Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse

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896 reviews
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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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AK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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MR
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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D
Los Angeles
101 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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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.

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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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CT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

New York steak was below usual quality, too much fat, I felt cheated. I advise others to check the steak out thoroughly before eating it and request a new one if there is too much fat.

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Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere and food. Had not been for awhile! Loved it. Alex was Incredible. Professional and a lovely gentleman! As well as the rest of the staff! Mona Lisa will be back! Alex will get that reference!😀

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SG
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious meals, good and very professional service, definitely we can visit again, the reason we give the restaurant 4 stars for value is because we see prices higher than we are usually accustomed. We are from Mission Viejo.

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e
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

El restaurante sirve platillos de carne de gran calidad, pero es muy pequeño, y por los precios altos pensé que iba a tener una mejor decoración y ambiente.

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AG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible food and great ambiance. Ordered a variety of items from the menu. All delicious.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner! Great selection of food and wine. Authentic Argentine touch with a wonderful low-key atmosphere. Will be back soon :)

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w
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Prices were very high
Food used to be better
Noise got worse after 8:30
Disappointed

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n
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent. One of the best restaurants in Los Angeles for 20+ years.

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AK
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent evening from start to finish. we were waited on by Max one of the owners and the sommelier. He did an outstanding job of making our evening thoroughly enjoyable. Food was very good, though the mussels were a tad overcooked and chewy. Loved the cozy feel of the restaurant. Will definitely visit again!

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TP
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was a UCLA graduation celebration. Carlitos Gardel was everything I had hoped to have for my son. Service to perfection, friendly, attentive, unobtrusive. Excellent suggestions for wine and food and both were prepared exquisitely. Everyone from the teenage daughter to my 85-year-old parents loved their time here. Thank you for an evening we will remember fondly!

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DB
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

God the food was outstanding, the parrillada is divine.

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MD
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere, delicious food.
A little expensive but worth it when treating yourself with loved ones.

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h
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always .... a delicious meal with great service. Carlitos Gardel is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. It never disappoints !

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attendance and food are really good and I recommend this restaurant for meat lovers mainly. The only thing I would make different is the size of the combo with different types of meat, which is supposed to serve 2 people. This serves 4 easily. I would make it half the size and charge half the price.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and Malbec wine selection was superb.

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GG
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only regret was not being able to order more dishes! Everything was outstanding!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse was the perfect choice for dinner. The atmosphere was warm and the lighting was magical. Our server was charming and helpful as was the sommelier. We had a wonderful meal to celebrate our anniversary and our son’s 30th birthday and it was excellent! If we find ourselves back in LA we will definitely be planning a visit to the restaurant.

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r
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reservation was a good idea the place is busy, we were given choice of seating.
This is the best steak house in LA, the meat is fresh and without the anti biotics,

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Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always, the recommendations, the meat, attention.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yet another fabulous dinner. Complete from starters, salads, steaks (rib eye, skirt and lamb chops), sides, dessert, wine and service. Thanks CG!

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AM
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Overpriced. Food was okay. Staff not very friendly.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

Really nice ambiance, service was excellent. Definitely overpriced and I was expecting the food to be worth the price yet I was disappointed.

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DK
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Not sure why we hadn’t been there before - will be going back.

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, start to finish. Service was great, courses spread out evenly, great wine.

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A
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

very niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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KK
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far our most favorite restaurant!!! Max, the resident sommelier, is such an asset. The New York steak was perfectly cooked, the endive salad was amazing, their gnocchi which we did not have this time, is the most wonderful things on this planet. Be certain to make a reservation because it fills up fast!

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d
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can't wait to go back when I'm in LA again. Really good meats and wines. Knowledgeable and attentive staff. We had Lamb, which was not on the menu, Tapa de Ojo, and a couple salads - perfecto!

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VF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is always wonderful and food never a disappointment. This is a gem of a place.

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m
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Max that runs the place is A+. Best meal I’ve had in years

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BW
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall very good. Only issue was in the explanation of the dinner specials. waiter told us of the steak-for-two at 40. What was not said was this is a 40oz cut of meat, not $40. Spent much, much more than I would have had I known

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O
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A bit slow with the menus, but other than that, it was a great evening. Loved the grilled sweetbreads, though one onder was enough for two. My steak was done to perfection, was delectable, and large. The ribeye with chimmichurri looked wonderful and tasted that way. Dessert was a treat (one shared among three). Wine list was a bit on the expensive side. All told, it will be visited again.

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OT
Los Angeles
51 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant but very expensive

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L
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was very good. Music was too loud, making conversation impossible.

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F
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

My husband and I were very disappointed with this restaurant. The service was so snotty and rude! We mentioned we’d like a Malbec and the sommelier immediately recommended the most expensive bottle on the menu and pursed his lips in judgement when we chose something else.

The waiter closed his eyes and sighed on us when we ordered (I suppose distainful that we both ended up choosing something other than steak). They brought our mains halfway through our starters so that there wasn’t even enough room on our table for all the plates so we had to stack them. Then they took our mains away literally the second our forks and knives rested. Our entire meal took us less than 40 minutes.

The quality of the food was fine but we definitely would not go back for it, but the service was so terrible that we would actively stop people from trying it.

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