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El Preferido de Palermo

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Jorge Luis Borges 2108 | Borges Esquina Guatemala, Buenos Aires, Argentina
+54 11 4774-6585
12:00 - 00:00
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Barcelona, Spain
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

+ Rude Staff + Bad food - They served us expired meatballs. + Expensive Definitely one of the worst places I've ever eaten in BsAs. Never again.

Thank Fustagueras
Bologna, Italy
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108 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Poor food, not fresh. Poor service, very slow. Not clean. Furniture feels authentic, but nothing particularly attractive. I do not reccomend.

1 Thank AlessandraMatilde67
Doha, Qatar
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125 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

I did not try the food, or buy anything from the store. But I did go there on purpose purely for its literary value. "El Preferido de Palermo" was immortalised in one of Borges's poems: "A general store pink as the back of a playing card shone bright; in the back there was poker talk. The corner bar flowered into... More 

Thank Sarah A
Central Argentina, Argentina
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

We had a terrible experience with rude waiter. He did not bring what we asked. He worked with reluctance. Besides the food is good. Nothing special. We do not recomend this restaurant.

London, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

A non-tourist trap, this is a place which is frequented by the locals. Good value for money but keep in mind that they do not accept cards and only want to be paid in Argentinean Pesos so put those US dollars away as it won't get you far here.

Thank AnureetR
Courtenay, Canada
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605 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 201 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

This quaint restaurant was about a 4 minute walk from our hotel in Palermo Soho. The style reminds you of an old grocery store with canned and bottled goods on display on shelves on the walls. The waiter was excellent and the food was very good. I would describe it as home cooked style. The portions were generous and the... More 

1 Thank Smoltman
Stone Mountain, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Fun atmosphere with grocery store setting. Food was really tasty. Tried the white and red sauces and both were great.

Thank Suzie B
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78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I have to confess to liking this place more for the traditional ambiance than the Italian/Argentine food. You can sit in the corner front grocery on bar stools or you can sit in the main restaurant with regular chairs and red/white checkered table cloths. We sat in the main restaurant which invoked memories of my childhood when restaurants like this... More 

1 Thank MarcoPolo62
Sydney, Australia
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223 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

Had dinner here twice. Really liked it. Quality (non-parrilla) food at an affordable price in dining room that is pretty much a deli. Wifi works too. GO HERE !

Thank TheoA201
Montevideo, Uruguay
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104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

The place is great! An old grocery refurbished as a restaurant, very well located at the heart of PALERMO. Traditional argentine and Spanish food, at affordable prices.

Thank Federico U

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Spanish, Argentinian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jorge Luis Borges 2108 | Borges Esquina Guatemala, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Palermo
  • Neighbourhood: Palermo
  • Phone Number: +54 11 4774-6585

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Palermo

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Best known as the largest neighbourhood in Buenos Aires, Palermo is divided into different quarters, each with its own unique identity. The high-end quarter is Palermo Chico, characterized by magnificent mansions, regal avenues, and exclusive apartment buildings, and home to the Museum of Latin American Art of Buenos Aires (MALBA), a favourite amongst locals. The largest park in the city, the Bosques de Palermo, is Palermo's most famous landmark and a popular destination for nature walks, picnics, rollerblading, and cycling. The scene becomes much trendier in Palermo Soho, a hip area known for its cool cafés and unique design stores, filled with shoppers on weekends; and Palermo Hollywood, renowned for the numerous restaurants, bars and nightclubs, which make it the preferred spot for nights out and special occasions.
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