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El Sanjuanino

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

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious empanadas- authentic food and ambiance

El Sanjuanino is in a great area in the Recoleta neighborhood. We went for lunch and it was crowded by both locals and tourists. Empanadas were great, as were papas fritas. They offered an extensive menu of empanadas and other traditional Argentine dishes and the decor was rustic Argentine. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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Lakewood, Colorado
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

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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Austin, Texas
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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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Los Angeles, California
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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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Dayton
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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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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We enjoyed El Sanjuanino enough to visit twice during our trip to BA. The space is quaint and rustic and the patrons seemed to primarily be locals, although I did hear a few British, French and other US accents. The food was simple, but delicious. The empanadas were the best I have ever had and the lentil stew was fantastic.... More 

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Long Island, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

If you want to experience lunch the way the Argentinians in Buenos Aires do, go to this restaurant. You will find yourself in an old tavern- like atmosphere. You might even be the only tourists in the restaurant, as we were, on the day we went. We saw many families, local businessmen, and when the police in the city arrive... More 

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Lakewood, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

El Sanjuanino is in a great area in the Recoleta neighborhood. We went for lunch and it was crowded by both locals and tourists. Empanadas were great, as were papas fritas. They offered an extensive menu of empanadas and other traditional Argentine dishes and the decor was rustic Argentine. I would highly recommend this for a reasonably priced empanada place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

The place to go for a good empanada or a light snack in the posh Recoleta area! The waiters who all seem to have worked their entire life there are all so friendly with big smile, one of those places you feel like you really want to return!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Empanadas were very good, but are better and less expensive at La Morada near Plaza Mayor. Beef was overcooked and tough, but that was my bad for even ordering beef here. Wine & beer were very reasonably priced and the salad was quite good. Service was acceptable and the basement atmosphere is interesting, but not terribly attractive. True, it wasn't... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

My husband and I had arrived in BA after a full night of travel from the US. We needed a light meal since we would be eating dinner a few hours later. We had our first Empanadas and they were wonderful. The Hot Beef was excellent. As well as the Caprese and the Ham and Cheese. Would definitely return. Our... More 

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

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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Staying in Recoleta

Neighborhood Profile
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.