Restaurants in Buenos Aires

Argentines seem to live for their food. The dining experience is high on their list of daily activities, although most eat their main meal very late, usually at 2200 or later. Traditional and modern parrilla (grill) restaurants serve up a cornucopia of meats to a discerning clientele, while pizza and pasta restaurants are found on every street corner in Buenos Aires. But there has been a food revolution in recent years and many international influences have crept in, including modern Mediterranean and Asian food – Peruvian-Chinese fusion restaurants are particularly popular. Argentina also has some of the world's best wines, which shouldn't be missed.

The Buenos Aires restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over US$150)
Moderate (US$60 to US$150)
Cheap (up to US$60)
These Buenos Aires restaurant prices are for a three-course meal, without wine. A service charge is not usually automatically added to the bill and a tip is appreciated.

La Cabaña

Price: Expensive

For high-end meat consumption amid the style of a traditional estancia (ranch), head to La Cabaña in elegant Recoleta. The restaurant is spread over several floors and a roof garden, and features luxurious wooden furnishings, rustic décor and even stuffed cows. The new menu combines modern and traditional Argentine dining, with a rather splendid parrilla (grill) section offering some truly fine cuts of meat.

Address: Alicia Moreau de Justo 380, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4314 3710.

El Bistro

Price: Expensive

It would be worth visiting the new Faena Hotel + Universe just to experience the décor of this Philippe Starck-designed restaurant. The bizarre interior is a dream world of pure red and white furnishings interspersed with red-eyed unicorn heads mounted on the wall. The surreal surroundings don't detract from the sophisticated international cuisine served up by attentive staff. A fascinating tasting menu is particularly impressive, with dishes including Patagonian toadfish, a carpaccio of portobello mushrooms, and a desert of white chocolate egg with tangerine yolk. If dining on a Saturday evening, head to the Library bar for a post-dinner cocktail, and be dazzled by their supremely talented live band.

Address: Martha Salotti 445, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4010 9200.

La Bourgogne

Price: Expensive

The traditional, plush interior of the Alvear Palace Hotel flows flawlessly into the exquisite La Bourgogne. This is one of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, where the city's elite and VIP visitors from abroad come to dine. Chef Jean Paul Bondoux delights the most demanding gourmands with a refined blend of French and international cuisine, or diners can opt for meats cooked on the rotisserie grill. The head sommelier at La Bourgogne also runs wine-tasting classes for small or large groups, in an atmospheric cellar below the restaurant. Sip Malbec from Mendoza or Pinot Noir from Patagonia, and enjoy the rich honey flavours of a Torrontés from the Salta region.

Address: Avenida Alvear 1891, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4805 3857.

Artemisia

Price: Moderate

Even carnivorous Buenos Aires is not without its vegetarian restaurants. In bohemian Palermo Viejo, this wonderful restaurant serves simple, homemade natural cuisine. Pasta, rice and soup dishes are brimming with vegetable content, and all can be accompanied by delicious homemade bread.

Address: Cabrera 3877, Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4863 4242.

Thymus

Price: Moderate

The inventive menu is international in flavour at this popular eatery located in the former home of famous Argentine sculptor Martín Vergara. The creative team has selected a unique set of dishes to wow a smart and fashionable clientele. Duck, cashew and cheese crème brûlée is just one of the unusual combinations on offer.

Address: Lerma 525, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4772 1936.

Desnivel

Price: Moderate

This delightful San Telmo parrilla (grill restaurant) is a traditional and bustling no-frills eatery that serves up as many parts of the cow as you can imagine, all to a mouth-wateringly high standard. Be enticed in by the meat sizzling atop their impressive grills sitting right by the entrance – with another working just as hard out the back – and wash down your chosen cuts with a bottle of San Telmo red. If feeling particularly indulgent, the dulce de leche flan is delicious.

Address: Defensa 855, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4300 9081.

La Vieja Rotisería

Price: Cheap

This is a fine place in Buenos Aires to taste quality Argentine meat at a low price. Guests at this extremely popular and atmospheric parrilla (grill) café can taste a variety of cooked meats and steaks without breaking the bank.

Address: Defensa 963, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4362 5660.

Social Paraíso

Price: Cheap

Social Paraíso is a popular lunchtime hangout in Palermo Viejo. With a bargain set menu, it's one of the best budget restaurants in Buenos Aires. The small and friendly place has simple décor and a good atmosphere. The food is always delicious and dishes range from wholesome staples to more exotic combinations.

Address: Honduras 5182, Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4831 4556.

Galerías Pacífico

Price: Cheap

Most shopping malls in Buenos Aires contain food halls where you can pick up cheap and simple rápida meals. At Galerías Pacífico, there is a choice of parrilla (grill) cooked steaks, pastas and pizzas, deli salads, sushi and burgers.

Address: Calle Florida and Calle Córdoba, Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 5555 5110.
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