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Cafe Tortoni: Tours & Tickets

Closed Now: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.
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This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.
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Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
El Centro (Downtown)
+54 11 4342-4328
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Founded in 1858 it is the oldest cafe in BA. Beautiful facade but a very average cafe and service. I think there were more tourists than locals there which says a lot!!

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank KatielouAustralia
Reviewed 3 days ago

The glorious days are far behind, it is not more than a tourists trap. We have waited considerable time outside just to notice that the menu is very simple , without any uniqueness, the way the food is served and looks, and of course the...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Assafbar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice cafe but food not good. Very touristy we went for lunch - pizza was bread and a whole heap of cheese. Churros v disappointing seemed a bit stale. Hi

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank NJK1234
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had not made reservations for dinner but were able to get in for an Irish Coffee. Staff were very welcoming and prompt with our order. If we are ever in Buenos Aires we will know to make dinner reservations early and stay for the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Cathie P
Reviewed September 8, 2019

We went to Café Tortoni for the tango show. It was simply AWESOME! The singer, dancers and musicians where GREAT! Thanks for sharing the Argentinian traditions with the world!

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank ccortesj
Reviewed September 8, 2019 via mobile

Yes, we know it is touristy, but it is quite worth the visit. Prices are high, but the place Oozes history. Go, enjoy. Be prepared to wait in Line for 46 minutes

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Larryv501
Reviewed August 24, 2019

Cafe Tortoni is an old establishment that comes straight from an era when Buenos Aires was cosmopolitan and classy. You are allowed in, in controlled numbers, so when a group exists the place another one is permitted in. The decoration is great, every week the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
2  Thank Sofi N
Reviewed August 19, 2019 via mobile

We joined a long queue for about 15 minutes. I’d read of other reviews that the queue was a little bit for show and this seemed correct with lots of empty tables. Very cool inside and churros and lemon cake tasty! Wasn’t rushed at all...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank welshgirl_travelling
Reviewed July 29, 2019

Stopped by for some coffee and churros with dulce de leche dipping sauce. Really enjoyed both the food and the atmosphere. The place is touristy but worth a visit! During our stay in BA, we decided to go back to Cafe Tortoni for a tango...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Maggles2013
Reviewed July 13, 2019 via mobile

Not. To. Be. Recommended. At. All. Been traveling to Buenos Aires for eight years straight now and one consistent thing is poor service by bitchy waiters at exuberant prices here. Don’t bother. If you want old school with waiters in shirt & tie; aim for...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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February 1, 2019|
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Response from mrba2015 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I’m not sure when the Cafe opens, best to check the website for that. I would advise going at none peak times though and would suggest mid morning or mid afternoon. We only had to wait about 10 minutes in mid... More
February 1, 2019|
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Response from jim m | Reviewed this property |
Why don't you just make a reservation for the time you do want to go?
December 21, 2018|
Response from Gaia0948 | Reviewed this property |
Call Cafe Tortoni tell them you want to go to the Tango show you can secure a reservation.