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“Quite charming and excellent place!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurante El Federal

Restaurante El Federal
San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, Argentina
+54 43131324
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Ranked #36 of 2,557 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Price range: $15 - $25
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: El Federal is the restaurant where locals and foreigners can enjoy the very best of Argentine Cuisine. With our Tasting Menu you can discover the range and depth of Argentina's fantastic food and drink. We offer the chance to try ingredients that are uniquely Argentine and very difficult to find elsewhere in the Capital, Buenos Aires. El Federal is the perfect place to really embrace the flavours of our rich country.
Arlington, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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“Quite charming and excellent place!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We ate at El Federal and had a fantastic lunch. The decor of the place is very rustic and replicates the true Agrengtina (covered cowhide chairs, ructic furniture, etc.), but yet seems very contemporary at the same time. Very unique and one of a kind design on lighting, furniture, and even some of the bathroom fixtures. Everything we ate was excellent. We started off with three empanadas (one meat, one cheese, and one some other mixture) and they were so good we had to get another helping of them. I had the the beef plate that has wonderfully cooked or smoked mushrooms, potatoes, and other vegatables in somewhat of a broth (it didn't have the heavy texture of a stew, but it wasn't a soup either, but it was good, which is what really matters anyway), my wife had the grilled chicken salad, which was huge and wonderful, and our friend has lamb (looked somewhat like lamb chops with seaoning and sauce). All the food was excellent!! We also had a fantatstic desert, which was really a combination of 4 or 5 dulce's prepared in different ways (coconut flan, a crepe type thing, etc.). The waiter was extremely friendly and th service wasd very good. Overall, it was a wonderful dining experience!!

  • Visited December 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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New York City, New York
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“excellent beaf, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

We liked EL FEDERAL in Buenos; we have chosen as it was adviced by our receptionist and the choice revealed to be good!!! We have taken two asados and a local wine.. the service was professional and they speak english, so we could choose the desserts better with their help. WE DEFINITELY RECOMMEND THIS PLACE!!!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Great Find”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Both food & wine were great value, tasty food, genuine Argentine cuisine, excellent service. A la carte or fixed priced menu. Located in the Retiro district close to San Martin metro stop.

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Irvington, New York
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“Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

The waiter was very nice and kept offering us different wines to taste until we settled on a bottle...however, the food was quite average.

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paulafederal, Propietario at Restaurante El Federal, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
Dear client, we have read your review and i world like to know more about your food experience. What dishes did you ask? How was your inputs about them? This information is really usefull to imprube our service and dishes . Thank you very much!! And have an excellent New Year.
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“Disappointing evening”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012 via mobile

We were excited to try this restaurant based on the trip advisor reviews, but were very disappointed. Three of our four meals were truly awful - the steak was beyond well done and we ordered it medium rare, the special pasta of the day was filled with a lumpy tasteless cheese, and the "toothfish" smelled terrible and tasted worse -- too bad after the hilarity of the waitress and her good natured attempt with her iPhone translator for the fish dish. The pork was tasty but boney. I can not recommend this restaurant.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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paulafederal, Propietario at Restaurante El Federal, responded to this review, December 26, 2012
We are really concern about your oppinion. The waiteress told us that she wanted to change your steak when she noticied that was over cooked and your answer was that it wasn t necessary. The fish is a Paraná river fish that have a really earthy flavor because of The food that they eat.
We allways have the availability to change the dishes to try to solve this kind of cultural and mistakes problems ....our objetive is to get happy clients that can experiment our real food. My apologyse for the inconvinience with your dishes.
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