Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse

4.7
1301 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Proud recipient of The Michelin Guide's - The Plate - distinction.
We're Back, Safer and More Socially Distant Than Ever - Now Offering Both Outdoor as well as Indoor Seating - Select "Standard" for Indoor seating.
Join us Al Fresco on our new, open-air patio deck, Patio Piazzolla. Indulge in our selection of Antibiotic-free, Hormone-free, USDA Certified Angus Prime Beef, and our Award Winning 17-page Wine List crafted by our managing partner, Somm Max Bozoghlian at LA's most intimate open-air patio deck. Limited Seating Capacity.
Following CDC's guidelines, we must limit each party's stay to the maximum allotted time of 90 minutes.
Weekend no-show's and reservation cancellations made less than 48 hours and in advance will be subject to a $50 per person cancellation fee.
Our Steakhouse turns 24 years young!
For close to a quarter century, our family run and operated Steakhouse has imported the know-how and experience of Argentine grilling and carved a name for itself on Melrose Ave.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected

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Sun - Fri 5:00PM - 5:30PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Sat 5:00PM - 5:30PM

What 1301 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed my experience here, every one was nice and the food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL! I was left speechless!!

JC
vipJesusC
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 21 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service like always , always a pleasure

TJ
TJJJJJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing time with family, thanks to great service and food

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Meghan
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We decided to go to Carlitos for my husband's birthday this week. We figured on a Thursday it would be quiet which was nice. Our service was absolutely excellent-I unfortunately did not catch our sever's name, nor for the host or the other workers-they were all lovely!

The food was good in general, but none of us felt our steaks were worth the price or anything to write home about. My brother in law ordered the ribeye cap, and my husband and I split the 40oz ribeye-it was small. And yes, I know steaks shrink when they cook but this was extremely significant shrinkage. With the incredible ratings Carlitos had, this was a bit less than anticipated.

The garlic fries were delicious, as was the buratta special they had that evening. We went elsewhere for dessert as we had already discussed other plans, but the dessert options did look delicious. Also the chimichurri was excellent-I would put that on everything if I could!

JK
vipJanetK
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been dining at Carlitos for 25 years. Amazing restaurant w the most wonderful people/owners. The food is absolutely delicious every time. The service is perfect. The atmosphere is beautiful. I highly recommend dining there. One of my favorite restaurants of all time!!

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lacyr
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

Steaks and empanadas were really tasty. Service was slow with a capital S. Had to flag down the waiter for just about everything. Also, the port o potty bathroom situation is disgusting. They can do better.

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1Greygoose
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charm of a daily family restaurant. Excellent service and food is exceptional. Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, attentive servers and bussers. The host was very polite a sociable. Overall a perfect experience.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. Fantastic steak, great service, and appropriate ambiance.

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vipMike
Los Angeles
60 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

First, to sit outside, you have to walk around the block to sit outside, down a dark alley and ring a doorbell to get in?? Really? Second, the male waiters, all suited up like they just left work from an office, are not attentive, must be waved down, never ask if everything is ok, take the order and must to have a smoke. The busboy is the busiest employee there. The "host" who greets you could be used since he isn't busy to walk around checking happiness.

The food is just average, nothing special. The penne with angus beef (not much of it) uses cumin which not everyone likes that musty smell or taste.

Pricing is high for the "return on investment." I would not go there again or recommend anyone else. BTW, only have beer and wine, no liquor, which is odd.

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vippeterc
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for date, special occasion, anniversary, etc. no question…best restaurant in all of LA…probably west coast! Food is extraordinary! Service is superb! Ambiance is wonderful! Can’t say enough good things about the family-owners. We can’t imagine a week without dinner at Carlitos.

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Stake In La

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vipDaimianL
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfection

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was phenomenal met my expectations

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victor
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food and a wonderful waiter. Good selection of meats and appetizers. But pricey.

TM
TonyM
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Max was MAXIMUM!!! Thanks for all you do for your clients, Bro Bro 😎

Cheers 🥂
Tony Magee and the Baldwin Hills Alphas

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OvidiuC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience5

you pay top dollar and expect better quality food. Both, main course and appetizers were wack. Spent $700 for 4 ppl and expected better quality food. The rest was great.

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vipArnieB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining here for years; it keeps getting better and better. The outdoor seating area is wonderful, and the wine list is incredible.

JH
JohnH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Very good food! Very good service! We really enjoyed our dinner at Carlitos Gardel!

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vipCarolineC
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was phenomenal- from the moment we arrived until we took our last photo leaving the restaurant patio. Our hosts and servers gave us top notch service and attention. Our good was beyond amazing: chicken empanada, and lengua appetizers, 8oz filet mignon and 10oz New York sirloin (superb!), with a glass of a delectable Malbec, abs topped off with the house speciality - dulce de leche dessert. We cannot wait to come back! Truly a gem on Melrose!

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vipazmia
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was extremely loud for a small space. The service was just ok. The appetizer menu could use some sprucing up. The steaks were excellent.

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NyashaH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not your father’s favorite steakhouse. It’s your grandfather’s, and his father’s. The indoor dining area oozes with old world charm. The food is fabulous and the steaks are to die for. Any of them. All of them. You might be tempted to stuff yourself with meat and reserve the sides for a carry-home box, but then you’d be missing out on the best part of the experience. Food and drink pairing. Carlitos Gardel excels at making the best sides to pair with your choice of main dish. And the wine selection is the cherry on top of the other cherries. Max, the family sommelier is impressible knowledgeable about his wine list. Tell him what you’ve selected for dinner and ask him to suggest a wine pairing. You won’t regret it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolute delight. The food was delicious, wine was carefully selected by our host and the service was being incredible

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Neil
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service. Will definitely go again!

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RCsReviews
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, sommelier was phenomenal. Great food choices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall2food4service2ambience3

They scammed us by making us pay for what we thought and were told was tap water. The waiter was very rude when we asked about it

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Jules
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, service, experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

We were still finishing up our dessert and coffee and the guy handed out the bill without asking for it . I think it’s rude. They just wanted to get us out to accommodate their next customers. Not recommended and not coming back!!!!!

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VictorA
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Location was cute and lowkey. The privacy they tried to give each table was nice. The service was great all around.

JB
JasonB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Carlito's delivers an unforgettable magical experiance. From the vast, curated wine list to the mouth watering succulent meats; Carlito's is truly un pequeño pedacito de la Argentina. I will be dining here for many years to come.

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GinaD
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food: Delicious, great, amazing
Service: Slow
Overall: Clean, great wine selection, outside dining only (meh), access through alley only (meh)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was absolutely fantastic. Entering through the alley seemed weird for an expensive restaurant but the food made up for it and the service was great. Noise level extremely low and overall not bad.

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Julian
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was top class, he would consistently ask if we were okay or if we needed it, and it wasn’t too much that it would get annoying.

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ZarouhiS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place. Will definitely return. Mainly for the dessert. Yum!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful birthday dinner for my boyfriend’s 26th.

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vipDineWhenItsWorthIt
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

The food and wine were amazing. By far the best service I have had in a while. The waiter knows the menu and the daily special like the back of his hand. The Sommelier recommended the perfect wine that paired the meat of choice.

No complaints are other than one: The number of bugs flying around was beyond annoying. I know it's new to host outdoor but the fly constantly flying in our mouths and food really killed the overall perfect experience. Please consider something to keep these bugs away. I hate looking at a nice piece of steak and worrying about it being touched by flies.

Other than the bugs, this place is perfect.

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LALocal
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent steak and top of the notch customer service. the BEST outdoor dining setup in LA. It's beautiful, comfortable, and safe. Couldn't recommend it more. Went to celebrate a 70th birthday and had a wonderful time (thanks Gerard). A must visit.

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Tony
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for a real Argentinian food you are in the right place

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vipSuWo
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We love the Skirt steak, but it's become smaller and lot pricier than our last visit.
We ate in the back of the restaurant in their newer parking lot patio dining are - they built a very nice private area to dine with an outdoor feeling - the bathroom is a bit of an issue - just a port a potty type, but if desired you can walk around and use the actual dine in restaurant facilities. We were celebrating a birthday and it was definitely a special meal !

FAQs

Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (323) 655-0891.

Carlitos Gardel Argentine Steakhouse is rated 4.7 stars by 1301 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.