Montevideo Restaurants

Montevideo was not long ago a city that almost exclusively subsisted on steak and potatoes and pastas, but the city’s restaurant scene has experienced a slow-but-sure emergence the past decade. You still can find all the tasty steak you want, but offerings have diversified with an increasing number of international and fusion restaurants. From fine dining to quality chivito joints, you’ll have your share of memorable meals in Montevideo.

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  • 1. La Casa Violeta

    $$$$ | Pocitos | South American

    Meats are the specialty at this beautiful restaurant facing Puerto del Buceo, one of the prettiest spots in the city. You can opt for a steak...Read More

  • 2. Tandory

    $$$ | Pocitos | International

    With Tandory, French-Uruguayan chef and owner Gabriel Coquel has created an intimate yet convivial restaurant with top-level service. Fusion...Read More

  • 3. Café Bacacay

    $ | Ciudad Vieja | South American

    This small and smartly designed restaurant facing Teatro Solís inhabits a building that dates to 1844 and attracts a young, hip crowd. The owner...Read More

  • 4. Corchos Bistro y Boutique de Vinos

    $$ | Centro | South American

    Uruguay's wines take center stage at this unpretentious restaurant located near Plaza Independencia. Wine is even incorporated into most dishes...Read More

  • 5. Expreso Pocitos

    $$ | Pocitos | South American

    This classic and beloved diner-style establishment has been around for more than a century, and it is clear that some of the customers have...Read More

  • 6. Jacinto

    $$ | Ciudad Vieja | South American

    The smell of fresh-baked bread wafts through this pleasant, sunny spot off Plaza Zabala. Plates are fresh, inspired, and expertly prepared,...Read More

  • 7. Rara Avis

    $$$$ | Ciudad Vieja | European

    Located in the Teatro Solis theater building, Rara Avis is one of Montevideo's best restaurants. Both the food—such as a black oyster risotto...Read More

  • 8. Restaurant Francis

    $$$$ | Mediterranean

    This bright, upscale restaurant is a local favorite and always filled, yet the efficient, friendly staff manages to keep up. The menu is gourmet...Read More

  • 9. Viejo Sancho

    $ | Centro | South American

    What draws the post-theater crowds to this friendly but plain restaurant near Plaza Cagancha are gargantuan portions of smoked pork chops and...Read More

  • 10. Doña Flor

    $ | French

    Housed in a century-old home in the suburb of Punta Carretas, this quiet, elegant restaurant has a diverse menu heavily indebted to the French...Read More

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