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Cafe Tortoni

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Montserrat
Argentinean, South American, Cafe
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Avenida de Mayo 825/9, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
4342-4328
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Today
8:00 am - 2:00 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: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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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
Grand Setting for a Snack

Place is an absolute picture and worth a visit. Tend to do snacks which most go for; although there is a full menu available. Tango Shows at certain times. But go in for a beer and a steak sandwich (a lomito) while you admire the atmosphere and surroundings.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
eurorover
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Leicester, United Kingdom
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Istanbul
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This place was so beautiful so that we had a coffee break in there twice to smell the history. Waiters are also good and very talkative. Both times we visited, we had nice time. We went there only for our coffee break, not to see the tango shows. Both coffee and desserts were good. If you are in Buenos Aires,... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Place is an absolute picture and worth a visit. Tend to do snacks which most go for; although there is a full menu available. Tango Shows at certain times. But go in for a beer and a steak sandwich (a lomito) while you admire the atmosphere and surroundings.

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Thank eurorover
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

this is a cafe which is on every top 10 list of BA. However, t is beautiful, worth a visit and a good stop for a coffee, but mind that it is also a tourist trap and service is alike. When we were there, there was no porteno (authentic citizen of BA) in sight.

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Thank herman w
panama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

After my arrival in Buenos Aires my hotel room was not ready so we ventured out to walk around and eat a snack, when we got there, there was a line to go in, after a few minutes we were seated but there was plenty empty tables!!! The place is very nice and beautiful ceilings, the food was mediocre and... More 

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Thank pepas
Belgium
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This café is really "breathing" in many details the end of the 19th and even more the beginning of the 20th century.Of course it became in some way tourist,but to my opinion the pre-worldwar atmosphere remained and prevailed. En este café se respira en muchos detalles el final del siglo XIX y todavia mas el principio del siglo XX. No... More 

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Thank Luc C
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Try to imagine go to the Vatican and do not see the Pope. Same thing for the Cafe Tortoni. Try the churros with dulce de leche and do not forget to take pictures of the place. Relax and enjoy !

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Thank Carlos M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

157 years old! Good sandwiches. Great pastries. Nice atmosphere. Favorite of our tour guide - she was not wrong. The Bombon Suize was excellent!

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Thank John L
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Yes there is an element of tourist about this place but its still worth a visit. Its got that great faded grandeur look, lots to see and good people watching. The highlight for us was the tango show very good, totally mesmerised for the whole time and displaying lots of different types of tango.

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Thank fifmcd4
New York City, New York
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71 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is clearly a tourist attraction but very cool nonetheless. There was a line when we got there but it moved very quickly. The inside has a really cool decor. We had the churros and hot chocolate which was good and the thing recommended on the menu.

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Thank Malgorzata S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We were looking for a cheap Tango show without dinner included. Cafe Tortoni provided what we were looking for. Its a well known traditional Cafe, BA institution. We arrived 5 mins after 8pm and just missed that show. Best to get tickets earlier in the daytime. We came back for the 10pm show and werent disappointed. No big Orchestras but... More 

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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 - 15
  • Cuisine: Argentinean, South American, Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Bar scene
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

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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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