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. Astor, Manduque Porteño

    $$$ | Belgrano | Argentine

    The name—which means, more or less, "the way locals eat"—may be a bit of a misnomer, because this restaurant doesn't serve anything that you...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. 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

  • 4. Pura Tierra

    $$$$ | Belgrano | Argentine

    In a charming and creative space that was once a private residence in Belgrano, chef Martín Molteni's dining room offers up a tribute to the...Read More

  • 5. Restó

    $$$ | Recoleta | Argentine

    This place became famous when it was run by founder Maria Barrutia, and on and off it was a popular destination for local foodies over the years...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Adentro Dinner Club

    $$$$ | Palermo Soho | Argentine

    Realizing that not every visitor to Buenos Aires has friends or family to invite them to an asado , the traditional backyard barbecue, Colorado...Read More

  • 8. Café San Juan

    $$$ | San Telmo | Argentine

    When famed "anti-chef" Leandro Cristóbal decided to return to his roots, he dropped his trademark modern cuisine in favor of huge platters of...Read More

  • 9. Casa Coupage

    $$$$ | Palermo | Argentine

    In the middle of the chaos of Palermo, Casa Coupage is an oasis of tranquility. Located in a converted home, the beige-on-beige dining area...Read More

  • 10. Club Eros

    $ | Palermo Soho | Argentine

    Known for its no-frills decor, this Palermo Soho stalwart is where generations of locals have been coming to dine. It's located inside a soccer...Read More

  • 11. Down Town Matías

    $ | Centro | Argentine

    On a prominent corner of the downtown business district, Down Town Matías is the flagship of a group of Irish-themed pubs. Drop in at lunchtime...Read More

  • 12. 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

  • 13. El Federal

    $$$ | Retiro | Argentine

    An homage to the rugged terrain of the Argentine wilds, every surface in this downtown eatery seems to be rough wood or tanned leather. Chef...Read More

  • 14. El Palacio de la Papa Frita

    $$ | Centro | Argentine

    No frills doesn't mean no charm at this longtime porteño favorite. Steaks, pastas, and salads are the draw, but don't miss the papas soufflés...Read More

  • 15. El Palacio de la Papa Frita

    $$$ | Centro | Argentine

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  • 16. El Trapiche

    $$$ | Palermo Hollywood | Argentine

    This eatery's design aesthetic—a bare, unadorned space illuminated with industrial lighting—doesn't translate to the dishes, which, while not...Read More

  • 17. 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

  • 18. 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

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Ña Serapia

    $ | Palermo | Argentine

    One of the city's best known and beloved pulperías, Ña Serapia (local slang that means the "Martyred Lady") is tiny, with only a dozen seats...Read More

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