be Argentinian or Spanish, impeccably dressed for an evening out. The wine list is most impressive with a wonderful selection of Argentinian wines in particular. We started with salads, which were very generously sized, and shared the 14 oz flank steak which was cooked to perfection and delicious, with the famous garlic fries on the side. We did not leave room for dessert. The ambience and service is very nice. We will return.
3/19/2013 5:00:00 PM
This is one of the finest
This is one of the finest restaurants at which we've ever dined. It is
expensive and properly so......great wine list and very knowledgeable
staff on food and wine.The ambiance feels like a bistro in Buenos Aires.
3/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Perfect First Experience!
The food, the staff, the ambience was perfect! 5 stars all the way...
4/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I love this family run gem.
I love this family run gem. Have been to Calitos Gardel many time, and it never disappoionts. Attentive, but not intrusive service, amazing and unique wine list, food is outstanding. The steaks are excellent. Very enjoyable evening in this lovely room.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
An Evening Out of LA while in LA
When you walk into Gardel, you are in Buenos Aires for the evening, and will want to linger long after you have finished dinner. Gardel continues to be even better with each successive visit. New menu items; great specials; an excellent wine list--the best selection of Malbecs in Los Angeles--and all of them have not yet made it to the wine list! Attentive, personal, unobtrusive service, but there when you need something. The owners and staff alike are truly interested in doing whatever they can for you to enhance your visit. They even make sure to say thank you and good night to you before you leave. Yes, it has gotten pricier, but so have all the other fine dining establishments; it is worth the splurge. Have fun in Buenos Aires!
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
our last day in Los Angeles was excellent with the choice of Carlitos Gardel restaurant. We discovered the restaurant because we saw reviews in the internet and were not disappointed at all. the food is delicious and the meat excellent. the prices are moderate, not too expensive and the amount of food is very generous. definitely to recommend! the waiter was very attentive and offered an excellent service.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wonderful for Carnavoirs!
Great wine selection to choose from and fabulous beef and lamb as well as pastas and chicken. You can't miss here!
5/31/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Argentinian restaurant
Finally a sophisticated Argentinian restaurant
Gerardo one if the owners helped us with the wine selection. He introduced us to a malbec blend from Herbert Weber 2007. Outstanding wine. We ate two the special appetizers: the lingua which was very good, but I still prefers my wife. The ricotta-spinach gnocchi was absolutely delicious. Then we had and endive salad, I still feel the taste of the dressing, was extremely special but I can't quite figure what it had. Finally we share my favorite steak: skirt steak. I am glad we share. It was 14 oz. it was so tasty and tender that my mouth still fills with saliva when I think about it. For dessert we had a lemon light cake, it wasn't memorable except for the accompanying dulce de leche.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was an amazing lunch. Delicious Argentine meat and wine, tango in the correct volume
and a great service offered by Maximiliano and Carlos.
Want to come back soon.
6/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great for a special occasion
I took my husband here for his birthday, he loves steak and for steak lovers this is a must try place. The food is perfectly prepared and the flavors are extremely well thought out, everything from the lamb chops soaked in aged Merlot to the pumpkin puree mash with just the right amount of sea salt. I would highly recommend this place for anyone celebrating or just as a superior steak outing treat.
6/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food, service, and ambiance
The food, service, and ambiance were great. I took my boyfriend here for his 26th birthday last Wednesday and we really enjoyed ourselves. He ordered the chimchuri steak and loved it, I am vegetarian and ordered the ravioli porcini. Also excellent! The appetizer special that night was a asparagus soup which was incredibly creamy and tasty. The sommelier was very knowledgeable and helped us pick out a great, full bodied malbec to complement our food.
I am very glad I took my boyfriend there because the atmosphere was very intimate and romantic. The bill for the 2 of us, including a carafe of wine (serves 2), a meat entree, a pasta, and an appetizer came out to about $120 and was well worth it.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Phenomenal experience from beginning to end. Carlito's offers a top notch wine list, and enjoyed wines selected by our knowledgeable waiter and the co-owner. My wife and split an amazing appetizer (we had a special Gnocchi), a delicious salad and the 14 oz skirt steak which oozed with flavor and was cooked to perfection.
It was our wedding anniversary and they were kind enough to bring us a special homemade ice cream on the house.
THANK YOU CARLITO'S GARDEL FOR TREATING MY WIFE AND I TO AN AMAZING MEAL AND EXPERIENCE.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good experience filled with lots of flavors and great wine list.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
What better place to plan our trip to Buenos Aires than at Carlito's Gardel?!?! Great steaks and great wine in a casual setting that seems at once old world and modern. Service is strong, great suggestions from the sommelier, and a meal we loved. Not our first visit and won't be our last.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
went to Argentina for my honeymoon
went to Argentina for my honeymoon and this was the perfect way to feel like I was back there!
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
excellent but expensive
The food was wonderful, but the prices were right up there....
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Superb as always
Never disappointed at Carlitos. Gnocci appetizer with rack of lamb entree for business lunch. Quiet place for important conversation. Great wine recommendation (we asked for moderate price) with 2007 Malbec. Thanks, Max.
8/11/2013 5:00:00 PM
Don't Cry For Me
I wish I lived closer, so I could call this place my neighborhood restaurant. Then again, I would probably need to refinance my house in order to eat here more often. This family owned Argentine steakhouse has been my favorite for many years. The grass fed steaks are among the best in Los Angeles. The same goes for the stuffed mushrooms. Son Max has quite a wine list, and the whole family will take care of you. Don't forget the garlic fries and the homemade Dulce de Leche ice cream!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Small but delicious
This was our third time visiting Carlitos and we've sat at the same table all three times. The restaurant is very small, perfect for intimate settings. Their wine list is top notch and their sommelier is one of the best I've seen. My husband and I shared a 44 oz bone-in ribeye that came with chimichurri, mashed potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. We couldn't finish it but we did save room for dessert. I recommend making a reservation weeks in advance and you must try their steak, its what their known for. A second dish I suggest is the gnocchi.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Outstanding in every respect,
Outstanding in every respect, the food was superb the desserts were heavenly and the staff makes your feel right at home.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great old school family-owned place
Small and intimate, with really good food, you feel like you've stepped back in time. The waiters, (in suits), are not wanna be actors working for tips. They are the sons and relatives of the owners, who take their positions very seriously and with great pride. No doubt that's why this restaurant has been so successful for twice the average LA restaurant life. Meal sizes are solid. Lamb, pricey, but amazing. Rib eye also awesome. Dulce de leche ice cream with bittersweet chocolate chips - aphrodisiac!
9/6/2013 5:00:00 PM
Intimate birthday dinner
I had a birthday/double-date dinner here and had a damn near perfect medium, rare 14 oz Rib Eye. The pumpkin puree mashed potatoes are also oh so tasty. There was also a chocolate walnut dessert that was the best chocolate cake I've ever had. Great food, lots of wine, and an improv keyboardist made Carlitos Gardel a great little restaurant to spend time with friends and celebrate.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
18 page wine list... extremely
18 page wine list... extremely attentive and courteous staff.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
3 hours in Buenos Aires
atmospheric old world restaurant -- superb food and exception list of (mostly) Argentine wines. A hidden gem. Live Tango music on weekends and Paella on Thursdays.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I really love this restaurant. The food is superb, the service is excellent, and they have an amazing wine list. The owners are always on hand to make sure everything is up to their standards, and to help you select the perfect wine for your meal. Nice atmosphere. I've been here several times and have never been disappointed.
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice anniversary spot!
Great restaurant ...spinach soup was awesome...filet mignonette great...desert topped off a great night...
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just Good Meat!
I have wanted to visit Carlito's Gardel for many years as I had heard great things about it. I was very impressed with the quality of the steaks and the simple manner in which they were served. It's just good meat, grilled. No heavy sauces, no overdone seasoning, just a nice steak cooked to order!
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food as always!
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!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Really good food
But small restaurant, don't bring a group or a kid
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
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!
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
The lamb was exquisite as
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.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
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!
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM