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Cafe Tortoni

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Montserrat
Coffee Shop, Argentinean
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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: Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations

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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
Overrated

The place was very grand and European. It sort of transported you back to the last century. Coffee was so so. Service was appalling as our waiter was rude and impatient. We were lucky that there was no line up when we went there. I saw a line started forming when we leave. Don't waste your money... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
Victoria1126
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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53 reviews 53 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The place was very grand and European. It sort of transported you back to the last century. Coffee was so so. Service was appalling as our waiter was rude and impatient. We were lucky that there was no line up when we went there. I saw a line started forming when we leave. Don't waste your money here!

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Said to be the oldest cafe in Buenos Aires. As you enter, the impression you get is that although it's really traditional, it has also seen better days. Veryfew locals and a great number of tourists seem to be the basic patronage. The traditional Miga ham and cheese sandwich, served toasted upon request is one of the highlights. They offer... More 

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Kingston, Jamaica
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32 reviews 32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is a very old place, but very well maintained. Bigger inside than you would think from the outside, with tons of old world charm. It seemed as though there was an even mix between tourists and (older) locals. A jamon crudo sandwich (cured ham) might not be enough to judge the food, but it is a cafe after all,... More 

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Osasco, SP
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

It's quite touristic coffe, but yet a must. Gardel used to go at Tortoni, its decoration is charming and take you to some decades ago. Food is good and the Tango show is really nice and at a reasonable price. Located at the heart of the city, in Avenida de Mayo,

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Detroit, Michigan USA
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stopped at this 'cafe' to relax, rest and have some wonderful hot chocolate. The Café is the oldest coffee shop in Argentina, where many dignitaries have enjoyed a cup of coffee and see others and be seen. The atmosphere is wonderful. A pleasant way to 'absorb' a slice of Buenos Aries.

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Espoo, Finland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We had visited Cafe Tortoni 25 years ago. We were so delighted then that liked to come back. In our first visit we even bought espresso cups as a reminder. We hoped that we hadt visited Tortoni again. The place is as it was earlier : fantastic history place. In this kind of "monument" service also should be as the... More 

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Arlington, Texas
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is a very famous restaurant where many foreign dignitaries have eaten. I was told that all Argentinean government leaders have come to eat here, except Evita (apparently). The food is great, but the atmosphere is even better.

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São Paulo
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The café is like a museum - Belle Epoque architecture and decor - which makes the experience of sitting down and having some hot cocoa or coffee with churros unforgettable! It's a step back in time, and you can't help thinking about all the great figures that have passed through its doors since its opening in 1858. From Carlos Gardel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

Even when the coffee and the chocolate con churros were awesome and the service was excellent, the magic of Café Tortoni is in the building itself. Walls decorated with paintings from renowned artists that have visited for more than 150 years, wax statues of Gardel, Borges, and Storni and even pictures of sports and politics figures that have visited make... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We stopped in here to have some of their famous hot chocolate - omg - the best ever!! I could have had 10 cups. A beautiful old restaurant/coffee house with fabulous stain glass pieces on the ceiling. I think it dates back to the mid-1800s. The wait staff were very kind and professional. It was a true Buenos Aires experience... 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: Coffee Shop, Argentinean
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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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.