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El Palenque

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££ - £££
Ciudad Vieja
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J. Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo 11001, Uruguay
+598 2917 0190
12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Schenectady, New York
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Best parrilla experience in Uruguay! We had just come from Argentina where we had great meat in parrilas in Buenos Aires and Calafate. We liked it so much, we went back a week later in our way out of the country. Servings are generous; do not order an entree for each person (that'd be a huge mistake). The menu at... More 

Thank William G
Sydney, Australia
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

With so many options at El puerto, this is a good one. I don't think this is the best place in Montevideo to eat meat, but it is definitely a must go while visiting. From all the restaurants there I've found this to be the most consistent one in quality and service. Prices are high but average for the place... More 

Thank Gargui63
Brussels, Belgium
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81 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As most visitors to Montevideo we went to the market and had lunch at one of the restaurants there. When the food finally came I had a delicious risotto with mushrooms, but it was a long wait. The atmosphere was good, but I don't think I would go back.

Thank Calamarison
Durban, South Africa
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62 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

At 15h00 this place had a queue out of the entrance and that is usually a good sign. It was. Entrecôte was terrific, prepared exactly to order. Service was brisk and efficient despite being vey busy.

Thank Hands O
Palm Springs, California
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74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place is very close to the port a bit touristy but wow! the steak I had was amazing, I can honestly say it's the best I've had in years. This is not your USDA corn, hormone and antibiotic fed beef. This is the real deal, grass fed and one can taste the difference. Well worth the money.

Thank Lionel P
Lausanne, Switzerland
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

"Go to El Palenque...just across the road" .... we had been advised by more than one local person to our question where to have lunch, when we got off our cruise ship at the dock in Montevideo....and believing in listening to local advice, we did just that and found it was a great place indeed! We ate well...the Uruguayan beef... More 

Thank chateau-sec
Fiddletown, California
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240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

We had lunch here and sat upstairs near the window and people watched. I had the fish and my wife the steak. Both were very good. Would go back.

Thank scvrose
Minneapolis, MN
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189 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

I'm not sure how a person decides which restaurant to eat at in the Mercado del Puerta. When we were there it was a Saturday afternoon and they were all busy. 2 seats opened up at the bar at El Palenque and we seated ourselves. We watched the grill just full of meat of every kind as we drank our... More 

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Vaduz, Liechtenstein
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

we were in the mercado puerta for lunch and tested the reputation of el palenque as the best steak house in montevideo - and it almost got there. the beef was very ok but not as tender as in other restaurants but it was grilled exactely to the point as ordered. the service is friendly, esp Daniel, the waiter for... More 

Thank PDB1957
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

We went for a late lunch. The restaurant is on the outer perimeter of the famous Mercado - a must see warren of restaurants and bars. This is the most up-market of them. Service and food was excellent.

Thank Girohero
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Gracias por su comentario. Nos complace saber que nuestro restaurante colmó sus expectativas y que nuestros platos y servicio los... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinian, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: J. Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo 11001, Uruguay
  • Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo>  > Ciudad Vieja
  • Neighbourhood: Ciudad Vieja
  • Phone Number: +598 2917 0190
In our grill, a big variety of courts, meats of calf meat, lamb, pork, kidney, sausages and trip are grilled daily. The fishes and seafood arrive directly from the port, so do the vegetables and fresh fruits from the garden. Although -we have to recognize it- our more important ingredient is you.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?