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El Palenque

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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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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

As part of the Mercado del Porta experience, this restaurant is probably a highlight for every meat lover. Great steaks, amazing drinks and fresh side dishes. Very pricey( $US 50 per person is a good budget to run up and down the menus as you like). Very busy place. Don't expect personalized service, but efficient servers. Again, highly recommended.

Thank Markus T
Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having lunch in Down town Monivideo's El Palenque is a real experience! The place is clean, stylish and crowded from noon. A lovely hangout for a mixture of natives, posh business people and tourists. Good food and wines. Do not skip the terrace. But having lunch inside at the bar (the inside of El Palengue is situaties in a part... More 

Thank Wilbert v
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent service, the staff is very friendly and polite. The restaurants inside the El Mercado Del Puerto close between 5-6. El palenque offer their service until 7 based on my personal experience. The parrilla and appetizers are really good. Testy - Fresh food. A place I would like to come back.

Thank alexzafra
Susana A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Palenque, responded to this review
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Agradecemos su comentario. Qué bueno saber que tuvieron una grata experiencia en nuestro restaurante, y que nuestros platos y servicio... More 

Stockholm, Sweden
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164 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I chose to come here for lunch while we were down at the market because it was the only place where I could get many different grilled vegetables as both a side or a main course. I ordered the large plate of grilled vegetables and loved it! I had a wide variety of fresh and perfectly grilled... More 

Thank travelingtalia
Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I arrived late in the afternoon so only a limited menu was available to me. It was good but I would recommend being here earlier in the day for a complete BBQ. The food was very good and the service was excellent. Also, if you pay with a non-Uruguayan credit card you will receive over 18% discount on the total... More 

Thank Bimmergirl604
Porto Alegre
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As a spot to be known, it's worth it. I've been there for two or three times. With friends one time, just me and my wife with another couple. Food is great, especially meat, the place is huge and, in one of the occasions, it was crowded of people that arrived in a cruise. That was a bit annoying. To... More 

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Newport Beach, California
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159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were so happy we picked this place for lunch (as others next door looked way too touristy). We enjoyed the attentive white jacket service. I ordered the short ribs, which were fantastic and a huge portion. FYI, they came flanken style. My husband got a skewer of tenderloin, which was tender and delicious as well. Sitting on the outdoor... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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632 reviews
604 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 420 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went for lunch and sat inside. El Palenque is a traditional Uruguayan steakhouse and there is an open parrilla area behind the counter which adds a bit of theatre. We chose fillet steaks (lomo de bife), of course, $580 per person. They were excellent quality and cooked exactly as ordered. We also ordered ensalade verde $350 which was really... More 

Thank mw741002
Leiden, The Netherlands
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Please always sit on the parrilla bar! Is faster if you sit there, you have fun with the waiters and the guys that are preparing the meat! you see all the action from the grill in its majestic! is the centre of everything. Try tanatt wine from uruguay, have whatever you want from the grill and ask for any salad,... More 

Thank Daniela1982_05
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here for an excellent lunch following a city tour. Perfect location for before or after a walking tour of the Old City. Excellent steaks cooked to perfection. The dulce de leche ice cream is tops.

Thank Louis L

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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, Gluten Free Options
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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids
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?