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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget, Business meetings, Bar scene, Families with children
Description: El Federal is the restaurant where locals and foreigners can enjoy the very...
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
Lovely

Amazing place to eat. Great decor, excellent food, good staff. A must if you are in the area. Try their empanadas (the best we've eaten in South America visiting 3 diff countries) and pork ribs.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Rafcio76
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New Jersey
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Pilar, Argentina
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I ordered the Patagonian lamb, which is their house specialty. It was quite boring. Not very flavorful. They were out of the pork. Cute decor. Good service.

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New Jersey
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place to eat. Great decor, excellent food, good staff. A must if you are in the area. Try their empanadas (the best we've eaten in South America visiting 3 diff countries) and pork ribs.

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Thank Rafcio76
Secaucus, New Jersey
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Rustic decor and uncomfortable seating, the latter being the biggest retraction. A good selection of wines. We usually go for a light dinner of empanadas and desert. There are other delicious choices on the menu. The cuisine is upscale Argentine regional. Service is great.

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Thank Annex43
Hong Kong
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went there twice in a week and tried the slow cooked Patagonia lamb and beef steak. Both dished were very delicious! As for service, the waitress on my first visit was very warm and welcoming. She greeted every customer who walked into the restaurant and made sure everyone knew the dishes they offered on the menu. But the service... More 

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Seattle
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped in to sample lunch and were pleased at the daily specials. We had the roasted chicken and potatoes, and the trout-nice change from all of the meat. The service was excellent and friendly, and the restaurant was cozy.

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Thank SleeplessinSEA
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant. The Patagonian lamb was amazing, and melted in my mouth. The desserts are really good. Impeccable service. Nice and cozy locale.

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Thank Huxflux
Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pleasant restaurant atmosphere -in the central business district. Inspired menu concept, featuring Argentinian regional cooking. Service lacks orchestration and attention to detail. Simple things like undercooked al dente vegetables.

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Thank Vancouver63
Maroochydore
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69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tasteful decor & atmospheric. Very friendly & professional service. The waitress suggested us to order one starter to share as their mains are quite generous in portion. So we ordered a traditional colonel dish with grilled king prawns as starter. Then a slow cooked lamb & a grilled trout as mains. Overall the food is good, well presented, generous portioned... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Don't even bother to go. Bad food, bad ingredients and really expensive. They are as expensive as a restaurant in LA but the quality is worse than Somalia.

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Thank Martin L
Raleigh, North Carolina
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went here because of the great reviews on TripAdvisor. Sadly, our experience was opposite of most. We came in, the restaurant is tiny, and were told to sit right by the front door, although there were many tables available towards the back of the room. It was only two of us, so it kind of made sense. We didn't... 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: Argentinean, South American, Pizza, Barbecue, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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