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“Exceeded expectations”
Review of Lo Rafael

Lo Rafael
Ranked #298 of 5,535 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: Argentinian
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Montserrat
Reviewed 26 June 2014

A friend who grew up eating Sunday brunch here inviting me. The decor is rustic 1950's, other than the flatscreen television, which certainly was showing the Argentine World Cup game during theafternoon. We arrived at 830, place was empty. Within an hour, all tables for full. And it was a Wednesday.
Steaks are perfectly cooked and ample. Cream spinach and mashed potatoes sides were flawless. And from our perspective, although the place was jamming busy, service proved extremely efficient, and in terms of Buenos Aires, quite cordial. Also, we sat talking for over 2 hours, having just entrees and drinks. Never felt rushed to leave or move. Quite a nice change.
Looking for a place where locals eat? Where people turn their heads when you have a Spanish accent other than Portena? This would be a good choice.

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

The first night we went here, it was heaving with locals - always a good sign. However, they managed to accommodate us. The food is Argentinian/Italian. We had variations of steak with and without sauces. The wine was very reasonably priced. We returned the next day - a quieter night with the owner in mourning because Boca had lost to local rivals River. Another enjoyable meal was had.

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Reviewed 3 June 2013

I loved eating at this restaurant when I was staying in Buenos Aires - the steaks are excellent and the portions generous. While I always found the owner to be attentive and friendly, the rest of the staff were generally the opposite, unfortunately.

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Reviewed 19 March 2013

this a very nice little place with a typical Argentine ambience and great food and nce waiters
we have been there twice and both time came out very satisfied and with a great feeling to recommend the place for a nice dinner
the food is not absolutely perfect - the pasta was slightly overdone - but the restaurant does have a good 'karma' and we just felt great

Thank Gouchoman
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Reviewed 12 March 2013

The food was just ok.

What stood out the most, though, was the service. Two waitresses who seem like they just hate every customer who walks through the door. I happily said "hola!" to one of them, who replied to me with "si...?", as she scrunched up her face. Very nasty looking. I asked the other one;

-"¿Como estás?"
-"Bien" (not even looking at me)
-"Bien?"
-"Bien!", raising her voice (I now think I just made her angrier than she looked!).

Other than that, the manager was very nice. Before I left, I told him about the waitresses, and funnily enough he said he already knew! I guess they're related or something. So, the waitresses probably don't care about their jobs (and it shows!). I suppose, then, that management doesn't care about reviews like this, as well as the other ones about bad service I have read here!

Thank tatatimoth
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