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Cafe Tortoni

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Avenida de Mayo 825 9, Buenos Aires C1084AAD, Argentina
8:00 am - 1:00 am
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Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 1:00 am
Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

There was a line of about 20 people when we arrived about 11:30 am on Sunday but it moved quickly and within 10 min we were seated at a small round cafe-style table. I loved the interior with beautiful lighting and old framed photos. Menus had English and some of the translations are quite humorous, as we've found in other... More 

Thank hollis141
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Cafe Tortoni is the oldest one in Buenos Aires. From every corner of the cafe you can hear history talking to you. The staff is really friendly and you get the feeling of going back in time when visiting. I really enjoyed going there when in Buenos Aires.

Thank FrenkyTrenky
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was the first restaurant we ate at upon arriving in BA, and we couldn't have made a better choice. In addition to having a great atmosphere, Cafe Tortoni serves up delicious food. My husband and I both ordered steaks; they were ready in no time and were excellent. Cafe Tortoni is definitely worth a visit!

Thank bakery
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Stepping into Cafe Tortoni is like stepping back into the late 19th Century or early 20th Century. The only thing missing is the 'barbershop singing'. Well-presented waiters, fantastic atmosphere, great menu, including: - "CHOCOLAT ESPESO" (I think that's the spelling). This is a small steel teapot filled with thick, hot, molten chocolate (for one). With this, you get a very... More 

Thank DanieleIannarelli
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stylish, authentic, Buenos Aires café ! .... a journey to past glory ! This wonderful place, its incredibly well preserved architecture and 19th Century deco are worth a visit (and a hot chocolate). In fact it is is an absolute must, eventhough it may appear quite touristy.

Thank JeanneMorges
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39 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderfull historically place but good new stop here. Average food, expensive prices and mandatory gratuity. Seems a tourist trap.

Thank step137_n
Bucharest, Romania
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27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Tortoni is a place that should not be missed for a visit to Buenos Aires, there is a lot of history about famous people and not only inside. And the cafe itself is a very attractive place. BUT the food is not top quality and prices too high compared to what they offer. In plus, in the evening it... More 

Thank DanielaLC2412
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there to drink a cup of coffee and to have something small to eat. They were running out of tortas verduras which we wanted therefore we chose to have a dessert : an apple pie. Although I can appreciate it was prepared from the apple slices ( not the apple mousse) the dove used for the top layer... More 

Thank Ola J
Manhattan, KS
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329 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, the place does have atmosphere, the food is just fine, the waiters and staff are serious, but not rude. You will most likely have to wait a bit before they let you in, it is that busy all the time. The place is soaked in Buenos Aires history, every important writer, artist etc. was there, including foreigners such as... More 

Thank Witoldzio
Isla Colon, Panama
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history is tangible in this cafe. Based on other reviews we went with a small lunch/snack. The tarta de pavita as well as the tarta de jamon y queso were both delicious. Yummy cafe con leche. Decor is lovely and art/exhibited items interesting. Absolutely worth the visit.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$2 - $15
Cafe, Argentinean, South American
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 1:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida de Mayo 825 9, Buenos Aires C1084AAD, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Montserrat
  • Neighborhood: Montserrat
  • Phone Number: 4342-4328

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Montserrat

Neighborhood Profile
As part of the historic quarter of Buenos Aires, Montserrat is defined by the historical events that took place there and the landmarks that have stood the test of time. The Plaza de Mayo is at the center of this connection to history: countless public demonstrations have passed through this square, going back to the May Revolution of 1810. Walking the streets of Montserrat allows us to imagine what Buenos Aires may have looked like in the past: the Cabildo takes us back to the late 16th century, while the Palacio Barolo and the traditional cafés carry us to the early 20th. Nowadays, the neighborhood is inundated every day by office workers, buses, and taxis; still, the cobblestones, narrow sidewalks, and subway stations from the 1910s remind us that we are surrounded by history everywhere we look.
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