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El Federal

  • San Martín 1015 Map It
  • Retiro

Updated 07/10/2014

Fodor's Review

An homage to the rugged terrain of the Argentine wilds, every surface in this downtown eatery seems to be rough wood or tanned leather. Chef Paula Comparatore turns out modern twists on classic regional dishes, often making use of rarely seen ingredients. Her tehuelches, a type of Patagonian empanada named after a near-extinct southern tribe, are among the best in the city, and her classic slow braises of lamb, goat, and beef are simply divine. For those with something

lighter in mind, there are indigenous fish preparations and even a vegetarian dish or two.

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San Martín 1015, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1004, Argentina

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Updated 07/10/2014


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May 19, 2014

Can't recommend it enough

I can't speak to whether the food is actually authentic or not. But it was amazing. We got the empanadas, the braised lamb and a daily special of king crab ravioli. The desert and wine was fantastic. The best part of the meal was the service. Our server worked with us on the English/Spanish, made perfect recommendations and was so pleasant. The whole experience was surely a highlight of our trip.

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