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Eddwarm Apr 24th, 2009 01:01 PM

Empanadas, Steak, Vegetarian: What's your Best or Favorite Restaurants?
I find my title to be rather awkward, but what I am seeking is a list of restaurants that are noted for their empanadas, steak (or meat meals) and places featuring veggie meals.

In 2007 I went to the so-called number one restaurant for empanadas. I loved the place but have forgotten its name. I've been to three outstanding steak restaurants, too, but "thee man" must have an acute lapse in memory because I remember neither name or location. Lastly, I want to try some restaurants that feature vegan and/or veggie meals but am unacquainted with these in Buenos Aires.

Your help is cordially solicited! Gracias!

avrooster Apr 24th, 2009 02:35 PM

For "empanadas" and "regional" food, I usually suggest "El Sanjuanino", in the Recoleta.

"La Cabrera", in Palermo, is the steak restaurant most popular with tourists. Deep-pocketed tourists who enjoy tourist traps favor "Cabaña Las Lilas", in Puerto Madero and "La Cabaña", in the Recoleta.

Maybe someone else (or TA's search feature) can help you with "places featuring veggie meals", but, in all the places featuring meat, you can get great salads.

Have some great meals in our town. LOL!!

inspiratravel Apr 27th, 2009 09:59 AM

Hi Eddwarm!
Here at Inspira Travel we are big fans of El Obrero in La Boca. It is a very low-key parrilla, with soccer jerseys on the wall, old school waiters, and a great mixture of locals celebrating family get togethers and "in the know" tourists looking for something off the beaten path. Cabana Las Lilas and La Cabrera are also great options, more upscale.

For vegetarians, we can recommend Verde Llama as a purely vegetarian option or our concierge service favorite, Casa Felix (pescatarian, strictly speaking).

Let us know if we can help with anything else, and buen provecho!

georgewoodie Apr 29th, 2009 06:59 AM


I would suggest that you search or confirm your restaurant recommendations nearer your date of travel.

We were in Bs. As. three years ago and went to a very good steak restaurant. Again last February we went back and it was awful. A serious change no doubt but that happens here at home as well.

Having said that, on this last trip to Bs. As. we went to the Sotovoce in Recoleta and it was great. Went there three times.

It is an Italian restaurant with great pasta and a great steak. I am sure that any other menu choice would be equally as good.

I had a filet mignon twice. All the trimmings with the only regret was the desert because now as I face diet - ugh.

My dinner cost 52 peso and this is a high end restaurant. Excellent service, friendly and great food. At 3 peso/US dollar I did not think it expensive.

Another place where I had a great steak was a large restaurant across from the famous cemetery in Recoleta. Sorry, I can not remember the name but it too was good and well worth the cost in my opinion. Less costly than Sotovoce.


avrooster Apr 29th, 2009 07:18 AM

I agree, George, Sottovoce is great!

There are many restaurants "across from the famous cemetery in Recoleta." One of my favorites and not too touristy, is the "Munich".

Have a great time dining in our town.

HappyTrvlr Apr 29th, 2009 08:56 AM

Sottovoce is wonderful but so is the owner's other restaurant, Fervor, on Posada, around the corner from Sottovoce and a few doors down from El Sanjuanino.
My best meal in Bunenos Aires was at Fervor, an incredible grilled fish. We loved these three restaurants which offer different totally different menus as well as La Cabrera in Palermo. In addition to the delicious empanadas at El Snajuanino, they also have a stone pressed grilled chicken which is delicious too. The food in both Argentina and Chile was consistently excellent no matter the level of restaurant.

avrooster Apr 30th, 2009 04:11 AM

Fervor is great, particularly for grilled fish, as Happy Trvlr says above.

However, I understand the egg salad is not so good.

Scarlett Apr 30th, 2009 08:00 AM

We are still discovering "favorites" in our second year here in Buenos Aires.
I have found some to be consistent in goodness... some hit or miss but I keep going back with high hopes.
Amici Miei in San Telmo never disappoints.
Tandoor if you like Indian and especially vegetarian is great every time ...
Celleto in Recoleta ( on Larrea) is good for salads, soups at lunch and some very good parrilla fish ( my favorite is the Trout), steaks etc at night..
We don't eat red meat so I look for which parrilla does good seafood and chicken.. Rodi Bar still manages to win as well as Hermanns in Palermo.
Oviedo if you want a wonderful seafood dinner .. and if you want to go French, go to Brasserie Petanque .. in Monseratt/San Telmo

avrooster Apr 30th, 2009 08:42 AM

I went to Brasserie Petanque twice. The first time, I found it OK, but I wasn't paying. LOL!!

More recently, their steak was not good at all. I believe it is better to order French plates (I should have known).

We shared the check with some forum members from Colombia and they took their 100 dollar bill at 3,40 when it was really worth around 3,70 pesos per dollar.

I said to the owner: "C'est pas gentil, le dollar à 3,40...."

I don't think I'd go back.

Scarlett Apr 30th, 2009 12:32 PM

Too bad about that AV.. we use pesos so we don't run into problems like that here, but that is the first time I have heard of that happening .
We don't eat steak and the treat to me in going to a Brasserie is to have the French dishes..

timeway May 2nd, 2009 08:08 PM

Brasserie Petanque is our favorite, the quality of the dishes is excellent, regarding the comment of paying in US$, we always paid by cc or pesos in order to avoid this kind of no existent the way the steak tartar at Petanque is absolutely amazing....cheers...

avrooster May 3rd, 2009 02:27 AM

ALL places which cater to tourists in BA should realize that it is good business for them to take payment in dollars at a good rate.

I fully stand by my above comment about the Brasserie Petanque and will add that their service was only acceptable, at best, even though the place was only half full.

Scarlett May 3rd, 2009 03:06 PM

I never heard that <B>Brasserie Petanque </B>was a tourist restaurant.. I always figured tourists are mainly interested in South American cuisine or steak when they come here..<B> Brasserie Petanque </B>was recommended to us by a Porteño also .. as was one of the best Sushi restaurants that I have ever been to ... <B>Yuki</b> ! Authentic to the last drop of wasabi :D

avrooster May 3rd, 2009 03:22 PM

The Brasserie Petanque is located in one of the most touristy areas of BA, which, by definition, means they "cater to tourists", as I said, just like ALL businesses in San Telmo.

Scarlett May 3rd, 2009 03:41 PM

Is Defensa y Mexico not considered Monserrat, ?
I guess if you count the weekend Tourist crowds from San Telmo, it would be "touristy".. but when we have been there, it has been locals.. has a great atmosphere then too .. oh well, the great thing about eating out in BA is that there are soooo many choices and more seem to be opening all the time.

mistadobalina May 3rd, 2009 07:34 PM

For Empanadas, I recommend La Cupertina in Palermo.

For meat, I recommend Don Julio in Palermo.

seeksocean May 4th, 2009 01:46 PM


avrooster May 8th, 2009 03:55 AM

See what the trip report linked below says about the "Brasserie Petanque":

Good_Will May 9th, 2009 01:19 AM

I hope the restaurant called Sirop is still there near Recoleta. You can get steak there, vegatables - it is best described as creative Argentinian European and very different to most things Buenos Aires. We enjoyed it more than our visit to the steak benchmark restaurant Cabana Las Lilas.

Scarlett May 9th, 2009 05:51 AM

Hi Good_Will,
Yes, Sirop is still here and very enjoyable !
Regarding Petanque, I guess as in all things, it is a matter of taste.

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