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. Aramburu

    $$$$ | San Telmo | Eclectic

    Hidden away on a gritty, graffiti-covered street is one of the most beautiful, intimate, and romantic restaurants in the city. Night after night...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Bardot

    $$$ | Palermo Soho | Peruvian

    Peruvian fusion cuisine is all the rage these days, but not everyone is looking to blend Japanese and Peruvian fare. In Bardot's sizzling lounge...Read More

  • 4. Chira

    $$$ | Palermo Soho | Peruvian

    While Nikkei cuisine is taking Argentina by storm, some chefs have realized that Japanese isn't the only cuisine that pairs with the explosive...Read More

  • 5. Don Julio

    $$$ | Palermo Soho | Steakhouse

    Behind an unassuming facade, one of Palermo's best steak houses features cowhide tablecloths, wagon-wheel lighting fixtures, and rows and rows...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Las Pizarras Bistró

    $$$ | Palermo | Eclectic

    Quirky and kitschy, this 40-seat hole-in-the-wall looks like any of hundreds of other neighborhood hangouts throughout the city. But take a...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. 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

  • 12. 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

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Trattoria Olivetti

    $$ | Palermo Botánico | Italian

    In a city so packed with Italian restaurants that you could spend years visiting all of them, to claim that one or another is the best is...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. Bar Plaza Dorrego

    $ | San Telmo | Café

    This atmospheric corner building with greenery tumbling over wrought-iron balconies has what is unquestionably the best view of Plaza Dorrego...Read More

  • 18. Bella Italia

    $$$ | Palermo Botánico | Italian

    One of the first Italian restaurants in Palermo Botánico, Bella Italia is the cornerstone of what has become the city's quasi-official Little...Read More

  • 19. Bengal

    $$$ | Retiro | Eclectic

    Stepping into the wood-paneled dining room, with tables draped in white linens and a ceiling tented with a colorful carpet, you may feel like...Read More

  • 20. Brasserie Petanque

    $$$ | San Telmo | French

    One of the few—if not the only—classic French brasseries in Buenos Aires, Petanque is a place to drop in, enjoy hearty French fare, and wash...Read More

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