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Cafe Tortoni

Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
+54 11 4342-4328
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This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.
  • Excellent45%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“churros” (45 reviews)
“tango show” (134 reviews)
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Avenida de Mayo, 825, Buenos Aires 1084, Argentina
+54 11 4342-4328
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a queue to get into Cafe Tortoni, the building, photos and memorabilia on the walls are interesting but the food is quite average and not really worth waiting for a long time for.

Thank Brad T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to Cafe Tortoni twice. The first time I watched the show in the basement stage and the second time on the main floor stage. The basement stage was my favorite as it had multiple dancers and seemed like a better production. The...More

Thank Ryan S
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Went with friends as we were in the vicinity. There was quite a long que to enter. This was a Saturday late afternoon. Had to stand in que fit for about 30 minutes before getting to enter and to be seated. We had coffee which...More

Thank tash440
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Like the subject states, the venue itself is pretty cool, lots of antiques and memorabilia serve as a reminder to the origins of the tango etc however the food we had was average at best. The churros were served cold and firm and the ice...More

Thank Roy M
Reviewed 26 April 2017

We arrived late afternoon and had coffee, hot chocolate and churros. We did not do the Tango show in the evening. We had heard it was a tourist trap and very expensive. It reminded us of an old San Francisco establishment with lots of dark...More

Thank acnona
Reviewed 26 April 2017

An old establishment frequented by famous people in the past. It seemed popular on a Saturday morning. Very traditional decor, has history (seems Hillary Clinton visited, or more to my taste, Gabriela Sabatini), and considered a necessity for tourists to visit. Coffee was good, overall...More

Thank FizzicJim
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

It's very touristy but the cafe itself is quite fun to visit. There are many posters and photos showing its history. We had to queue to get in even though there appeared to be plenty of free tables. The show is a bit curate's egg...More

1  Thank Discowilly
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Came her after seeing the reviews and our guides recommendation. Have to disagree with some of the negative reviews. Forget the shows etc. Just sit and enjoy the atmosphere. Wind and cheeseboard are all you need. Enjoy the photographs and the quiet library room at...More

Thank Ravindra P
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

The pizza was bread with cheese and the burger felt like it was made in a factory and smells not good .

Thank Nadav B
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

We came here for churros, and just to get the landmark ticked off. Nothing special (would recommend getting a coffee/churro and not lunch/mains). We were in and out in 15 minutes, and service was just OK.

Thank xSunflinex
As part of the historic quarter of Buenos Aires,
Montserrat is defined by the historical events that
took place there and the landmarks that have stood the
test of time. The Plaza de Mayo is at the center of
this connection to history: countless public
demonstrations have passed through this square, going
back to the May Revolution of 1810. Walking the
streets of Montserrat allows us to imagine what Buenos
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Can I just go to the cafe in the evening and purchase tickets to a tango show? Is there a show every evening and what time?
23 September 2016|
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Response from Hollow1 | Reviewed this property |
We bought our tickets in the afternoon for the evening showing. I had been told that if you go before the show was due to start there would be a queue. When we got there we were shown to our seats straight away. We were able... More
Can we buy tickets in advance? Is the neighborhood safe for walking?
7 November 2015|
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Response from deldicque | Reviewed this property |
It is certainly safe for walking, but as it is a big, busy street be aware off pickpocketrrs as usual. I'm sure you can at least reserve tickets in advance and probably purchase them but I'll bet you need to go there to do... More
Georgina S
Do you need to book to come in evening.
11 January 2015|
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Response from Colin B | Reviewed this property |
I am sure you do particularly for Tango show as this is a tourist attraction