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El Palenque

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$$ - $$$
Ciudad Vieja
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J. Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo 11001, Uruguay
+598 2917 0190
12:00 - 23:00
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154 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sat for counter service and all was going. Got the wine and the ham and cheese plate in a short amount of time and placed an order for lomo con sangre. Waited for 45 minutes and saw lots of lomo leave the grill but not ours. Complained and the grill cook yelled at us that we have time - he... More 

Thank Ima_Cruiser
Montevideo Department, Uruguay
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I oredered their Cesar Salad. When the waiter comes with the food, it turns out to be lettuce with tomatoes, olives, chicken and mayo (yes, mayo) insted of the classic Cesar sauce. I complained and they blamed it on me for not stating that I wanted something different. I mean...we were a group of over 10 people, to blame it... More 

Thank veromoras
Phippsburg, Maine
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116 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a treat. This place is a favorite of our local friends and we can see why. It is fun and provides an excellent meal. Our steaks were superb and cooked exactly as ordered. Rather large portions necessitating a doggy bag. Friendly service. Fun setting. Bistro outdoors. The Tannant wine was a great complement to our meal. Restaurant was very... More 

Thank Itivdleq
Susana A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Palenque, responded to this review
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Valoramos tu comentario. Nos complace saber que se fueron conformes de nuestro restaurante y que nuestras carnes, vinos y servicio... More 

Arlington, VA
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After spending several days eating meat in Buenos Aires, I didn't think I'd find a better steak anywhere else in the world, but I did- at El Palenque ( which I think means "The Swordfish"). If you're coming off a cruise ship, walk about 200 yards outside of the gate of the shipyard. You'll get to a main drag. Cross... More 

Thank Traveler22202
Susana A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Palenque, responded to this review
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Gracias por sus palabras. Nos complace saber que disfrutaron el paso por nuestro restaurante y que nuestra parrilla los satisfizo.... More 

London, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very friendly but a couple of things to look out for. First is that I ordered specifically the fish cazuella, first because I prefer fish to marisco (shellfish) and second because the fish was £13 cheaper than the shellfish. So I had scored a double - until I was brought the shellfish version. I could have sent it back of... More 

Thank Rufus S
Susana A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Palenque, responded to this review
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Sentimos que nuestra cazuela nos los haya satisfecho completamente aunque nos complace que nuestras carnes sí lo hayan hecho, al... More 

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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took the free walking tour today and it ended at the puerto mercado. This is the real deal. I asked the waiter what his favorite steak was and ordered it. It came with fries and was delicious.

Thank Carolyn S
Susana A, Director de Relaciones Públicas at El Palenque, responded to this review
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Gracias por su comentario. Qué bueno saber que se fueron satisfechos de nuestro restaurante y que disfrutaron nuestras carnes. ¡Esperamos... More 

Elllicott City
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Located in the Mercado del Puerto which is visited mainly by tourists in the summer time. It was fun as the carnival is in full swing and you could hear the drums from everywhere. The place was busy but the waiters are very good and kept the orders coming. The entrecôte was excellent and the chorizos too. I was disappointed... More 

Thank Carmen2217
São Paulo/Brazil
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161 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is very well recommended here in Brazil, but I was a litle bit disappointed. But is nice to eat in front of the meat being prepared. Wiaters very gool and helpful.

Thank tzanoni
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

As part of the Mercado del Porta experience, this restaurant is probably a highlight for every meat lover. Great steaks, amazing drinks and fresh side dishes. Very pricey( $US 50 per person is a good budget to run up and down the menus as you like). Very busy place. Don't expect personalized service, but efficient servers. Again, highly recommended.

Thank Markus T
Groningen, The Netherlands
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Having lunch in Down town Monivideo's El Palenque is a real experience! The place is clean, stylish and crowded from noon. A lovely hangout for a mixture of natives, posh business people and tourists. Good food and wines. Do not skip the terrace. But having lunch inside at the bar (the inside of El Palengue is situaties in a part... More 

Thank Wilbert v

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?