5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

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  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Duration:  3 hours (approx.)
After a day of sightseeing in Buenos Aires, end your evening on a high note at a local closed-door restaurant, an exclusive dining trend that's all the rage in Buenos Aires. Argentina is known for its beef, of course, and you can find out why during this 5-course steak dinner at a private loft in the popular Palermo Soho district. This authentic Argentine meal is prepared on the grill by Chef Luis, a native Argentine with more than 30 years of experience. Known as an ‘asado,’ this ritual of eating a barbecued meal with a group of friends (or fellow travelers) is a piece of Argentine culture that you don’t want to miss. Wine pairings are included!

Highlights

  • 5-course steak dinner in a modern loft in Palermo Soho
  • Take part in Buenos Aires' closed-door restaurant craze
  • Discover the tradition of asado, part of Argentina's culture that many visitors miss
  • Feast on a 12-ounce steak, plus traditional starters and side dishes like cheese and grilled chorizo
  • Watch the chef in action and ask questions about technique as you stand by the grill
  • Boutique Argentine wines paired with each course
  • This small-group dinner is limited to 20 people, providing an intimate experience in a private location

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What You Can Expect

Closed-Door Restaurant in Buenos Aires: Dining Experience at Steaks by Luis

Private Closed-Door Dining Experience

Buenos Aires' closed-door restaurants, or puertas cerradas, offer you a truly insider look at the city's exciting dining scene. Some of the best chefs in the city, including Chef Luis, are working behind these closed doors, providing a desirable and unforgettable dinner experience for locals and visitors alike.

When you arrive at the private loft in Palermo Soho — one of Buenos Aires' most popular barrios, known for its trendy restaurants and bars — meet your hostess, who will show you to your seat. The intimate, private setting of the contemporary loft is perfect for your asado experience, during which you’ll learn about the ingredients, techniques and rituals that go into this sacred Argentine tradition of eating barbecued meat, drinking wine and socializing with a small group of good friends (or in your case, other travelers who may become good friends before the night is over!).

Before the first course is served, head over to the loft’s parilla (grill), where you can see the grilling in action and ask your host any questions you have about asado cooking techniques. Or, walk over to the loft's floor-to-ceiling windows or step out onto the deck to admire views of the city.

Your 5-course dinner starts with a traditional picada (meat and cheese platter) followed by an ensalada mixta (mixed salad). Then enjoy a third course of grilled starters called achuras, a very authentic part of the asado experience that consists of chorizo and other meats. Finally, dig into the main event, your 12-ounce (350-gram) Argentine steak, grilled to perfection and accompanied by a side of garlic mashed potatoes. A mouthwatering dessert will end your unforgettable dining experience.

Menu (each course is paired with Argentine wine):
  • 1st course: Traditional Argentine picada (salamis, cheese and bread)
  • 2nd course: Contemporary mixed salad
  • 3rd course: Argentine grilled starters (cheese, chorizo, sausage, blood sausage, pork flank steak and sweetbread)
  • 4th course: 12-oz (350-gram) steak served right off the grill and accompanied by a side of garlic mashed potatoes and mixed salad; you may choose your grilling preference — rare, medium rare or medium
  • 5th course: Dessert (varies by day)
  • Wines change daily; possible wineries include Mevi, Carinae, Richardi Fazio Menegazzo and Familio Blanco

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

As far as food Tours go this one was exceptional it helped that it was in one of the best beef regions in Buenos Aires.
The ambience was like a dinner party with new friends and hosted by staff striving to please, the wine selection meticolously chosen and the food perfectly done! Kudos all around!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

We had a wonderful experience meeting people from around the world, learning about the food and wine, and getting to know Luis and his amazing team. Everything was delicious and we had so much fun!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

You will never find this place.! Take a taxi. This a New York type of event.A steel door entry with a buzzer you must ring,a voice will ask you who you are, the buzzer will let you enter and someone will greet you.Walk up forty (14) steps and be WOWED...! A beautiful,magnificent restaurant with a vast wine selection and the best steaks you will ever taste.!! A truly WONDERFUL dinning experience.! DO IT...!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

This dinner was enormously fun! The other guests were fascinating, and the food and wine were outstanding. Other reviewers complained that there was too little food on offer -- but on the night I was there we could not begin to eat everything that was offered. I would absolutely recommend this, and attend again.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The restaurant address led us to a dark street corner with no signage. Pressing a door bell got a delayed response. Once admitted, climbing 2 flights of stairs led to a surprise. The decor and ambience was unexpectedly delightful. The chef, Luis, and staff were attentive. Of course, the meal was great for the meat lovers. Pairing with the wine they selected was another enjoyable experience. Meeting 15+ other guests made the dinner conversation refreshing. Great way to spend an evening in Buenos Aires.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The chef should quit his Day Job and work as a chef full time! This was the best Sweetbreads of my life, and one of the best steaks. The wine was also excellent!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Absolutely fantastic evening! Fantastic food and excellent company. Hosts were fabulous.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

The meal was outstanding and met some very interesting couples from Canada, Brazil and Columbia.

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

We had read about the puerta cerrada restaurants in Buenos Aires and hoped to get to one. With only two nights in the city, this was a challenge because most are open only Thurs-Sat and we were in town on Mon and Tues. Thank goodness for Viator and Steaks by Luis, which was open on a Tuesday evening. The booking process was smooth and easy, with follow-up emails giving address and time information and frequent reminders. A plus of booking with Viator is that you have already paid in advance and do not have to worry about bringing cash with you to the dinner. We were the first of 11 people to arrive and were greated with sparkling wine and some appetizers. The second-floor location has large windows for nice views. The sommelier explained all the wine pairings and we were able to choose the temperature for our meat. The tables were set up in a u-shape and the courses began, exactly as described by Viator. The atmosphere was relaxed and fun; we enjoyed talking to and meeting other travelers. The food was very good but not outstanding. However, I would recommend it as a unique and typically Buenos Aires experience. FYI--a cab from our hotel in the Centro neighborhood to Steaks by Luis was about 70 pesos, and same for the return (they are happy to call you a cab at the end of the evening). A nice neighborhood but you are ringing the doorbell of a private residence so may think you are in the wrong place.

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