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“great food in Palermo”
Review of Social Paraiso

Social Paraiso
Ranked #419 of 4,809 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: European, Argentinean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Palermo
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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782 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
“great food in Palermo”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

For the last 14 years, Federico has been the head of this restaurant’s kitchen, which offers signature dishes and a gourmet midday menu for a more than reasonable price, along with half a dozen options of wine by the glass, which have been carefully chosen following quality, good taste and matching criteria. Social Paraíso focuses on creating a sybarite, but friendly and not over-complicated alternative in the Palermo restaurant landscape; as a result, their spot-on proposal caters for foodies such as me. The place is pleasantly simple, neat and unassuming, and the fact that it only has 40 seats allows for connoisseur and personalized service from Federico himself behind the counter of his open kitchen and from Natalia, the agreeable and efficient midday waitress. Everything they serve is homemade, including the yummy bread basket with delicious toast and breadsticks; the menu is short but well-balanced, since it covers beef, pork, fish and pasta dishes that are masterfully put together taking into account a perfect harmony of flavors and textures. My choice was to start with the shrimp on a smoked eggplant “caviar”, which was scrumptious, and a main course of salmon with a tomato cubes, balsamic vinegar and mustard sauce with a side of grilled vegetables that was a perfect and delightful combination; to drink, the right match was a glass of Tempus Rosé. The whole lunch deserved a round of applause for the chef!

Visited April 2013
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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“I love the terrine, locro, gnocchi, semi-freddo”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

The food here is goood. We called about 1 pm on a Sunday and asked for a table of 5, they said sure and we showed up 30 minutes later. It got packed around 2. The fixed-price dos pasos (appetizer and main course, both smaller) were excellent. Our choices were salad, leek soup, or terrine to start. Locro, baked white fish, or gnocchi as the second course. I put up some photos here: http://aisleofmate.tumblr.com/post/51537086890/social-paraiso

As we waited momentarily for the food, we dove into the bread basked with glee as I'd qualify it as artisanal bakery vs. restaurant. The terrine was delicious, as was the soup. No one went for salad :). The locro and gnocchi were unreal. Flavor explosions at every bite. The fish was also good, but as it was baked in tin foil, I couldn't get the camera to focus. By the time we finished the two courses, I was full. Then we had dessert and despite everything, they were gone in moments! I highly recommend this place. Mm, there's a steady ebb and flow of noise as sometimes people compete with the softly playing music. While I wouldn't call it a quiet restaurant, there were 5 of us and I didn't have trouble hearing, although it might be tough if your hearing isn't very good. Service was terrific. The place itself was simple, laid back with excellent food.

  • Visited May 2013
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
“Delicious Break from Beef!”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

The food and atmosphere at Social Paraiso were exactly what we needed after several heavier meals of great local steaks. Try the prawn appetizer, it was unbelievable!

  • Visited April 2013
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BA, Argentina
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36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“A small social paradise in Palermo”
Reviewed April 21, 2013

We enjoyed our meal at this restaurant very much. Everything was cooked to perfection and the dessert was pure bliss (coffee semifreddo).
We liked the fresh, simple atmosphere. It was full on a Sunday at lunchtime but you did not feel it was "busy". Soft music playing in the background and a slight breeze coming in.
The menu is not big but it is really interesting and the waiters are knowledgeable and attentive, smiling all the time and making useful suggestions.
I especially liked the bread and I complimented the pattiseur so much (it´s home made) that they gave me sth extra to take home!

  • Visited April 2013
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Bethesda, Maryland
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43 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Great lunch”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is a small restaurant in Palermo that was recommended by an Argentine friend. We came at a not very busy time for a late lunch. The dish that we enjoyed the most was a grilled chicken cooked to perfection with risotto. The wine by the cup was very generous. Service was great. This meal was a great beginning to our trip to Argentina.

  • Visited February 2013
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