1251 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.017300 -118.497927
Neighborhoods: West LA, Downtown
3 outta 5 ain't bad – Not a bad spot, but not great. Portions are nice, and service is steady, but every time I come here I get sat at the same table in the center of the restaurant which everyone walks by. Although it is good for a change of pace from the standard latin cuisine.
Good not great South American fare – This is a pretty decent little dinner place on the Promenade. I think it wants to be more upscale than it actually is, but all in all it's a pretty good place with a pretty good showing of Argentian fare, and probably the best steak you will find on the Promenade (although that's not saying much). Still worth a try, and though it stays busy. The service is decent and nothing really to complain about
Worst serves and the food made us sick – The serves sucked! The host, bartender, and waitress were rude, disorganized, and it took forever to get any serves. The food was dry and cold. The worst part my friend and I got sick from the food. I will never go there again.
Worst food ever. Such a waste of money. – This must be the worst food I have ever tasted. I tried 4 different dishes from my plate and 3 of my friends's plates and I must say that each and every dish was terrible. It was an utter waste of money. I asked my steak medium rare and the one I got felt like a worn out tire. It was terrible I couldnt even chew it. I had to take it out in my napkin. My friends took chicken dishes and the grilled chicken was very dry and over grilled. I would never ever go back to this restaurant and waste my money on the so-called Argentinian food. I dont even think it is Argentinian!!
The best place in the Promenade – Good Steaks, good, wine and good service. Really busy all the weekends, but we had a nice time there everytime. Friendly people around. That's the reason that we are going all the time there :-)
Bad service – Go there alone and you'll wait forever for a seat. I tried it on a slow tuesday night, it was supposed to take 10-15 minutes to be seated - after 20 minutes I was still waiting. All the while, groups of 2 people or more (without reservations) went by me and were seated. I consider this highly unpolite although I understand the restaurant can earn more from larger groups.
So much potential...wasted.. – The first time I went, we had a reservation and still had to wait 30 minutes for a table. The manager told me there was nothing he could do -- not even offer us anything in appreciation of our patience, as most classy restaurants routinely practice. The food was okay, typically priced for food on the Promenade.
The second time I went, the waitress told us that they were out of many of the meals on the menu, including the bread, as well as many choices on the beer and wine lists. Although it wasn't a busy night, we didn't see the waitress until the end of the meal.
This is NOT a way to run a business. Argentinian food is amazing, but not here.
this is not real Argentinean food – The food is so bad there I would not ever go back...the service was just as bad. sorry but they need to go to a real Argentinean restaurant and see what it is really all about..
Pretty decent steaks – We usually get steaks when we eat here (rib eyes). They are pretty decent, not great, put good enough I would say. The sides are pretty good here and we usually get calamari which is as good as anywhere. The steaks have a been on the plain side some time so we have seen some inconsistency in their food but it has been very good at times. It won't blow your socks off but don't go in expecting the
What a great server! – What a great dining experience. I have never had service like this before. Ask to sit in Marlins section the next time you go. It was nice to have a server so passionate about food and choosing the right wine to accompany it. He was always making suggestions and letting us sample the beautiful Argentinean wines they had. Everyone had a fabulous evening and raved about the food and service.
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