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“A great taste of Buenos Aires without trimmings”
Review of El Obrero

El Obrero
Ranked #109 of 5,229 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Neighborhood: La Boca
Reviewed December 25, 2011

Fabulous atmosphere in the restaurant with good basic food well done. Great staff. A prefect place for a long lunch. Across the road from the restaurant is a film museum, but you dont want to be wandering too far further towards the docks area.

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Reviewed December 14, 2011

We dream of the veal milanese, the perfectly cooked steaks, the fried fish, the mashed potatos, the potato omelets oozing with cheese or Swiss chard, the most tender and non-greasy fried calamari, the ravioli and other pasta, the white sangria, and yearn to return to sample everything on the menu and be with Sylvia and the other owners of this exceptionally fine and fun restaurant. Never have we eaten so well for such a modest sum, with such nice hosts. To get to El Obrero, from center city, take Avenida Alte Brown into La Boca, turn LEFT onto Aristobolo Del Valle. Proceed three blocks and turn LEFT onto Caboto. Go one long block and one very short block to Augustin R. Caterrena. El Obrero is on this street. Turn RIGHT on Augustin R. Caterrena and El Obrero will be on the left. Look for the COKE sign. Tell them Shirley and Mauricio from Filadelfia sent you. Your cab driver will get lost because Augustin R. Caterrena is only two blocks long and does not intersect with the main street Avenida Alte Brown.

1  Thank MauriciodeFiladelfa
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Reviewed November 12, 2011

El Obrero is very difficult to find and you really need to print out a map before hailing a cab. But it has a sawdust on the floor vibe that I love, kind of the antithesis to an Orlando experience. It is rustic and full of ancient Diego Maradona artefacts. The food is excellent and very reasonably priced. This is my favorite Argentine hole in the wall. Highly recommended!

2  Thank Maskotas
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

Please stick out the cab ride, it is an adventure that is well worth the experience and food. We had our cab driver try to talk us out of eating in this location, due to its bad reputation but we insisted on going. And we are so glad we did. We were staying in Palermo, to and from restaurant cost us a total of $25us. The food was amazing, we had bife de chorizo and raviolis de espinaca, with a great bottle of wine... All for 140 pesos. Best value we have had in south america, and it was delicious. You really step back into an old Italian neighborhood with family and friends elbow to elbow enjoying great food. Though we were obviously not from the area, we were well recieved with open arms. We had no reservations, just showed up on a busy thursday. The cab driver will tell you that you cant hail a cab from this location, but no worries, the owner will call you a cab and it will be waiting for you after this great meal. We would highly reccomend this restaurant and was a highlight of our trip to buenos Aires.

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1  Thank David L
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Reviewed October 13, 2011

Why did Bono take the rest of U2 to eat here? For the same reason you should go: fantastic food, ridicolously inexpensive prices and the real Buenos Aires experience. Marcelino (the owner who just passed away last July) started this place for the harbvor workers (this the name, the worker) and gradually expanded to become to what it is today. If the neigbourhood discourages you, the line of Audis, BMWs and Mercedes will tell you this is a special place where both people from the neighborhood to TV personalities come to eat here. The bife the chorizo, the milanesas and the puchero (oh my God!) are incredible and huge. The flan with dulce de leche is of biblical proportions. I live in Buenos Aires and go here every month. Very important: take a cab to get there and have one of the waiters call one for you when you leave.

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1  Thank gmokatz
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