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El Obrero

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
La Boca
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Calle Agustin Caffarena 64 | La Boca, Buenos Aires C1157ADB, Argentina
Mon - Sat 12:00 - 22:00
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Los Angeles, California
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213 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My friends took me here on my first night in BA. Located in the neighborhood of La Boca, El Obrero is known as a "bodegón" style restaurant, meaning it's not fancy but the food is superb. The menu offers AM array of choices, including meat, pasta, pizza, and a great selection of local wines. If you want an authentic Argentinian... More 

1 Thank karula76
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the first review I have ever written on any site, such was my disappointment with my food this evening. I should add that the table service was great, and the wine great value. It also has a lovely atmosphere. However, when you specifically ask for your steak 'jugoso', and it comes out well done, and the 'stew' is... More 

1 Thank hollicio
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We wanted to try the famous Argentinian meat and we did it at El Obrero. Food was excellent and it is not expensive. It is not close to the City center but the trip to the place is worth it.

Thank María P
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We were served by the owner, a family from Asturias What lovely people Very good food, not expensive

Thank aduanero
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62 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Maybe my expectations were too high. Neat atmosphere ,nice service ,interesting football stuff but the real reason you come here is for the food namely the beef. It was good but not great. Had better beef in other places. So a bit of a disappointment .We tried but not necessary to take a taxi there,bit of a dodgy area so... More 

Thank davin
Ottawa, Canada
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Went on a weeknight. Great atmosphere but from a food stand point it was a disappointment. Steaks were over cooked and needed to be sent back. Sides were just ok. Noticed many locals were eating fish not meat. Prices were reasonable, portions were good. It just didn't live up to its hype.

1 Thank Zamborgini
Springfield, Illinois
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818 reviews
526 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

Love this place and how a single cook can feed 100 people so well it's unbelievable Food is great, fairly priced and great friendly service from staff Been here twice and would come again

Thank Clevlander
Aurora, Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

We went here based on a recommendation from a local and are glad we did. It was a bit out of the way, I certainly wouldn't walk around there...but a taxi to and from was the ideal way to go. We arrived a few minutes late for an 8 o'clock reservation and realized that is early for BA! By nine... More 

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

I used to come with my Father 40 years ago and I came back a month ago with friends to read the walls full of stories and anecdotes with pictures of famous actors and sportsmen unchanged from my last visit.The founder is gone but his sons are there to advise every one to try the unique Tortilla or the Lisa(... More 

Thank Gallacher A
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

This past weekend we were in La Boca for an event and decided to have lunch at El Obrero, a famous "bodegon" in La Boca with both locals and tourists. The wait ended up being much longer than expected, nearly 2 hours, and we only decided to wait so long since there aren't really any other restaurants nearby. We felt... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Latin, Spanish, Argentinian, South American
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
12:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Agustin Caffarena 64 | La Boca, Buenos Aires C1157ADB, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > La Boca
  • Neighbourhood: La Boca
  • Phone Number: 4362-9912

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Staying in La Boca

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La Boca
A neighbourhood defined by its immigrant roots, La Boca still maintains this past alive in its streets today. Due to its proximity to the river, the neighbourhood became the preferred settling area for immigrants of a wide variety of origins, who ended up living together in the conventillos. Thus, these houses became a melting pot of different cultures and traditions that birthed creations like tango and lunfardo. Nowadays, this legacy can be seen and felt on Caminito Street, which welcomes visitors with colourful facades, cobblestones, and street artists showcasing their skills. Just like its neighbor San Telmo, La Boca is one of the prime destinations to experience the traditions and customs that originated from the city’s immigrant past and which have shaped its distinct identity.
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