Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse

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Argentinean
This Valentine’s Day, join us at Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse for an inspired four-course menu and optional Argentine wine flight pairing. Visit our OpenTable profile for Menu details.

This Melrose Avenue Argentinean Steakhouse has built its 20+ year reputation on authentic family recipes from Buenos Aires and sustainably sourced ingredients throughout its menu, with a committed focus on certified USDA Prime cuts of grass-fed beef. With rich wood paneling and vintage photographs lining the walls, the dining room captures the essence of Buenos Aires' Parisian influence and old-world charm. The restaurant also houses an extensive wine cellar curated by AIS and Court of Master's Certified Somm Max Bozoghlian, featuring an extensive list of vintage Argentine, Italian, and French Wines.
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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our expectations were high and they completely surpassed them. Everything was amazing! Food and service both. Empanadas (spinach cheese, and chicken), chirzo (omg), lamb chops (hell yes), prime rib cap (yes yes yes), skirt steak (f yeah), and now I'm waiting for some chocolate walnut cake with homemade ice cream (vanilla and dulce de leche w chocolate bits). And, if you missed that, this place is so good that I'm writing this review as I'm waiting for more food!! Don't wait. Go now.

B
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our anniversary and everything and I mean everything was made perfectly. We loved the specials including the spinach and pea soup and the incredible lamb chops. We also enjoyed the classic steak. Thank you for a beautiful night.

d
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely quaint restaurant in the midst of WeHo/Beverly Hills craziness. Ambience is really nice, there is a really good vibe/warmth in this restaurant and the age group is absolutely mixed. Service was extremely attentive and the food was also excellent. No matter what the occasion, this would be a perfect place to go. I had the blood sausage with the salad and a side of mashed potatoes. I have had blood sausage in Argentina as well as locally and this one was a lot more 'runny' than I have previously had. I would prefer a little more conjealed. M y mashed potatoes were delicious and my companion (who ordered the fillet steak) was ecstatic with her meal. I will not have to think twice about going back to this restaurant..I am just waiting for an opportunity to go back.

CH
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I s was revered to this restaurant by a good friend of mine, so I thought I would give it a try. Well, it was awesome and I can’t wait to go back. The food, especially the skirt steak, is outstanding. The portions are very large, so I would suggest that people think about sharing items. Plus, by sharing, you can try more items and u will be happy that you did.

The service is great. Our server was Gerard and he is one of the owners and just a very warm and friendly guy. I was truly impressed by their wine list, as it offered up not only a good selection of CA, Italian and French wines, but a great selection of Argentine wines - and reasonably priced.

Our experience was awesome and I would strongly recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting or a local. It’s family run and truly gives you a great experience!

RB
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been coming here for 6-7 years and have never been disappointed. Always excellent food and wonderful service. Not a place for vegetarians--the speciality is beef, prepared Argentine style, and this is the closest restaurant to the steak places I visited when I was in Buenos Aires. I plan on returning soon.

OT
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful evening.

D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was outstanding but the staff has quiet some attitude.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. Perfectly cooked ribeye. The service is very attentive

AK
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Fun! Fantastic. I like definitely recommend to anyone who likes meat.

n
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. One of the very best restaurants in LA for years. Outstanding food, wine and service. Always great. No off-nights or exceptions. Their consistency over the years is truly amazing.

AH
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and absolutely amazing Rib Eye cap

OS
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The steaks were good, the service a little snobby. The Tongue as appetizer was bad, two pieces of meat , and one was uneatable. I pointed out to the server and they still included in the check. That is says a lot about this place. Would not recommend .

s
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite steakhouse in Los Angeles. The food is ALWAYS amazing, the service is ALWAYS impeccable, and the experience is ALWAYS memorable. Every steak on their menu is absolutely delicious. I highly recommend!

CP
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five of us really good friends celebrated a recent job promotion at Carlitos. All of us are well travelled foodies and familiar with Argentinian cuisine which made me anxious because it was my idea for us try this restaurant.

It did not disappoint any of us and as a matter of fact, two of my really picky friends rated their overall experience and their food-a solid A. The restaurant has a great selection of wine and imported beers. Best of all, their steaks are fabulous! The service was great

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

AA
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and amazing service! We come from Fresno to eat here. The owners are first class! Our favorite restaurant

DL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlitos is my favorite place in LA for dinner. The food, wine and the service is perfect!

JK
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing spot !!! would definitely recommend to any steak lovers out there! Incredible service as well!

AL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was great! Highly recommend this restaurant

JH
Los Angeles
66 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic! Food was amazing. Service was excellent. Loved this place

MV
Los Angeles
54 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My meal here was just as good as when I traveled to Argentina! Seriously the best steak I have ever had in LA. This place is super tiny and intimate but an LA gem nonetheless. Service was really amazing. Everyone is super friendly and courteous. Yes, it's pricey, but totally worth it for a special occasion. I had a wonderful meal celebrating my birthday here. Valet parking is available right out front for $11 or you can park on the street.

OT
Calgary
15 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious mussel starter and best steak we have had in ages. Will go back again.

G
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always an excellent experience at Gardel's, which begins as you enter the restaurant and are immediately personally greeted by one of the owners. Their attention to every detail in order to make a pleasant dining experience never goes unnoticed! Before you need something...it is right in front of you. We ordered five rib-eye steaks and every single one was made to perfection with everyone's different requests! Their Chimichurri is so flavorful and goes well with almost anything. Their french fries with garlic are always delicious...a must have every time we go! The wine selection is fabulous and the ambiance is a very classy experience. I highly recommend this place for their food, their service and their their ambiance.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and ambiance. Would go again to try the lamb. Everything from the bread, portobello mushroom appetizer, steak and dessert was delicious and beautifully prepared. Definitely worth the money to try. Hidden gem of a restaurant for fine dining that isn’t part of a well known chain.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak house in LA! Reminds me of New York, steaks cooked to perfection, and amazing service.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughters 25 birthday

A
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlitos Gardel is one of the best restaurants if not the best in Los Angeles. Shrimp, fresh bread, best chimichuri (compared to other Argentinian places I’ve tried), and everything else on the menu. My favorite is the rib eye steak. My wife ordered the branzino fish and that was amazing as well. I think I also ate the whole bucket of garlic fries. Lol. I’ve been there a Hand full of times and not only the quality of the food the service is spectacular. Call me crazy but the Coca Cola was the best I’ve had with dinner not to mention an excellent selection of great wine (wife drinks wine and lived it) and Argentinian beer ( Ingad a few with appetizers) Will be back soon.

OT
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Special birthday celebration. The service, ambiance, and food was great. We tried a few traditional Argentine dishes and enjoyed them all. The steaks were outstanding.

DK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old school ... as it should be. :-)

d
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

loved the appetizer and main dishes, but, the value of the food does not meet the price level. still, the restaurant is worth recommending to visit and good place for gathering.

R
Los Angeles
59 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Brian was excellent as usual as well as the entire staff. They make you feel like family. Everything on the menu is excellent, and all portions very generous!
Recommend, 100%

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. The food is always amazing here but the service sends it over the top!

DM
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and personal touches for a special event were appreciated. And the food - magnificent!

AO
Indiana
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot! service was fantastic and so was the food!

AK
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best food and service. A really special experience and you will not find better Empanadas anywhere.

MR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent atmosphere, service, and food. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves.

D
Los Angeles
103 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The meal was delicious and well presented. The empanadas were the greatest disappointment. We shared a salad and a top quality steak. Dessert was awesome. It was very difficult to have any type of conversation due to the noise level of tables too close to us.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience all around from the wait staff to the food. Our meal was delicious.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an extraordinary restaurant in several ways. Their interpretations, and executions, of all the Argentine cuisine are true to tradition as well as contemporary cooking techniques. Their service is attentive without ever being intrusive. Their Maitre D’ was gracious and patience in explaining wine insights to my young guests, as well as bringing fantastic by-the-glass selections for me to pic from.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful food, a bit spotty on service, but very nice place-will be back

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