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El Palenque

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Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo, Uruguay
02/917-0190, 02/915-4704
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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 245
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  • 62
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good service. Avg. Food

The service was very friendly, there was a long delay from the ordering to the serving time. We didn't expect to have to wait so long in such a place. Visited twice in Mercado del Puerto.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Montevideo, Uruguay
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I ate here once and tried to eat here a second time. The owners produced a rather spectacular coffee table book about this restaurant with numerous accolades and pages devoted to each of its many suppliers. The first time I ate there I chose fish. The waiter pressed me on an accompanying 'salsa' (I selected black butter with capers) and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

If you're in the neighbourhood, with little time to explore outside the old city this is a perfectly fine place to eat. You're going to pay tourism prices, and its at a landmark location (ex marketplace now wholly an eating and tourism outlet experience). The parilla is fine, the wine and beer list is fine, you get good attentive service... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The service was very friendly, there was a long delay from the ordering to the serving time. We didn't expect to have to wait so long in such a place. Visited twice in Mercado del Puerto.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

If visiting Montevideo you must stop by el Mercado del Puerto - when here sit at El Palenque for lunch. Don't forget to leave some space for the Panqueque de Manzana!

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Very good food. The octopussy is marvellous. The meat too. It is a tipical place to have lunch during the week, and you could have a lot of fun on .saturdays. It is noisy and crowded, but you would enjoy it. You could go with kits but take care of them.

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

If you arrive to MVD, you need go to Mercado del Puerto, is the old market at the old financial city, El palenque is one of the most famous BBQ at Uruguay. Very good. Not cheap but very good.

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

We booked a hotel nearby and had no idea where to eat that night. The hotel bellman walked us to this gem which is actually owned by the same owner as the hotel. E; Palenque is located in the old market by the harbor. A beautiful 1920 architectural secret. The restaurant has a great patio and a counter inside the... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

went back to this restaurant today, and made a mistake to order paella instead of their wonderful Parilla beef. I guess it is a good idea to stick with beef in a place which is famous for beef. The paella was so so. The beer was flat. when i complained the water shook the bottle with his thumb over the... More 

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

An excellent place to have a good uruguayan barbecue. But it's a very expensive experience. Watch the steaks being prepared in front of you is very interesting, the chorizo is definitely worth it!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

One of Montevideo's premier attractions - a must do if you are to experience Montevideo on a Saturday afternoon. But be careful!! It is one of Montevideo's better tourist traps, and as such one needs to be very careful. The service staff are excellent - no criticism. The food, generally good, but be careful with the kitchen. We recently ate... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo>  > Ciudad Vieja
  • Neighborhood: Ciudad Vieja
  • Phone Number: 02/917-0190, 02/915-4704

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 6 - 13
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Pizza, Barbecue, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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