Side Trips from Buenos Aires Restaurants

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  • 1. Almacén de Ramos Generales

    $$

    Airy and charming, this traditional eatery's classic Argentine fare is consistently delicious. You can snack on cheeses, olives, prosciutto, salami, and eggplant en escabeche (pickled). The bife de chorizo (sirloin steak), meanwhile, is perfectly juicy, tender, and flavorful, and all the more so when accompanied by wondrous french fries with basil. The country-store-meets-elegant-restaurant atmosphere is just right. No wonder locals and visiting porteños alike vie for tables—on weekends, reservations are essential.

    Zapiola 143, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, 2760, Argentina
    2326-456–376

    Known For

    • Timewarp tavern
    • Generous portions
    • Genuine rural ambience
  • 2. Almacén de Tigre

    $$

    About 100 yards west of the Estación Fluvial, this cozy eatery is seemingly miles away from the automobile and boat traffic. In a quiet quarter among a scattering of shops and cafés with bohemian flair, it's a great place to get away from the weekend crowds and enjoy a freshly made salad or sandwich. Aside from the tasty food and friendly staff, you'll be surrounded by freshly cut flowers, as the place doubles as a florist.

    Bul. Saenz Peña 1336, Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1648, Argentina
    11-5197–4009

    Known For

    • Good salads
    • Peaceful setting
    • Trendy spot
  • 3. Aqva

    $$$

    Locals are thrilled: finally, a date-night restaurant in Puerto Iguazú. Although the high-ceilinged split-level cabin seats too many to be truly intimate, the owners make up for it with well-spaced tables, discreet service, and low lighting. Softly gleaming timber from different local trees lines the walls, roof, and floor. Local river fish like surubí and dorado are the specialty: have them pan-fried, or, more unusually, as pasta fillings. Forget being romantic at dessert time: the chef's signature dessert, caayucayari, with almonds and yerba mate, is definitely worth keeping to yourself. Reservations are essential on weekends.

    Av. Córdoba at Carlos Thays, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370, Argentina
    3757-422–064

    Known For

    • Local ingredients
    • Great service
    • Excellent fish dishes
  • 4. Búfalo Branco

    $$$

    The city's finest and largest churrascaria does a killer rodizio (all-you-can-eat meat buffet). The picanha (beef rump cap) stands out among the dozens of meat choices, but pork, lamb, and chicken find their way onto the metal skewers they use to grill the meat. Never fear, vegetarians—the salad bar is also well stocked. The dining room is bright and cheerful, and bow-tied waiters serve your food.

    Av. Rebouças 530, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, 85851-190, Brazil
    045-3523–9744

    Known For

    • Brazilian churrasco (skewers)
    • Meat palace
    • Salad selection
  • 5. Danilo Restaurante

    $$$

    An enchanting Italian/Spanish lunch spot at the confluence of two waterways. Take a water taxi for freshly made pastas, seafood and, of course, beef, and later, enjoy a glass of wine on the lawn surrounded by nature.

    Canal Arias and Arroyo Guayraca, Tigre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    11-3919–4194

    Known For

    • Waterfront dining
    • Inviting antipasti
    • Perfect freshly made pasta

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed weekdays, Reservations required, Water taxi required for access
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  • 6. De la Fonte Restaurant

    $$$

    A single large restaurant with a large patio that's perfect for outdoor dining with lively folk music. The primary menu includes well-prepared pastas, local fish and meats, but there are separate menu pages for pizza, East Asian, and burgers, all of which they take seriously. The fresh pasta is especially good, maybe because the couple who own the restaurant are from Italy. The children's menu covers a lot of bases, but it's a little pricey.

    1º de Mayo 611, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370, Argentina
    3757-512--802

    Known For

    • Eclectic menu
    • Lovely patio dining
    • Live music

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Casual
  • 7. La Rueda

    $$$

    This parrilla is so popular that it starts serving dinner at 6 pm—teatime by Argentine custom. The local beef isn't quite up to Buenos Aires standards, but La Rueda's perfectly cooked bife de chorizo is one of the best in town. Locally caught surubí is another house specialty, but skip the traditional Roquefort sauce, which overwhelms the fish's flavor. The surroundings stay true to the restaurant's rustic roots: hefty tree trunks hold up the bamboo-lined roof, and the walls are adorned by a curious wooden frieze carved by a local artist.

    Av. Córdoba 28, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370, Argentina
    3757-422–531

    Known For

    • Good grilled fish and steak
    • Efficient service gets diners in and out quickly
    • Well priced

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch Mon., Reservations essential
  • 8. María Luján Ristorante

    $$$

    An expansive terrace overlooking the river is the appropriate backdrop for Tigre's best fish dishes. The kitchen favors elaborate preparations: some are so packed with unlikely ingredients that the fish gets lost; others, such as the sole in lemon-infused cream, are spot-on. Land-based offerings like pork belly braised in beer are equally well executed. Both the terrace and the sunny, peach-color inside room fill up on weekends, when harried waitstaff often take a long time to bring your order or the check.

    Paseo Victorica 511, Tigre, Buenos Aires, 1648, Argentina
    11-4731–9613

    Known For

    • Outdoor dining
    • Seafood
    • Lively atmosphere

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Reservations essential
  • 9. Patanegra

    $$$

    A chic new open-air restaurant with a sleek, sexy bar that turns out great cocktails. The restaurant is most proud of their aged steaks but everything from the picadas (cured meats and cheeses), fish and salads is perfectly turned out. The wine list is solid and has some great whites—not common in Iguazú—that pair well with lighter dishes and warm nights, and beer drinkers will enjoy the local craft brews. There's also a well-stocked gourmet market and wine and spirits shop, should you wish to carry something back to your hotel.

    Tareferos 155, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina
    3757-451–072

    Known For

    • Best bar in town
    • Aged beef
    • Craft-beer oasis
  • 10. Pulpería Lo de Tito

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    Looking very much an old saloon/general store, this restaurant is part of what makes visiting the town like going to a museum. A solid choice for lunch where the fare doesn't try to be anything other than honest and abundant. Very typical comida del campo ranging from meat, potatoes and empanadas to picadas (cured meats and cheeses), that's all served quickly and graciously even during busy lunches. Enjoy the antique curiosities while you're dining and feel free to ask what they were used for.

    Matheu 411, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
    2326-409–384

    Known For

    • Authentic watering-hole
    • Gaucho spirit
    • Lively ambience

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Tues., Casual
  • 11. Quinta da Oliva

    $$$ | Centro

    Open, sleek, and comfortable space for terrific pizzas, freshly-made pastas, and grilled meats. The brick ovens are impressive, and the dishes are fresh and tasty. Pizzas start at R$100 and mains at R$70. The bar offers a good selection of well-made and rather strong cocktails, and the wine list is impressive.

    R. Estanislau Zambrzycki, 197, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil
    45-99157–0719

    Known For

    • Wood-oven pizza
    • Fresh pasta
    • Extensive wine list

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch
  • 12. Tempero da Bahia

    $$$

    If you're not traveling as far as Salvador and the state of Bahia, you can at least check out its flavors at this busy restaurant. It specializes in northeastern fare like moquecas (a rich seafood stew made with coconut milk and palm oil). The version here is unusual for mixing prawns with local river fish. Spicy pan-fried sole and salmon are lighter options. The flavors aren't quite so subtle at the all-you-can-eat seafood buffets served several times a week. At R$60, it certainly pulls in crowds.

    Rua Marechal Deodoro 1228, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, 85851-030, Brazil
    045-3025–1144

    Known For

    • Moqueca stew
    • Abundant portions
    • Seafood

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No lunch Tues. No dinner Sun.
  • 13. Café de las Artes

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    The charismatic owner of this intimate restaurant clearly gets a kick out of breaking the rules. Instead of the country-style decor favored by most San Antonio eateries, the walls here are painted bordello red and are cluttered with artworks, photos, and souvenirs from all over the world. Pasta dishes are the specialty: expect unusual combinations like duck ravioli in a saffron and walnut sauce or tenderloin and carrot ravioli in spiced tomato. Only the wine list comes up short—literally so—though the few options are very reasonably priced, as is the food.

    Bolívar 70, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, 2760, Argentina
    2326-456–398

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Thurs. No lunch Fri., No credit cards
  • 14. Don Cleofe

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    Three things set Don Cleofe apart: a peaceful location just outside of town; a setting inside a century-old adobe house with buttercup-yellow walls hung with weavings and pottery from northwestern Argentina, where the chef is from; and the food. Forget about asado and milanesas: here the stars are lomo (tenderloin) in a Malbec reduction and rabbit stew with papines (small potatoes native to the Andes). Locals make the 10-block trek here on weekend nights, but consider coming at lunch for the fabulous views over surrounding fields. Note that this restaurant is officially only open Friday through Sunday, but as it's in a hotel (that's always open), the management has been known to open during off-hours (even for only two people); just call ahead.

    San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, 2760, Argentina
    +54 2326-455–858

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Thurs. except by reservation, No credit cards
  • 15. El Gallo Negro

    $$$$
    Closed Permanently

    A gaucho in full regalia mans the barbecue, which has pride of place outside the hefty wooden cabin that houses this classy parrilla. The rustic-looking trestle tables on the wide veranda afford a great view of your sizzling steak; at night, they get the white tablecloth and candle treatment. It's not all barbecued beef: caramelized suckling pig in an apple-and-honey sauce or lamb slow-cooked in red wine are some of the standouts from the kitchen. Their tempting take on Iguazú's only regional specialty, surubí, which they sauté in coconut milk, is sadly rarely available.

    Av. Victoria Aguirre 773, Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, 3370, Argentina
  • 16. Puesto La Lechuza

    $$$
    Under Renovation

    Your first difficult decision at this waterfront eatery is where to sit: at a breezy outside table overlooking the river, or in the rustic yellow-painted interior hung with historic pictures of gauchos. Let gaucho-diet principles guide your order—go for the beef asado or vacío (on and off the bone, respectively), slow-cooked over hot coals. The little stage where folky guitar players perform in the evenings might look touristy, but locals love the singsong here as much as visitors. Reservations are essential on the weekend .

    Pasaje de la Riestra 423, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, 2760, Argentina
    2326-470–136

    Known For

    • Barbecue
    • Live music
    • Traditional setting

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: No credit cards

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