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Las Vacas Gordas
Posted by Oldschool on 05/26/2015
Last time I was here was close to 12 years ago. Yes before the remodel. It had a friendly atmosphere. This visit .. I was shocked .. almost did not want to sit down.. There was no parking on the east side, parked on the west after verifying I could park there. Most of the items on the menu have no descriptions or pictures. Waiter was very snarky and arrogant, I asked for some descriptions of the plates as I understood before the types of cuts and how they are prepared is not the same as what you would find in Outback. His response" Oh all the food is from the US not Argentina.." . Yeah I know that . Come on dude.. what the heck do you serve here.. Please put a description in the menu.. is that too hard to do?? Apparently they wasted all their money on decor and skimped on the menu. Food service took .. forever .. various servers most of the time they hang out by the grill laughing and goofing off. The women actually serve patrons. The meal we were served was not on the menu . It was basically two Ny strips cut 1.5" tick then butterflied back. I asked the guy for some ribmeat that another patron had and pointed at something totally different.. It took them almost an hour.. and it was luke warm.. this place had 5 or 6 tables .. Come on .. the service sucks so bad.. (Reason is they force an %18 tip and refuse to remove it despite rude service).. They only service bottled water " natural water" or Sparkling water. Most soda's and alcohol.. I'm really let down with this place.. it's just not worth it.. $79 for a steak and $12 for water.. $20 for some vegatables?? Mind you The waiter rail-roads you into what he wants you to order.. ( yes the arrogant must be gay rude guy) Oh Please this place is not worth my anger.. I will let the owner get angry once they realize their staff screwed them over. Honestly an Outback steakhouse and even Ruth crist you get better value for the dollar.. This place is not what it used to be.. When I was leaving .. I had a ( i think) a parking attendant asking me for a tip?? " What where were you when I was trying to back my truck in.. geesh you cry your only paid in tips.. do you even pay taxes?? No?? stop complaining then." His response.. Well welll .. your car does not have any broken windows.. oh I could of let it be towed for $200 ... " Yeah .. I bet that attendant keeps rocks on hand and has a towtruck on speed dial. Adain folks , skip this place not worth it.
Posted by J.M. on 02/02/2015
The steak was overpriced & mostly fat. The management was rude. The wait staff was clueless. It took an hour for appetizers to arrive, & when they did, they were inedible.
Posted by santiago on 01/13/2015
The birthday singing gets charged $10 without telling you. The waitresses get upset if you ask for something. They disappear for hours and have the worst attitude. The service charge of 18% is included; no wonder their attitudes... The prices are ridiculously expensive and the food takes over an hour to come out. Every single thing is charged "a la carte" meaning the steaks do not come with any sides. They charge you for additional plates if you share a steak that's over 1.5lbs because they consider it a "personal" plate. They charge you hotel taxes and $1 supposedly for the mount sinai. We wanted to talk to the manager, who is also a server so he was too busy with his table to help us out. We went there to have a great time for my sister's birthday, but the whole experience was a disaster. I do not recommend it to anybody. The steaks are good, ok... but you can find good steaks in many places.
Posted by Winedoktor on 10/31/2014
Can't understand why owners ruin their restaurants after their success ?. lvg was if not the first argentinian themed steakhouse in miami beach for more than 20 years,went from a small look like state farm next door building to what is today.but after expansion & renovation, prices and qualities been in decline. awesome patrons disappointed, and i'm sure some of them celebrities that just to frequent the place.please, .take back the glory days at las vacas gorda!.create a good wine list that show case el cono sur, argentina,urugay,chile, with qualities wineries.aim to higher standards! After all lvg is a ladmark restaurant, don't let it go downhill.
Posted by Summer Vacation on 07/26/2014
I went to the restaurant over the weekend, having been to Miami before and desiring to taste some authentic cuisine and culture. The menu was heavily saturated with steak only options, although I went during the "brunch" period offered on their website and menu posted on the door. The prices were a little more fine dining than I tend to go for--but the brunch was supposed to be reasonable and have good options. Instead, the waiter informed me that there wasn't a breakfast/brunch menu nor did that time exist during their business hours. No matter what beverage you choose, they will pour a bottle of Evian water (6$) and they automatically add 18% gratuity to a party of two. I understand that meals won't always be cost efficient, but the waiter seemed amused that college kids had come in looking to spend less than 100$ on brunch. I will not be dining at LVG again in regards to their overrated prices, service, and food. I've had better meals at other local restaurants authentic to the given nationalities and kind service. Think twice, if the price and disappointment is worth dropping 40-50 dollars per plate (assuming money is as relevant as quality to a consumer).
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2014
Extremely expensive for the type of restaurant, very informal, no table cloths. I mentioned it was my daughters bday, they told me they would sing happy bday and bring her a plate with just cream and a candle, so, since there was no dessert, according to waitress, we ordered one. Well, they brought yes a dessert good for four, but what was surprising was that under the cream they brought to her with the candle, there was a flan. When we got the bill, we were charged $10.00 for the bday singing and the candle and $16 for the dessert. I refused to pay For the $10. I was very upset. They build up your bill because they also charge beforehand for their 18% tip. Total ripoff. Service was Good food
Posted by rafaela on 07/16/2014
The food was decent, but very overpriced. Customer service was poor; the server did not speak any English, and "assumed" I wanted the more expensive provoleta, without explaining to me it was the more expensive item on the menu. I clearly pointed to the plain provoleta and she brought the other one instead. She accused me of not telling her she brought me the wrong one, and therefore I was supposed to pay for the difference. I spoke to the manager and he still did not adjust the price. There was also a donation of $1 to Mount Sinai Medical center included in the bill, the waitress did not even ask me if I wanted to donate it. It was added without my consent. There was also a 2% resort tax?! added to my bill, and when I asked the manager he proceeded to tell me that " it was just a tax to improve tourism in Miami Beach." Not only he gave me false information, there was no disclosure, either written on verbally of such tax. Resort taxes are to be charged by an establishment such a Hotel of Motel only. Las Vacas Gordas is a restaurant only; it is not a hotel. Needless to say, the manager did not remove the tax from the bill. Conclusion: I am never going back there again.