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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
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We split a lot of the options for our group of 4. The staff was very accommodating to what we wanted to do and made sure everything tasted to our liking. I'd eat here again.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We split a lot of the options for our group of 4. The staff was very accommodating to what we wanted to do and made sure everything tasted to our liking. I'd eat here again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We visited twice during our 10-day stay in Buenos Aires. Delicious food. Amazing empanadas. Beautiful restaurant with nice atmosphere / decoration. A little more expensive that some of the other places you may run into but still cheaper than North American Standards. Also definitely worth the price!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We stumbled across this as was close to our hotel, is local Argentinian without being focused on steak. Was a really pleasant surprise, our waiter spoke English and recommended some of the house specialties (we had the patagonian lamb and empandas) and it was delicious and excellent value. Was great to try some local flavours outside of the standard steak... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

My boyfriend and I had a great dinner at El Federal. We would deem ourselves as 'foodies' and this restaurant surpassed our expectations. The waiter, Nicolas, was very knowledgeable, attentive, and personable. He really made we us feel welcome. The lamb empanadas are a must. I got the t-bone and my boyfriend got the lamb, entirely too much for too... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Didn't eat here, but lots of people did,looked good. Good service, authentic surroundings - esoecially the loos!

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

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?

Staying in Retiro

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Retiro
Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the port, mean this neighborhood is never truly at rest. One minute you are walking down a street dotted with ornate mansions and luxurious shop windows and the next you find yourself surrounded by a sea of people racing to catch their train or bus. It is this juxtaposition of never-ending comings and goings and quiet, elegant luxury that defines Retiro, as well as Buenos Aires, a city where sharp contrasts are all around.
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