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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, Lunch, Breakfast, 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
KF505
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Lakewood, Colorado
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
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Long Island, NY
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59 reviews 59 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

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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Sao Paulo, SP
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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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san antonio, tx
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

El Sanjuanino is an oasis in this very posh area os Recoleta. If you want to eat around the cemetery and that you're on a budget, it's an excellent place. Empanadas are OK, the crust is a bit too soft for my taste. Service is spotless, with dedicated waiters that take your order quickly and serve you in less than... More 

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Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Stopped in at El Sanjuanino on a walking tour of BA, so we had our guide with us (who had made the recommendation for where we should eat). Our waiter was fabulous, but more comfortable with Spanish than English, and with our guide as the local expert, we asked her to order us a selection of things to share for... More 

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Cotia, SP
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

El Sanjuanino is a very small and typical restaurant porteno. The service was really good, in time and very friendly and the empanadas were one of the best I've tried. They're fresh made, very soft and a well filled. I recommend the corn empanada.

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Our first full day in Buenos Aires following a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. Our tour guide told us there was a good money changer on Posadas, "And by the way", she said, "The best empanada place in Buenos Aires is right across the street, "El Sanjuanino." We did go to that money changer. We did see El Sanjuanino across... More 

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Skytop, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

After reading so much about the empanadas, six of us went to try them. What a disappointment! If you like doughy, you will love these , but if you are looking for authentic thinner crusts, go elsewhere. Provoleta was good, the atmosphere was fun, but the empanadas didn't live up to the hype and neither did the sardonic waiter who... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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.