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Restaurante El Federal

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$$ - $$$
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Calle San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires C1004AAU, Argentina
+54 43131324
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I love this they introduce dishes from different part of Argentina here! Great presentation, good service, very interesting menu - I ordered a main course of fish with a dash of ice cream! Also they have an option of sharing a main course with extra side dishes, very flexible! I love their tea collection! Created by one of the top... More 

Thank aquahles
Cascavel, PR
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful place. The house is a part of San Telmo's history. Great dishes for good prices. The waiters até very polite and friendly.

Thank Gustavo T
Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There were so many missteps in our experience at El Federal this could be a very long review, so I'll mention the most egregious here. Walked in at about 7-7:30 to an empty restaurant. The manager (Owner?) vaguely pointed to a section of tables where we sat ourselves. We ordered a bottle of wine from the list, they didn't have... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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78 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016

Visited three times in a week over the course of social functions for a conference which I was attending. The restaurant has a relaxed authentic feel to it with lots of chunky wooden furniture and a simple but flavoursome South American menu. Between the three events I had the chance to try their three course menu, nibbles/snacks and wine selection;... More 

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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

While attending a conference in Buenos Aires I actually attended this restaurant twice, once for a cocktail function and another for a sit down dinner. The staff were not overly friendly, and for our sit down dinner for a large group of 25 people they tried to overcharge us a full sitting, The food was good, not the best I've... More 

Thank Sarah S
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91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Great place, amazing history, nice atmosphere, Food not as good as expected and service can be a little disordered, But the experience was good.

Thank cicastro
Deerfield, Illinois
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130 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Went to El Federal for a evening reception for a professional group. They prepared a range of four different cold finger foods, four different hot finger foods, and finished with four different desserts. All fabulous and all in sufficient quantities fro 80 people. Wine and drinks were freely available and of several types. I have no idea what there meals... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

Traditional Restaurant, part of "Los Notables" - chain of traditional restaurants famous for "picadas". Today I've tried the Milanese and it was delicious! Good service, artesanal beer and feeling of Argentinean lifestyle. A must go in Buenos Aires as well as Café La Poesia, Celta Bar, Bar De Cao and Café Margot (the Notables).

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76 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016 via mobile

A restaurant with some variety of dishes, menu is not huge, service is adequate, flavor of food is good.

Thank Raul C
Chicago, Illinois
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81 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

This is a very affordable restaurant in Argentina that provides all types of foods with a variety of Argentinian foods. It´s excellent for fast food and I recommend it for sandwiches and burgers. The Milanesa is also very good.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $25
Latin, Argentinean, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires C1004AAU, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Retiro
  • Neighborhood: Retiro
  • Phone Number: +54 43131324
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.

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Staying in Retiro

Neighborhood Profile
Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the port, mean this neighborhood is never truly at rest. One minute you are walking down a street dotted with ornate mansions and luxurious shop windows and the next you find yourself surrounded by a sea of people racing to catch their train or bus. It is this juxtaposition of never-ending comings and goings and quiet, elegant luxury that defines Retiro, as well as Buenos Aires, a city where sharp contrasts are all around.
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