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Restaurante El Federal

San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
+54 43131324
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Ranked #36 of 2,344 restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $25
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Wanted the low key informal vibe this place has. From the moment we sit, our waiter Nicholas is so warm and charming and welcoming. The wine list is strong with the great kind priced wines of the region. The choices for dinner are all strong - we trust our waiter and all was hearty and quite generous for portions. If... More

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Hong Kong, China
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Came to lunch with a group of guests, the restaurant decor is very interesting and cool! The menu is not big, but very detailed and high quality! The pork rib is our favourite, all the salads are great! The gnocchi, um... I've had better. But will come back for sure to try the tasting menu! Make sure you get the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Our waiter Nicholas was extremely helpful and spoke really good English for all you travellers. Their specialty lamb dish was amazing as were the lamb empanadas. A really classy joint which I would highly recommend

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Dropped in here to break a days sightseeing. Service was excellent. Menu was varied and we had lovely food, only downside was portions were so big we couldn't finish so a bit heavy for lunch but really really nice food

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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Rally interesting restaurant... Good menu, with plenty of "standards", but featuring regional specialties of Argentina. Presentation is great, and all is prepared with care. Service is really good. Just a great place to have a delicious meal, with no excuses.

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The street feels deserted at night and so does this resto but if you like game beyond a lamb chop this is one of the few spots in town that serves red meats that don't come from a cow.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Amazing food, Lamb is the best and a very good wine list is just a perfect combination for this fantastic Argentinian experience.

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paulafederal, Owner at Restaurante El Federal, responded to this review

Thank you Carolina! We are really glad to be your reference in Argentinian food! Hope to see you soon again. Best and federal regards Paula More

Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I can't speak to whether the food is actually authentic or not. But it was amazing. We got the empanadas, the braised lamb and a daily special of king crab ravioli. The desert and wine was also fantastic. The best part of the meal was the service. Our server worked with us on the English/Spanish, made perfect recommendations and was... More

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paulafederal, Owner at Restaurante El Federal, responded to this review

Thank you Ryan, is a pleasure to hear that your experience was really pleasant . Hope to see you in next opportunities. Best regards Paula More

Aspen, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Amazing experience. Service was incredible...I certainly wish I could remember the very kind waiter who went out of his way during the evening. Everything from the wine list to the desserts were excellent. I could say nothing was average here. I ordered the special which was a Patagonian Rack of Lamb (see photo). It was hands down one of the... More

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paulafederal, Owner at Restaurante El Federal, responded to this review

Thank you very much !! I m glad to know that you have had a wow experience in our restaurante. We will work hard to keep allways fordward.....thanks again Paula More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Well, the lamb was great, service was courteous, but no credit card? Really? Who the heck carries 700 pesos in his/her pockets these days? Just have the waiter saying that first thing you enter the restaurant so that you get out of there quickly e don't have to go to the hassle I've been through last night.

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paulafederal, Owner at Restaurante El Federal, responded to this review

Hi angelo, i m glad to know that the food and the service was ok for you this is our main mission. But really i m not agree with you with the qualification , because first of all in the front door you could find a big advice in three langueges saing that we accept only cash paiment....inside the menu... More

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