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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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“lamb” (82 reviews)
“empanadas” (79 reviews)
“fish” (15 reviews)
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Latin, Argentinian
$$ - $$$
Calle San Martin 1015, Buenos Aires C1004AAU, Argentina
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked by this restaurant, and it had lots of empty tables. The waiter signaled that they were all reserved, but to come back and check in ten minutes, which we did, and they seated us right away. They ran out of the steak just...More

Thank Bea409
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was late afternoon and we were hungry. Walking in the area of San Martin we asked the girl at the Information booth for a nice but inexpensive place to eat. She recommended El Federal with traditional Argentine cuisine. We walked into this small place...More

Thank DianaAndAlex
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered a river fish (tiger) for two people. It was so delicious. Starter was tasty too, and the desert.

Thank Rui Z
Reviewed 5 October 2017

We had high expectations but ended up slightly disappointed. My wife was seated on a broken chair. The food (lamb) was good but not outstanding. The service was friendly and personal but slow at times.

Thank Seasoned1953Traveler
Reviewed 4 October 2017

Everybody knows Argentina for its Angus meat, but indeed there are several very nice traditional dishes, though it is not easy to find them. El Federal has it all of them. Excellent quality and good service. i do fully recomend it.

Thank Carlos C
Reviewed 13 September 2017 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
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
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
10:00 am - 12:00 am
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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