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Restaurante El Federal

Calle San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires C1004AAU, Argentina
+54 11 4313-1324
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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“empanadas” (80 reviews)
“braised lamb” (8 reviews)
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Latin, Argentinian
$$ - $$$
Calle San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires C1004AAU, Argentina
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

El Federal is a friendly cosy restaurant easily accessible in Retiro, we visited twice during our say. You might wonder why but on our first night they didn't have the Patagonian lamb available as they had a large booking the previous night and they were...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

After visiting for drinks in the afternoon, returned with friends for dinner. Excellent meal from a varied menu. Lovely staff took care of everything. So for a change from the usual, but wonderful beef, try here. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Almair
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We tried El Federal based on Tripadvisor reviews and on a good location on Calle San Martin near our hotel. We had arrived that morning and were jet-lagged and tired, and, as it turned out, one of us was getting sick. We went to the...More

Thank divegirlelaine
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Got here at 7.30pm and no one else arrived until 9pm. Then there was a gas problem and everyone was evacuated. No discount on the bill of course. Anyway the food was pretty nice and the waiter chap was capable enough. I sorta felt sorry...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

This meal was definitely the highlight of my brief visit to Buenos Aires. The service was brilliant (even charged my phone) and I had an authentic Argentinian culinary experience with a steak cooked to perfection washed down with a couple of glasses of superb malbec....More

Thank Kim E
Reviewed 2 June 2017

I loved eating here. The food was great and the service was impeccable. The waiters spoke English fluently, and this was my only experience in Argentina where the service was similar to that in a nice American restaurant. They kept an eye on my plate,...More

Thank Chase42
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

I just spent the better part of today learning to cook dishes from a variety of regions within Argentina with Chef Paola. She was amazing and I couldn't ask for a better way to spend the day!!! Empanadas, steak ahumado, braised lamb and a variety...More

Thank glassgirl0821
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Solo dinner in early April 2017. Let’s be honest – finding good food in Buenos Aires is challenging. Yes, some places do awesome steak, but most struggle with other dishes. And non-steak places are mediocre at best – I mean, if it has more melted...More

11  Thank SidMehlwal
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Want to go back to try the ribs! Had the Patagonia braised lamb which was tasty and well-accompanied by assorted vegetables.

Thank berkeley j
Reviewed 12 April 2017

The venue is small, the menu is limited, but they do not disappoint. The food was incredible and everything we tried was amazing. The wine list is also small, but well-chosen. Our waiter was able to make recommendations for wine based on our food choices...More

Thank Gayle Z
Exquisite palaces and luxurious apartment buildings
combine with art galleries and exclusive boutiques to
make Retiro the perfect spot for those who enjoy
sophistication. However, the non-stop foot traffic to
and from Retiro train and bus terminals, accompanied
by the myriad of trucks leaving and arriving at the
port, mean this neighbourhood is never truly at rest.
One minute you are walking down a street dotted with
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
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10:00 - 00:00
10:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires C1004AAU, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Retiro
  • Neighbourhood: Retiro
  • Phone Number: +54 11 4313-1324
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El Federal is the restaurant where locals and foreigners can enjoy the very best of Argentine Cuisine. With our Tasting Menu you can discover the range and depth of Argentina's fantastic food and drink. We offer the chance to try ingredients that are uniquely Argentine and very difficult to find elsewhere in the Capital, Buenos Aires. El Federal is the perfect place to really embrace the flavours of our rich country.
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