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Cafe San Juan

$$ - $$$
San Telmo
As featured in Best Food in Buenos Aires
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Avenida San Juan 450, Buenos Aires C1147AAP, Argentina
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Tue - Sun 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Buenos Aires
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55 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Una excelente opción en San Telmo, pequeño muy bien atendido y con una carta que les propongo compartir para explorar todo lo posible. Sabroso y abundante Sera una buena idea reservar y saber que sólo aceptan efectivo. Volveremos Small and happy place in San Telmo that you should visit, make a reservation first. Very interesting menu, share and explore, specially... More 

Thank Panicpablo
London, England
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91 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016 via mobile

Went at 12.40 on a Saturday lunchtime (xmas eve in fact) and got in fine with no reservation. Shared two dishes. A fabulous incredibly light tuna empanada which, although simple, was a really refined bit of cooking. Then a great octopus dish. Also had a top class desert. Friendly service and nice vibe. Loved it!

Thank JimmyDub
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

For a delicious meal with home made ingredients, generous portions prepared by a great chef go here. Everything is seasonal and freshly prepared from the bread to the pasta! Great starter tapas and delicious pasta. The portions are big, so share and the creme brulee is the real deal!

Thank johanita1969
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155 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

They only take cash, the great waiter Carlos looks like Che.😀 The tapas menu is great, but the rabbit pate tapas dish is sensational melt in the mouth. All reasonably priced too.

Thank NeilAustralia
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

This was the best part of my stay in San Telmo. The food was really delicious and the waiters were solicitous...and kind enough to try and translate the mains and dessert menu into English for me. The oro de bite (ribeye steak) was great, but by far the star of the show was the Passion fruit mousse. This is probably... More 

Thank Chircee
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

two weeks ago, we were looking for a place to have lunch in San Telmo as my son was working downtown. She had a reference of this place from some friends. When we arrive the place was full, but we could find two seats at the bar. The place is a typical "bodegon" of buenos aires, noisy, tables very closed... More 

Thank robyferrari54
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

It was to much publicity.... was not what I was expected, the food to highand expensive $100.00 without wine for a B Aires Restaurant, no meats on the menu, only fish, pasta among others. the only good was the creme Brule!! I ask for a salmon and was full of green salads with no flavor, We where 4 and ask... More 

Thank Gretchen R
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

First off, I gotta say, if you're planning to go for dinner or on a weekend, plan ahead and make a reservation. The food is worth it, but the demand is way too high to expect getting a table without a reservation, unless it's early on a weekday at lunchtime. THe food is AMAZING and everyone is really friendly.

Thank Ivana I
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Delicious as well....but the starters we ordered, only 3 between 4 were enough to fill us! Probably no need to mains, but we ate them anyway 😀 had a nice glass of red and it was a near perfect long lunch on a sunny afternoon in Buenos Aires! Great little spot! Almost forgot the bread was amazing too.....

Thank Sacr4
Miami, Florida
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8 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

What initially caught my eye was the store front where there were several articles from various food magazines and publications featuring the chef (or owner, not sure). The service was quick and the food was amazing! The staff seemed to be enjoying themselves and took great care of us. I would definitely recommend this place to anybody in Buenos Aires.

Thank IITheKidII

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Spanish, Argentinean, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida San Juan 450, Buenos Aires C1147AAP, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
  • Neighborhood: San Telmo
  • Phone Number: 4300-1112

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in San Telmo

Neighborhood Profile
San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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