Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse

4.7
1326 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Proud recipient of The Michelin Guide's - The Plate - distinction.
We're Back, Safer and More Socially Distant Than Ever - Now Offering Both Outdoor as well as Indoor Seating - Select "Standard" for Indoor seating.
Join us Al Fresco on our new, open-air patio deck, Patio Piazzolla. Indulge in our selection of Antibiotic-free, Hormone-free, USDA Certified Angus Prime Beef, and our Award Winning 17-page Wine List crafted by our managing partner, Somm Max Bozoghlian at LA's most intimate open-air patio deck. Limited Seating Capacity.
Following CDC's guidelines, we must limit each party's stay to the maximum allotted time of 90 minutes.
Weekend no-show's and reservation cancellations made less than 48 hours and in advance will be subject to a $50 per person cancellation fee.
Our Steakhouse turns 24 years young!
For close to a quarter century, our family run and operated Steakhouse has imported the know-how and experience of Argentine grilling and carved a name for itself on Melrose Ave.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Sun - Fri 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM

What 1326 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely Love this place, feels like home every time we go there. The moment your step your foot in they treat you with this amazing energy and hospitality. Food is delicious we always like to try something new on the menu and there recommendations. Always love paring a wine and just enjoying the ambiance. Thank You and can’t wait to go again.

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LoriW
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Your best bet here is to get the steaks. Wonderful service and the food was delicious!

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vipLivetoeat
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect food, service and ambiance…as always

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic experience from beginning to end. Wide variety of beef options, all grilled perfectly tender and delicious. Live music was delightful. Service excellent. Wine selection overwhelming. Sommelier was great at helping us pick the right sequence of wines.

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vipRick
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service as well as excellent food!!

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ChrisK
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & wine was absolutely spectacular, cannot say enough good things about this place

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vipCaliforniaeater
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall1food2service3ambience1

5 steaks, 3 were just OK, one so-so, one inedible. Starters included empanadas which were so tiny one bite and it was gone. Bill was $100 plus, EACH. And that was with minimum alcohol. Noise level (inside) was horrendous, including the unnecessary accordian player -- atmosphere is one thing but when it makes conversation impossible it is simply a nuisance. We found ourselves involuntarily shouting at each other. Will never go back, there are better places for steak in town (steaks were why we were there) and though we didn't order them, their pasta entrees are no different than dozens of other restaurants.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When it comes to meat, very few places in town can give completion to Carlito’s. Pure carnivore heaven all the way around, pleasant atmosphere, great selection of wines, if you want to feel you took a flight to Buenos Ires without leaving kid angekes than this is the place for you .

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StephanieT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best steak I have ever tasted. Fantastic wine selection. Our server was so personable and friendly. Wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening!

JG
vipJoeG
Seattle
67 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly amazing wine list to complement superbly prepared food

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docjefe
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, intimate and safe patio, great servers.

JL
JeffL
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would rate it 10 stars if I could. Best dining experience I’ve had in a long time

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a great experience with good food and amazing service.

DL
vipDeborahL
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, the wine, the service were outstanding as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlitos is always a wonderful & enjoyable dining experience! Alex is an excellent server and extremely knowledgeable about foods & wines. Gerard is also a terrific host and excellent business owner. Carlitos is a great place to dine!

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AmeliaS
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. Wine pairings were incredible.

CM
ChrisM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and amazing food! Loved every second of it.

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ShiryS
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about that place.
For and service and amazing

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RayE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The service was good, wish we could have dined indoors, our meal tasted terrific, felt that the meal was overpriced for the portion that was served.

Disappointed this time around. My other dining experiences here were terrific.

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vipTawniA
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from food service and wine

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NikolayF
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

If you want to pay $200 per person and still leave hungry - this is the place!

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PDR12
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little on the pricey side. Very good food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday at Carlitos Gardel. The restaurant is so charming, the food is excellent and the staff are all awesome. This place is a gem!

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KokoA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Carlitos Gardel is a picture perfect experience from start to finish. You are taken care of the moment you walk in and throughout the entirety of the night. The food is second to none. We got the gnocchi special as an appetizer followed by their staple skirt steak.

The ambience at Carlitos is second to none. If you want great international music played from a world class accordionist, look no further.

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vipStacieV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved this restaurant! The food was amazing and the staff was very welcoming and attentive. We also appreciated the COVID protocols followed, our temperatures were taken at the door. We look forward to visiting again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my experience here, every one was nice and the food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL! I was left speechless!!

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vipJesusC
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service like always , always a pleasure

TJ
TJJJJJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time with family, thanks to great service and food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

It’s just that you have to enter/exit the restaurant from the alley which is really dark after sunset. Not safe. Overrated.

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Meghan
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We decided to go to Carlitos for my husband's birthday this week. We figured on a Thursday it would be quiet which was nice. Our service was absolutely excellent-I unfortunately did not catch our sever's name, nor for the host or the other workers-they were all lovely!

The food was good in general, but none of us felt our steaks were worth the price or anything to write home about. My brother in law ordered the ribeye cap, and my husband and I split the 40oz ribeye-it was small. And yes, I know steaks shrink when they cook but this was extremely significant shrinkage. With the incredible ratings Carlitos had, this was a bit less than anticipated.

The garlic fries were delicious, as was the buratta special they had that evening. We went elsewhere for dessert as we had already discussed other plans, but the dessert options did look delicious. Also the chimichurri was excellent-I would put that on everything if I could!

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vipJanetK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been dining at Carlitos for 25 years. Amazing restaurant w the most wonderful people/owners. The food is absolutely delicious every time. The service is perfect. The atmosphere is beautiful. I highly recommend dining there. One of my favorite restaurants of all time!!

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lacyr
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Steaks and empanadas were really tasty. Service was slow with a capital S. Had to flag down the waiter for just about everything. Also, the port o potty bathroom situation is disgusting. They can do better.

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1Greygoose
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charm of a daily family restaurant. Excellent service and food is exceptional. Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, attentive servers and bussers. The host was very polite a sociable. Overall a perfect experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Fantastic steak, great service, and appropriate ambiance.

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vipMike
Los Angeles
62 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

First, to sit outside, you have to walk around the block to sit outside, down a dark alley and ring a doorbell to get in?? Really? Second, the male waiters, all suited up like they just left work from an office, are not attentive, must be waved down, never ask if everything is ok, take the order and must to have a smoke. The busboy is the busiest employee there. The "host" who greets you could be used since he isn't busy to walk around checking happiness.

The food is just average, nothing special. The penne with angus beef (not much of it) uses cumin which not everyone likes that musty smell or taste.

Pricing is high for the "return on investment." I would not go there again or recommend anyone else. BTW, only have beer and wine, no liquor, which is odd.

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vippeterc
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for date, special occasion, anniversary, etc. no question…best restaurant in all of LA…probably west coast! Food is extraordinary! Service is superb! Ambiance is wonderful! Can’t say enough good things about the family-owners. We can’t imagine a week without dinner at Carlitos.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 655-0891.

Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1326 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.