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Restaurante El Federal

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San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
+54 43131324
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 41
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  • 22
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Empanada fiesta

Empanadas done different with class and finesse and pork that melts on your tongue. No steaks! Intimate restaurant only one minutte from the Plaza hotel on the San Martin. Perfect for a group of friends.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Steinar S
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Dining on a budget
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Empanadas done different with class and finesse and pork that melts on your tongue. No steaks! Intimate restaurant only one minutte from the Plaza hotel on the San Martin. Perfect for a group of friends.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Very good restaurant. Excellent food prepared under design and supervision of the Chef Paula. Not the usual bife or lomo. Professional and very kind personnel.

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Bern, Switzerland
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128 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We dined here about a year and a half ago and thought it was absolutely fantastic. Thus, we returned, but found it not quite as fantastic as we remembered. Don’t get me wrong, the Patagonian style lamb was still excellent and the establishment remains very nice, but the service could use some tweaking. Actually, what they need is another server... More 

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

Hi, Thanks about your review , is a good noticie to us that you come back again to El Federal and our Food is still excellent as allways. We want to say some things about the wine service and the lack of some wines. In argentina we aré having a lot of problems with the availability of some wines. The... More 

Skytop, Pennsylvania
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Four of us went for lunch. Two had steaks, one had the slow cooked lamb, And one the grilled trout. All the meals were nice, but the lamb was the standout by far. If you want exceptional lamb, prepared and presented beautifully, this is the place to have it. The restaurant specializes in regional Argentine specialties many of which looked... More 

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

We went here for a late night snack of empanadas and had a wonderful meal. Nicholas, our waiter, made us feel very welcome and gave us many helpful suggestions. The empanadas and flan were the best we had in the city! Will definitely eat here again when we come back to Buenos Aires.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 via mobile

We had ribs and steak with a bottle of wine. Both dishes were nicely plated and the sides were good, but all attention has to go the meats! In particular the are among the best meat experiences we have ever had. Extremely tender, juicy and not fat like ribs can be. Very well done! In total we ended up paying... More 

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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

the service is fine the bread basket advisable the lamb is perfectly cooked the salad all right they have Nesspreso The place is nice decorated the kitchen is open almost the whole day

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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Without doubt one of the nicest places we have visited in BA. Cosy, small with cool interior. The food is great - lamb and steaks were (even though they are not a typical parilla) just fantastic. If you are lucky and Nicolas is working when you are there - just listen to what he tells you to eat. He was... More 

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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 via mobile

We really loved this restaurant! The service was perfect-quick and friendly. They gave us a good assortment of bread to start with, followed by an appetizer, which we hadn't ordered, but nevertheless enjoyed very much. Being from Canada, the menu contained a number of unrecognizable items, but we found things we liked anyway. I ordered trout, which came with a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Delightful little restaurant serving excellent fish with courteous sevice and overseen by caring owner.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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

Neighborhood Profile
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.