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Cafe San Juan

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San Telmo
Argentinean
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Av San Juan 450, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4300-1112
Today
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 285
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    Very good
  • 67
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  • 26
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  • 24
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very popular w local

Landed up here on Sunday on way to San Telmo market; was looking for the San Juan on Calle Chile/still don't know if they are related. Good news/seated in 10 minutes as a single despite lines; female waitress looked after me graciously and promptly. Ordered beer and a Sunday special/fried rice w... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
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New York City, New York
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69 reviews 69 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Landed up here on Sunday on way to San Telmo market; was looking for the San Juan on Calle Chile/still don't know if they are related. Good news/seated in 10 minutes as a single despite lines; female waitress looked after me graciously and promptly. Ordered beer and a Sunday special/fried rice w langostinos (prawns), vegetables and spices (wok creation ultimately).... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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66 reviews 66 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I work in the BA tourism industry and am asked for restaurant recommendations on a daily basis. For years I have sent dozens of people per month to Cafe San Juan since I loved that they were one of the leaders of the "nuevo argentino" cuisine, innovating a bit on the traditional meat dishes. Last night was my first time... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

My wife and I arrived just in time to get the last seats at the bar for Sunday lunch from where we watched and chatted with the Chef. Great prawns in garlic as an appetizer. There's quite a bit of food in the main dishes, consider sharing one and add a tapa.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Excellent lunch. No nonsense food. Full of flavour. Good value. Conveniently located. We had tortilla with bell pepper as a starter, then partridges and rabbit and a passion fruit bavarois dessert.

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London
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Nice small restaurant. We sat inside and ate the rabbit and the prawn tagliatelle with curry sauce. Both very good as was the dessert of strawberry crumble. Paid about 700 which included wine and port with the dessert.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Was recommended to try this place by some friends of ours late one night so we went there on a whim. Upon showing up the place was quite busy but one table was clearing and a couple others were waiting on the bill. We waited for a few moments before being greated quite aggressively by one of the waiters that... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We went at 9pm on a Saturday night so the place was very busy and a little chaotic. We had to wait to be shown the menu - on two blackboards - which the waiter brought to us when ready to take our order. It would be a good idea to have more blackboards on the walls so you can... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We had a fantastic meal at Cafe San Juan in San Telmo last Friday evening. The chef was a young Argentine that was cooking a slightly modern version of traditional Argentine cuisine mixed with Spanish tapas. The roasted pork dish was outstanding, and the fish that my husband had was cooked perfectly. The selection of wines was great and the... More 

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Rosario, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

I have been living in Argentina for more than a year and I am disappointed I didn't find this place earlier than now. Amazing tapas and principales...5 estrellas verdad! Has that inexplicable charm matched with amazing food. Sure to enjoy!! Ciao

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Moscow, Russia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A wonderful place! Is It Tasty. Located near the Museum of Modern Art in San Telmo charismatic. The team of chefs, all friendly

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Av San Juan 450, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
  • Neighborhood: San Telmo
  • Phone Number: 4300-1112

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Argentinean
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in San Telmo

Neighborhood Profile
San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.