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“Great meal, great for meat lovers”
Review of El Palenque

El Palenque
Ranked #44 of 943 Restaurants in Montevideo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Ciudad Vieja
Description: In our grill, a big variety of courts, meats of calf meat, lamb, pork, kidney, sausages and trip are grilled daily. The fishes and seafood arrive directly from the port, so do the vegetables and fresh fruits from the garden. Although -we have to recognize it- our more important ingredient is you.
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“Great meal, great for meat lovers”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

We stumbled upon this restaurant in the Mercado and had a great meal. The baby steaks were excellent and we were not disappointed.

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Heidelberg
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“Tourist Trap, total ripoff...”
Reviewed February 16, 2013

After reading all the good reviews here on TA, we decided to visit "el Palenque" on 15.01.2013.

The prices are about 40-50% above the local insider prices at less touristic places.

I had a small steak ("lomo de bife") for 580 UYU, way too small for the price. The sidedish (potatoes) was already cold when served and I had to return it.

Service was ok, but not able to explain any dishes in English.

To sum up: Absolutely not worth the price. I talked to a local friend a couple of days later, showed him the receipt and he was totally shocked how much we`ve spent for this kind of dinner.

  • Visited January 2013
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Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
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“Great restaurant in the Mercado”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

I can highly recommand El Palenque en Montevideo as well as it's partner restaurant in Punta del Este. In both places the food is excellent and the service good. Just specify, when you want to have a starter and a principal. If not, they will bring everything together.

Visited January 2013
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“Dinner excellent, helpful English-speaking waiter, sweetbreads, yum!”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

We just arrived for first visit to Montevideo, staying around the corner from this restaurant. We cannot compare to anything else in MVD, of course, but our meal was wonderfully enjoyable. Had SWEETBREADS, which is a rare treat, not usually found outside a few french restaurants, and they lightly coated/barbeque/grilled them wonderfully tender. Just a little lemon added. We also had potato with champignon sauce, and fresh green salad with a lemon/olive oil dressing that our waiter prepared. Local merlot wine, warm summer evening outdoors, it was a superior start to our visit.

Our waiter spoke great English, helpful for our poor spanish. Not familiar with barbeque ordering, but I think it was okay to order a little bit at a time, so we did not overdo it!

There is an extra charge just to sit at a table in the Mercado area, given to the Mercado for historic preservation. This adds a cost probably not found at other area restaurants, 90 pesos (under US$5) per person.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Way over-rated!!!!”
Reviewed December 31, 2012

Forget the price--25 to 35% more than elsewhere; el Palenque is simply over-rated. Steak was less that mediocre and over-cooked. I asked for rare (emphasized in Spanish--Bien jugoso!) and received medium well. Reordered after big discussion, and managed to get a medium. Service? Forget it!!! I think people rate it well because they are embarrassed to have paid so much. We went the next day to a place half the price 30 meters away and had a WONDERFUL piece of meat---same cut as at Palenque to make the test. I'll write a separate recommendation for them. My advice on Palenque---Stay away!!!!!!!

Visited December 2012
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