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Restaurante El Federal

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Retiro
Pizza, Argentinean
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San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
+54 43131324
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Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 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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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
Have the lamb!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Jack R
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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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9 restaurant reviews
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Within walking distance from Calle Florida and San Martin Square this cosy bistro serves nice dishes and has a good Wine list. A nice break in your walking tour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

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

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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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 

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32 helpful votes 32 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.