Los Parrilleros, an Argetinian Steakhouse in Doral by Ray Raposo

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On a recent Saturday night ten good friends met to enjoy the food and music at Los Parilleros restaurant in Doral. The authentic Argentinian-Uruguayan steakhouse with a big Italian influence, opened more than 16 years ago. Several friends in our party are regular patrons and have enjoyed eating here for years. That should tell you that the food is excellent as is the whole dining experience. 

Friends Gisela, Daisy, Peg and Violet, sitting at the bar waiting to be seated.
The restaurant is located at the end of a small strip mall right on NW 41st Street, just west of 107th Avenue on the west end of Doral. The warm Italian themed decor features many large and small black and white photographs on the walls. Both round and square tables are covered by crisp white linens. While it’s not a really large space it’s by no means as small in size as other neighborhood restaurants we have visited.
Our party of ten at our table: Alina, Gisela, Daisy, Alex, Ray, Jack, Carlos, Peg, Violet and Susanita.

Los Parilleros is open for Lunch and Dinner with extensive Menus for both. They have a bar area to the right of the front entrance, so almost any drink is available as well as wines. We waited for the rest of our party to arrive before sitting at our long table set-up to accommodate our large party in a pretty full restaurant. 

On weekend nights there’s a talented musician who plays the piano and guitar while he sings, located to the left of the entrance. Part of the kitchen is open to the restaurant and there’s a refrigerated glass display of many of the cuts of beef right in front of that kitchen opening.

To start with there are extensive Appetizers choices offered with an italian influence. They offer Fried Calamari, Sausage, Grilled Octopus, Mussels Marinara or in white sauce, Shrimp Scampi, Tostones Rellenos with Shrimp and Scallops. We all shared tasting several Appetizers. As it very rarely happens, our group orders ten different main dishes. We again shared tasting ours with each other. We were also served warm bread and butter as well as glasses of cold water that were often re-filled.

They offer Soups like Pasta Fagioli, a Seafood Soup and a different Soup of the Day. The soup of the day I had was quite tasty. Several Salads are on the Menu, including Caprese (tomato & mozzarella), and classics like Caesar, Mixed and Grilled with meat. 

There are several Pastas choices including a generous Ravioli, both Ricotta & Spinach, and Negro with Crab and Lobster Cream. There’s the Linguini Frutti di Mare with Mussels, Clams, Calamari and Shrimp. Fettuccine Alfredo as well as Cannelloni au Gratin with Chicken and Spinach. Several tasty Risotto dishes, with Mushrooms, with Shrimp & Scallops and a Frutti di Mare are also on the menu.

Of course there’s the main event, the Grilled Meats. Some of the choices include Filet Mignon, NY Steak, Skirt Steak, Bone-in Ribeye, Rack of Lamb, Veal Chop, and a Mixed Grill Parrillada with several cuts of beef. They also offer Chicken dishes as in a Boneless Grilled Chicken, Chicken Portobello, Chicken Marsala, Francese, Parmigiano, or Milanese. They also serve fresh Fish dishes from Salmon Aragosta with Shrimp and Lobster sauce; Chilean Seabass and Corvina a La Basca. Also a delicious Snapper Francese, which I had and it was incredible. Not to be left out they also serve Veal Francese, Veal Scallopini Tri Funghi and a Veal Saltimboca. There are a few Side Orders available like Sauteed Mushrooms; Provencal Potato and Mashed Potatoes, or Fries. Meat dishes do come with a helping of your choice of potato or vegetables and a small salad. The mashed potatoes that came with my dinner were absolutely perfect.
There are just a few Desserts, they include Crepes with Caramel and Brandy topped with vanilla Ice Cream, Homemade Napoleon and Tiramisu, and a delicious one called Chaja which is a Rolled Cake with Caramel, peaches and a crunchy meringue, it’s a typical Uruguayan treat.
 
While not expensive, prices at Los Parrilleros range from the high teens to mid twenties for some of the chicken and pasta dishes, to mid twenties for fish dishes, to the thirties and forties for some of the beef dishes. The dishes are quite large, several people had to take some home. And it certainly is not as pricy as some other steak houses in Coral Gables or Miami Beach. The staff was friendly and attentive, specially considering the size of our large group. The entertainer most accommodating, letting us join him on several songs. I have read a couple reviews of some customers who complain about service and I guess occasionally a demanding patron won’t be pleased, but it really always surprises me. I think it’s more a singular rare event than the usual good service.
The ladies singing along with the house entertainer 
Towards the end of our evening several of the ladies went up and accompanied him singing a few songs, as well as dancing around the tables. We had a birthday in our group, so happy birthday was sung in different languages while a candle lit dessert was presented to her. Those that are regulars mentioned that on Thursdays they have Tango Night which is lots of fun. 
Alex and writer Ray examining the extensive menu
Peg and Violet enjoying some wine
Jack and Carlos, frequent guest along with their wives, await the meal
One storefront over to the west-side, they have Los Parrilleros Tavern, which will be operating soon. The Menu will offer similar dishes at slightly more affordable prices. That sister establishment, which features a much larger bar, connects to the restaurant via a corridor at the back of both establishments that will also feature a small room for private parties.
Los Parrilleros is located at 10775 NW 41Street, Doral. You can call for reservations at 305-597-0019. They are open Monday to Sunday from 11 am to 11 pm. Check out their website at: http://www.losparrillerosdoral.com/

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