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Cafe Tortoni

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“tango show”(145 reviews)
This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.
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Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
El Centro (Downtown)
+54 11 4342-4328
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Reviewed 4 days ago

super touristy.. you will wait for a table with a line some times 30 mins or more.. but it is a beautiful cafe and a churro dipped in hot chocolate is a lovely way to spend 30 minutes.. their food otherwise is not very good..

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank keppy123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After waiting 30-40 minutes outside , they accept you to the cafe Just go in take some photos and do not order any food. Because you will pay but you can not eat or drink anything there. Below average

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank OsmanA567
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The only thing good about this place is the interior, otherwise do as others suggest and perhaps stay for a drink and skip the food. As successful as this place is, if they don’t actually start producing good quality food and a good customer experience...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 451edwardt
Reviewed 1 week ago

Friends who had visited Buenos Aries told us about Cafe Tortoni so we decided to have lunch. All earlier reviews are true. There is a queue to get in and once you do get in the place is half empty. We waited in the queue...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CoppKeir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was absolutely a mistake to visit cafe Tortoni. Me and my boyfriend visited this place just because it is well known. We waited around 40 minutes in the queue and realized that there were actually many empty tables in the cafe (maybe that is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Xiaoqi666
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Buenos Aires and many people told me to go to Cafe Tortoni. It exists since 1858. When you pass by, it doesn’t matter the time of the day, it has big lines to get in. So I was expecting a huge interior,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank glau29
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we had to queue to get in - always a good sign. old and classy with history in every inch of it. staff were friendly and helpful and food/drink was lovely. Highlight of our first day in BA.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jim m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A stunning cafe and not to be missed. When you step inside it’s like going back a hundred years to a time of grand old elegance. The furniture,fittings and decor are stunning it’s a great place to visit,eat,drink and spend some time people watching. Prices...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank mrba2015
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You can view an outstanding Tango show downstairs at the Cafe Tortoni. Highly recommend. Limited menu, but get there early and make reservations in advance.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Gaia0948
Reviewed 11 December 2018

We had to wait in line in the rain to get in, but it was worth it. The place is lovely. I had the Ciara, my wife had white wine. The cider was very good, the wine passable. A nice place to have a coffee...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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21 December 2018|
Response from Gaia0948 | Reviewed this property |
Call Cafe Tortoni tell them you want to go to the Tango show you can secure a reservation.
27 November 2018|
Response from Jorge R | Reviewed this property |
Is called "bombo Legüero". There is a definition of the instrument in Wikipedia (in English)
23 September 2016|
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Response from Rachel M | Reviewed this property |
We bought our tickets in the afternoon for the evening showing. I had been told that if you go before the show was due to start there would be a queue. When we got there we were shown to our seats straight away. We were able... More