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 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. 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

  • 4. Artemisia

    $$ | Palermo | Vegetarian

    In a city known for its steak and potatoes, vegetarians generally have to make do with salads, pastas, and pizzas to get by. That’s slowly changing...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Dadá

    $$$ | Retiro | Eclectic

    Pop-art posters add some flair to this foodie favorite. With a short but creative menu, this spot serves some of the most interesting food to...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. El Estanciero

    $$$ | Las Cañitas | Steakhouse

    This steak house perfectly captures the vibrancy of Las Cañitas—even on weekdays, when you can see couples and groups heading in the door as...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 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. Lai-Lai

    $ | Belgrano | Chinese

    While the city's Chinatown is not all that big, it does have its fair share of notable eateries. Lai-Lai stands out for its varied menu, combining...Read More

  • 15. Las Cuartetas

    $$ | Centro | Pizza

    Not known for its decor, this simple spot with tightly packed tables and fluorescent lights is filled with locals who love the coal-fired deep...Read More

  • 16. Lelé de Troya

    $$$ | Palermo Soho | Mediterranean

    Somewhere Over the Rainbow" seems to be playing in the background as you enter this boldly colored space. Five rooms—four of them decked out...Read More

  • 17. Lotus Neo Thai

    $$$$ | Belgrano | Thai

    Like the proverbial tortoise, Buenos Aires's first Thai restaurant has kept a slow, steady pace and outlasted all its Southeast Asian competitors...Read More

  • 18. María Félix

    $$$ | Palermo Soho | Mexican

    The porteño aversion to anything spicy means there's just not a lot of demand for authentic Mexican fare. But María Félix probably comes the...Read More

  • 19. Mark's Deli & Coffee House

    $$ | Palermo Soho | American

    When you hear the term deli, you may think double-decker sandwiches laden with smoked and cured meats, but this place is more California than...Read More

  • 20. Morelia

    $$ | Las Cañitas | Pizza

    Long before grilled pizza became commonplace elsewhere, it was already part of the local tradition, where pizza dough was tossed on the grill...Read More

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