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Juana M

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Juana M Review

It's the salad bar that brings in the crowds—nowhere else in town will you find one this extensive, or one that offers unlimited trips. But that isn't the be all and end all of Juana M, where you'll find perfectly cooked prime cuts of steak, along with pork, chicken, and fish. There's also a great selection of pasta dishes and local classics. Oh, and back to that salad bar—it's included in the price of your main course and is packed with everything from fresh vegetables to bean salads, piping hot chard croquettes, and cheeses. The place is a cavernous basement with few windows, so your view tends to be your dining companions and a selection of ever-changing and sometimes questionable artwork. Our only quibble: the wine list isn't nearly as good as everything else in the place.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Carlos Pellegrini 1535, basement level, Retiro, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, 1011 | Map It
  • Phone: 11/4326–0462
  • Website:
  • Subway: C to San Martín
  • Location: Recoleta

    Restaurant Details

  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 07-10-2014

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    Full salad bar too!

    No mention in the review of the incredible salad bar that comes with just about every meal. For those of us who are tired of no greens, this place is heaven. Includes broccoli, beets, just to name a couple of things not always included. At least 30 items! And the pasta is better than "not bad." Try the pumpkin/chicken ravioli with the spinach sauce. You can even get a good glass of wine here for 4 pesos. I only posted here because the review didn't do this place justice. Filling, healthy, inexpensive and better than most. One downside: the meat I had was only so-so. Salad bar alone is worth the visit though. Can't go wrong.

    by skitimber, 12/19/07
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    Service as Minimalist as the Decor

    The food was very good and it had a very chic feel to it. However, arriving without a reservation we were made to feel almost like pariahs. We were placed at a remote table in the front corner of the restaurant even though there were clearly tables available everywhere in the restaurant. The service was perfunctory at best...almost as if we were an annoyance.

    by jrlaw10, 1/9/08
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    Poor choice

    While the setting is nice we were disappointed with the food. The steak was tough, the fish very fishy. The wind was good. We don't recommend this spot.

    by DrG, 3/6/09
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    My favorite spot in BA

    I live in Manhattan but was in BA for a couple of months. I ended up at Juana M. the first week on the advice of a local, and just kept going back. I found the staff to be friendly and helpful even without a reservation and this was the case each visit. The atmosphere is also shabby/industrial chic, with high ceilings, candles, and paintings on the walls. However, it is the food that had me returning every week. The food is simple Argentine fare but done very, very well; this is not the case everywhere in the city, even with the most basic food. The sorrentinos in salsa rosa are the best I have ever had, the bife de lomo was always good, and the salad bar is one of the most extensive in a city where salad can be difficult to find. And the prices? Extremely reasonable across the whole menu. I've tried a bunch of places and despite the mixed reviews on here, I have not found anywhere better. Highly recommended.

    by girasolflor, 7/22/09
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    Great restaurant for the value

    One of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires for the money. It's not the cheapest, yet not the most expensive either. I ordered the bife de lomo (steak) and my husband ordered the homemade ravioli, and both were fabulous. The salad bar came with each meal and was fresh and had an interesting variety. My husband is not a salad person and even he enjoyed some of the unique and healthy salad bar offerings. We finished with tiramisu and coffee. The tiramisu was above average; just needed a tad of either expresso in the cake layer and/or a hint of kahlua cream as it lacked these traditional ingredients in the tiramisu. Otherwise, a nice finish to a satisfying meal. Service staff was extremely friendly, attentive and each person had a command of the menu. When we come back to Buenos Aires (we are from the US), we will visit Juana M's again.

    by RBKB, 5/17/13

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