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El Sanjuanino

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Recoleta
Pizza, Argentinean, South American
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Posadas 1515 | Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(011) 4805 2683
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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This is the second visit to El Sanjuanino. The first was at the Belgrano location, and actual was at the Posadas location. No comparison at all. Empanadas almost perfect, the dough and the filling.Order a Lentejas (lentils) and Veal, that was perfect for the cold winter. Very nice ambiance... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

This charming place was a pleasant surprise for us. Their empanadas, try the carne suave, are unbeatable. The waiter was very sympathetic to our demands. It is located just around the corner from Avenida Santa Fe. Well worth the visit.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is the second visit to El Sanjuanino. The first was at the Belgrano location, and actual was at the Posadas location. No comparison at all. Empanadas almost perfect, the dough and the filling.Order a Lentejas (lentils) and Veal, that was perfect for the cold winter. Very nice ambiance, place packed with tourist, good service and priced.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This great little place is known for their empandas. The fried ones were very good. Nice crust and meat. But I thought the best thing was their Locro, an Argentine local dish of stew, corn and a bunch of different meats including pig knuckles. Delicious.

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Conroe, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is both a local eatery and a place that tourists should visit for a taste of a local specialty, empanadas. There is a whole variety from which to choose. We stopped there for lunch, which was perfect.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Recomended by The Melia Recoleta Hotel Staff this was an excellent option for quick food. They have a lot of options for Argentinian food. Taste the Empanada.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Great empanadas (Try the Roquefort and the Spiced Meat) - Good to enjoy with a sangria or with a QuIlmes (local beer). Overall a good place and on a very good location on recoleta. Prices are very good too.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We went after reading reviews here on ta and people raving about their empanadas. We have been in BA for a month now and empanadas are everywhere, I must say empanadas are everywhere and these were nothing out of the ordinary, just as good as the ones sold at a bakery or any other restaurant. We also ordered meat and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The place is small but it get really busy and once you try the empanadas you know why. This is a classic in BA. My girlfriend and I got 2 empanadas to go while we walked around in Recoleta and then went back for dinner that night. Everything is delicious but the empanadas are just amazing. Aside the empanadas we... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

I will accept, that for visitors, empanadas are good, but for me, being a native of Argentina, the opinion is completely different. Would say that are only acceptable. I've tasted better in California. Empanada Carne Hot, is mild. pollo (chicken) were tasteless. Also ask for Mondongo, (tripe) was packed with beans instead or the mondongo. Impossible to return to this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

El Sanjuanino is such a nice little place to eat on a very exclusive street in Buenos Aires. Clearly popular with just about everyone, locals and tourists alike, it gets crowded quickly. Don't let that discourage you. It's worth the wait. We went very early by Argentine standards and ate a little after 8:30pm. The main room was already full,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Posadas 1515 | Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Recoleta
  • Neighborhood: Recoleta
  • Phone Number: (011) 4805 2683

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Pizza, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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Recoleta
Characterized by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighborhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centered on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
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