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El San Juanino

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Recoleta
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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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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
These were some Amazing Empanadas!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
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Chicago, Illinois
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77 reviews 77 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
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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77 reviews 77 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
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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20 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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San Diego
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36 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
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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Boca Raton, Florida
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134 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you want traditional Argentinian Food this is the place. Look beyond the low key appearance it is very good. It has been here for ever, the waiter Juan has been working here for 26 years.. The walls are covered with fotos of famous visitors. Must have´s: Empanadas !! Locro, Desert Empanadas. But everything is good.... Delicious is an understatement...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 via mobile

Great place: low key, quick service, amazing empanadas and cold beers! And really good value for money. 13 pesos for empanadas and 50 pesos for 1 L beer :-)

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Indialantic, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Our first proper meal in Bs As. We sampled three different types of empanada and finished up with flan con leche. All very good and such a great value. Whole meal with drinks and a tip was $12US at the blue rate.

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North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I had a ham and cheese empanadas --they were warm and tasty. But I really loved what my husband had--lentejas, or lentil stew. It was absolutely amazing. I wish I could replicate it at home but I will never get even close. The sangria was great too! It was very affordable!

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Brasilia, DF
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This is a joint to eat great, warm empanadas. Service is fast and no nonsense style. You can also get them to go. Very good food at a rather low cost! Come to Sanjuanino if you're looking for fast food porteno style.

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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

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Staying in Recoleta

Neighborhood Profile
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.