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Restaurante El Federal

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Retiro
Pizza, Argentinean, South American
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San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
+54 43131324
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Description: El Federal is the restaurant where locals and foreigners can enjoy the...
El Federal is the restaurant where locals and foreigners can enjoy the very best of Argentine Cuisine. With our Tasting Menu you can discover the range and depth of Argentina's fantastic food and drink. We offer the chance to try ingredients that are uniquely Argentine and very difficult to find elsewhere in the Capital, Buenos Aires. El Federal is the perfect place to really embrace the flavours of our rich country.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Splendid restaurant with local dishes

Splendid restaurant with local food / preparations. Enjoyed the slow cooked lamb, the juicy ribs as well as large choice of entry dishes. Ask for Nicolas, he speaks fluent English.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 9, 2015
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Ghent, Belgium
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Nice, but a little disappointing. We didn't want a very large supper, so my son had the braised lamb speciality and I the empanadas. The lamb was good but rather under seasoned, the empanadas came in three types and were nicely done, but the corn one was extremely bland. Pleasant and helpful service.

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Ghent, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Splendid restaurant with local food / preparations. Enjoyed the slow cooked lamb, the juicy ribs as well as large choice of entry dishes. Ask for Nicolas, he speaks fluent English.

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Mabank, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We ate in a lot of restaurants in the city, and this is by far the best one. The homemade breads, butter, and salad that I had was fabulous. Great for lunch, even has a western-style theme with leather on the tables.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Great place, great service. The pork ribs were excellent! The service was really great, waiter fluent in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I stopped here on the way back from Santissimo Sacramento church which is nearby. The menu is exotic and I liked the food. I was sort of surprised, however, that the reviews here are so good. I think this is a good restaurant, but didnt think it was that good :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Great restaurant. It was extremely quiet as it was mid-week and Boca and River were playing in the Superclasico so no doubt many locals and tourists would have been glued to their screens (if you're a football fan that is) so don't know how it would fare when it's full. Plus we ate somewhat earlier than usual. However, our waiter... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We greatly enjoyed our dinner at this pleasant modern bistrot style restaurant with its specialisation on Patagonian ingredients. We had a helpful and hospitable waiter who steered us to toward the slow cooked lamb and pork rib specialities, both excellent and also made a good wine suggestion (a Cabernet Sauvignon). The quality of the baking was also first class, both... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Stumbled upon this place looked for somewhere to eat on our last night in BsAs. I'm not a huge fan in general of the restaurant choices in Centro, but that's where we were and this place was perfect: a nice little cosy bistro serving Patagonian inspired cuisine. On the waiter's recommendation we had their two signature dishes: the slow cooked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Loved the food in Buenos Aires--could live forever on their beef, empanadas, pizza, sweets. But what made El Federal stand out was the variety of food from different regions of Argentina, as well as the large selection of everything from small plates to entrees. Enjoyed everything we had--and both presentation and quality were superb. Same goes for the ambiance and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

Near the San Martin Square, a restaurant is not big, great atmosphere and the food is very special and delicious. The restaurant staff welcoming, lots of patience to explain the menu was Very tasty. Recommend the place warmly, and the wine was excellent. Near the San Martin Square, a restaurant is not big, great atmosphere and the food is very... More 

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Additional Information about Restaurante El Federal

Address: San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 43131324
Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Retiro
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: Pizza, Argentinean, South American

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Retiro
  • Neighborhood: Retiro
  • Phone Number: +54 43131324

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Doing business

Description

El Federal is the restaurant where locals and foreigners can enjoy the very best of Argentine Cuisine. With our Tasting Menu you can discover the range and depth of Argentina's fantastic food and drink. We offer the chance to try ingredients that are uniquely Argentine and very difficult to find elsewhere in the Capital, Buenos Aires. El Federal is the perfect place to really embrace the flavours of our rich country.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Retiro
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