Guide to Restaurants & Bars in Buenos Aires

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I am the token friend that lives in South America. That means I get emails pretty regularly from family members and friends who are planning travel to Buenos Aires asking for advice about where to eat and drink in the city. The requests became more frequent over time, so for ease I started a Google Document that I could share with whoever wanted a little intel about the Paris of South America.

I started the document a few years ago and it’s grown into a comprehensive list. I love food and taking advantage of the rapidly expanding gastronomic scene in Buenos Aires, so updating the list semi-regularly doesn’t feel like a chore to me.

I hope you find the list helpful. I know it’s helped many others before you.

I would be remiss not to mention (perhaps) the most famous English language food blogger in Buenos Aires, Allie Lazaar, and her blog Pick Up the Fork. Her site and restaurant guide, which you can conveniently filter by type of food and neighborhood, have saved me in times of crippling indecision over dinner, not to mention introduced me to places I might not have otherwise stumbled upon.

I’ve linked to each establishment I’m recommending’s Tripadvisor page, or if there isn’t one, their Facebook page or some other helpful reference. If I have a particular tip about the place apart from the basic description that will help you enjoy your experience there, I’ve included that as well. The restaurants are not in any particular order, with the exception of the first seven which are in bold because they are expensive tasting menus (depending on your budget, I’d pick one of the five to visit while you’re in Buenos Aires).

Without further ado…

Fancy Splurge Restaurants

  • Tegui – Contemporary Argentine/International tasting menu
  • Casa Cavia – Contemporary Argentine/fusion, in a beautiful historic, refurbished house
  • Chila – Argentine/South American fusion tasting menu
  • Arambaru – Contemporary Argentine/molecular gastronomy tasting menu
  • iLatina – Colombian/Caribbean fusion tasting menu
  • Club M Omakase – Sushi, tasting menu

Also Fancy But Not as Much of a Splurge

  • El Baqueano – Argentine/exotic meats tasting menu
  • Arambaru Bis – Gourmet South American fusion
  • Proper – Gourmet Argentine/European fusion
  • El Burladero – Spanish; have a well priced lunch special
  • Roux – Gourmet Argentine French fusion
  • Elena (the Four Season’s restaurant) – Gourmet; go for brunch buffet only
  • Crizia – Seafood
  • Sucre – Gourmet Argentine/South American fusion
  • Sottovoce – Italian

Steakhouse (Called a Parilla in Argentina)

  • La Choza – Steakhouse
  • La Cabrera – Steakhouse; go during tourist happy hour from 7 to 8 pm and everything is 40% off, you must get there right at 7 pm however, and you’ll only have one hour to eat… but it makes normally expensive meal affordable [Scott: I just did this with my visiting cousins, and we paid about US$40 a head, after 40% discount, for a full meal with too much steak, appetizers, and wine; they let us stay at the table until about 8:15 PM.]
La Cabrera
Steaks at La Cabrera

Italian

Peruvian

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Causa and a Pisco Sour at Lúcuma
  • La Conga – Peruvian; there will most likely be a long line, but don’t worry, it moves fast
  • Chan Chan – Peruvian
  • La Mar – Peruvian; the terrace is lovely when weather is nice
  • A cocktail at La Mar
    A cocktail at La Mar

 

Healthy / Vegetarian

  • Hierbabuena – Vegetarian
  • Buenos Aires Verde – Vegetarian/Vegan/Raw (there are two locations, one in the Belgrano neighborhood which is more of a dinner atmostphere and one in the Palermo Hollywood neighborhood which is more of a lunch atmosphere)

Asian

  • BBQ Town
    BBQ Town

European Influence/Fusion

Various Lunch Spots

  • A Manger – Sandwiches and salads, deli; go here to put together a picnic for the park
  • La Cresta – Lunch wraps and sandwiches  (good option for vegetarians)
  • Vino Tinto Cocina Andante – Lunch with a different featured plate each day

Traditional Argentine But Not Steakhouse

  • Peron Peron – Traditional Argentine
  • El Refuerzo – Traditional Argentine
  • Cumana – Traditional Northern Argentine (lots of casserole type dishes)
  • Pekin – Empanadas and pizza; don’t get the pizza, but the empanadas are my favorite in the city.

Cafes

Bakeries/Breakfast

Sheikob’s bagels. If it wasn’t for this guy, I would’ve moved away from Buenos Aires by now. I need good bagels in my life to be happy.
  • Salvaje – Bakery and lunch spot
  • Oui Oui – Lunch/brunch cafe
  • Malvon – Lunch/brunch cafe; better to go during the week, on the weekends it’s crowded and the service is horrible
  • Lucío – Argentine food and bakery; only go for the medialunas (Argentina’s sweet version of a croissant)

Armenian

  • Medio Oriente – Armenian deli; on Fridays and Saturdays from about noon to 2 pm, they make amazing and spicy shawarma, I wouldn’t eat any of the other ready-made food though
  • Sarkis – Armenian (great value)

American Influenced

  • Nola – New Orleans style food (they have a killer fried chicken sandwich
Chicken and waffles at Nola
Chicken and waffles at Nola
  • El Tejano – Texas style bbq; get the ribs
  • El Banco Rojo – Burgers, tacos, and empanadas. Fun hangout in the San Telmo neighborhood, great prices for the portion sizes.

Ice Cream

  • Rapa Nui – Ice cream, try the dark chocolate 
  • Lucciano’s – Ice cream, try the pops freshly bathed in chocolate
  • The Creme Lab – dense ice cream made in front of you with liquid nitrogen

Recommended Bars

  • Pain Et Vin – Wine bar; also has sandwiches/salads/tapas, the staff is kind and speaks English, I highly recommend doing a wine tasting here
  • Bar Du Marche – Wine bar
  • Victoria Brown – Speakeasy in the back of a cafe
  • Strange Brewing – The best microbrewery in Buenos Aires. Here’s the thing with microbreweries and craft beer barsin Buenos Aires–there are WAY too many, and most of them make horrible beer. I’m not exaggerating. But these guys know what they’re doing.
  • Thelonious – Jazz club/bar
  • La Cava Jufre – Wine bar
  • Milion – Gorgeous old mansion with a massive garden in the back; also a restaurant, but I’d stick to drinks
  • Floreria Atlantica – Speakeasy in the back of a flower shop
  • Presidente Bar – Upscale bar in the Retiro neighborhood
  • Uptown BA – Entrance is made from a subway car
  • Hache Almacén – Wine bar
  • Ser y Tiempo – Wine bar
  • Vico – My new favorite wine bar! They have a million wines on tap, and you can buy quarter pours, half pours, or full pours. Gorgeous interior and tasty food as well.
  • Ferona – Old house turned lounge/bar 
  • Verne Club – Absinthe bar
  • Rey De Copas – Cocktail bar with a nice terrace
  • Franks – Speakeasy accessible via a telephone booth, find the password on their Facebook page
  • Pony Line – Bar at the four seasons, also has a good burger
  • Jobs – Huge games bar (pool, air hockey, archery, board games)
  • Cafe San Bernardo – Ping pong + pool hall
  • On Tap – Craft beer bar
  • Living – Bar/Club, plays great 80s/90s music
  • La Calle – Speakeasy in the back of a pizzeria

Bottom Line

There are many good, great, and downright amazing places to eat and drink in Buenos Aires, but there are also a lot of tasteless tourist traps. Do your homework before heading out into the big city so you don’t waste your money.

Have you traveled to Buenos Aires before? Did I miss any of your favorite spots? Please let us know in the comments if so!


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12 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a vegetarian, and during the few months I stayed in Cordoba I really grew fond of the chain El Club de la Milanesa. I’ve been to several of their locations in Buenos Aires and they all offered to make any of their dishes with a milanesa de soja (essentially a breaded soy cutlet) in place of the standard breaded steak. They go especially well with a fernet and coke!

  2. Thanks for this! A trip to Buenos Aires is high on my list this year. Just trying to convince the GF that her trip to SE Asia can wait a year. I love the South American culture. I was in Brazil 6 years ago and can’t wait to explore more of South America.

  3. Traveling to BA from Austin in March. Do you have any recommendations on how to score tickets to a futbol game, specifically a game at San Larenzo?

    Thanks for the restaurant recommendations.

    • Hi Justin! Honestly I have no idea. Are you staying at a hotel? If so you could try asking them. There is also a group called the Buenos Aires Expat Hub on Facebook… try posting in there to ask for advice.

  4. This post is great and will provide some good options on my upcoming trip to BA.
    I will be spending three weeks in Argentina in February, mostly in BA. I have a seven day period that I would like to use to explore a different area of the country. I have been to Bariloche and the area around. Any areas that you would recommend for a 7 day trip from BA? Mendoza?

    • Mendoza would be great. I’d look into Salta/Cafayate/Jujuy area as well, which is another wine region with interesting desert geography. Deep south Patagonia is another option, like the Perito Moreno glacier near Calafate, and El Chalten and the surrounding area for hiking. There are multiple day long treks down there if you’re into that kind of thing, a couple popular famous ones being Mt. Fitz Roy and Torres del Paine. The Iberá wetlands have been getting a lot of attention in recent years as well if you like animal watching.

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