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El Tonel

Calle 30 entre calle 20 y Av. Gorlero, Punta del Este, Uruguay
+598 42 448934
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Ranked #54 of 152 restaurants in Punta del Este
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $12 - $40
Cuisines: Seafood, Steakhouse, Pasta
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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English first
Santos - Brazil
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

El tonel is a big restaurant located at one of the most important street of Punta Del Leste. The salon is very busy, because almost tours stop there at the lunch time, but in spite of this, the waiters are polite and helpful. While waiting for the excellent barbecue, try the little loaves baked in the restaurant itself. They are... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

We loved this restaurant. If you love beef, this is the best Argentinian style BBQ, even better than some we had in Buenos Aires. Everything is grilled at the moment you order so it's always fresh. Prices are also better than some of the more trendy restaurants where food is not even as good.

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Pelotas, RS
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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

A good restaurant with a wonderful view of the pier, staff nice and happy atmosphere very good price. Try a lamb french rack with a sweet sauce.

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London
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

We visited El Tonel, which is opened the whole day long and this was great for kids! The food is simple but tasty, the service is very good and the price is quite reasonable. We were so impressed by it that we decided to try its sister restaurant: "El Tonel del Puerto". This was quite a find! The menu is... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Came here from Buenos Aires and tried the best parilla restaurant there. This restaurant is Much better! ( and for less money ). Stongly recomend!!!!

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013 via mobile

We had a beautiful Parrilla for three. The meet was tender, juicy and tasty. The staff was very kind which makes this place value for money. Highly recommended!

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Porto Alegre, Brazil
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Great service, attentive staff, they don't let you waiting long as other restaurants in Uruguay do. The food is really good, it is a typical uruguayan restaurant that will not disappoint you. We went there several times during our stay in Punta because of the quality of the service, the food and the reasonable prices. Plates with meat are sufficient... More

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Newport Beach, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

We ordered a beet salad and calamari, they gave us shrimps. We felt bad so we kept it, huge mistake. It tasted dried out, we didn't even finish it. The waiter was nice and apologized but he charged us $39. U.S. for 12 dry shrimps. Never saw the beet salad. Then we both ordered pasta, thinking that was a safe... More

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Pasadena, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

We were in Punta del Este for a week in early February. We happened upon El Tonel when out for a walk! We had the best food for the most reasonable cost of all the places in which we dined that week. Fish and beef were carefully prepared and delicious. The staff was more than helpful with my wife's celiac... More

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Montreal, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

So far we've eaten at El Tonel twice and both times we found the service and food very good. Punta del Este is a tourist town and at this time of the year things are just gearing up - restaurants, shops, etc. so there isn't so much choice. We've eaten at other places and found the food and dining experience... More

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