Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse

4.7
1308 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 1308 people are saying
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RayE
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect from food service and wine

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NikolayF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service like always , always a pleasure

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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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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
60 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
13 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

Best Stake In La

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vipDaimianL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfection

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was phenomenal met my expectations

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victor
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and a wonderful waiter. Good selection of meats and appetizers. But pricey.

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TonyM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was MAXIMUM!!! Thanks for all you do for your clients, Bro Bro 😎

Cheers 🥂
Tony Magee and the Baldwin Hills Alphas

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OvidiuC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

you pay top dollar and expect better quality food. Both, main course and appetizers were wack. Spent $700 for 4 ppl and expected better quality food. The rest was great.

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vipArnieB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining here for years; it keeps getting better and better. The outdoor seating area is wonderful, and the wine list is incredible.

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JohnH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food! Very good service! We really enjoyed our dinner at Carlitos Gardel!

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vipCarolineC
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was phenomenal- from the moment we arrived until we took our last photo leaving the restaurant patio. Our hosts and servers gave us top notch service and attention. Our good was beyond amazing: chicken empanada, and lengua appetizers, 8oz filet mignon and 10oz New York sirloin (superb!), with a glass of a delectable Malbec, abs topped off with the house speciality - dulce de leche dessert. We cannot wait to come back! Truly a gem on Melrose!

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vipazmia
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was extremely loud for a small space. The service was just ok. The appetizer menu could use some sprucing up. The steaks were excellent.

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NyashaH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not your father’s favorite steakhouse. It’s your grandfather’s, and his father’s. The indoor dining area oozes with old world charm. The food is fabulous and the steaks are to die for. Any of them. All of them. You might be tempted to stuff yourself with meat and reserve the sides for a carry-home box, but then you’d be missing out on the best part of the experience. Food and drink pairing. Carlitos Gardel excels at making the best sides to pair with your choice of main dish. And the wine selection is the cherry on top of the other cherries. Max, the family sommelier is impressible knowledgeable about his wine list. Tell him what you’ve selected for dinner and ask him to suggest a wine pairing. You won’t regret it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute delight. The food was delicious, wine was carefully selected by our host and the service was being incredible

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Neil
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Will definitely go again!

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RCsReviews
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, sommelier was phenomenal. Great food choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

They scammed us by making us pay for what we thought and were told was tap water. The waiter was very rude when we asked about it

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Jules
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were still finishing up our dessert and coffee and the guy handed out the bill without asking for it . I think it’s rude. They just wanted to get us out to accommodate their next customers. Not recommended and not coming back!!!!!

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VictorA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location was cute and lowkey. The privacy they tried to give each table was nice. The service was great all around.

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JasonB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Carlito's delivers an unforgettable magical experiance. From the vast, curated wine list to the mouth watering succulent meats; Carlito's is truly un pequeño pedacito de la Argentina. I will be dining here for many years to come.

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GinaD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food: Delicious, great, amazing
Service: Slow
Overall: Clean, great wine selection, outside dining only (meh), access through alley only (meh)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely fantastic. Entering through the alley seemed weird for an expensive restaurant but the food made up for it and the service was great. Noise level extremely low and overall not bad.

FAQs

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 1308 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.