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Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse

4.8
671 reviews
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$50 and over
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Argentinean
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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
What 671 People Are Saying
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4.8  based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.8
service
4.7
ambience
4.4
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AveNerop (Salt Lake City)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Service was excellent and the food was exceptional as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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MBRB (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 7 days ago

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipArleniem (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipalanm (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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paulv (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

As always, the food and service were simply divine.

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vipBigGardelsFan (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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vipnoname (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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

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vip1234 (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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DrakeSimian (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

The food is fantastic. The price can be a tad bit on the high side, but it is a small and intimate restaurant with an amazing Chef and food prepared. The beer and wine list is unique and great for pairing. My favorite steak place. I also had a chance to try my friends' lamb chop (best I ever had), Branzino (excellent), Filet (perfect, not dried out), and the pasta (all handmade). I have the skirt steak and it was perfection.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 15, 2018

As always, they never disappoint! Great food, great service, great hospitality!

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AlOzairi (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 14, 2018

One of the best Steaks I had for a while. I went twice in 10 days. I will keep going there.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 11, 2018

Awesome! As always. Been there many times and have never been disappointed. Currently the best steak in LA.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

The taste of the bone in ribeye for 2 is definitely worthy the market price. The host was one of the family members and was a delight to talk to and he was very fun to talk to. We learned a little bit of the family history and culture and was not surprised that they opened the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 10, 2018

We had a small group of 6, with two who are part Argentinian. Max was very helpful selecting wine, the food was excellent, service was attentive without being in-your-face, atmosphere on a weeknight was great for conversation, and everyone was very much pleased with the entire experience. It's expensive - and worth it!

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 8, 2018

It was a great place to try authentic Argentine food! The food was delicious, and all the servers were awesome and attentive! Thank you for making the birthday celebration a nice, elegant, subtle one (just the way our daughter likes it)!!

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1DiningDiva (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on January 7, 2018

Order the Prime Flank Steak!

Seriously, that was a great steak. My husband ordered the chicken, and both our dishes had generous portions of side vegetables accompanying our meats. Great presentation, fresh bread, great service and delicious dessert.
We will return!

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AlOzairi (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2018

I loved it to the level that I am going back in few days.

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OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined on December 31, 2017

New Year’s Eve.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2017

Great food and service. Fantastic experience overall

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vipLAfoodlover (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Always such a treat to dine here. The staff and food are always perfect!

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

Excellent food, good service, consistently exceptional

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vipsharysnyd (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 22, 2017

All lovely, always have enjoyed Gardels but have to limit meat intake now.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 18, 2017

Gardels is, without question, one of the great gems of LA cuisine experiences. Would make my personal top five for food, wine list, and ambience. Do not miss the lamb chops if they're available.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent food and service as usual.

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