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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 - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 493
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  • 212
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  • 55
    Poor
  • 41
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A must - must do, must not do

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
El_Gringo_Gordo
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Montevideo
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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Montevideo
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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Miami, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The waiter was awesome and suggested that we share a steak (good idea). We sat outside on a lovely day but the indoor part had a lot of ambiance as well. I got flan with mango and passion fruit sauce that was good, but way too sweet! This is a well known restaurant and worth the price!

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Ponce, Puerto Rico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

When you visit the Mercado del Puerto If will be dificult to determine where you are going to eat. As there are multiple places,well i amgoing to make it easy for you. The "Braza" is excellent not only the meat but also the fish. Sitting can be inside as well as outside or in front of the Parrilla. The Sangria... More 

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Kosice, Slovakia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

After the disappointment in a restaurant nearby, we came here not once, but three times during that week; I think it says it all! Excellent food & wines and, despite the number of guest to be served, Attentive Service was there at all time!!! The best, Daniel; Pleasant, Dedicated, Professional (attentive to details); only the first day I had to... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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60 reviews 60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

There are multiple parillas near the Mercado del Puerto; I only ate at this one. The atmosphere is nice, with indoor and outdoor tables and seating at the counter by the fire cooking the meat. I had no complaint with the food, but there were attempts to pad my tab. I declined the couvert, but the waiter left it on... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We ate here four times during our stay in Montevideo as it was close to our hotel and had great food. Professional staff who were willing to take time to explain menu items to English speakers (and they do have an English menu available). Yes, they charge "cubierto" or cover charge, most restaurants in Montevideo seem to charge it, but... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The service was great. Food presentation was nice. Location was interesting with several restaurants under one roof. All restaurants cooked with a parrilla, making the area a bit smokey. Menu was large with many choices of food and wine.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The last time I was my girlfriend I felt ashamed of the service she got from the stuff. We always used to go there as it was perfect food and service was great now I wanted to hide under the table. WE HAD A FLY IN THE SALAD and they not even said sorry! Never again unfortunately. Food is good... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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28 reviews 28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Staying in this part of Montevideo because of the ferry to Argentina, we discovered that good food is hard to find in the evening. Most of the well ranked places in the area close before dinner. Trying to find a place to spend our last UR pesos, we ended here. Wasn't the worst meal of our vacation, but not an... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I visit Montevideo regularly with my Uruguayan partner and one of our traditions has always been to visit El Palenque in the Mercado del Puerto, just like his grandparents did years before. Unfortunately, we had such a bad experience the last time we went that we have decided that was the last time. Service is appalling (I had to ask... 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: Local cuisine, Large groups
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?