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Puerto del Buceo 1 | Puerto Buceo, Montevideo 11326, Uruguay
2622 7930
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We order sole. What we received was pangasius (we believe). In any case nothing similar to sole. They accept only VISA cards or cash. If you like fish and seafood, go elsewhere. There are very good real restaurants in town.

Montevideo, Uruguay
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

This place seems to be a Sunday tradition for some ancient, unknown reason, because after every annual trip there, 3 in all, I'm always telling myself, never again. This time, for a fish dinner on Mother's Day, once again the service is disorganized, excruciatingly slow, and terrible. From order to delivery was 755 minutes, and the waiter almost gave it... More 

Thank DirkHendrix
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is very well located but the food is terrible. I've asked for a sole fish but they served something like a Chinese panga fish!

Thank Lorenzo M
Lima, Peru
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Ordered pulpo a la gallega and what I got is not even close, a chewy octopus (three tentacles) and 1 potato.... Horrible Ordered a Paella... What I got was a soupy rice that was 80% Seafood, no salt, and the dish dominated by mussels. Again horrible and hard to believe they can screw up a simple dish having the right... More 

2 Thank Julio1977
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 via mobile

I give it 3 points because its one of the only restaurants where you can eat better fish in Montevideo and have more choices for fish to choose out. Dont go in the middle of the summer for a lunch because it's terrible hot there and they dont have airconditioner.

Thank Annelot P
Montevideo, Uruguay
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

This is a mixed emotions review: yesterday went to El Italiano with my family from Brazil. They love sea food and as the day was sunny we decided to enjoy the fresh air. As my husband and me arrived at 10 to 1pm we approached the person that was supposed to "welcome" the customers. This very first impression was disappointing... More 

1 Thank Diana_MVD
Milan, Italy
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

If you want eat great fish meal, Uruguay is not the place to be, but this restaurant is a valid alternative to "the always present" meat. The place is rustic but the service was good and Fish was good, cooked in a basic way. Finally I recommended.

1 Thank FraDegli89
Fitchburg, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Ups: relatively inexpensive wines (e.g., Trapiche Sauvignon for 290 Uruguayan pesos) and the enormous portions. Downs: quality of food so so. Many of the fish in the menu were not available. Issue: They do not accept credit cards and this is illegal. There is a law under which such type of business must accept a credit card. It is ridiculous... More 

Thank Pocitos-Fitchburg
Montevideo, Uruguay
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Poor service. It took for ever to get our food. Tables that came after us got their food before us when they ordered the same as us! We tried to complain about that but the owner didn't want to hear about it. The food really poor quality. They don't get credit cards!!!

1 Thank Karicrosi
Castillos, Uruguay
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146 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

In a country where fish is not high on the agenda, this surely is one of the exceptions! Their seafood symphony is still a winner as well as their fried fish - the nearest thing to the real fish and chips in Uruguay!

Thank silage

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Italian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Puerto del Buceo 1 | Puerto Buceo, Montevideo 11326, Uruguay
  • Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo
  • Phone Number: 2622 7930

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?