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All I can say is ""Nasty""

I have been all over the world, sampling some of the finest culinary creations ever made and I cant believe how utterly crappy Lala's Argentine Grill is. The bread was stale, the service, slow and mediocre. The wait staff is lazy and the managers are too busy flirting to give a chit. I ordered the prized ""Lomo"". (dry and tasteless -it tasted like freezer burn) I think the Sirloin burger at Jack in the box would have been better, shheeesh !



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Overcooked but the Soup?

Overcooked but the soup? Almost everything we ordered arrived overcooked, mushy and tasteless with the exception of the soup. The soup (Vegetable Soup) was cold in the middle as if they microwaved it. The pasta (angel hair) was overdone and the plano (flat iron) steak was tough, chewy and salty. Did someone chew my steak and regurgitate it back on the plate ? Yikes, never again!



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Spongebob Stalefish ?

Hey There ! I was really looking forward to eating here. Its been several years. My boyfriend took me there a few days ago. I ordered the Ensalada con Salmon and he the Cabello de Angel. After waiting for what seemed too long, my salmon was overcooked and spongy and the angel hair was very mushy and overcooked as well. Its as if they grilled a stale piece of frozen fish and kept cooking and cooking. The pasta was way too soggy. Was the bus-boy cooking that night? TERRIBLE!



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Chewy Steaks?

Heard good things about this place and their steaks. I tried the Lomo (filet mignon). Probably the most expensive thing on the menu. Tasted OK but texture was overdon, chewy and rubbery. Not sure how an Argentine parilla can mess this one up????? I asked for medium rare and they didnt even offer to redo it. Back to Gaucho Grill for me !



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What's happened to this place ?

Lala’s on Melrose last weekend. I dip my fork into the chimichurri to spread on my bread and out comes half a frikken roach mixed in with whatever’s in that stuff (which normally tastes pretty good). My girl goes ballistic. The server shrugs her shoulder and the manager’s nowhere to be found. What’s happened to this place?



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I cant believe it. I was at LALAs argentine grill with some friends for lunch the other day and there was a hair in my salad. I almost barfed. The waitress was rude and the manager was even worse. Not going back !



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Fast food Argentinean Food Restaurant

Too bad there isn't much reference about what Argentinean Food should be like - in the L.A. Metro area.
Milanesa sandwich with cold -french wannabe bread?
Let that alone...employees moving chairs around in an attempt to send in the message 'we're closing -get out of here- and making lot of noise..a waitress who didn't bother asking 'how's everything' when it came to paying the bill and .
QUILMES...the only good thing enjoyed here.
I wish I had a better impression.



the food is okay but the service really sucks

Used to order weekly but decided not to visit there anymore after many inaccurate orders. Brought it to the attention of the manager and they did very little to make things right. I would recommend Carilots Gardel just west of Fairfax or Cuidad in downtown.



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Milanesa Napolitana!

Lala's is one of my favorite restaurants in LA. Despite being located in the trendy heart of Melrose, Lala's never comes off as being pretentious or snooty. I've had pretty good luck walking right up on a Friday or Saturday night and getting a table relatively quickly. I also adore its patio, which has an outdoor atmosphere, yet has the warmth of a cozy indoor dining room.

Two words - Milanesa Napolitana. This is what I order for my entree every time. It's sort of like a cross between chicken fried steak and chicken parmesan, with a little Argentinian kick of flavor. Yum! I also sometimes order the Provoleta for an appetizer, which is just melted cheese, but it's oh so good. The bread with their oil and herbs is also amazing (I don't even know what they call it, but it's potent and addicting).

I knocked off a star only because I went there once for my birthday and they stuck us indoors in the corner, but other than that one experience, Lala's has been great. Make sure you order some sangria.



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Great place for cheap but good salmon

I love lala's but unfortunately I've only had the salmon and steak with mash/rice and salad. I would recommend this for anyone.

liltam 5


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They have the best olive oil/cilantro bread dip here! And the food was amazing...the chicken and salmon salads were very tasty! And the portions were huge for such a great price!



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Chicken plates

All the chicken plates are good! My favorite is the skinless chicken plate they have...i forget the name but when u see the menu...your know!



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For some reason, the drinks are great here! I always go for happy hour and love it! It's not too crowded...just relaxation.



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Love this place

I have been coming here for about 10 yrs.Love the food ,the service,the patio,the sangria.My favorite meal is not on the menu ,It was once listed as a special,and I have been ordering it ever since ................... The chicken Napolitana Suprema with mashed potatoes.I can only go here once a month.The portions are huge and I would be in grave danger of getting fat. Fantastic salmon dijon also.



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Excellent Meals

Went to LALA's last Thursday with a few friends and had the best time. Service was great and the pesto dip with bread was excellent. Try any garlic chicken dish and you'll be happy. Salds like the Melrose is also a good bet.



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Perfect place for a date or GNO (Girls Night Out)

I love to go to LaLa's. The food is cheap and delish, the service damn decent, and the ambience is perfect for either a date or a GNO (girls night out). The twinkling white Christmas lights intertwined with foliage on the patio lend a romantic mood to an otherwise bland patio. I highly recommend trying the skirt steak, the chorizo sandwich, and the flaky empanadas. Treat yourselves to the homemade Sangria as it absolutely delicious and a perfect complement to the hot Latin flavors. Another nice perk is the quite handsome Latin waiters who love to flirt, though subtly and never rudely. They won't be inappropriate with your wife or girlfriend, but a group of single girls can expect a little extra attention from the male servers. The only downside is the notoriously scant Melrose parking but Lala's fortunately offers a valet service and for L.A., the cost really isn't bad. Oh and some goers might not like that unlike most of L.A., the owners allow smoking on the patio, which forces many non-smokers to sit inside and miss the quiet ambience of the patio. For this reason, I give Lala's 4 stars - five if they ever decide to make the whole restaurant a smoke-free environment.



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Loved it!

We celebrated our friend John's birthday there and we loved it. The atmosphere was great and the food was awesome. The best part was the server that took care of us. He was hot! ; ) Yum! No seriously it was a really great experience, since for some of us , it was the first time there. I strongly recommend the homemade Sangria and the skirt steak. Simply delicious. Only drawback was the patio. It sometimes gets too cluttered with smoke, since it is fully covered.
I still strongly recommend it.



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I can't go back here.

I used to love coming to Lala's because the food is pretty good and reasonable. One of my favorite things about this place is their dipping sauce for the bread with the bits of garlic in it...YUM. However, the last time I went I saw the man making the sauce dip his finger in it, lick it and then dipped it back in the sauce to try it again! Yuck! Have you ever heard of a spoon? Cmon!



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One of the best in cheap eats and big portions!!!

You can get a steak for under 20.00! Mouth watering and delish! Take a date, have some sangria and enjoy a tab of less than 35.00! In L.A.??? I don't think so! Anyone who thinks the food here is awful never trust them with anything! The service is cool, the people are nice the chimchirri sauce is awesome and the beef...oh so tasty! Reservations not needed or accepted unless you have a large party and they will get you seated pretty fast for a popular spot. 5+stars for this place. Definitely good for that movie and dinner type date. Salud!


Phone: (323) 934-6838

Address: 7229 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046


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General Info
Argentina is known for its delicious beef and amazing wine. Here at LALA'S, we specialize in brining you a part of that tradition at an affordable price. Whether you're a vegetarian or a meat lover, you'll find something in our menu to accommodate your needs.Argentina is known for its delicious beef and amazing wine. Here at LALA'S, we specialize in brining you a part of that tradition at an affordable price. Whether you're a vegetarian or a meat lover, you'll find something in our menu to accommodate your needs.
Extra Phones

Phone: (323) 934-6836

Phone: (323) 413-2004

Fax: (323) 934-6836

Payment method
all major credit cards
Price Range
Central LA, Mid-City West
Other Information

Parking: Street, Valet

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, Latin American, Steakhouse

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

Good For Groups: Yes

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