Cabaña Las Lilas

Puerto Madero . Buenos Aires

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Overall Rating

  • Ambience 80%
  • Service 80%
  • Food (Execution) 80%
  • Creativity 60%
  • Value 40%

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Restaurant Details
Cabaña Las Lilas

Locale: Puerto Madero
Address: Av Alicia Moreau de Justo 516

Telephone: +54 11 4313-1336
Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Cuisine: Grilled Steaks
Price: $$$$$
Hours: Mon-Sun 12 pm to 12 am[/types] [/types] [/types]

Summary of Review
The gold standard for Argentine steakhouses. If money is no object, opt for the Wagyu. Otherwise look at more reasonably priced alternatives like nearby Le Grill.

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Trapiche Alaris Dulce Consecha

Restaurant Review for Cabaña Las Lilas

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Rating: 3.4 stars
Review Date:
09/28/2015

It works every time. Do a blind taste test with one of your friends that buys those expensive vodkas with a jigger to jigger comparison of a some cheap to average vodka (maybe something with a name like Molotov so that you could mix up a Molotov cocktail with it … ) versus a jigger of Absolut or SKY.

10 to 1 your buddy that buys the expensive brand won’t be able to tell the difference. That moron is just buying the label.

Well I’m sort of thinking the same holds true for everyone eating steaks at Cabaña Las Lilas in Puerto Madero.

Okay. I get it. The place has a history. It’s perhaps the world’s most celebrated steakhouse, being mentioned in the same sentence with brethren like Morton’s in Chicago, Fogo de Chão in Sao Paulo or Delmonico’s in New York.

And I have to admit it. When I pucker up and splurge on a steak at CLL, sitting out on that terrace feels good. It’s a very special feeling. A huge army of waiters and cooks scampering about to make your experience memorable. Nothing left to chance from the little tags they stick in the steaks to the logo on the plates. It’s very clear. You’re dining at Cabaña Las Lilas.

But at US$35 for a rib-eye steak that you can get at La Cabrera for about $8 at lunch is this dog and pony show really worth it? Thinking about ordering a Kobe steak? That will run you about US $100. All this in city with arguably the least expensive restaurants in Latin America. I’m just not sure it all adds up.

Yes. The appetizer plate was unique and special. And the steak was cooked perfectly. But honestly I couldn’t distinguish between the taste of this one and one I had tasted a few nights earlier at El Trapiche. And in my opinion it fell short of the luscious trendy steak I had at Ox in Santiago, Chile a few months ago. Great Caesar’s Ghost … they aren’t even dry aged. If you’re going to charge me this kind of price you could at least corn feed the cattle for a couple of weeks.

I suppose if you’re a tourist and want to experience the great Cabaña Las Lilas, you’re entitled. But if you’re just out looking for a great steak … you can find one a block away for a third of the price at Le Grill in arguably a nicer ambiance. I’ll meet you there and we’ll have enough pesos left over for a Gran Marnier after dinner.

As good of a restaurant as Cabaña Las Lilas is … our overall rating takes value into account. And for that reason, there is no way in the world this restaurant can win our Steakhouse face-off … Not with a Value score of 40%.

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