An original alternative within the scope of barbecue-style restaurants. This is a top quality steak house, impeccable in every sense. Located in the ... More
Cabaña Las Lilas
An original alternative within the scope of barbecue-style restaurants. This is a top quality steak house, impeccable in every sense. Located in the modern complex of Puerto Madero (a recent dock-side development), it has a cutting edge, end of the 20th century style. The clientele often comprises an elegant and relaxed crowd. Specialising in offal and grilled sweetbreads, this restaurant is the favoured choice for tourists and Argentineans living abroad, who come back dreaming of a characteristic Argentine barbecue. Recommendations are barbecued pork ribs with potatoes au gratin; isla flotante (exotic dessert) and tiramisu. The decoration is a plain country style. The excellent fillet steaks are proof of the high quality meat they are known for, having bred their own cattle for more than 70 years. The house wine is priced at ARA10.
I heard this place was great. my steak was 60% fat and grizzel. The rest of it could not be cut or chewed. Worst thing is that I ordered the most expensive steak they had. I complained right away and asked for my bill. The few bites I had were tough. I will not go there again. If you like pigens flying you than this may be the place for you.
This place is more overrated than Notre Dame football. While I admit the food is good, it is way overpriced for what you get compared to other steakhouses in BA. Went here last week and spent over $400 pesos for 2 people. Ambiance is pretty cool but only go here if you want to tell your friends you went here.
This place is supposedly one of the best steak houeses of Buenos Aires, and the best one of trendy Puerto Madero... or so it used to be. All the tourist guides and review sites recommended this place, and it seems it was good arround 2005... but now it can't keep up to it fame.
Siga La Vaca is a cheaper, *all you can eat* and not really trendy place, and the meat (wich is not cooked spcially for you) even tastes better!
Cabana Las Lilas tries to grab your money and run, they charge arround 25 to 30 pesos only for the dishes and they give you appetizers and bread even before bringind the men that you later discover that were going to be charged arround 30 or 40 pesos.
Avoid this place, go to any other mediocre parila where you'll expend three times less money and have the same food and more fun. This is ovbiously a tourist trap set up conveniently near to the expensive hotels.
Very expensive for Buenos Aires. The food was good as was the service. Ambience is also good as you sit next to the water. They bring appetisers which you think are free but are charged for at the end. I would not go back there, the place is a tourist trap, there are much better places for less money,
more typical of BA. Don't go.
Very simple. Food mediocre (believe the hype at your risk -- I've had better steaks at Sizzler). Service almost non-existent. Food is dumped on your table and your server is gone. Reservations are not kept. The tables are not adequately large. Prices are very high (the cover is now 10 dollars per person (for our party of 5, that was 50 bucks that alone would have paid for an entire meal elsewhere) -- and speaking of elsewhere, we would have been much better off there.
We've previously eaten at Las Lilas and enjoyed it. Success, however, has given the restaurant owner the opportunity to coast. This is now a place to avoid unless you are prepared for indifferent-to-bad service and cheap tricks that cost a lot. We would now label it a tourist trap.
The first and most offensive trick pulled on us tonight was to be shown to our table and then immediately have an anti-pasto plate placed in front of us. It's not until the menu is delivered (and you've already started eating what are VERY average, not-high- quality items on the tray) that you find out from the fine print on the menu that the entire tray was "optional" and they are going to charge you 19.50 pesos (about $6US) per person for the non-ordered non-good appetizers. You can get a decent meal elsewhere in BA for the price of their cover charge.
When we asked for the plate to be removed and removed from our bill (remember the 'optional' part?) we were then studiously ignored by the waitress assigned to our table.
Second, unless you speak Spanish this is going to be a place where communication is going to be difficult. They have very few English-speaking employees. Very. Few.
The steaks looked good, from a distance. After having the evening ruined by the attitude of the server and the rip-off, we left.
The original draw of Las Lilas was the very good food at bargain prices and the place had a happy buzz to it--a spirit of cameraderie. They've fixed part of that equation to the point where if you live in the USA and go to any very good steak house (US$8 baked potatoes anyone?) you will get treated a lot better and probably get food just as good for no more money. The $8US baked potato and the $25 steaks and the $10 salads add up pretty quickly to "no bargain anymore." This is a VERY expensive place in comparison to other alternatives available.
Cabana las Lilas has become a parody of a formerly good restaurant that decided to rip-off its customers and laugh all the way to the bank while everyone "remembers" the glowing reviews and thinks nothing has changed. Forget it and go elsewhere. There is good beef all over Buenos Aires. People come here because it's supposed to be good and a good value. It used to be. It's not anymore.
We booked a table at Cabana Las Lilas last Saturday evening 6/10/07, when I arrived they could not locate my booking so gave us a table in the smoking area outside at the side. It was freezing and the standard of service was bored and boring.
We were presented with the menus and asked for 2 gin and tonics, the table was immediately swamped with bread, starter snacks water etc. We had no where to even put down the menus, let alone take in the atmosphere and the when the wine list arrived it’s a bible and a bit silly if you don’t have time to read it.
We ordered rare steaks and a good wine
The gin and tonics arrived with the wine and we insisted that the wine be left and so it was - no one served the wine at all or asked us to even taste it.
The main course arrived before we were finished our drinks or the starters. The meat was passable but not a patch on what we had in other places, cooked medium rare the mushrooms the Provencal chips were cold. I asked for mustard twice which arrived when I had finished my steak.
No one ever came to ask if we were happy or made us feel in any way welcome. We had deserts and left. What a disappointing night after 20 days in Argentina this was our final treat to visit the famous Cabana Las Lilas.
For the money I feel they have traded too long on their reputation and failed to meet the basic standards of food or service, which a restaurant of this calibre should achieve. I am so disappointed and sad that a once great name has become a conveyor belt experience more of a tourist attraction than a quality eating establishment
Shame on you Cabana Las Lilas – I won’t be recommending you to anyone! Far from it! – wake up or close down!
This was the most expensive meal we had in Argentina and was the most memorable but not for good reasons
We recently ate in Cabana Las Lilas, and while I have to agree that the steak was mouth-watering the wines, spectacular, I have to say that we found the service to be seriously lacking. We had to ask for a wine list, we had to ask for a menu and we had to practically had to flag down the waiter to get order. And we had to ask to have dished removed so they could bring our meals, and in the end, we had to ask to have empty plates removed. Perhaps this was an unusual evening, but after we had reserved long in advance and had anticipated a great evening, I have to say that we were very disappointed.
Maureen and Rick
We did not make reservations and understood that we would have to wait awhile. We were in no hurry so we simply had drinks at the bar while waiting for our table. The drinks were good ... and I wish now that we had not waited for a table. We both ordered the baby beef thinking it might be veal ... wrong. The steak was way overcooked and certainly the words tender never came to my mind. If you like "chew" this is the place to go. Everything in this restaurant is a separte charge. An appetizer tray is placed on your table without asking and charged to your bill per person. In fact, there is a charge for sitting at the table. (I know some of you are thinking that I am crazy but it is the truth.) Veggies are also a separate charge (nothing comes with your steak) and we ordered the souffle potatoes as one of the sides. Those had been sitting someplace as they arrived luke warm at best. We requested catsup ... twice. I hate to give this restaurant any credit but the mushroom side was absolutely out of this world. This was our most expensive meal in Buenos Aires and the only one in which we were unhappy. So many wonderful restaurants and we ended up in this tourist trap.
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