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El Patio Argentine Restaurant

4.0
86 reviews
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$30 and under
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Argentinean
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-friendly

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About

Family-owned and operated for more than 15 years, the El Patio Argentine Restaurant serves authentic, home-style meals and dishes using recipes passed down through generations. Located in the heart of Rockville, MD the El Patio Argentine Restaurant sets itself apart with its amazing bakery in addition to its wonderful dining.

Specialties of the El Patio Argentine Restaurant include their quiches and vegetarian dishes, their chorizos and empanadas, chimichuri sauce, barbecue also known as parrillada and their milanesas. With a long wine list, imported coffees and lunch specials, there really is no reason not to make plans to head to this popular spot for a meal and to sample something from the bakery.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Argentinean, Latin American, Latin / Spanish
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Hours of operation
Breakfast/Lunch: Daily: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:00pm
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Phone number
(301) 231-9225
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
We also provide catering services, corporate lunches and barbecues in your home.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Parklawn Dr.
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Parking details
free
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Public transit
28436, 28618, 15342, 15338. Ride on: 10 Metro: C4, C8, J5 closest metro station is Twinbrook
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Entertainment
Live music on Fridays
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
4.0
food
4.0
service
3.7
ambience
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viptito (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on March 23, 2014

If it wasn't because I am near bmore now..would visit more frequently. It has never disappointed me for food or vino.

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vipDessertlovers (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 8, 2014

We chose this restaurant because it was near where we were going afterward and we were so pleasantly surprised! I expected a drab "strip-mall" look, but it was clean and colorful, and the food was very good! I visited Argentina recently and the food at El Patio seemed very "autentico!" In addition, the desserts are incredible! Don't just look at the menu, check out the display cases! If you eat too much at dinner, you can take dessert to go! We will definitely return.

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vipAuntie (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2014

Made reservations at 7, but had a bit of a wait due to lingering at the table meant for us. (What can you expect on a Saturday night?) We enjoyed the sweet breads and chinchulin! Done perfectly. Excellent chimichurri! Steaks were cooked perfectly as ordered. Recommend the Ny Strip. Delicious desserts! Everything is Very affordable as well. We really enjoyed the live entertainment they had. Lovely voice. Nice selection of Argentinian wines. Cannot wait to return.

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Steph (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on March 1, 2014

I highly recommend this restaurant. They have a large menu with many items that I'm sure are all fantastic. The service was excellent.

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vipluv2eat (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 16, 2014

Come hungry...servings are a good size, food was amazing.

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vipWanderingRosa (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

El Patio looks desolate from the outside but vibrant and full of life inside especially Friday and Saturday nights when there is life Argentine music.

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vipLindaK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2014

authentic argentine steak/barbecue restr, excellent cooking.

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vladi72 (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2014

We were there for Valentine's Day. Atmosphere was fantastic. Good food, great service saxophone live music....We definitely planning to come back.

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vipFantastic (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 2014

I am glad to finally have a good Argentinean restaurant in the area. It reminds me of my childhood. Great entertainment also.

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Sara (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 19, 2014

What a wonderful place for dinner. The wine choices are spectacular and varied, the pastries and desserts are delicious. The service is very European - no rushing. The cuisine is Argentinian, with a focus on steaks! My daughter's favorite is the Milanese - a breaded fried steak. I had the New York Strip and it was delicious. I highly recommend this restaurant for a wonderful family dining experience.

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viptanguera (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 18, 2014

I am happy to have discovered El Patio totally by accident, and to my great fortune find it to be a place I will return to for lunch and dinner and especially for the live music!. The food and wine are an exceptional value as well, and couples as well as families were enjoying the great ambiance.

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vipBoomertech (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on January 4, 2014

My wife and I tried El Patio Saturday night just because we had to be in the area, but were delighted to find an authentic reasonably-priced Argentine restaurant, including food, decor and wine. Of course the meat was the focal point and it was excellent. The menu also contained appetizers and pasta that would be typical. Service was jovial and efficient, with an older pro waiter. My wife had the T-Bone, tasty if not the prime quality of a first rank steakhouse, but also was not near the price of that category either. I had the pique a lo macho, a kind of stir fry with beef and sausage that was authentically spicy and well-prepared. We would definitely return to this place, and bring friends the next time.

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Uruguaya (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on December 28, 2013

I really wanted to find a place in DC that had South American food, the steak which my friend ordered was delicious but I ordered canelones and it looked like they had been sitting out all day and the meat inside was soggy and gross. The bakery they have attached to it is absolutely great! I liked it but I wouldn't go back.

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Luisito (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined on November 16, 2013

Loved it here, El Patio is a really good place to go
for Argentinian food. The wine list is extense and
the desserts are amazing.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on November 16, 2013

I was diappointed with the service or lack thereof. May be the lack of good service at our table coould be we looked different to the servers. My expectation was dashed, I will never set foot there again.

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vipjchbalt1 (Phoenix)
4.0  Dined on November 5, 2013

The restaurant reminded me so much of my trip to Argentina and how I loved the food. The empanadas were excellent. Outstanding wine list. Service was friendly and attentive. It was well worth the drive from Baltimore. I can't wait to go again!

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chris (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 26, 2013

We had a great dinner, I had steak, mashed potatoes, my companions had steaks and chicken. Food was great, service attentive and the best thing was it was very affordable. I have only had carry out empanadas before but I will be back. Plenty of parking, just a real gem.

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vipLuv2dine (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 19, 2013

Love the food as well as the ambiance (not to mention that the prices are very reasonable). The portions are more than enough – in fact we took some home. I ordered the Grilled Fish in a Blue Cheese Cream with pieces of bacon served w/ fries and a vegetable medley – simply delicious! My mother ordered the Grilled New York Strip, Fried Sweet potatoes sticks, and a vegetable medley, which she thoroughly enjoyed. For dessert, we ordered (to go) Gourmet Argentine cookies filled with milk caramel, Sweet Roulades filled with milk caramel (which it took a few days for me to eat), and Light puff pastry cake with milk caramel filling.

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vipLeslye (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on October 18, 2013

The food was delicious and the ambience was great.

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viptito (Orlando)
4.0  Dined on September 15, 2013

have been coming to El Patio for over 5 years now, and still never disspaointed.. even when they were on the small place, teh disappointment was not the food or service, but lack of parking and long wait. Overall, my friends like the parriladas and empanadas, I like the wine list.. besides the food.

If you are near, make it a point to check them out.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on September 15, 2013

I guess I had my hopes up that I would find a restaurant like at home (I was born & raised in Argentina) but was disappointed. The wine list was excellent but the food not up to standards, although the blood sausage was good. My mother who is visiting from Buenos Aires was not impressed at all. However, if customers are not natives of Argentina they won't know the difference.

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vipTraveller (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to this restaurant with friends. Portions are huge, the restaurant is pleasantly decorated, and our server was very nice. The prices are extremely moderate. We visit Argentina frequently and found the food here to bear no resemblance to what we experience in that wonderful country. While the food was tasty, it was not authentic. We were especially disappointed in the empanadas.

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tasneighbor (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on July 31, 2013

this truly fit the bill for our office outing. everyone was quite satisfied. value was excellent. food too.

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FrederickL (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on July 5, 2013

It was our first time to visit this restaurant. As lovers of tango and everything Argentinian we just had to try this place. The waiter we had a bit of an english language communication barrier, such that we were offended several times by his choice of words and made the whole dining/wining experience awkward. Gratefully, the manager was very gracious in addressing the situation making the rest of the night bearable for me and my girlfriend. I liked the grilled beef items, the blood sausage and sweetbread I could have done without. the chicken was dry and stringy. Oh well...

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T4phage (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2013

Look for Ricardo "el viejo" great service and great atmosphere live tango music is a plus. Well done!!!

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brunchspot1 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on June 1, 2013

GOOD FOOD, GOOD SERVICE, ONLY ISSUE (MILD) WAS WAITRESS DID NOT SPEAK ENGLISH VERY WELL, SO COMMUNICATION WAS A BIT OF A CHALLENGE. BUT SHE WAS VERY SWEET SO IT MADE UP FOR THE LANGUAGE BARRIER

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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

This was a great place to go for a Mothers Day Brunch. Good food, good service at a reasonable price.

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Sonia (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on May 12, 2013

I had not realized it was only a brunch buffet in the late morning. I was looking forward to ordering my favorite steak dish and was slightly disappointed the regular menu was not being offered until later in the afternoon.

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vipanna (Sacramento)
4.0  Dined on April 21, 2013

They have an extensive menu from Argentenian food to Burgers and Pastas. Be prepared to wait if you do not have a reservation. Sunday lunch time was pretty crowded with more than 3 families waiting. But was never made to feel rushed. Food is good. Will need to return to try other dishes.

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vipAAWG (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 29, 2013

Make sure to review your bill before making payment, on menu indicated will charge 18% for party of 6 or more, even they didn't give a good service, but they charge 20% after tax. I believe American very forfeithed gratitude system, not incurred to have good services.

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