Restaurants in Buenos Aires

It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Porteños (Buenos Aires natives) live for food. Meal times are sacred and locals spend an age around the table, especially in the evening. Most don’t eat until 2200, and many restaurants won’t start service until 2000, so be prepared to change your dining habits when you’re in the city.

Although steak is a big deal, a food revolution in recent years has seen a boom in Mediterranean and Asian cuisine in the city too.

The Buenos Aires restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are 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 for one, without wine. A service charge usually isn’t added to the bill, so a tip of around 10% of the total is appreciated.

La Bourgogne

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Mediterranean and Argentinean.

The traditional, plush interior of the Alvear Palace Hotel flows flawlessly into the exquisite La Bourgogne. 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. It’s also worth noting too, that the dress code is smart casual.

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

La Cabaña

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Argentinean.

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 menu combines modern and traditional Argentine dining, with a rather splendid parrilla (grill) section that offers some truly fine cuts of meat. The fish here is good too, try the slow-cooked trout in smoked milk that comes on a dried fruit risotto.

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

Unik

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: French and Argentinean.

One of Buenos Aires’ most unique restaurants, Unik is a design-led space that’ll leave your jaw on the floor before you’ve even looked at the menu. Built by Argentine architect-cum-restaurateur, Marcelo Joulia, the dining room is kitted out in a swanky retro modern style. The food here offers a contemporary twist on classic Argentine dishes, all cooked in the open kitchen which forms the centerpiece of this BA institution. Yes it’s expensive, but it’s worth every cent.

Address: Soler 5132, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4772 2230.
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Olsen

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Scandinavian

Scandinavian food isn’t the most obvious cuisine you’d think of in Argentina, but the metropolitan crowds of Palermo Hollywood fill this place every weekend. The cavernous, high-ceilinged dining room is tended by hip Porteños, with a bar serving up a superb Bloody Mary and super strong coffee for hungover locals. Its set menus of fresh soups, salads and healthy sides, not to mention its superb white wines, make it a great alternative for anyone tiring of a diet of red meat and Malbec.

Address: Gorriti 5870, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4776 7677.

Azema Exotic Bistro

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: French, Vietnamese and Moroccan.

Tired of steaks and ribs? Then step into Azema for a wholly different cuisine. Paul Jean Azema, the owner and chef, has created a menu focused on food from France’s colonial past, drawing on influences from places as diverse as Vietnam, Morocco and the Caribbean. The result is a menu that should feel scattergun, but is actually a heady mix of everything from fresh spring rolls to smoky tagine. Throw in the hip Palermo setting and you’ve got a restaurant to remember.

Address: Caranza 1875, Palermo Hollywood, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4774 4191.

Don Julio

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: Argentinean

One of Buenos Aires’ most highly-rated parrillas (grills). The steaks here are huge and succulent, with the flame grill taking pride of place in the centre of the dining room. The walls are decked out with vintage wine bottles, while the list of Argentine wines on offer is vast. In order to get seated any time after 2100, when the locals eat, booking a table is essential. If you have one steak in BA, be sure to have it here.

Address: Guatemala 4699, Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4832 6058.

Il Nonno Bachicha

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Argentinean

Il Nonno Bachicha is a great place to try out Argentinean meat without leaving your holiday budget in a massive state of disrepair. Steak, ribs and lamb are the order of the day. The setting is resolutely old school, with a basic vibe that’ll make you feel as if you’ve stepped back into the Argentina of old. Best of all, it’s in the heart of San Telmo, so you can check out some tango or grab a cocktail nearby once you’re done feasting.

Address: Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4361 7019.

Dada

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Argentinean

This cosy little bar in Retiro only has a few tables and the odd space at the bar. Its menu is small, but the food it serves has garnered a reputation for being among the best in the city. It’s a spot that has that slow town feel: meals and daily specials are scribbled spiderlike on the chalkboard, its posters and objets d'art should be gathering dust in an antique shop and the cocktails are a splash generous. The ojo de bife (ribeye) here is to die for and the Malbec on offer isn’t too shabby either.

Address: Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4314 4787.

Artemisia

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Argentinean

Even carnivorous Buenos Aires is not without its vegetarian restaurants. In bohemian Palermo Viejo, this wonderful eatery serves simple, homemade natural cuisine. Pasta, rice and soup dishes brim with goodness, and all come accompanied by delicious homemade bread. Pescatarians will find much to enjoy as well, such as the haddock in a Thai marinade of lemongrass and coconut milk. The menu changes seasonally, while the dining room catches loads of natural light during the day. It’s the perfect spot for a long lunch.

Address: Argentina
Telephone: (011) 4863 4242.
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