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Mala Cara

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Marcelo T. Alvear 1500 - Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
09:00 - 01:30
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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2015 via mobile

We had the 3 course set menu which includes a glass of wine for a very good price. The waiter was friendly and spoke English. The food was excellent quality (we had the steak). Will probably go back tomorrow and try the garlic chicken.

Thank JonathanRB
Santiago, Chile
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2014

I went there with my family the first night we after we arrived. The empanadas are awesome. I try the empanada de carne (beef empanada) and it was great. The food in general is great.

Thank Bernii
Sydney, Australia
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90 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2014

We chose Mala Cara because it was within walking distance of our hotel and it looked like a quintessential bistro - subdued lighting, leather upholstery, gleaming cutlery and glassware on dark tables, crisp linen, and lovely awnings on the front of the building. We arrived early by Argentinian standards and were served promptly by delightful staff. The beef dishes on... More 

Thank JoH883
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2014

The food was OK! but the service was really poor! they took their time for everything! even to collect the bill! and the place was nearly empty!

Thank Everlast30
New York
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2013

We passed this restaurant since it is near where we are staying in BAires, and had to pop in for dinner. Loved the chill atmosphere.the service was great, the clientele was all local. It just felt right. My daughter and zi shared the grilled vegetables and the entraña cut of steak. Perfectly done and just the right serving. We shared... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2012

It is a tipical resturant, nothing special but good for coffee and media lunas

Thank Charlie S
Baton Rouge, LA
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2012

Awesome vegetable skewers. If you don't already know, vegetables are hard to find in BA. Here, they are awesome! Steaks and sausage are very good as well. Definitely something to try.

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11 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2009

A very attractive neighborhood restaurant. The steaks were only fair. They did not ask how we wanted them cooked, and mine arrived medium and my husband's was medium well. We traded. We had a nice Mendoza malbec at a reasonable price. The service was excellent.

Thank nvtribefan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Good for
Business meetings
Open Hours
09:00 - 01:30
09:00 - 01:30
09:00 - 01:30
09:00 - 01:30
09:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marcelo T. Alvear 1500 - Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Capital Federal District  >  Buenos Aires>  > Recoleta
  • Neighbourhood: Recoleta
  • Phone Number: 4812-7462

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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 Recoleta

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Characterised by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighbourhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centred on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
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