Cafe Tortoni
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
This famous cafe, the oldest in Argentina, features reasonably priced tango shows in its velvet-covered back room.
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Address
Neighbourhood: El Centro (Downtown)
How to get there
  • Piedras • 2 min walk
  • Avenida de Mayo • 3 min walk
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  • Pedro P
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful place with tons of history
    Place is historical and feels so. It also feels authentical, so do not expect a turist-centered attention. Cheescake is amazing. Do check for tango events being held downstairs. They require a separate admission fee but they are totally worth it.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written September 12, 2023
  • NetteNorway
    Oslo, Norway182 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Review on tango show in bodega
    This review is only for the tango show in the bodega downstairs as we were not impressed with service and food in the cafe on earlier occasions. But we loved the tango show. The intimacy of the room, closeness to the dansers, the atmosphere and everything. There might be better dansers out there; we are not competent to jugde on that, but we felt like the show successfully cought the spirit and history of tango. If we were to wish for anything different it would be a little more danse and a little less song, but the singer and music was good so we were happy. Recommend this experience to everyone.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written December 23, 2023
  • Yeung
    24 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tango show - nice but short
    We went to the Tango show downstairs in Cafe Tortoni. We reserved it ahead of time (a few hours before the show). It was 70000 Argentine Peso for 2 tickets. They only take cash. The show was decent. We like the dancing but felt it is not long enough. Half of the show is not dancing. It is vocal and other performance. And the 1-hour show finished in 50 minutes.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 5, 2024
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Frederik W
Massachusetts20 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Well, we did the Cafe Tortoni experience. We started with about a 45 minute queue outside and then find out that the cafe was not that crowded some tables empty. And yes the interior is beautiful and worth seeing, but that's the end of the good. We waited a bit for a waiter, looked over the menu and made our selections.
My wife and I shared a hamburger with ham and cheese on it and I had an apple pie with ice cream. Well the hamburger was rather plain and just too 'heavy' to finish it - overall not very good. Now the apple pie should have been better. It was more of an apple tart likely made/manufactured some place else. Overall a very poor excuse of an apple pie. The ice cream was OK.
Then we decided to see the 6:00 PM Tango show. Two $14.00 tickets and we arrived early for the show. The room was rather small (only seating for 55 guests), but we were seated way in the back. I asked if we could sit at an empty table in the front but was told that I couldn't.
The show started twenty minutes late at 6:21 PM and ran for exactly fifty minutes. Overall, it was OK, but far from being a good show.
Your best bet is to go when there is no line, have a drink, and pass on the food or show.
Written January 2, 2020
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Julie M
12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
What a disappointment. We queued for nearly an hour from about 12.15pm only to discover when we went in it was over half empty. Not only did this really annoy us but it meant there was little buzz or atmosphere. Our waiter was so disengaged. Not one smile, proper greeting or anything. Very rude . The food is truly dreadful. I've never had such inedible medialunas. We left most and the brownie was equally poor. The only redeeming feature was the tea. The café is nice enough but many as nice. I would never recommend . A true waste of time.
Written April 22, 2023
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Michael A
Nassau, New Providence Island1,972 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Cafe Tortoni is worth a look if you're on the Avenida de Mayo. However, it's not worth going out of your way. Be advised that Cafe Tortoni keeps half of its tables empty in order to ensure a long queue of customers outside its entrance.
Written April 10, 2023
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tr1pAddv1z0r
13 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Well, the cafe is lovely and we were glad to check it off our list. As mentioned in other reviews, there was no reason for the wait outside, as, once we did get in, there were about ten available tables, not counting those we couldn't see in the back. I suspect that having a long line, ergo the long wait, is part of the gimmick to make tourists think this is something worth waiting for inside. Good grief...they even keep the door shuttered until they let parties in one at a time!

This said, the cafe con leche was excellent, however, the dulce de leche ice cream tasted like the carton it was scooped from...stale. The wait staff (2 different fellows) was borderline rude...inattentive and totally unfriendly.

Why wouldn't these folks want to make this as lovely an experience as is the cafe's decor?

Once we were able to get our check (after 2 requests), the waiter commented that the tip had not been included. Seriously, did he think we couldn't read la cuenta? Here's our tip: Check out the photos online and skip visiting.
Written December 3, 2023
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Linda J
New York City, NY14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
A beautiful.classic cafe in the heart of Buenos Aire. A variety of coffee, tea and chocolate drinks plus food options. The thing to have here is hot chocolate and churros but since it was almost 80 degrees I opted for a frozen cappuccino which was delicious. My friend had a double scoop of dulce de leche ice cream. I bought a pound of their coffee to bring back for a friend and he said it was wonderful. Ambiance is lovely, stained glass ceiling, wood, brass, marble - historical pictures on the wall - don't miss it1
Written March 7, 2020
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Bongocuba
Miami, FL227 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
If you don’t visit Cafe Tortoni you’ll be missing out on a piece of Buenos Aires history. I had a portion of Churros with Hot Chocolate and saw a Theater Cafe from the 1800’s with figurines and picture frames of old movie stars and tango artists. Love it.
Written June 26, 2022
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Pedro P
6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Place is historical and feels so. It also feels authentical, so do not expect a turist-centered attention. Cheescake is amazing.

Do check for tango events being held downstairs. They require a separate admission fee but they are totally worth it.
Written September 12, 2023
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Marcela A N
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Loved this place. We watched the tango & folk show. Loved it! The building/architecture/interior just amazing and what I expected to experience. Perfect place for a tango enthusiast or a lover of anything "porteño". When you enter, it feels as you are stepping back in time. The service was the only negative, a bit slow! Need to reserve a table with ample time.
Written February 25, 2020
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Viatgesrjr
Mayaguez, Puerto Rico1,187 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
The first two times we went there was a line of over 40 people waiting to come in. Third time there were only 15 people waiting, requiring a 20 min wait. We followed the advice of a long time Buenos Aires resident who recommended hot chocolate and churros. The churros were quite special filled with of course: dulce de leche. There is plenty of history associated with this cafe. The more you appreciate the history, and the opportunity to be a part of it; the more you will enjoy the food.
Written April 22, 2023
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Venture548769
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Queued in the rain to get in. No problem for such an iconic venue. When we finally got in there was no welcome, we were shown cursorily to a table by the toilets, Menus were thrown on the table by a passing waiter. Sat and waited for 20 minutes. No acknowledgement from any staff. Two couples walked out while we’re waiting. After 25 minutes and still no one came to take the order. We left and commented en route why we were leaving and were greeted by a shrug of the shoulders. Our suggestion is to pop your head around the door to see this historic venue and then go somewhere else to get some proper hospitality. Two blocks along wr found an authentic Argentinian restaurant and had a great lunch with fabulous service!
Written February 26, 2024
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