Carlitos Gardel Restaurant - Argentine Cuisine and Steakhouse

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Argentine Cuisine and Steakhouse


Sometime in the early 90's the family moves Stateside on a one-way ticket from Buenos Aires.
Menu View Our Entire:   Lunch Menu or Dinner Menu
August 1996: Slightly homesick and craving authentic Argentine cuisine - they decide to open a place of their own and create a home-away-from-home for friends, family, ex-pats and guests alike.
With Mom as the restaurant's culinary force, Carlitos Gardel begins to flourish and the family's bond with the community grows stronger.

Events & Hours

You're always invited to our ongoing series of fresh events. Join us to sample new dishes and featured wines. Scheduled throughout the week, it's easy for you to find time to enjoy something new with your friends at Carlitos Gardel.

Restaurant Hours:
Monday - Friday  11:30am - 2:30pm
Monday - Saturday  6:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday -  5:00pm - 10:00pm

Special Events & Wine Tastings:
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1997: "Papas Fritas Provenzal" a.k.a. garlic fries is introduced to the menu and becomes an instant classic, capturing the media's attention. Glowing reviews on high quality cuts of beef and homemade desserts follow in quick order.
Mom - as she becomes known to patrons and guests - expands the menu introducing original desserts. The Postre Gardel is born - a cake with peaches and cream, merengue and home-made dulce de leche. It becomes an instant classic.

Press & Reviews

LA Times's Irene Virbila names Carlitos Gardel Amongst the 4 Best Steakhouses in California!


Read a few of our reviews from some of LA's most respected food critics:

"'s Buenos Aires in the past and all is well."- S. Irene Virbila, 3/18/10

"...genteel, efficient and stylish service." - Andrew Bender, 7/27/01

"...absolutely overwhelming in its variety." - Jonathan Gold, 9/11/97

" dancing one last tango with a dream." - Charles Perry, 9/04/97

Zagat's writes...

It's a trip back to "old Buenos Aires" at this "family-run Argentine steakhouse" on Melrose where "hefty", "savory", midpriced cuts tango with a "vast" South American wine list, not to mention the "absolute must" appetizer of "garlic fries" and the "perfect finishing note" of housemade desserts; most have "no problemo recommending" this "memorable" "diversion from the ordinary", where the "impeccable" service ensures "you and yours feel welcome."

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Brother Max joins Bodega Weinert and begins an intensive education on wine, soon becoming a Certified Sommelier by the Italian Sommelier Association as well as the Court Of Masters Sommelier. His studies continue to grow as do the pages on his award-winning wine list.
Respected local food critics begin to take notice.


You may call us direct to book your reservation (323) 655-0891

Reservations are also available through  

Carlitos Gardel Restaurant
7963 Melrose Ave
Los Angeles, Ca 90046     map

Or feel free to submit your contact info and request below for a prompt response. Note: Please do not email reservation requests. Reservations can only be made by phone or through OpenTable.

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Wine Blog

Carlitos Gardel is recognized for its Fine Dining and secures a position in ZAGAT's, as well as the first-ever Los Angeles Michellin Guide.
Carlitos Gardel maintains its intimate, professional service as the online community of reviewers take notice.

Award Winning Wine List by Sommelier Max Bozoghlian


Through the years, Sommelier Max Bozoghlian has assembled an impressive list of vintage Argentine as well as Italian and French wines. Though the list is always evolving as Max discovers new and exciting wines from Argentina, its key characteristics endure.

A commitment to the authenticity of Argentine terroir, culture and heritage, a dedication to refinement, and a passion for the intricate dance of the flavors of Argentine food and wine.

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Carlitos Gardel is awarded "Best Steakhouse" and "Best Service" in Los Angeles by Citysearch and Opentable.