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Restaurants in Buenos Aires

While Buenos Aires is best known for its tender steaks and fine bottles of Malbec, there's more to the local cuisine than first meets the eye. Highly influenced by the great influx of Italian immigrants who arrived in Argentina in the 19th century, Buenos Aires is littered with handmade pasta shops, gelato joints and pizzerias all offering an authentic slice of culinary heritage. In the last decade, a number of exciting contemporary restaurants have opened too, many of them starting out as puertas cerradas, or closed-door restaurants, which became popular after the economic crisis when enterprising chefs would open their homes to dinner guests. In trendy Palermo, restaurants serving international cuisine are widespread, with everything from sushi to Peruvian-Japanese fusion up for grabs, while San Telmo has a generous sprinkling of traditional cafes and old-fashioned parrillas (grill houses). Be sure to reserve a table no earlier than 10pm to really experience mealtimes like a local.

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.



Cuisine: Modern Argentinean

Serious food lover will be wowed by this culinary hothouse of innovation helmed by legendary chef Gonzalo Aramburu who serves an elaborate and artistic 12-course tasting menu to a handful of diners in his small, intimate eatery. Those with less cash to flash can try Aramburu Bis, a more casual kitchen but with a similar market-to-table ethos.

Address: San Telmo, Salta 1050, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4305 0439

La Bourgogne

Cuisine: French

The plush interior of Alvear Palace Hotel flows flawlessly into the exquisite La Bourgogne restaurant. Chef Jean-Paul Bondoux delights gourmands with a refined blend of French classics and Mediterranean cuisine, or diners can opt for meats cooked on the rotisserie grill. The dress code is smart, the service flawless, and there's even a wine-tasting room for larger groups.

Address: Recoleta, Avenida Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4808 3857

i Latina

Cuisine: Latin American

Helmed by a pair of charismatic Colombian brothers, this once closed-door restaurant is now one of the city's most sought-after dining spots thanks to its reputation for creative prowess and flawless service. In an intimate space, diners take an adventurous tour of Latin America with a seven-course tasting menu that adds up to an unforgettable culinary experience.

Address: Villa Crespo, Murillo 725, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4857 9095


Don Julio

Cuisine: Argentinean

At one of Buenos Aires' most highly rated parrillas (grills), Don Julio serves huge and succulent steaks from a flame grill that takes pride of place in the dining room. Walls are decked out with vintage bottles while the list of Argentine wines on offer is vast. Booking is essential in order to nab a table after 9pm when the locals pile in.

Address: Palermo Viejo, Guatemala 4691, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4832 6058

El Obrero

Cuisine: Argentinean

For a taste of old-time Buenos Aires, try humble steakhouse El Obrero (meaning The Worker) in La Boca which has been churning out big, juicy cuts since 1910 when it opened to cater to the many Italian immigrants arriving in the district. Not much has changed in terms of decor since that era, and walls are plastered with old pictures and football memorabilia, adding to the restaurant's rustic charm.

Address: La Boca, Augustin R, Caffarena 64, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4362 9912

Florería Atlántico

Cuisine: Argentinean

Follow the floral scent to this restaurant and lounge set beyond a secret doorway at the back of an unassuming flower shop in the Retiro district. The subterranean cavern takes inspiration from local immigrant history to divide its cocktail list by country (Italy, Spain, Poland) and serves delicious sharing plates combining Argentine and foreign flavours - think grilled octopus with black olives and classic morcilla blood sausage.

Address: Retiro, Arroyo 872, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4313 6093



Cuisine: Vegetarian / Natural

Even carnivorous Buenos Aires is not without its vegetarian offerings. This bohemian eatery serves simple, homemade cuisine including pasta, rice and soup dishes that come accompanied with delicious homemade bread. The menu changes seasonally, while the dining room catches loads of natural light during the day making it a great spot for a long lunch.

Address: Palermo, Costa Rica 5893, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4773 2641


Cuisine: Argentinean

This artsy little eatery in Retiro only has a few tables and the odd space at the bar. Its menu is small, but the food has garnered a reputation for being among the best valued in the city. It's a spot that has that slow town feel, with daily specials scribbled on a chalkboard, dusty posters and a bar serving cocktails that are a splash generous.

Address: , San Martín 941, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4314 4787

Il Nonno Bachicha

Cuisine: Argentinean

Set in the heart of San Telmo, Il Nonno Bachicha is a great place to try out Argentinean meat without leaving your holiday budget in a state of disrepair. 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.

Address: , Defensa 963, Buenos Aires,
Telephone: +54 11 4361 7019
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Casa Calma

In the heart of downtown Buenos Aires, this wellness boutique equips its 17 rooms with jacuzzi tubs and six deluxe rooms have saunas. The vibe throughout is eco-chic, with furniture fashioned from recycled fabrics and floors crafted from sustainable pine. Healthy buffet breakfast, bicycle hire and an honesty bar are among its many attractions.

Faena Hotel

A pioneering design hotel, opulently contemporary Faena has been crafted out of a former grain warehouse along the docks of Puerto Madero. Designed by Philippe Starck, the interior is an eclectic mix of minimalist décor, regal furniture and quirky artefact, with facilities counting a spa, outdoor pool, a state-of-the-art meeting and events space and two stylish restaurants.

Fierro Hotel

This super trendy bolthole in Palermo draws in food-lovers thanks to its highly reputed restaurant. Facilities include a lovely little pool with loungers looking out over city views as well as a spa and sauna. The interiors are sleek and minimal with a red and charcoal colour theme. Downstairs there's a secluded garden with comfy sofas and a laid-back vibe, complimented by the friendly staff.

Home Hotel

The award-winning boutique stay is a tranquil and stylish retreat set in the heart of trendy Palermo, complete with heated pool, outdoor cocktail bar and palm-shaded garden. Scandinavian furniture sits amid luxurious French wallpaper in the 17 designer bedrooms, while the basement houses a sleek spa offering a range of massage, body and facial therapies.

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

A 5-star Park Hyatt property in the affluent downtown Recoleta district, chandeliers and working fireplaces set the tone in this grand palace - first built in 1934 and lovingly restored in 2006. The 165-room hotel commands an impressive array of art in its underground gallery, the Paseo de las Artes Duhau, and facilities include the Ahín Wellness & Spa with its indoor swimming pool, sauna and whirlpool.

Hotel Frossard

This centrally located hotel offers simple, modern facilities in an old, French-style house. Most visitors are attracted by the reasonable prices and ease of access to nearby cultural attractions rather than its specific charm. Offering bed and breakfast, Hotel Frossard is also surrounded by many of the city's finest cafés and restaurants which makes it a worthy budget choice in what can be a pricey city.