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Cafe Tortoni

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Montserrat
Pizza, Cafe, Noodle, Asian, Argentinean, South American
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Avenida de Mayo 825/9, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
4342-4328
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8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 126
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
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If you want to get a scoop of history, reality and where the two collide in Buenos Aires, this is a must go. It is much bigger than it looks like, so don't forget to check out the stage, barbershop and museum at far end of the restaurant. And, the basement where if you are lucky, a tense tango... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
Hui L
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Richmond, Virginia
Good for:
  • Romantic
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I didnt watch any Tango show, just wanted to see the place and have a coffee with some "media lunas". Building is nice and is located in the heart of the city, but you pay a lot just for a coffee and is full of tourists. I prefer going to some of the small bars in the neighborhood where I... More 

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Buenos Aires, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Honesty, not much to see. I went with my wife out of curiosity and that was that. The food was OK, the place was OK, it was all OK and cheap. There are definitely a lot better coffee experiences out there, but I guess that non of them gets you to sit where Hillary Clinton sat.

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San Marcos, Texas
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I went for breakfast, but there was nothing on the menu I could eat as I'm gluten and lactose intolerant. I ended up just getting a tea. I may have to come back for the tango show, but I don't think I'd eat here. They had a symbol for "free of gluten", but nothing had that mark. It was a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We reserved seats for the evening tango show. We were pleasantly surprised by the intimate setting. The wait staff was extremely gracious and helpful. We only had wine, so I can't comment on the food.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

it was ok.... everything was overpriced, the service was ok... i understand that it is supposedly a high end and legendary cafe, however, across the street there was a cafe with excellent dood for 1/4 the price

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Denver, Colorado
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We stopped at Café Tortoni for an afternoon break. There was a small line but only had to wait about 5 minutes. The atmosphere alone is worth a stop for coffee or cocktail if nothing else. It is quite amazing inside. It is definitely a touristy spot. The food was average compared with what we had in BA but did... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

If you want to get a scoop of history, reality and where the two collide in Buenos Aires, this is a must go. It is much bigger than it looks like, so don't forget to check out the stage, barbershop and museum at far end of the restaurant. And, the basement where if you are lucky, a tense tango dancing... More 

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Honolulu
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The food and the atmosphere are absolutely amazing. We had lunch and had to wait a short bit. Well worth the wait. A landmark that you must eat at.

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New York
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

The line wasn't too long when I visited last week. The waiter was friendly. The cafe itself is beautiful. The coffee and cappuccino were horrible. You should definitely visit and walk around inside. It really is a beautiful cafe, just don't order coffee.

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Houston
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We had a great visit and the waiter was a character! Great specialty coffees and of course the food is great too. We even made their facebook page when the waiter took a photo of our group.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Avenida de Mayo 825/9, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Montserrat
  • Neighborhood: Montserrat
  • Phone Number: 4342-4328

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 2 to 15
  • Cuisine: Pizza, Cafe, Noodle, Asian, Argentinean, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
8:00 am - 1:00 am
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Montserrat

Neighborhood Profile
Montserrat
As part of the historic quarter of Buenos Aires, Montserrat is defined by the historical events that took place there and the landmarks that have stood the test of time. The Plaza de Mayo is at the center of this connection to history: countless public demonstrations have passed through this square, going back to the May Revolution of 1810. Walking the streets of Montserrat allows us to imagine what Buenos Aires may have looked like in the past: the Cabildo takes us back to the late 16th century, while the Palacio Barolo and the traditional cafés carry us to the early 20th. Nowadays, the neighborhood is inundated every day by office workers, buses, and taxis; still, the cobblestones, narrow sidewalks, and subway stations from the 1910s remind us that we are surrounded by history everywhere we look.
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