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About Garufa Argentinean Restaurant

Garufa is an Argentinean style restaurant. We specialize in delicious steaks and pasta, but we have lots more to choose from for any appetite!

5411 N. Mesa St. Suite 26A
El Paso, TX 79912
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Argentinean, Steakhouse

Hours of Operation:

Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm.
Dinner: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 1:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 1:00pm - 8:00pm.

Cross Street:
S Festival Dr

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(915) 833-6100

Website:
http://garufausa.com/

Entertainment:
Live music on Fridays and Saturdays

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Garufa Argentinean Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Romantic (6)
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Business Meals (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Live Music (3)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Cozy (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Authentic (1)
Healthy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Engagement

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·Dined on September 6, 2017

It was a wonderful atmosphere. Great food and wonderful service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Wow! I found this restaurant on Yelp. As soon as my plane landed in ELP, I Yelped steak restaurants, and Garufa was on the list. I reserved a table and I am so glad I did.
Excellent service, delicious food, steak cooked just right, delicious wine, fabulous guitarist and the owner/manager walked to every table to greet his patrons and checked to see if we were satisfied with our meal and service.
Mind you, I came straight from the airport and was not dressed for the beautiful restaurant, but they made me feel right at home.
The next time I am in El Paso, I will dine here.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Healthy, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Disabled Access, Romantic
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·Dined on July 22, 2017

Awesome place!! Had wonderful romantic experience with my wife we celebrated anniversary
Definitely will be back
And will tell friends and family about GARUFA!!

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music
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 (El Paso)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We have been to Garufa several times. Usually our dining experience is awesome, but this last time the experience was subpar. We typically order the 21 oz ribeye, baked potato, mushrooms, caprese salad, empanadas, and a bottle of wine. The steak is usually phenomenal, but it was just ok at our last visit - not as tender. The empanadas were tasty, but cold in the middle. The service was lacking - our waiter was inattentive. It took a while to get a wine list, overall attention to detail was off, and we felt we were treated differently than other diners.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Well to make a long story short. I made reservations on OpenTable and was all set to take my lovely wife to garufas to celebrate Mother's Day. Thank god I called the day before where I was advised my reservation would not be honored and it was first come first serve. Come on Management at garufas be professional if you want to be a High end respected establishment act like one. If you are not going to honor reservations don't advertise on OpenTable or at least have the respect for your patrons or potential patrons and advise them you are not accepting reservations on that day. Bottom line is we went somewhere else and had a great Time. The sad thing is garufas has soooooo much potential! Happy dining and see you around El Paso!

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vip
 (El Paso)·Dined on May 11, 2017

I am not a beef eater so had the Chilean See Bass which was fabulous.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Food was delicious, cucumber martinis hit the spot...service excellent...

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 14, 2017

Although my reservation was confirmed by Open Table, when we arrived at the restaurant it was closed!!!

Also, this survey forces me to give at least one star when I don't want to give any stars, a very poor survey format! How can I assign stars when I never even got in the restaurant?!?!

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 (El Paso)·Dined on April 8, 2017

We had excellent service and food . This was our first time there but will definitely return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

The tomato on the capresse salad was soggy, returned it and again it tasted old. Other than that, steak was great as always!

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 (El Paso)·Dined on February 25, 2017

The ambiance was perfect great food and extraordinary service

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (El Paso)·Dined on February 18, 2017

This was a date night dinner for my wife and I and we were both excited to try a new upscale steakhouse. We could not have been more disappointed. For starters we booked on open table and theycould not find our reservation. They took care of it and seated us. However that's when it all went bad. It took us 10 min to get an iced tea and water. We ordered a 21 oz aged ribeye, 2 potatoes, and a lobster tail to share. The service was extremely slow. When our food came everything was cold, particularly the potatoes which could not even melt the butter. We asked for our steak medium and it was well done. The Lobster tail was the only thing of value but even that was cold. Needless to say we were very disappointed and will definitely not return. There are countless other places to get better food in El Paso. Do yourself a favor and pick another place to get a steak.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on February 11, 2017

I was disappointed with the waiter we had. We have been to dinner here before and the waiter then was very attentive. This time - not so. Luckily, the waiter that was working another table made sure we had water and responded to our needs.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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 (El Paso)·Dined on January 13, 2017

Good good and ambient the service was kind of slow

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on January 3, 2017

We, our work team, has dined here several times. Every time the service has been extremely slow although the restaurant has not been very busy. The quality of the food is okay but does not warrant the prices. The lamb was over cooked (three of us ordered it). The quality of the stakes, ordered by several others in the group, was mediocre.

We will not be returning.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on December 31, 2016

My family and I were there on New Year's Eve and ordered the steak and lobster. We each ordered a different cut of steak. At first glance the steaks looked beautiful, but we couldn't cut into them and even worse you couldn't swallow the meat because it was impossible to break down. The steaks were ALL gristle. The steaks were a huge disappointment. We will not be returning.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Good good but lacking good service

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 (New Mexico)·Dined on December 10, 2016

The food is wonderful. The portions are spot-on.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 7, 2016

I was very excited to try La Garufa. However, I was quickly disappointed. The restaurant was more or less empty on the main dining floor. We were a party of 3, there for a business dinner. Our server did not approach the table to even give water until 10 minutes after we were seated. We had to pull him aside to even ask for a drink from the bar as he did not ask if we wanted anything. And for refills, again he did not offer, we practically had to make him take the order and then he did not even bring one of them. Not the type of service I expect - especially for the price of the food & drink. We eventually were able to order 3 appetizers. Only 1 was delivered, which was disappointing in itself but no one even asked if we liked it or not. The server was very scarce the entire time and when I got a chance to ask him if he was going to bring the rest of the appetizers he said no and walked away - not acceptable - he could have at least made up an excuse but he didn't seem to even care in the least. The main entrees were delivered which were ok but not as ordered. We tried to add lobster tails to 2 of the entrees but the restaurant was out and so one of us substituted to shrimp but it was placed with the wrong entrée. I had requested sautéed jalapenos be added to my meal and when I asked where they were after the meals had been delivered, I was told they were out. As a former server, I do not understand how this server makes any tips from the type of service we experienced from him (he did not appear to be new or in training - so new excuses there). We will not return and I will not recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Other than the empanadas, the rest of the meal was mediocre. My NY Strip, though tasty, had far too much grizzly fat attached as did one of our dining companions. The side of creamed spinach should have been cream with a little bit of spinach- the dish had almost no spinach in it and it was far too salty. Overall, not pleasant and we won't return, except maybe to get empanadas, which are wonderful. This is our third experience in the past several years and I've had similar misgivings after each time.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Great food with a great atmosphere. Some may it's pricey but for the quality of the food it is very responsible.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Tapas, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive
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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 5, 2016

great food the service is outstanding, the place is modern a

Tags: Worth the Drive, Healthy, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Organic, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Fun, Outstanding Value, Great Beer, Casual, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Authentic, Cozy, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Bar Seating, Romantic
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 (El Paso)·Dined on October 21, 2016

Our group ordered 4 steaks and all different cuts. Every single one came out extremely under cooked. 2 of them got sent back to be cooked more and came back exactly the same! The plate of creamed spinach was a plate of cream with a spoonful of spinach. This will be out last time coming here.

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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on October 1, 2016

the food was very good. the servers need a lot of training. we had to flag down our server over and over for everything from ordering drinks, to getting water to clearing dishes. they are very poorly trained. when they did come to the table they usually interrupted a conversation, reached over us to get plates or serve plates. They were not mean or disrespectful just clueless on how to wait on people. also we speak English and our server and little to no command of English. very rude to be like that and very irritating.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (El Paso)·Dined on September 12, 2016

Always a great place to go anytime. Food and service is very good.

Tags: Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (El Paso)·Dined on August 20, 2016

The food was delicious. The dim lighting and soothing live music made the dinner so enjoyable. I highly recommend this place for romantic evening dinner.

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 (Savannah)·Dined on August 14, 2016

The service was good and their wine list is pretty extensive along with an full bar. Their food could do for a little better seasoning and they have no salt and pepper available on their tables so you're force to eat the bland food. Also they could add to their nonachohol beverage menu as well.

Tags: Romantic, Kid-friendly
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 (El Paso)·Dined on June 19, 2016

The setting and luxury feel

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 (El Paso)·Dined on April 16, 2016

"I like the relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return. The tuna appetizer was amazing and the steak was juicy and tender. My wife and I love this place for its intimacy, great wine list and a great place for intimate conversation. The service was good, very friendly and affordable."

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (El Paso)·Dined on February 12, 2016

Food was great but waiter was not. Took a long time for him to check on us.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2015

Service was ok for first 5 mins. Then left alone for 30 mins. Then all of a sudden all our food came out at once ( appetizer, salad and main dishes). Waiter never came to check on us. Never asked if we wanted refills. Salad was drenched in oil.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2015

Marcus was fantastic! The tempo for food and service was spot on. Wine list was excellent--with great wines by the glass. Marcus made an us an incredible caramel flambé crepe.

Some of the best service we have ever had from everyone. Host, hostesses, waiter, busboys....everyone. Thank you. We will be back

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 (El Paso)·Dined on December 5, 2015

The food is really good. The wine list was outstanding. Good restaurant for a date, anniversary, or just a romantic even.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 14, 2015

Great food service needs some improvement.

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 (El Paso)·Dined on November 13, 2015

soft lighting, elegant decor , an extensive wine list, delicious food and great service.....
whats not to like?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (El Paso)·Dined on August 1, 2013

This was our first time at this restaurant and made the reservations through Open Table. When we arrive the hostess had no clue about the reservations and she was not very welcoming or friendly, very dry personality. I can tell you the restaurant was very clean, service was remarkable and I am totally serious when I say they served the best 21 day old rib eye (medium) I have had in El Paso. I probably will not get any points from that visit, but that steak made up for it. My family and I will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (El Paso)·Dined on June 15, 2013

We had a good time. The wine we ordered was not available. Our waiter seemed to be a bit busy, but had the entire upper level to himself. Seemed to be a bit too busy and not as attentive as one would like at a restaurant as nice as this.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (El Paso)·Dined on May 12, 2013

Fantastic! This is THE place for steak. Service was phenomenal and the meal was top shelf. No children's menu, but we found options that were amenable to the kids.

They called us the day before to confirm our reservation, and persuaded us to change to a later time, citing a large crowd expected on Mothers Day. We arrived 30 minutes early and the restaurant was less than half full. We were seated immediately. 45 minutes after being seated, the hostess called my cell phone to see if we were going to arrive. I waved at her across the room while speaking on the phone with her and she apologized and hung up. Some obvious confusion with their reservation and seating system.

However, none of this detracted from a fabulous experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on March 11, 2013

An excellent choice from the usual steak restaurant.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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