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“Good food and a cheery waiter”
Review of Bar El Federal

Bar El Federal
Ranked #300 of 5,485 Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Price range: US$2 - US$6
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Neighbourhood: San Telmo
Reviewed 11 April 2014

Ate here twice during our stay in San telmo. There isn't an English menu so we struggled to translate but managed to order some decent pasta. We enjoyed the complimentary monkey nuts and bread with soft cheese. The waiter only spoke Spanish but he was helpful and cheerful. The draft Quilmes was good too.

Thank anjaberry
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

I was recommended this place by a friend and I am really glad we went. It has an old school, busy atmosphere, popular with locals and tourists alike. The tortilla de papas is delicious but huge so order the mini tortilla if you are looking for a snack.

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Thank ninjakitten007
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Reviewed 6 February 2014

El Federal is a lovely old café to stop in for a coffee and a little nibble. It’s two blocks from Defensa street, so is a good option if you need a break from the Sunday market, the big indoor antiques market (a block away), or if you don’t want to drink anything in Plaza Dorrego (maybe it’s raining, or you don’t like to be pestered by people selling pieces of wire with bits of reclaimed rubbish on, or maybe you just don’t like spending a week’s pay on a single coffee). There are better places to go to in San Telmo for a full meal, although the picadas (mixed platters of meats and cheeses and other stuff) are quite good.

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1  Thank CharlieDR
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Reviewed 1 February 2014

We were lucky enough to have selected a Hostel in the same block as this historic bar / restaurant. This allowed us to enjoy a few meals there. All were good and the wait staff was very helpful and understanding of our limited Spanish language skills. Our meals were always served promptly, even when the place was packed with late night diners. We loved the old time atmosphere and always found the cliental enjoyable. We considered the food and drinks a good value and appreciated the experienced wait staff.

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Thank seafare74
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Reviewed 22 January 2014

We just happened across this place in San Telmo - we were wandering and less than impressed with the somewhat run-down atmosphere. This place had been mentioned on a blog I read, so we stopped in. Super adorable - bar with gorgeous wood, filete art, kind and funny wait staff, old timey cash register and decor. We had the papas fritas with fried eggs and pancetta - heaven. Would definitely stop back in here! Then I googled it and found it had all this amazing history - was a local store, became a pub, then a brothel/bar scene with lots of unsavory characters, then a warehouse that bottled beverages, and then became the restaurant/bar/coffee house it is today. Such a fun building with so much character!

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Thank nld99
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