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Jan 6, 2009 02:40 PM

The 2008 NOT List: 647 Dinner Club, Buenos Aires

647 Dinner Club is a marketing genius. They have more ppl writing shills on this blog praising their restaurant than any other. They pay for fancy ads in travel books and even paid someone from Conde Naste to put them on the Hot Tables of 2008 list.
Do not waste your time and money on this tragic disappointment.
After reading so many great reviews, I was excited to experience this place for myself but all I ended up with was an empty stomach and rage.
Play by play:
We are in a cab, riding through a bad neighborhood. Many "i wouldn't want to meet him in a dark alley" types with no shirts hanging outside, garbage everywhere, seedy x3. We pulled up to the restaurant... what? The ad said this was a scenic neighborhood. The cab driver informs us that we shouldn't be walking around this neighborhood. Thanks buddy!

We enter the restaurant. 10:20 PM. No one is there. Granted its a Tues, but if a restaurant is so popular one would expect some ppl. Very dark and looks used. Decor and tables are tired.
Smells of heavy musty scent, like there is a perpetual leak. Everyone who is there (10 ppl at most) are all tourists speaking English.

Unfortunately we stay bc I like to give the place the benefit of the doubt.

Later I discover there is a waterfall/large leak in the bathroom causing the odor. Plus the bathroom smells like a stable.

Ok now to the food... Wine was good (hard to really mess that up). Bread and Butter: butter smells strong, like cheese. woof. First Course: Salad... the tomatoes were about 1 hr from officially being rotten. And this is city where fresh produce is readily available. Main course: Lamb... what can I say...over done...tastes old - theme here. Dessert: getting the check as soon as possible.

So the recap is DO NOT GO there. The atmosphere and food are ROTTEN.

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  1. I wasn't sure to skip the place in my Feb trip.
    Now I am.

    P.S.: it'll be fun to watch the upcoming shill campaign right below this post.

    4 Replies
    1. re: RicRios

      You are so wrong! I on;y wish I had read this post before I and 10 friends went to 647 for New Years Eve. $200 a person !! no entertainment and a mediocre meal that embarrassed me profoundly because I was the one who picked it out for the group.There are many lovely restaurantsin BA and I travel there a lot and love it. Don't waste your time here.

      1. re: pammi

        Hey, I'm confused.
        I'm wrong in skipping it?
        Should I go now?

        1. re: RicRios

          pammi, I think you meant "you are so right"!

          1. re: ciclista

            what I meant was -you are so wrong if you think someone is going to say "Club 647 is great". I'll be plain- don't go there. I had a bad experience. Don't believe all the praise that has been heaped on this place.That praise is uncalled for.

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      1. Agreed. You can see the response I got when my friends and I, who went in November, said the same thing:

        1. Agreed. I went based on all the positive reviews and was sorely disappointed. Service was bad, food presentation was disastrous and only tasted ok.
          I got flak for not ordering the beef which everyone raved about but seriously, shouldn't a restaurant be more than a one hit wonder?!?!
          My comments were posted to Applesister's thread.

          1. We ate in lots of good places in BA and 647 was one of them. I think maybe the hype around the place created some really high expectations. I liked the whole vibe of the place, hidden and away from the crowd, its certainly different from the normal restaurants in BA. At least for us we had a good experience there.