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“A Special Experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Al Forno

Al Forno
Calle 17 y 20, el tesoro, La Barra, Maldonado 20001, Uruguay
4277 2775
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Ranked #4 of 10 Restaurants in La Barra
Cuisines: South American
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Buenos Aires
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A Special Experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

Al Forno is situated in a charming log cabin, down a dirt road, behind a tall hedge. The wood burning stove, rustic furniture, and rough hewn walls made us feel that Abe Lincoln might pop in at any moment. Knowing his restaurant is difficult to locate, Frederico, the warm and gentle owner/chef was waiting for us outside with two umbrellas during a torrential storm. The early season menu was limited, but we found several things that looked appealing. Each course was brought out hot from the oven by the owner who happily explained each ingredient in his mostly fluent English. Frederico is an inspired chef who has a passion for cuisine. Everything was either good or excellent. The only reason I do not give Al Forno five stars is the lamb dish, which was marinated for hours in Malbec, but shaved off a larger shank and placed under the broiler to heat up, ended up a bit dry. Keep in mind I am being a little fussy here. Regardless, my wife and I left feeling happy and satisfied. Abe would have made a proclamation.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2012

Went with wife off prior reviews and we were blown away. Very small so make reservations. Food was amazing as we shared a pizza and piece of fish. Great wine menu and dessert. Service exceptional and place is so cozy. Pillows and blankets were a great touch. Highly recommend and only wish we could go back again and again. Prices are fair for area.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oslo, Norway
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Excellent and affordable local Uruguayan food with wonderful athmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

If you want excellent and affordable local Uruguayan food, look no further. The superb, fresh fish like all other things we tried in this restaurant was served in an original and very delicate way. The food was really amazing. The location is wonderful and peaceful, the interior and the atmosphere very charming. The friendly staff makes you feel very warm welcome, above all the chef him self Federico Amandola.

We highly recommend this restaurant and definitely intend to go back.

Anne and Erik, Oslo, Norway

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Montevideo, Uruguay
1 review
“One of the best restaurants I ve ever been in Punta del Este”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2012

Following a recomendation we found a surprising place were we had a great time and tasted a great meal. The place is peaceful, sourrounded by nature and stylish rustic architecture full of exquisit details that make it a unique place. We ordered quesadillas with pork bali and muzarella and then some white fish in an iron box, excellent presentation and deliciously prepared, and Lamb confit in butter with superb texture. The ingredients seams to be delicately treated and mixted. You can see the chef Federico Amandola Mastroianni cooking most of the dishes in his great wood oven. No doubt in the possitive equation price/quality.

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
2 reviews
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“Great Service and Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2011

We came to Punta for our first time and read great reviews about this restaurant. We were here just before the crowds started pouring in so it was way to enjoy the restaurant. The food was great - particularly the squid entree and the "Rotolo" dish. The service was amazing with small little extra touches showing up before and after the meal. Our bill was less than $90 US for an entree, 2 main dishes, 3 diet cokes and a dessert - so not bad at all. We would highly recommend this restaurant and hope to be back!

  • Visited December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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