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Restaurante El Federal

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San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, 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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Chicago, Illinois
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74 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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.

Thank lbaena
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Four of us dined here, but only two of us were satisfied with the meal. The men in our group rank the ribeye here as 2nd to last on their list of over 10 steaks eaten in Argentina. My husband said the steak was "just average." Both guys were jealous of the meal I ordered. This brings us to the... More 

Thank Patricia S
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Great restaurant and can only recommended it after staying a couple of months for business in BA. Went there several times during the week or on the weekends. On the weekends more quiet. Go there for dinner and then enjoy the bars after that around. Try the lamb and also the empanadas. A colleague of mine's favorite was the mate... More 

Thank Stefan B
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

Chanced upon this whilst wandering near our hotel. Fabulous food , great wine and lovely staff who spoke excellent English and made us feel very welcome

Thank rosemary9378
Calgary, Canada
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

You hardly need to say any more after "it was so good, we had to return a second time"! With all the choices available it says a lot when you return for a "second helping". Most memorable: beetroot gnocchi, lamb, cake with passion fruit sauce. We loved our food and very much enjoyed the fact that we could eat when... More 

Thank Heidi D
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

There isn't really a "happy hour" culture in Buenos Aires, so it can be tough to find a place for wine & tapas after work in the 4-7pm timeframe - but this sparkling gem delivers authentic cuisine, local wines and friendly staff any time of the day. I enjoyed a delightful Sunday late afternoon here before catching a flight out... More 

Thank Karen M
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

Not good. We went on a Monday, which is notoriously slow in BA. The place was dead at 10 and the only other couple was leaving when we arrived. The empanadas showed promise. Started with the 6 to share and they were tasty. We ordered the lamb, based on online reviews. What arrived was reheated two-day old lamb. You know... More 

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43 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

Perhaps it was because it was Monday night, but I was not overly impressed with the food. E had just come from Mendoza, so brought our in wine, which was freely accepted and opened (for a small fee). The empanadas were pretty good, it was nice to have a small sauce with them, we had one lamb, one beef and... More 

Thank skkollie
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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123 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Stumbled across this place by accident, quite close to our hotel in the San Martin area. Very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere with friendly, attentive, but not intrusive, service. Not an extensive menu but the food we had was excellent, reflecting Argentinian regional specialities. Top quality meat cooked to perfection with good wine to complement. Extraordinarily good value; not sure why... More 

Thank rosemary9378
Sammamish, Washington
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Stopped here for our last meal before leaving Argentina. Intimate, friendly, and excellent authentic food! We were even treated to a champagne toast at the end of our meal.

Thank Tradingcomet

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$15 - $25
Argentinean, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Dining on a budget
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: San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires 1004, 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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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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