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San Rafael Bar

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San Jose 1193, Montevideo, Uruguay
+598 2900 5214
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Phoenix, Arizona
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552 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were famished after a long slow walk with many interesting stops from the Montevideo Cruise Port when we spotted San Rafael's. We love old established neighbor eateries...San Rafael did NOT disappoint in any way. The waiters and staff were very friendly and helpful (in English!), the service great, the food excellent and prices very fair. San Rafael Bar is... More 

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Jundiai, SP
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

We were walking around and trying to find a place to have a late lunch and we had an amazing experience. It was our first and best meal in Montevideo. The sweets in the refrigerator are also delicious! It worth every peso :)

Thank anac_brito93
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167 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Stopped here for dinner. Service was super friendly! Food? We all had chivitos which are similar to steak sandwiches. Sandwiches were excellent. Highly, highly recommend!!

Mobile, AL
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391 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

The service was spot on. Prompt, helpful and friendly. The food, not so much. Maybe it was what we ordered (are omelets supposed to be brown?). Seriously, that is the way they are cooked here, and I shouldn’t have expected any different. Our other dish, fish, came baked in some sort of casserole reminiscent of a mac & cheese dish,... More 

Thank Kegan36604
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

We were passing by and tough to give it a try. And it really is the best chivito ever! Nice environment, nice staff, cold beer and the tastiest chivito. Do not miss San Rafael Bar

Thank Lauren D
Hermanus, South Africa
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92 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016 via mobile

Nice small restaurant with a variety of food to choose from. Had a fillet steak with chips, sadly the steak was burned and the waiter did not speak a word of english. So i had to eat it. Good quality of meat, spoiled by the burn taste.....! Dulce de leche cake with meringue topping. Now this was absolute perfection. The... More 

Thank Tiaan R
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2016

People who have been spoiled by Italian espresso will agree with me that Uruguay does not have good coffee. (Their café común--normal coffee--is terrific but usually unavailable in restaurants and bars.) San Rafael is the exception. Once I discovered it, even when I didn't eat there I returned after the meal for coffee. So, if you are disappointed with your... More 

Thank richardkpalmer2016
Sao Caetano do Sul, SP
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3 reviews
Reviewed 5 September 2015

Great and simple food, the cost is accesible and they make a great Chivito! Good place to go if you're looking for a quick bite to eat and good waiters, would definitely go again!

Thank ThiagoLepre
Fes, Morocco
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22 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 April 2015

I went here on my first night in Montevideo because it was one of the only restaurants that was open on a Sunday night. I had the pepper entrecôte and it was delicious (the sauce was amazing) and I had the flan with dulce de leche for dessert, which was, again, amazing. My waiter was really nice. Overall, a great... More 

Thank Courtney E
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2015 via mobile

i went 3 times during my trip, and had a great experience every time. I had a frittata (listed as "tortilla" on the menu), paella, and chicken stroganoff. All were delicious. They brought me a fresh cut chimichurri sauce for the frittata, and it was incredible. The service was a little slow, but that is typical for the country. It... More 

Thank Jason B

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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
Latin, Bar, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: San Jose 1193, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Location: South America  >  Uruguay  >  Montevideo Department  >  Montevideo
  • Phone Number: +598 2900 5214

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