Pampas Steakhouse combines authentic Argentinian cuisine with modern flair in Johns Creek.
By Alicia Carter | Photos by Paul Perdue
In the heart of Johns Creek, Pampas Steakhouse stands as a culinary gem that marries the richness of Argentinian tradition with the sophistication of fine dining. Established in 2002, Pampas is a cherished part of the Norsan Restaurant Group, a family-owned enterprise renowned for its diverse culinary concepts across Georgia and North Carolina, including Frontera Mexican Kitchen, Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano, La Capital, Frankie’s The Steakhouse, and H&W Steakhouse.
The journey to bring an authentic Argentine culinary experience to Georgia involved numerous trips to Argentina, immersing the culinary team in the country’s unique flavors and traditions. Pampas was deeply inspired by the rich traditions of Monterrey, Mexico’s famed Argentinian spot El Gaucho, and prides itself on its Argentine-style steaks.
Pampas’ elevated food offerings and upscale dining experience are complemented by the restaurant’s charming wood-paneled Argentine-themed dining room. The romantic and cozy space is accentuated by hand-spun fabrics, native timber, and grand chandeliers. Crystal wine cellars not only showcase the vino-centric culture but also create an intimate and personal atmosphere.
Authentic Argentinian Cuisine
The culinary team at Pampas is led by Corporate Executive Chef Thomas Minchella. With roots in New Jersey and top-notch training at the Culinary Institute of America in New York City, Chef Minchella’s creative prowess is the driving force behind Pampas’ innovative flavors. The team working alongside Minchella includes Corporate Chef Luis Ramirez, Executive Chef Javier Pineda, and Sous Chef Rodolfo Ramón, forming a South American collective of talents with decades of combined experience.
Pampas Argentine-style steaks are the true standout on the menu and are expertly grilled “a la parrilla” over oak wood and hot coals. The signature approach, enhanced by the use of Josper grills, infuses their award- winning steaks with a distinct flavor that captivates discerning palates.
In addition to its steaks, Pampas’ menu boasts an array of other culinary delights, including empanadas stuffed with the likes of beef tenderloin, ham and cheese, chicken, and corn and cheese; the imperial seafood tower, featuring a half-pound of Maine lobster, shrimp cocktail, oysters, colossal cab meat, and ceviche; and the highly shareable Pampas Tower, which consists of grilled provolone, house pork sausage, empanada, and sweetbread. Other noteworthy recommendations include the “Mixed Grill,” featuring a variety of grill cuts meant for sharing, and sides such as creamed corn, Brussel sprouts, and the best-selling lobster macaroni and cheese.
The bar program at Pampas is a testament to craftsmanship, offering creations with seasonal flair and remastered classic drinks. A standout is the Firecracker, a mezcal-based house special that balances habanero syrup and lemon juice over a spicy pomegranate- citrus base.
Private Dining and Beyond
Pampas offers five private and semi-private dining rooms, accommodating gatherings from 15 to 120 guests. Each space is uniquely designed, with options including dining beside wine cellars or in a unique space with a private entrance, kitchen, and meeting facilities.
Beyond its culinary offerings, Pampas also looks to create an experience for diners. From live music on Wednesdays through Saturdays to Wednesday wine specials and Friday night’s bar bites and classic drinks, Pampas is more than a restaurant, it’s a vibrant hub that inspires traditional Argentinian excellence with modern flair. Every occasion, whether an intimate dinner or a grand celebration, becomes extraordinary at Pampas.
Pampas is located at 10970 State Bridge Road in Johns Creek The restaurant is open Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 5-10 p.m. For more information call 678-339- 0029 or visit PampasSteakhouse.com.