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El Palenque

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J. Perez Castellano 1579, Montevideo 11001, Uruguay
+598 2917 0190
12:00 - 17:00
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Mon - Fri 12:00 - 23:00
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 17:00
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Nederland, Colorado
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214 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 211 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I guess this is a typical upscale parrilla. We were a group of ten and asked to be served a variety of food. It was virtually all meat: beef, sausages, pork, lamb, sweetbreads, etc. That's the way it is in Uruguay. The meats were good and the service was more than adequate. My wife, who doesn't eat red meat, ordered... More 

Thank nedtraveler
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239 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

If you want to experience the great love affair South Americans have with beef then this is the place to visit. It is situated in the markets and consequently is very alive and vibrant.. We sat at the counter and ordered steaks and beer - what a feast. The steaks are cooked on a huge open barbeque and were perfectly... More 

Thank peterjr41Mandurah
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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58 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best restaurant in the Mercado. Open fires cooking all sorts of meat and fish. Good selection of wines and beers and an excellent menu. We had an excellent meal here. Staff are great too!

Thank Andrew M
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99 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed sitting at the bar and watching the chefs do their thing on the large grill at El Palenque. Who knew you could grill all those things? Our steak and chicken kabob were perfect and we'd go back again if we had more time there. The restaurant is part of a larger area of restaurants and shops but... More 

Thank BodogArizona
Prevost, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was recommended to us by a local we met on the bus, and although the price wasn't cheap, it was an amazing meal. The waiter was very friendly, gave us all the information we needed and time to choose. The "asado de tira" (beef rib) and fries were good, but our favorite was the catch of the day,... More 

Thank 1980Caro
Islamorada, Florida
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch here after a tour of the city. My friend and I had steak, which was delicious, our two friends had fish and they said it was excellent. By far the best part was our server, Daniel who was a hoot. He was also an excellent server. Sat outside and watched everyone enjoying the market. Short walk from... More 

Thank Elizabethkeys
London, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited the restaurant while staying in Montevideo. No regret.... Loved it, the meat was so tasty! Sat outside lovely setting! A must place to go while in Montevideo !! I will comeback !!

Thank Fabienamberieu
Mexico City, Mexico
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious! ask for the pulpos a la valenciana, the picaña and the short rib. Desserts are also great and service is probably the best. In Uruguay if you want médium rare ask for "jugosa". it is a must in Montevideo!

Thank Ignacio D
Atlanta, Georgia
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122 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There were four of us who came in after a wine tasting tour. The service was great and watching our meat cook on the grill was neat. We all thoroughly enjoyed the steaks, some of the best we had eaten. Very tender and good flavor. Enjoyed sitting after lunch and watching the crowds in the market. A very nice experience.

Thank dbopen
London, United Kingdom
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136 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The market has a great atmosphere and we loved watching the rotating grill at El Palenque. The food was very good- prawns pil pil, octopus, sausage, juicy chicken. We had asked for a starter portion of octopus but when we got the bill we had been given and charged for a main course one, this was sneaky we felt. Aside... More 

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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
Local cuisine, Kids, 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?