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Restaurante El Federal

San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
+54 43131324
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Ranked #42 of 2,255 restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Flagstaff, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

El Federal was our favorite place to dine in Buenos Aires. It was cozy, beautifully decorated and the food exceptionally delicious. The proprietor was very involved with helping us order and made sure it was to our liking. The service was perfect and the lamb and empanadas scrumptious. When we return to Buenos Aires, that will be the first place... More

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Boston
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Two big lamb chops, slow-cooked for six hours, until they were melt-in-your-mouth tender. Served with a mélange of carrots and mushrooms. Their specialty is a meal you shouldn't miss, and I tried a selection of tasty empanadas as well. Service was friendly and English was spoken.

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Norwich, Connecticut
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was our finest restaurant experience in Buenos Aires. And there were many memorable ones. The staff was warm and very knowledgeable. The food was outstanding(Thanks to all who suggested lamb!). The wine was superb and the ambiance was handsome. There is nothing kitsch about this place, just a great meal, served by a wonderful staff, in a great location.... More

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Petaluma, California
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8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I’m not much of a meat eater, but when in Argentina…I went at 8:30, very early by BA standards and it was already about half full on a Tuesday night. The décor is very gaucho-lots of wood and pampas accents. Many of the wooden tables are covered with leather; it’s a quite attractive place. The menu is varied but it’s... More

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Pleasanton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014 via mobile

We ate here while staying at the Plaza Hotel. We were warmly welcomed and loved the slow-cooked lamb, so tender that it fell off the bone. The whole meal was of the same high caliber. The empanadas were delicious, the flan was superb and the wine list first rate. Add to that the attentive service, and the combination made us... More

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paulafederal, Propietario at Restaurante El Federal, responded to this review
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Gracias por tomarse el tiempo de contar su experiencia en el Federal, nos alegramos mucho de que todo estuvo de... More

Boca Raton, Florida
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18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We have enjoyed the variety of the food based on a unique offering. The service is very good, with a nice and simple ambiance. The wine options are also simple but with high quality. Not expensive but not cheap.

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

Thank you for your great review, hope to see you again in El Federal when you come back in BA...Kind regards Paula Comparatore More

Hertfordshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Arrived at the restaurant for dinner to find it full of people having a cooking lesson with the chef wonderful atmosphere , welcomed in and had great service and a great meal. Not expensive but what a meal.

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Warwickshire, England
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25 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Found it on TA even though our hotel Casa Calma recommended it. Nice atmosphere, very good food...we had the slow cooked lamb dish and a good wine selection. The waiter spoke superb English and was very attentive but he did forget the potatoe's we ordered with the lamb. Overall worth a visit.

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United Kingdom
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18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Had it not been for the reviews on Trip Advisor we might have missed this one - it doesn't look too special from the outside - but it was close to our hotel, so we thought we would give it a try - and are we glad we did! We were eating early (for Argentina) and so arrived before the... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

My girlfriend and I only went to BA for a week and had a list of about 25 restaurants to try. While El Federal was not on that list, it was only a short block from our hotel. So, we decided to try it one night after having spent the day wandering around the city. We started with the empanadas,... More

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