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El San Juanino

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Sanchez de Bustamante 1788 | Posadas 1515, entre Ayacucho y Callao (Area Recoleta), Buenos Aires, Argentina
(011) 4805 2683
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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We visited here three times during our trip. The empanadas are delicious here but so is all of the food we had. They servce traditional food from various regions of Argentina. Our server, Joseph was terrific. There are a fair number of tourists but this is certainly a neighborhood spot with an... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

The first thing that hits you is the smell of insecticide. Even so cockroaches roam freely. The service is bad (forgotten food orders, no apology, the list goes on), mediocre food. Had empanadas and locro (which was mostly bones). That pretty much covers it.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visited here three times during our trip. The empanadas are delicious here but so is all of the food we had. They servce traditional food from various regions of Argentina. Our server, Joseph was terrific. There are a fair number of tourists but this is certainly a neighborhood spot with an authentic atmosphere!

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Ketchikan - AK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Very simple ambiance but the empanadas and bife de chorizo absolutely great very cheap considering other places serving the same menu a very good choice in Recoleta

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Nice place, good crowd at lunch. We had to sit in the downstairs dining room since the main dining room was full at lunch (about 1pm). The main dining room had a good level of energy, but the downstairs room was a little sleepier. Great variety of empanadas.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I'm not a particular empanadas fan, but these are just perfect. The dough is light and thin and the filling is just delicious. An excellent meal for a very reasonable amount of pesos.

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

Everyone recommend this restaurant for their speciality, empanadas. But they were the worst prepared that we had in Argentina. Service was indifferent. Prices ok. We sat in the basement, upstairs is much nicer.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

A friend of mine told me that one of the best meat empanadas in Palermo were made in there. As a person who cook their own, I was expecting something different of the things I would prepare on my own. But when I say different, I mean interesting. Service was bad, plain and simple. I ask a couple of things... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We decided to eat here before visiting the Recoleta Cemetery and Plaza Francia Market. This place was great. We tried a variety of the empanadas and they were sooooo good. People kept coming in to buy boxes of them to go. We loved it so much that we had a second round of empanadas before we left to sightsee that... More 

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Indaiatuba, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

The place is simple and very traditional, you will see lots of local people. It is comfortable and very well located (recoleta). The meat empanadas are the best! The best I had in Bs As. You can try "criollo" food that is tipical country side food like Humitas & tamales, as well as have the regular dishes like Milanesas, pastas... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

I had such a great lunch here. It's a very traditional restaurant that has been around for many years. Busy and buzzing, I had lentija, a lentil stew, that was excellent. Made friends with a family sitting at the table next to me, and we had a wonderful conversation. I enjoyed myself so much, I went back for dinner a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Sanchez de Bustamante 1788 | Posadas 1515, entre Ayacucho y Callao (Area Recoleta), Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Recoleta
  • Neighborhood: Recoleta
  • Phone Number: (011) 4805 2683

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Argentinean, South American

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Recoleta
Characterized by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighborhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centered on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
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