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El Sanjuanino

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Latin, Argentinean, South American
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Posadas 1515 | Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(011) 4805 2683
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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The best empanadas in Buenos Aires...

And we tried a lot! Also: the prices can't be beat. I recommend: Choclo and Cebolla There are two locations. We liked both.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Signe Y
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

And we tried a lot! Also: the prices can't be beat. I recommend: Choclo and Cebolla There are two locations. We liked both.

Thank Signe Y
Los Angeles, California, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our tour guide recommended this restaurant. I was reluctant, but extremely happy with the recommendation! The food was great. We had traditional Argentinian food such as stews and empanadas. Also very good wine.

Thank Citygirl1961
Sao Paulo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Sanjuanino is a very good (taking into consideration the price) restaurant with traditional Argentinian dishes. In three days in Buenos Aires I went twice. The restaurant is very old and traditional, with costumers ranging from tourists to Argentinians. It is humble on its instalations and decoration. The restaurant surprised me with its food, as I will detail ahead. The point... More 

Thank FLameirinhas
Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I want to make this clear after reading some of the reviews: We've only tried the empanadas and the beans. So on to the review. Our local Argentine guide recommended this place because it was 2 blocks from our hotel. We've only tried 2 dishes there and honestly wish we'd gone more than the two times we've been. The decor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Busy casual place off Callao in Recoleta. They have a basement dining room for the overflow - we ate there and it was fine. Although the tables are pretty tight, you don't deal with the coming and goings above. The empanadas were very good if not outstanding. The provoleta (cooked provolone cheese) was a cardiologists nightmare but delicious. Huge portion.... More 

Thank GaddisGadabout
Hamburg, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An argentine friend of mine brought me there after asking him to let me test local food. The place is really what you would expect as local: traditional furniture, lot of pictures related to local history. The place seems very tiny from outside but an almost hidden stair brings you down to a bigger room. I ate the classic "bife"... More 

Thank Pietro M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this place because of all the great TA reviews. Honestly, this was the worst meal I’ve had in a long time. The empanadas were very good and if I left after they were served I would have been happy. Then my steak arrived and it was inedible. It was greasy and overcooked. Honestly I should have known... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed our lunch here. My husband had a huge steak which he said was one of the best he has had. The empanadas were very good. It is a very popular restaurant and the service is good and the prices are very reasonable for this city.

Thank BronwenSydney
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was well recommended and we went with a local who says it has the best empanadas around. Good neighborhood and close to many attractions. Place is rustic and a bit messy but warm with good feel. My wife and I shared 6 different empanadas. We were most disappointed. For our taste, we found them too doughy, under cooked... More 

Thank Jon S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very casual, inexpensive restaurant with tasty empanadas as well as more extensive local selections.

Thank Albert E

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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: Latin, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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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