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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
4.0
3.0
$65
Argentine
Upmarket restaurant

Hours
Mon–Thu 5:00pm–10:30pm
Fri–Sun 5:00pm–midnight

Features Good wines, live music
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC, AmEx
Reservations Accepted

Website

Belltown
220 Virginia St.
Seattle, WA
(206) 441-7076
Buenos Aires Grill
A disservice to Argentine food—and dis-service at the table, too

Buenos Aires Grill makes you a tourist in your own town—and not because you feel whisked away to the magical land of tango and parrilla. It’s because when you leave, puzzling at your bill, and at the poorly mixed Negroni fighting in your stomach with the oily fondue blob that passes for “provoleta,” you’ll feel like an utter chump.

The space is nice enough, with a low-key steakhouse vibe, but it is stripped of all dignity by the service, which is some of the most unapologetically inept we’ve encountered in Seattle. On weekends when tango performances bring in more patrons you’ll be rushed for the purposes of turnover; on weekdays, your empty plates will keep you company throughout dinner. It’s fortunate that the drinks are unpalatable, because getting a timely refill in either scenario is unlikely. The wine list is focused on Argentina and Chile to match the foods, and the reds are especially apropriate to the menu.

All of this said, the steaks aren’t terrible. If you really want to watch people tango, you could order a cheaper cut like the butterflied beef tenderloin and not be too terribly disappointed—the chimichurri is a little one-note (yay, garlic!) but fine. But seriously, dudes, butterflied tenderloin? In any case, don’t splash out, don’t order seafood or appetizers, and stick to wine or water.

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