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Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse

4.9
697 reviews
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$50 and over
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Argentinean
Perfect For:
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Join us for an exceptional evening of food and wine this Valentine's Day.
Visit our menu section to view our exclusive Valentine's menu and wine pairing.

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.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Argentinean, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(323) 655-0891
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Azniv Bozoghlian
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Cross street
Fairfax & Crescent Heights
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Entertainment
Live Piano on Fridays and Saturdays play Argentine Tango classics and World standards.
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Wine
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5.0Dined 5 days ago

The food and the service are always exceptional. Great night

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I took my husband here for his birthday and it was worth every penny. From the moment you walk in you are treated like family, which makes sense since this is a family run business. It is a quaint environment with an extensive wine list and a delicious menu. I will definitely be going back, not just for the AMAZING food (don't forget to get one of the delicious desserts), but also for the AMAZING service. I highly recommend Carlitos Gardel.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Amazing food and service.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

We loved everything about it, from the intimate lighting to the seating. Food was amazing and Desert was out of this world. We will definitely be going back. Price was exceptional as well for the quality of food and size of portions.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

First time at Carlitos and we will be back!! Absolutely wonderful!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Fantastic food , fantastic service

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Family owned and operated Carlitos Gardel is a Los Angeles gem with one of the most notable wine lists in the area, authentic Argentine dishes, and exemplary service. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Once you eat a steak / lamb chops, you will never eat at Maestros again

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great service in a cozy, inviting environment. Great selection of Argentine meat, I personally really enjoyed the "mollejas" entrée. If you enjoy or want to taste an Argentine asado, I would highly recommend giving this place a try.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Family owned who take pride in
their 20 plus year establishment .
The food and wine was superb.
The friendly , professional and formal service created a great experience.
If Buenos Aires is like this, then I
gotta go !!!

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We were very pleased with service, meal and hospitality. It wouldn't be bad idea to give that place a " face lift" and make it roomier. The seating was too tight.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Excellent experience as always.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Whenever I’m visiting L.A. I dine here. Always excellent!!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Went for my husband's birthday dinner. Service and food was amazing

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

APPETIZERS ALL TERRIFIC. IF YOU LIKE SWEETBREADS THIS IS THE PLACE!. ALL STEAKS ARE GREAT. ONE OF FEW PLACES TO SERVE PRIME RIB CAP, THE SOFT RIM OF THE PRIME RIB. GREAT WINE LIST. HOST, GERARD, IS VERY WELCOMING, AS IS HIS MOM WHO MAKES THE DESSERTS.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Never disappoints ...excellent all the way around that's why we return 😁

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

My boyfriend and I ate at Carlitos for our anniversary dinner. Visiting from the East coast, Carlitos was our first restaurant experience in California and it did not disappoint. Like they mention, it was a very intimate experience which I thoroughly enjoyed. Our steaks were cooked just the way we had requested. Our entire dinner was full of flavor. If we’re ever in California again, we’d be sure to stop by for dinner again. I highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a high end steak dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

After much research, I decided to make a reservation at Carlitos Gardel for my fiance's birthday and was so happy with my decision! It's not the most "trendy" spot in LA but the food is fantastic and the atmosphere is wonderful. So if you're trying to find a nice place for dinner, look no further!

ARRIVAL/ATMOSPHERE:
Upon arrival, we were immediately greeted by Max, the Sommelier. He didn't need to reference his reservation list, as he took us to our table immediately when I announced my name and reservation time. Max ended up also being our server, which was great as we ended up having more questions about their extensive wine menu than anything else.

The ambiance is very cozy, comfortable and quiet. The restaurant wasn't completely full (it was a Sun.) but there were other guests enjoying dinner. The restaurant itself has an unpretentious Old Hollywood vibe.

FOOD:
To start, we shared 2 empanadas- 1 chicken, 1 beef

I ordered the Filet (Bife de Lomo a la Portabella) which was, hands down, one of the best steaks I've ever had and my fiance ordered the Sirloin (Bife De Chorizo a la Pimienta). Cooked to perfection, tender and full of flavor. It literally melted in my mouth.

We ordered 2 scoops of their house-made dulce de leche ice cream. And the team was sweet enough to bring out one of the scoops with a candle to celebrate my fiance's birthday. (I didn't even have to remind them that it was his birthday! They actually read the notes on the reservation.)

WINE:
I would definitely listen to Max's recommendation! He didn't disappoint when we told him what we typically like to drink and offered a few options for us to choose from. We opted for an Argentinian Red from his favorite vineyard.

PARKING:
Metered parking on the street. Ends at 8pm, we only had to pay $1 for parking.

Because of the price point, I unfortunately won't be coming back too often, however, I will definitely be back for another special occasion! See you soon, Carlitos Gardel!

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Amazing food, amazing service. A truly wonderful restaurant!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Excelente comida, ambiente y atención.!

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

solid place for a decent Argentine meal. Empanadas, all cuts of beef and homemade dulce de leche ice cream with chocoloate chips are the greatest hits.

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Best restaurant, first class all the way if your a meat eater, you will never go to Mastros again
Order the Ribcap or amazing lamb chops!!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Service reminds me of a old school Chicago steakhouse, where you feel like you've known the server for years and they already know exactly what you want to order before you sit down. The gnocchi special is a must have along with their ribeye cap.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Still one of the best restaurants in Los Angeles. Been coming here for well over 15 years and it never disappoints. You will be transported away from LA to a wonderful family run restaurant in New York. Food is outstanding and the service matches. The wine list is just spectacular. If you’re not a sweets person, make this your one time you indulge. The most delicious desserts straight from mom. If you haven’t been, you must.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Food was amazing and so was the service. Loved the ambiance! One of the owners that we met was very attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Service was excellent and the food was exceptional as always!

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Perfect night love the ambiance

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Hubby and I came here last night for our first time. Had a reservation for 9:30pm but the hostess was waiting for folks to leave so we sat at the bar. Thankful we did as it gave us time to speak with the wonderful men behind the counter. He gave us the run down of specials and favorites.

We shared the portobello mushroom with spinach and cheese. I had the rib eye cap. He has the lamb chops. And we finished with the chocolate cake. Everything was delish!! Ambiance was great. Service was great. It's a small cozy intimate restaurant with a live pianist on a keyboard.

We would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

We really enjoyed the food and the service was exceptional. We tried a few different appetizers and split an entree and dessert and it was plenty for both of us. Waiter was very friendly and recommended items that were on par with our taste. It's a small place, so don't recommend for large groups, but good for small groups and a nice place for date night.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

The lamb chops were the best I've ever had. The sommelier was great and ego-free. When we didn't like a pairing he suggested, he quickly switched it out without attitude and/ or questions.

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent service, nice selection of meats, divine garlic fries.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Amazing! From the service to the food to everything else. It was quite pricey since they had a set menu for Valentine’s Day but everything was really really amazing.

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5.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Outstanding! Outstanding! Outstanding!! You can never go wrong! If I could give it more stars I would! Must get the skirt steak and pair it with their exceptional wines! Can’t wait to go back!

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2018

We dine and have been dining at this restaurant for some 20 years, they have a great wine list however sometime and now more often they do not always have what is listed, little disappointing.

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

From appetizer, main course,dessert and the Argentine sparkling wines & Malbec, this was a memorable dinning experience!

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5.0Dined on February 10, 2018

As always, the food and service were simply divine.

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2018

Been one of our favorites forever. Gotten a little expensive over the past few years, so much so that we don't come as frequently as we would like. It's become more of 'special occasion' restaurant rather than the place we wish it was, a restaurant that we'd like to frequent on a much more regular basis.

Not sure why the skirt steak - which is consistently the best skirt steak I've ever had anywhere - has to cost as much as basically every other of their cuts of meat. Didn't used to be that way. Doesn't make any sense other than that it is likely the most popular steak that they serve. $52 for a relatively inexpensive cut of meat seems really excessive. Wine list is exceptional but that, too, is very pricey. Hard to find more than a handful of wines for less than $60. However there are dozens for $75 and up; countless bottles for more than $100. Shouldn't have to be that way. Plenty of restaurants have decent, modestly priced bottles.

Cost aside, it is one of the great unsung restaurants in LA. I love going there and I'm glad they're still chugging along 18 years later. Charming, quality food, great hosts, great wine. It is well worth the trip. Just not as affordable as it could (or used to) be.

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistently fantastic! Old school in the best way. A truly great restaurant.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

A friend recommended this restaurant over a year ago and we finally had a chance to indulge. The wine list was excellent and we with the garlic fries. They were excellent and my only regret was the portion was huge and I simply couldn't stop eating them. We both ordered steaks which your cooked perfectly and had great flavor'. For dessert we had Mother's Pie which I will not even try to describe. All I can say is to try it is to love it. We truly enjoyed our experience and highly recommend this restaurant

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Superb experience.
Great Ambience. Great service. Great food.
Max chose a perfect Malbec to go with our meal.
Steaks were cooked perfectly.

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