Buenos Aires Restaurants

Visitors may flock to Buenos Aires for the steak and malbec, but the food scene goes far beyond those two attractions. Over the last dozen or so years, the city has burst onto the international food scene with gusto.There’s a demand for more and more creative food. Here three things have come together to create a truly modern cu
Visitors may flock to Buenos Aires for the steak and malbec, but the food scene goes far beyond those two attractions. Over the last dozen or so years, the city has burst onto the international food scene with gusto.There’s a demand for more and more creative food. Here
Visitors may flock to Buenos Aires for the steak and malbec, but the food scene goes far beyond those two attractions. O

Visitors may flock to Buenos Aires for the steak and malbec, but the food scene goes far beyond those two attractions. Over the last dozen or so years, the city has burst onto the international food scene with gusto.

There’s a demand for more and more creative food. Here three things have come together to create a truly modern cuisine: diverse cultural influences, high culinary aspirations, and a relentless devotion to aesthetics, from plate garnishes to room décor. Tradition dictates late dining, and the majority of restaurants don’t open until 8 or 9 pm for dinner and don’t get busy until after 10. Dinner is a leisurely affair, and the sobremesa, or after-dinner chat over coffee or digestifs, is nearly obligatory. Rushing from the table is frowned on—anyway, where would you go? Bars and clubs often don’t open until after midnight.

The core of the population is of Italian and Spanish heritage, and pizza, pasta, paella, and puchero (beef boil) are as common as the parrilla (steakhouse). Argentines have taken the classics and made them their own with different techniques and ingredients, but they’re still recognizable to the international traveler. Pizzas and empanadas are the favored local snack food, the former piled high with cheese, the latter typically filled with steak or chicken. And while steak is indisputably king in this town, it’s got fierce competition in tender Patagonian lamb, game meats, fish, and shellfish. In contrast to that of much of Latin America, Argentine cuisine is not known for its spice, and picante dishes are not common.

Cafés, too, are an important part of the culture, and locals will stop in at their favorite for a cafecito at least once a day, not only to knock back a little caffeine, but also to see friends and catch up on the latest news and gossip.

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  • 1. El Burladero

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Spanish

    In a city filled with Spanish and Basque restaurants, there's not much of a tapas bar scene in Buenos Aires. El Burladero provides a mix of...Read More

  • 2. El Sanjuanino

    $$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    Tourists from the nearby hotels flock to this Northern Argentine regional spot, but you'll definitely also see lots of locals, particularly...Read More

  • 3. La Bourgogne

    $$$$ | Recoleta | French

    You'll be welcomed with a complimentary flute of sparkling wine and a selection of hors d'oeuvres when you take your table in this elegant dining...Read More

  • 4. Oviedo

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    A tranquil ambience, soft lighting, and sea-themed artwork adorning the walls greet you in this elegant Spanish-style establishment in the heart...Read More

  • 5. Tarquino

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    The city's rock star of molecular gastronomy, Dante Liporace, has reappeared in this sophisticated hotel garden setting, where he's adding touches...Read More

  • 6. Buller Brewing Company

    $$$ | Recoleta | American

    Smack in the middle of the touristy Village Recoleta strip, Buller is the city's first microbrewery. Turning out an impressive seven different...Read More

  • 7. Casa SaltShaker

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Eclectic

    While puertas cerradas, or closed-door restaurants, have been a part of the Buenos Aires dining scene for decades, they were historically...Read More

  • 8. Club Sirio Libanés

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Middle Eastern

    Dedicated to the cuisines of the Middle East, this sumptuous dining room on the third floor of the Syrian Lebanese Cultural Club serves up one...Read More

  • 9. Due Resto Café

    $$ | Barrio Norte | Mediterranean

    This place may resemble a neighborhood coffee shop where folks are just sitting, sipping coffee, and reading the newspaper. But check out the...Read More

  • 10. Duhau Restaurante & Vinoteca

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    An oasis of elegance and grace in the heart of Recoleta, the Duhau Restaurante definitely shouldn't be overlooked because it's inside a chain...Read More

  • 11. Elena Restaurante

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    With a new name and a new chef, the Four Seasons Hotel's spectacularly renovated dining room serves creative fare that blends the traditions...Read More

  • 12. Juana M

    $$$ | Retiro | Steakhouse

    It's the salad bar that brings in the crowds—nowhere else in town will you find one this extensive, or one that offers unlimited trips. But...Read More

  • 13. La Biela

    $$$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    When the weather cooperates, locals and tourists mix and mingle at La Biela's outdoor tables—this despite the fact that there's a higher charge...Read More

  • 14. La Parolaccia Trattoria

    $$$ | Recoleta | Italian

    Close to the neighborhood's most popular shopping strip, La Parolaccia Trattoria feels like the kind of family-run and family-friendly Italian...Read More

  • 15. Munich Recoleta

    $$$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    This convivial place looks like a relic of another era—located along a strip filled with casual eateries, it has white tablecloths draping the...Read More

  • 16. Tandoor

    $$ | Barrio Norte | Indian

    A favorite of the local Indian community, Tandoor is a destination for embassy officials who want a food fix from home. It's no surprise that...Read More

  • 17. Nectarine

    $$$$ | Recoleta | French

    Both elegant and quaint, the second-floor dining room of this modern French temple to haute cuisine is a spot for the wealthy, both local and...Read More

  • 18. Republica

    Recoleta | Argentine

    This fabulous new upstairs restaurant opened in late 2007, and is run by two young and up-and-coming chefs, Maria Jose Moretti and Javier Hourquebie...Read More

  • 19. San Babila

    $$$$ | Recoleta | Italian

    This trattoria is known for its excellent handmade pastas and classic Italian dishes created from the century-old recipes of the chef's grandmother...Read More

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