We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

El Palenque

Certificate of Excellence
$
Ciudad Vieja
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo, Uruguay
02/917-0190, 02/915-4704
Website
Monday
Closed
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 1,417 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 528
    Excellent
  • 564
    Very good
  • 223
    Average
  • 60
    Poor
  • 42
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Music and different people

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
Nancy R
,
Montevideo, Uruguay
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
Add Photo Write a Review

1,417 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Your overall rating of this restaurant
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Norwegian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Montevideo, Uruguay
Level Contributor
2 reviews
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montevideo, Uruguay
Level Contributor
208 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level Contributor
19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montevideo, Uruguay
Level Contributor
55 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Level Contributor
30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Montevideo
Level Contributor
11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Miami, Florida
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ponce, Puerto Rico
Level Contributor
33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Kosice, Slovakia
Level Contributor
32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Durham, North Carolina
Level Contributor
60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed El Palenque also viewed

Montevideo, Montevideo Department
Montevideo, Montevideo Department
 
Montevideo, Montevideo Department
Montevideo, Montevideo Department
 

Been to El Palenque? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about El Palenque

Address: Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone Number: 02/917-0190, 02/915-4704
Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo>  > Ciudad Vieja
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
Average Prices: USD 6 - 13
Cuisine: Steakhouse, Pizza, Barbecue, Pub

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of El Palenque and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from El Palenque staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?