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“Another classic in Montevideo:” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bar Tabare

Bar Tabare
J. L. Zorrilla de San Martin | Cruce Con Tabare, Montevideo 11300, Uruguay
+598 2 7123242
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Ranked #62 of 523 Restaurants in Montevideo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $40
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Montevideo, Uruguay
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105 reviews 105 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Another classic in Montevideo:”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2012

Nice for business lunch or dinner, as well as for young people with live music in its cava.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Montevideo, Montevideo, Uruguay
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Classic place, awesome menu”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2011

Quite expensive but worthy enough. Great selection of local wines

Visited October 2011
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San Javier, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Always a disappointment”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2011

I live about a block away, so I know Bar Tabare very well. I am always disappointed and tell myself I will never return, but somehow seem to return out of peer pressure. From uninspired food to bad service to unhelpful managers, they just don't seem to like being the in the restaurant business. It has a great ambiance and live music though.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“The terrible service trumps the good food.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2011

I am a resident of Montevideo, and Bar Tabaré is in my neighborhood. I must say that I was appalled with the service we received at what is hailed to be one of the best restaurants in town.

We went to Bar Tabaré because they had a promotion of a guest chef from Astrid y Gaston, a famous restaurant from Lima, Peru. The menu was set, and while excellent, was primarily meat based. One of the members of our party was vegetarian. Instead of asking him to stay home, we called to Bar Tabaré earlier in the day to see if an alternate plate could be made. We were told that yes, a pasta dish would be offered and to discuss this with the waiter upon arrival.

When we arrived, we talked with the manager and then the waiter who stated that an pasta dish would be served. After the appetizer, the waiter approached the table and said their was no more pasta. He offered instead a salad. Bear in mind that the vegetarian meal was still $40/person just like all the other customers (who were receiving a four-course meal). We asked to speak with the manager, who stated that she could do nothing and that all of the pasta was pasta filled with lamb. When I spoke to her firmly that she needed to resolve the problem and that we had called earlier to prevent such a problem, she said again that she could do nothing. She simply interrupted us and was argumentative.

Finally after several minutes of discussion, she said, "Well, we have spaghetti," to which several of us said that was acceptable and asked why it had not been offered before. She told us that we had refused this option of spaghetti, which we had not. The waiter had told us simply there was not pasta. Later we talked with the waiter who refused to admit he had made a mistake and who said it was the kitchen who had erred.

In all of this debacle, no one ever apologized. Instead they argued with us, claimed it wasn't their fault, and refused to accept responsibility. Regardless of how good the food is, I will never return to Bar Tabaré as there are many other establishments in Montevideo that take care of their patrons and appreciate their business--something Bar Tabare does not.

  • Visited September 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Cómodo y deliciosa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

This is a jewel tucked into the neighborhood just off the playa/rambla in the Punta Carretas area. Reservations are a good idea in summer, especially on weekends after 2100.
The ambience is very comfortable with the feeling of a familar old bar. Lighting is soft but certainly bright enough for most to read well. The music was nice and played at a comfortable level. Conversation at a normal level is easy.
The service is very friendly and helpful. There is no rush or pressure. You can have a meal at your pace and even progress slowly in tapas style. The waiter was patient and made good recommendations.
omewhat oddly for the atmosphere, sushi & sashimi are featured. However, they are only available Monday-Friday.
The appetizer menu is fairly long and invites ordering items for the table. The entre menu is not extensive, but everything was prepared nicely and presented well. The fish was particularly good.
Portions were very nice and desserts were a hit.
Three courses, wine and water for three = $170.
Definitely a spot for future returns.

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