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Lo Rafael

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Montserrat
Argentinean
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Mexico 1501, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4383-7943
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 75
    Excellent
  • 69
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great italian food

I went here because it was near where I am staying, and it is raining out. But it was not a compromise at all, as the food was great! I started with a empanada del carne and followed with a paste dish with pasta stuffed with cheese and spinach with the house sauce. Most excellent, especially... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2012
TomC924
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

I went here because it was near where I am staying, and it is raining out. But it was not a compromise at all, as the food was great! I started with a empanada del carne and followed with a paste dish with pasta stuffed with cheese and spinach with the house sauce. Most excellent, especially with a half bottle... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2012

The food was amazing for a great price. You get a lot for the price you pay, even more!

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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107 reviews 107 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2012

Our last night in Argentina we wanted something close to our B&B, so we went to Lo Rafael on Mexico street. It being a Sunday, we could easily find a table, but we were told the place is packed on weekdays. Anyway, the menu offers a large choice of meat, pastas, pizzas, fish, and paella. The paella, served to our... More 

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Washington, DC
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2012

My family (four adults) considered this one of our best meals in Buenos Aires, and I wouldn't hesitate to return or recommend it to others. We went on a Saturday evening around 11:00 PM and the place was packed with a 20 minute wait for a table. The wait proved to be worthwhile, as the food was excellent. The menu... More 

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

Nice restaurant where everybody but us was local. Prices are decent and food was good. Only downside was the waitress who did not seem to be able to produce a smile while helping us. Tip: If you dont want your steak well done, you should say this yourself since they do not ask for it (As in more Argentinean restaurants).

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rio
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

DElicious food, service and quality 10 points, i had pork and some fish, which is hard to find in Buenos aires, i highly recommend it

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Lisboa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

Fast service and perfect dinner in one of the best restaurants

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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60 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

The restaurant is located in the Montserrat neighborhood, not the Centro. The portions are generous and the food is incredible. Excellent service and average wine list. My recomendation is to order the Picada for 4, which is absolutely the best appetizer I´ve had in years. It includes every kind of possible cold cut, sausages, cheeses, tempura vegetables, etc. The owner... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mexico 1501, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Montserrat
  • Neighborhood: Montserrat
  • Phone Number: 4383-7943

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 20
  • Cuisine: Argentinean

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Montserrat

Neighborhood Profile
Montserrat
As part of the historic quarter of Buenos Aires, Montserrat is defined by the historical events that took place there and the landmarks that have stood the test of time. The Plaza de Mayo is at the center of this connection to history: countless public demonstrations have passed through this square, going back to the May Revolution of 1810. Walking the streets of Montserrat allows us to imagine what Buenos Aires may have looked like in the past: the Cabildo takes us back to the late 16th century, while the Palacio Barolo and the traditional cafés carry us to the early 20th. Nowadays, the neighborhood is inundated every day by office workers, buses, and taxis; still, the cobblestones, narrow sidewalks, and subway stations from the 1910s remind us that we are surrounded by history everywhere we look.