Adventurous eaters will rejoice in Buenos Aires, which is packed with a wealth of fantastic places to eat, from elegant European cafés offering globally inspired cuisine to traditional parrillas serving some of the best steaks in the world. The vibrant, bustling city also has begun to welcome a variety of cuisine from all corners of the globe.
1.La Bourgogne Restaurant
© La Bourgogne Restaurant
La Bourgogne Restaurant has been delighting food-lovers and aficionados with acclaimed French cuisine for more than 22 years. Based at the Alvear Palace Hotel and helmed by Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux Jean-Paul Bondoux, the restaurant specializes in haute French cuisine, offering an unparalleled exceptional dining experience. The kitchen boasts an open grill and ròtissoire, which add a special touch to the experience, and restaurant features a Taste de Vins room where guests can taste delicious cheeses and wines selected by chef Jean Paul Bondoux and the Sommelier. La Bourgogne Restaurant’s famous wine cellar, La Cave can seat up to 30 guests at an imperial table and is ideal for private dinners and wine tastings. La Bourgogne is open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.
Alvear Palace Hotel, Ayacucho 2023, C1112AAK CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-05-38-57
2.i Latina Buenos Aires
© i Latina Buenos Aires
Helmed by acclaimed Colombian chef, Santiago Macias, i Latina is an award-winning eatery that brings together the tastes and flavors of Latin America, taking diners on a culinary journey through the heart of Latin and South America. The seven-course tasting menu starts with plates of Nikkei-style ceviche with smoked prawns and caramelized octopus, followed by the catch of the day and sweetbreads in aji panka before moving onto mouthwatering dishes such as marinated quail and beef cheek in Colombian coffee. Desserts range from cocoa truffles with sea salt to a variety of sorbet and lime meringue. All courses are paired with fine Argentinian wines from the restaurant’s extensive cellar. i Latina Buenos Aires is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
Afe, Pedro Domingo Murillo 725, C1414 Caba, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-57-90-95
© Oviedo Restaurante
Oviedo Restaurante is an upmarket Barrio Norte restaurant that focuses on high-quality cuisine from Iberia with Mediterranean and Argentine accents and accompanied by a selection of fine wines from the enormous cellar. Stylish interiors complement an evening-wear clad crowd, while bow-tie clad waitrons present the mouthwatering with subtle, swift and smart style in an atmosphere of classic fine dining, with diners savoring fresh seafood and catch of the day, prime Argentine meat, homemade pasta and risotto, and decadent desserts. Oviedo Restaurante is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, and lunch only on Sundays.
Beruti 2602, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: 48-22-54-15
4.Parrilla Don Julio
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Parrilla Don Julio is a knockout, family-run parrilla that is renowned for its perfectly seared prime cuts from grass-fed cattle, a top-notch wine list, and impeccable service. Located in a beautiful building dating back to the 19th century, with interior walls lined with signed empty wine bottles, many of which have been left by diners from around the world leaving their mark, the restaurant exudes the ambiance of a welcoming wine sanctuary. Tables in the main salon have a bird’s eye view of the asadores manning the grills as they fire up entraña (skirt steak), tira de asado (short ribs), and bife de cuadril (rump steak). In addition to the outstanding steaks, the menu features other classics such as crispy mollejas (sweetbreads) seasoned with just lemon juice and salt and fried beef empanadas.
Guatemala 4699, 1425 Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-32-60-58
© Aramburu Resto
Voted as ‘One of the Top 50 Restaurants in the World,’ Aramburu Restó, named after Executive Chef and owner, Gonzalo Aramburu offers an elaborate and whimsical 19-course menu that’s often described as the best dining experience in Buenos Aires. Exuding an amalgamation of textures, flavors and aromas with unusual concoctions such as foams, mousses, jellies, and spheres, the menu includes unique dishes like steak tartare layered with black quinoa and mustard ice cream, suckling pig with squash purée and mandarin sorbet, and a “coral reef” made of paper-thin crackers emulating the colors of marine life. The petite establishment on the outskirts of San Telmohas just 16 seats and is always packed so book early.
Salta 1050, C1103ACY CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-43-05-04-39
Serving modern Argentine cuisine in a new recently renovated dining room and kitchen with floor-t-ceiling windows and an elegant and sleek ambiance, Chila is an award-winning restaurant that offers an unrivaled dining experience. Helmed by New head chef Pedro Bargero, the restaurant celebrates Argentine regional ingredients with two tasting menus and a daily-changing vegetarian menu, which feature dishes such as cured beef with yogurt and chimichurri; black hake with Jerusalem artichoke; or young squid, with lettuce and capers. Chila is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays.
Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160, C1107AAT Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-43-43-60-67
7.El Banco Rojo
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El Banco Rojo is a small restaurant in San Telmo that offers fast gourmet meals, with a variety of burgers and sandwiches. Some examples are the Philly Cheese Steak, an American classic from the city of Philadelphia made of marinated buttock strips, onion and grilled moron with cheddar cheese or Big Harvey, prawns, grilled onions, lettuce and cabbage with sauce homemade barbecue, and homemade burgers like the LB (with bacon, cheese, pickles, lettuce and stolen sauce) or the LTQ (lettuce, tomato and cheese). To this are added tacos, lamb empanadas, and specials that change day by day for which it is always worth consulting. El Banco Rojo is open for lunch and dinner daily.
Bolívar 866, C1066AAR CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-43-62-31-77
© El Baqueano
The award-winning El Baqueno, one of the Top 50 Restaurants in Latin America, is helmed by Fernando Rivarola who sources unusual ingredients from specialist producers for a singular dining experience. Using only the freshest, locally sourced and unusual native ingredients from smallholders and producers across Argentina – think alligator and llama - Fernando Rivarola creates a menu like no other with dishes such as llama carpaccio with three-color quinoa, alligator gyoza, and Peruvian red pepper and crunchy amaranthus. Flanked by a traditional wooden bar, which serves an array of libations, including fine Argentine wines, the dining room is relaxed and inviting with a friendly vibe. El Baqueno is open for dinner only, Tuesday through Saturday.
Chile 499, Esquina Bolivar, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Phone: +54-11-43-42-08-02
9.El Mirasol de la Recova
© El Mirasol de la Recova
Located in the scenic Recoleta neighborhood, El Mirasol de la Recova is a traditional Argentine steakhouse that focuses on parrilla (grilled cuisine) and other classic Latin American cuisine. Ideally located close to downtown and many international hotels, El Mirasol de la Recova has a stylish and sophisticated ambiance, professional, friendly wait staff, and an extensive list of fine wines from Argentina and around the world which can be paired with the excellent cuisine. Specialty dishes range from a variety of prime steaks, tenderloin, pork and goat to kebabs, offal such as sweetbreads, tripe, and black pudding, and short ribs. El Mirasol de la Recova is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.
Posadas 1032, C1011ABB CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-43-26-73-22
10.La Cabrera Parrilla Palermo
© La Cabrera Parrilla Palermo
Located at the corner of Thames and its namesake street, La Cabrera Parrilla Palermo is a long-standing eatery that has been serving locals and insiders for more than 10 years. Now an award-winning restaurant, the contemporary version of an old-school parrilla focuses on prime meats, with more than two dozen cuts of meat on offer, including only the best cuts of Argentine grass-fed Hereford and Aberdeen Angus beef, and grilling them to perfection. Meats are accompanied by a smorgasbord of sides, ranging from olives stuffed with almonds and quail-egg potato salad to Basque, black sausage and tomato-marinated pinto beans. For those wanting something other than steak, there is a selection of freshly prepared salads and chicken entrées on the menu, along with a list of fine wines from around the world.
José Antonio Cabrera 5099, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-32-57-54
11.La Pecora Nera
© La Pecora Nera
La Pecora Nera is an Italian-inspired restaurant helmed by award-winning Chef Daniel Hansen which serves an amalgamation of rustic Italian cuisine and Argentine classic. Located in Barrio Norte, the casual restaurant offers traditional Italian fare such as Osso Buco braised for seven hours, fresh seafood and catch of the day, and homemade risotto, and the signature Raviolis de Foie gras. Desserts are sweet and delicious such as the pearlita of warm apple strudel with cinnamon ice cream. La Pecora Nera is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Sunday, with dinner only on Saturdays.
Ayacucho 1785, Recoleta , Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: 48-04-20-00
12.Mi Coleccion de Vinos
© Mi Coleccion de Vinos
Mi Coleccion de Vinos is a gastronomic concept that showcases the perfect marriage between gourmet food and boutique wines. Located in a beautifully resorted house dating back to the early 20th century in the neighborhood of San Cristobal, the fine dining restaurant offers a five-step tour from the menu prepared by the chef of the house to the wines selected to be paired with each dish. The restaurant boasts two dining spaces, one of which is next to the open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs at work, and the other on a terrace for alfresco-style dining. Highlights of the menu include bondiola braised with a Malbec wine for four hours and served with mushroom cream and the mushroom risotto of the forest.
Combate de los Pozos 1129, C1222AAM CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-43-04-09-47
Located in an elegant section of Palermo, Mishiguene has one of the most exciting menus in the city. Helmed by Chef Tomás Kalika, Mishiguene roughly translates as 'crazy' in Yiddish, which is appropriately named for the relaxed restaurant that serves a menu of traditional Argentine fare and reinvented classic Jewish dishes. Highlights on the menu include kreplach (dumplings) stuffed with Osso Buco, bone-in pastrami made with prime Argentine beef, sous vide gefilte fish wrapped in carrot strips and topped with micro herbs and fish roe, and the signature spinach bureka served with 65-degree eggs and truffled potatoes. On Friday nights, diners can enjoy an accordionist and clarinetist playing klezmer music. Mishiguene is open for dinner only Monday through Friday, lunch, and dinner on Saturdays, and lunch only on Sundays.
Lafinur 3368, C1425FAJ CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-39-69-07-64
Osaka is part of a six-location chain that specializes in a Peruvian-Japanese fusion of the highest order and is frequently hailed as the city's best restaurant. In true Japanese style, both the décor and the cuisine are exquisitely presented and executed with interiors reflecting an elegant and serene ambiance. The menu that emphasizes both ceviche and sushi, as well as other Japanese dishes such as spicy sour shrimp, ishiyaki, seaweed salad, and udo, and the food is accompanied by a selection of sake, teas, and fine wines from around the world. The restaurant is always busy, so advance booking is essential.
Soler 5608, C1425BYH CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-47-75-69-64
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Parrilla Peña is a simple, traditional, long-running parrilla that is renowned for its high-quality meats which are served in generous portions and its friendly welcoming ambiance. The unpretentious downtown steakhouse boasts eclectic décor and furnishings and offers a mouthwatering menu of Argentine classics such as entraña (skirt steak), tira de asado (short ribs), and bife de cuadril (rump steak), mollejas (sweetbread), fried empanadas, and a decadent dulce de leche. Parrilla Peña is open for lunch and dinner, Monday through Saturday and closed on Sundays.
Rodríguez Pena 682, 1020 CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-43-71-56-43
What began as a rustic eatery tucked inside an unmarked mechanic shop has fast become one of the city’s most talked about restaurants. Helmed by Chefs Leo Lanussol and Augusto Mayer, Proper boasts a rough-hewn atmosphere and serves a menu to match of ‘garage haute cuisine’ featuring expertly grilled meats and sides, and other classics, cooked over the fire and using only the highest quality market ingredients. Signature dishes include smoked sweet potato with kale, Patagonian blue cheese, and hazelnuts, grilled artichokes with cashew cream and burnt lemon, calamari with broccoli and aioli, all of which are cooked inside a handmade wood-fired oven, which diners can see. Desserts include the dulce de leche flan with vanilla bean whipped cream, which is said to be the best in the city. Proper open for dinner only, Monday through Saturday, and closed on Sundays.
Aráoz 1676, 1414 CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-31-00-27
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Roux is an understatedly elegant spot in residential Recoleta headed by San Pellegrino award-winning chef Martin Rebaudino, of Oviedo fame. The menu features dishes prepared with carefully sourced ingredients and produce from different regions around South America and blended with the tastes and flavors of the sun-kissed Mediterranean. Roux is the place to go for some of the best seafood in meat-loving Buenos Aires, such as the Patagonian trout served with cauliflower puree, baby squid, and handcrafted gnocchi made with black olives from the San Juan province. Leave space for the mouthwatering desserts like pannacotta with popcorn ‘perfume,’ warm strawberries, and pink peppercorn sauce.
Peña 2300, C1126ABF CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-05-67-94
18.Síntesis Tapas Asiaticas
© Síntesis Tapas Asiaticas
Located in the charming neighborhood of Recoleta, Síntesis Tapas Asiáticas is a new eatery that focuses on contemporary Asian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. The restaurant boasts a refined dining experience with a menu of varied and tasty dishes based on the Japanese and Taiwanese culinary tradition. An eight-step tasting tapas menu features wantán of salmon, chicken skewers lacquered in teriyaki, pork gyozas and nira, breaded carré cane, freshly prepared sushi, and fresh salad with croquettes and ginger ice cream. The restaurant also a variety of a la carte options such as the acclaimed Ramen Synthesis and vegetarian ramen, and classics such as chicken teriyaki, salmon with sesame crust, sweet and sour fish and Japanese curry. From Tuesday to Friday there is an executive lunch menu, and dinner is served from Wednesday to Saturday with an interesting selection of wines and traditional and signature cocktails.
José León Pagano 2689, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-02-87-07
19.St. Regis Restaurant
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Located on the second floor of the majestic Park Tower Hotel, the St. Regis Restaurant boasts an elegant and serene dining space with breathtaking views of the city and a creative menu of gourmet Argentine cuisine and wines. A delectable buffet is offered for during breakfast and lunch from Monday to Friday, and dinner served every night with signature dishes such as Patagonian trout with an artichokes emulsion, grilled red tuna with mashed cauliflower and turnips, a celery and blue cheese ravioli with walnuts cream and roasted pears, and braised lamb shank with mashed cassava and coconut milk.
Avenida Leandro N. Alem 1193, Buenos Aires - Cuidad Capital, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-43-18-92-11
20.Steaks by Luis
© Steaks by Luis
Steaks by Luis is a dining concept that focuses on the famous ritual of the ‘asado,’ learning about how it is prepared with the help of a master asador and tasting the amazing results of some of the world’s best meat. Steaks by Luis consists of a mouthwatering five-course meal that showcases the highlights of a full Argentine asado, beginning with a classic picada of cold cuts, cheese, and glasses of fine Argentine wine. Guests are taught about the process, the rituals, and secrets of a mouthwatering Argentine asado, and finally get to taste the end product – a perfectly grilled steak accompanied by an array of typical Argentine asado appetizers like chinchulines, chorizo and blood sausage, fresh salads, and a selection of wines. The meal ends with a mouthwatering dessert with a classic dulce de leche flavor.
Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-48-24-42-32
21.Sunae Asian Cantina
© Sunae Asian Cantina
Exuding a sumptuous Asian feel with Martinique-style wall coverings of giant banana leaves, red bistro chairs, and woven lanterns, Sunae Asian Cantina bring s a slice of Far East Asia to the heart of Buenos Aires. The lively new restaurant in Palermo is helmed by American chef Christina Sunae, who hailed from the Philippines and Japan, and who presents a menu of popular dishes choices from China, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam, including pad thai, soup dumplings, fried wontons, and lesser-known plates such as bun thit nuong, a mouthwatering dish of Vietnamese grilled pork marinated in honey and lemongrass, and served with rice noodles, peanuts and fish sauce.
Humboldt 1626, 1414CTP CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-47-76-81-22
22.The Argentine Experience
© The Argentine Experience
The Argentine Experience is a unique dining experience that offers an intensive crash course in Argentine culture and cuisine, complete a headline dish of exquisitely cooked fillet accompanied by bottomless glasses of Malbec and alfajor and empanada-making sessions. The evening begins with delving into the nuances of Argentina's world-renowned wines and learning how to make three wine-based cocktails, which are accompanied by a selection of homemade tapas. Guests then move onto learning how to make perfectly grilled steaks and empanadas, sitting at large tables with plenty of tasting along the way. The Argentine Experience is available in the evenings from Monday through Saturday.
Fitz Roy 2110, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-47-78-09-13
23.UCO Restaurante at the Fiero Hotel
© UCO Restaurante at the Fiero Hotel
Based at the Fiero Hotel, UCO Restaurante focuses on egg-free, farm-to-table fare and serves a menu of dishes that are prepared in-house, every day and made to order. Hailed as one of the best restaurants in the city, UCO draws a crowd of locals and visitors alike who come to savor their smoked Patagonian trout, house-cured bacon, homemade ice-cream and freshly baked bread. The incredible cuisine is accompanied by an outstanding wine list with over 300 of Argentina's finest wines to pair with each dish. The full service bar also serves handcrafted cocktails and imported spirits, along with a variety of specialty coffees. UCO Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
Soler 5862, C1425BYl CABA, Argentina, Phone: +54-11-32-20-68-00
25 Best Buenos Aires Restaurants
- La Bourgogne Restaurant, Photo: La Bourgogne Restaurant
- i Latina Buenos Aires, Photo: i Latina Buenos Aires
- Oviedo Restaurante, Photo: Oviedo Restaurante
- Parrilla Don Julio, Photo: Parrilla Don Julio
- Aramburu Resto, Photo: Aramburu Resto
- Chila, Photo: Chila
- El Banco Rojo, Photo: El Banco Rojo
- El Baqueano, Photo: El Baqueano
- El Mirasol de la Recova, Photo: El Mirasol de la Recova
- La Cabrera Parrilla Palermo, Photo: La Cabrera Parrilla Palermo
- La Pecora Nera, Photo: La Pecora Nera
- Mi Coleccion de Vinos, Photo: Mi Coleccion de Vinos
- Mishiguene, Photo: Mishiguene
- Osaka, Photo: Osaka
- Parrilla Pena, Photo: Courtesy of Nattawut Thammasak - Fotolia.com
- Proper, Photo: Proper
- Roux, Photo: Courtesy of fox17 - Fotolia.com
- Síntesis Tapas Asiaticas, Photo: Síntesis Tapas Asiaticas
- St. Regis Restaurant, Photo: St. Regis Restaurant
- Steaks by Luis, Photo: Steaks by Luis
- Sunae Asian Cantina, Photo: Sunae Asian Cantina
- The Argentine Experience, Photo: The Argentine Experience
- UCO Restaurante at the Fiero Hotel, Photo: UCO Restaurante at the Fiero Hotel
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of diegograndi - Fotolia.com