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Bar El Federal

Carlos Calvo 599, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4300-4313
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  • Excellent32%
  • Very good48%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“toasted bread” (2 reviews)
“cured meats” (2 reviews)
“sandwiches” (8 reviews)
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Bar, Argentinian, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Carlos Calvo 599, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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1 - 10 of 149 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to eat here at least once a day for our stay in BA. The staff are really helpful, warm and welcoming. The food was very nice indeed with something for everyone. Good coffee too! Good local atmosphere. Enjoy.

Thank Mjondalen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After a long summer walk around San Telmo we became REALLY hungry and thirsty so we found this place. The atmosphere was so nice and the personnel kind and alert. We ordered artesianal beer that make on their own and was a good one, spanish...More

Thank Georgiadis D
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here for dessert and wine and it was fine. The house wine did the trick and the tostadas were average.

Thank Emrdensow
Reviewed 13 January 2018

This place is cool and has a lot of history. you go for the atmosphere of the place and people that go (plenty of locals and some tourists). The beef was good. The draft beer came with a huge basket of peanuts. sad to say,...More

Thank Biciloco
Reviewed 4 January 2018 via mobile

Lunch yesterday at 14:00. After getting menus ordered two cokes and a water to start while we decided. Wife ordered burger with tomato and cheese. I ordered pork ribs with fries. These were ordered verbally and by pointing to each item on the menu. After...More

Thank ranchodepato
Reviewed 3 January 2018

We ate here more than 4 x while staying in San Telmo, the wait staff friendly & efficient. The food very good. We loved the atmosphere of this old bar...I miss it!!

Thank 550izzie
Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

This was a real disappointment- the place was quite full so we had big hopes we ordered a salad with steak which was completely over cooked I had a hamburger which was also over cooked with very oily fries and the hamburger bread was hard....More

Thank Magnus G
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Of the ‘must visit’ places in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Bar El Federal is right at the top. Designated a site of cultural interest, this bar has been in existence since 1900 and is thus the oldest in the city. Today it is quaint but...More

Thank stephenjtwist
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

The Federal is one of the best options to go to when in San Telmo. It's an authentic 'cafe notable' and one of my personal favourites. Try one of the delicious picadas! Highly recommended

Thank Benjamin B
Reviewed 5 December 2017 via mobile

We had an early dinner at Bar El Federal during our trip to Buenos Aires in October. The highlight of the restaurant is definitely the decor. The bar is very impressive and the walls are full of old posters selling everything from fernet, tea to...More

Thank AusDonny
San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San
Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made
Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many
different cultures: a true child of immigration, much
like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after
dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both
locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee
hours of the morning. During the day, the antique
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$2 - US$6
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 04:00
08:00 - 04:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Carlos Calvo 599, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > San Telmo
  • Neighbourhood: San Telmo
  • Phone Number: +54 11 4300-4313
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