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El Sanjuanino

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Recoleta
Argentinean
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Posadas 1515 | Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
(011) 4805 2683
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 123
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  • 31
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  • 21
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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
Good spot in Recoleta

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

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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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

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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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Great empanadas ( I love capresse and onion/cheese ones)!!! They have local food from Argentina, from Tamales to empanadas, fries with fresh taste ( not frozen), pastas and delicious desserts... I love the Rogel Cake!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place gets a lot of tourists, but that doesn't change the fact that their empanadas are the best and the service is terrific. Their other food is good, but I would recommend ordering one of each flavor of empanada. You won't be disappointed.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

All of the restaurants besides this one near out hotel were very fancy and required a couple hours to dine at, so one afternoon when we wanted something quick and cheap we tried out El Sanjuanino empanadas and really enjoyed them. It felt very local and was tasty.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

We'd read good reviews of Sanjuanino, plus it was a very short walk from our hotel so it seemed well worth a visit. Unfortunately upstairs was full so we were sent downstairs to be met by a strong sewage type smell but as there were others there we stayed and it quickly filled up. Service was good and we ordered... More 

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Madrid
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I ended up in Sanjuanino by chance. I did not know of the place and just happened to come accross it late at night. it was a nice surprise. It is a humble-looking spot where all that matters is quality. Argentinian meat is outstanding. In Sanjuanino turn simplicity into an art. Good job guys. keep up

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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: Argentinean

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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.