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El Palenque

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Ciudad Vieja
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J. Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo 11001, Uruguay
+598 2917 0190
12:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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São Tomé
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69 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I give it 3 points because the employees are nice and the ambience is "authentic" (whatever that means). But by all means, you get better meat at better prices elsewhere... so, if you're not into seeking the (really jolly and nice!) atmosphere of Mercado del Puerto, there are not really loads reasons to come to this place

Susana A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Palenque, responded to this review
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Sentimos no haber colmado al 100% sus expectativas. De todos modos, nos satisface saber que nuestro servicio y ambiente fue... More 

Bristol, United Kingdom
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985 reviews
624 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 297 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have to say that I had great expectations here. The service was great and the menu looked really encouraging. But the barbecued meat for which all these restaurants are famous was incredibly average

Thank David M
Los Angeles, CA
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146 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seafood is plentiful in Uruguay, but the locals don't seem to consume it! Instead it's meat, meat, meat at ubiquitous parillas -- good enough to be sure, but gets monotonous after a while. This place has grilled meats too, of course, and in fact the tray of mixed sausages and other meat cuts was fine, but mainly I had a... More 

Thank AlanLosAngeles_CA
Miami Beach, Florida
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164 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent location, at the old harbor market! Interesting iron construction from the beginning of the last century. A must see when in Montevideo. Very lively place full of meat bars. Meat barbecued in front of you! A meat lovers paradise! For vegetarians they have veggie pastas, veggie filled delicious raviolis and spaghetti with fresh separately grilled(not the same grill where... More 

Thank Rachel S
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2017

The asado on offer was a real treat. Sitting at the bar counter for lunch stimulated the appetite and meant a fuller dining experience. The waiting staff and chefs are more than happy to make recommendations. Give this place a try.

Thank alexispillay2017
Nederland, Colorado
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217 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017

I guess this is a typical upscale parrilla. We were a group of ten and asked to be served a variety of food. It was virtually all meat: beef, sausages, pork, lamb, sweetbreads, etc. That's the way it is in Uruguay. The meats were good and the service was more than adequate. My wife, who doesn't eat red meat, ordered... More 

Thank nedtraveler
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243 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

If you want to experience the great love affair South Americans have with beef then this is the place to visit. It is situated in the markets and consequently is very alive and vibrant.. We sat at the counter and ordered steaks and beer - what a feast. The steaks are cooked on a huge open barbeque and were perfectly... More 

Thank peterjr41Mandurah
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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62 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Best restaurant in the Mercado. Open fires cooking all sorts of meat and fish. Good selection of wines and beers and an excellent menu. We had an excellent meal here. Staff are great too!

Thank Andrew M
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99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

We really enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the chefs do their thing on the large grill at El Palenque. Who knew you could grill all those things? Our steak and chicken kabob were perfect and we'd go back again if we had more time there. The restaurant is part of a larger area of restaurants and shops but... More 

Thank BodogArizona
Prevost, Canada
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

This place was recommended to us by a local we met on the bus, and although the price wasn't cheap, it was an amazing meal. The waiter was very friendly, gave us all the information we needed and time to choose. The "asado de tira" (beef rib) and fries were good, but our favorite was the catch of the day,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Steakhouse, Latin, Barbecue, Argentinian, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: J. Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo 11001, Uruguay
  • Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo>  > Ciudad Vieja
  • Neighbourhood: Ciudad Vieja
  • Phone Number: +598 2917 0190
In our grill, a big variety of courts, meats of calf meat, lamb, pork, kidney, sausages and trip are grilled daily. The fishes and seafood arrive directly from the port, so do the vegetables and fresh fruits from the garden. Although -we have to recognize it- our more important ingredient is you.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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