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Bar El Federal

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2016, 2018 - 2019 Winner
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PRICE RANGE
$2 - $6
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Bar, Argentinean, South American
FEATURES
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

This is one of my favorite cafes in Buenos Aires, located in San Telmo, the heart of the old city. A great place to meet up with friends and chat. The food (good picadas) drinks and coffees are good and reasonably priced and there is...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Los N, Public Relations Manager at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Hi! Thank you very much for sharing your experience and comments, they help us improve our services. Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed August 13, 2018

One of the oldest pubs in Buenos Aires serving great food, and self brewed beer. I had the Pavita de Escabeche sandwich and some boquerones to start before the sandwich arrived with a home brewed beer. My colleague had the milaneza which was a huge...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JosA28
Los N, Public Relations Manager at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2018

Hi! Thank you very much for your kind comment! Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed August 10, 2018 via mobile

My girlfriend wanted to go to the hairdressing and once we came by one, I looked around trying to find a place where I could have a beer. And I was lucky. The golden beer they serve here is simply outstanding.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Los N, Public Relations Manager at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2018

Hi José! Thank you very much for your kind comment :D. Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

Possibly one of the oldest bars in Buenos Aires it certainly looks the part. Lovely old wooden bar area with the feel of late 19th early 20th century. Huge drink selection and a menu and that reads like a novel. A great place to have...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Los N, Public Relations Manager at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2018

Hi Alastair! Thank you very much for your kind comments :D. Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

Went here for pre dinner drinks. What a find! Enjoyed the local IPA served by very friendly staff Would highly recommend this bar.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Almair
Los N, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2018

Hi Almair! Thank you very much for your kind comments! Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed April 24, 2018

I really enjoyed the food in this place, portions are huge and it really tastes like homemade. I recommend the Tiramisu, it was special!

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank JuliaKSP
Los N, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Hi JuliaKSP! Thank you very much for your comment, it makes us very glad. Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed April 24, 2018

1864 !!!! That is when El Federal opened !!!!! The decor, the bar, everything breath history in that place. You get typical Buenos Aires dishes. Nothing fancy at El Federal but they do it all very well and in a traditional way !!! A must...More

Date of visit: February 2018
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Los N, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Hi GillesFlores! Thank you very much for your comments. Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed April 18, 2018

An institution in the city dating from 1864 and one of oldest if not the oldest bar in the city. Great selection of food and the bar at the front is quite unique - allows you to sit at the bar and eat as if...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed April 8, 2018

The bar is beautiful and it is worth visiting to enjoy a bottle of wine or a meal. The menu has a large selection of local plates that I had not seen before. Our waitress spoke English with us. If you are staying in the...More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Los N, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Hi Lisa! Thank you very much for sharing your experience. Regards, Los Notables

Reviewed April 7, 2018 via mobile

Good service and good food at a reasonable price. I would recommend the pork for two, more than generous portion.

Date of visit: February 2018
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Los N, Director de Relaciones Públicas at Bar El Federal, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Hi badbeartx! Thank you very much for your comment and recommendation. Regards, Los Notables

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