Punta del Este Restaurants

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  • 1. La Bourgogne

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    A shaded terra-cotta terrace gives way to a breezeway with arched windows at this restaurant, considered one of Latin America's finest, and opens onto a...

    A shaded terra-cotta terrace gives way to a breezeway with arched windows at this restaurant, considered one of Latin America's finest, and opens onto a large split-level dining room with antique sideboards. French chef Jean Paul Bondoux is at the helm, and the food, served by impeccably clad waiters, is prepared with only the finest and freshest ingredients. Breads are baked on the premises (an adjoining bakery sells them by the loaf), while the herbs and berries are grown in the backyard garden. The desserts are sublime—choose the sampler to try them all.

    Av. del Mar at Calle Pedragosa Sierra, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100, Uruguay
    4248–2007

    Known For

    • Fine dining
    • French family at the helm
    • Excellent service and wine list

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Wed. mid-April–Nov., Reservations essential
  • 2. Medialunas Calentitas

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    People flock to this classic Punta spot at all hours for their piping-hot medialunas, which are crescent moon–shape pastries that taste like fluffy croissants and...

    People flock to this classic Punta spot at all hours for their piping-hot medialunas, which are crescent moon–shape pastries that taste like fluffy croissants and come brushed with a sweet syrup. Many patrons profess they're the best medialunas to be found anywhere. You can sit down or grab your medialunas (and other food, such as chivitos) to go.

    Ruta 10 at Camino del Cerro Eguzquiza, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
    4277–2347

    Known For

    • Pastries and teatime treats
    • Takeaway
    • Popular bakery
  • 3. Parador La Huella

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    Huella means footprint, and this now-legendary restaurant...

    Huella means footprint, and this now-legendary restaurant certainly has left its mark. Built right on the sand, La Huella takes beach dining to an unrivaled level with exquisite grilled seafood and meats—the octopus is not to be missed—as well as fresh sushi, pastas, and pizzas. The restaurant epitomizes the best of beach culture and spirit, and while celebrity sightings are common, everyone seems to be relaxed and easygoing. Because the place is wildly popular, reservations in peak season are necessary.

    Calle de los Cisnes, Brava Beach, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
    4486–2279

    Known For

    • Delectable seafood
    • Very trendy
    • Cool and relaxed vibe

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Thurs. and Apr.–Nov. No dinner Sun., Reservations essential
  • 4. Andres

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    Bearing the name of its founder, this small restaurant on the Rambla Artigas, the oceanside promenade, offers fine dining at moderate prices—its successful recipe for...

    Bearing the name of its founder, this small restaurant on the Rambla Artigas, the oceanside promenade, offers fine dining at moderate prices—its successful recipe for attracting clientele for more than 40 years. You can't beat the view, and in the summer you can appreciate the excellent service while enjoying the sea breeze. They are famous for their spinach and cheese soufflés; their grilled meats and fish also are exquisite.

    Parada 1, Rambla Williman, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100, Uruguay
    4248–1804

    Known For

    • Oceanside location and breeze
    • Surf and turf
    • Spinach and cheese soufflés

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Closed Mon.–Thurs. Mar.–Nov., Credit cards accepted
  • 5. Narbona

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    Set inland from Barra's center on an expansive, rolling property is the upscale, rustic Narbona restaurant. The property is so tranquil and removed from the...

    Set inland from Barra's center on an expansive, rolling property is the upscale, rustic Narbona restaurant. The property is so tranquil and removed from the Punta frenzy that the restaurant provides GPS coordinates as their address. Tour the vineyard or opt to taste the wine right with your meal—the cuisine has a strong Italian influence—at your sunny table, perhaps on the veranda, overlooking the bucolic surroundings.

    R21, km. 268, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
    9103–4100

    Known For

    • Beautiful setting
    • Italian fare
    • Uses own products such as olive oil
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  • 6. Parrilla la Balanza

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    It's a bit hard to believe a place as low-key and affordable as this traditional Uruguayan steak house exists in chic Punta del Este, but...

    It's a bit hard to believe a place as low-key and affordable as this traditional Uruguayan steak house exists in chic Punta del Este, but it does—and that's precisely why locals love it. Your best bet is to stick to steak and sides to share, including the platter of mini provoleta (grilled cheese) with a bottle of wine to wash it all down. Expect to wait for a table at prime mealtimes, but the friendly and fast waitstaff will have you feasting in no time.

    25 de Mayo y Santa Teresa, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
    4225–3909

    Known For

    • Cheap and cheerful
    • Open all year round
    • Great beef
  • 7. Rex

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    In peak season this laid-back, Americana-style diner serving up classic Uruguayan fare in La Barra is open 24 hours a day to accommodate everyone's beach...

    In peak season this laid-back, Americana-style diner serving up classic Uruguayan fare in La Barra is open 24 hours a day to accommodate everyone's beach and partying hours. The atmosphere is lively no matter when you come, and the fried calamari and chivito—they claim to have the best in town—are popular menu items.

    Ruta 10, Km 161, Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay
    4277–1504

    Known For

    • Fast and fun food
    • Diner-style ambience
    • Abundant sandwiches
  • 8. Yacht Club Uruguayo

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    Loved by locals, this small eatery has a great view of Isla Gorriti. The menu includes a bit of everything, but the specialty is seafood....

    Loved by locals, this small eatery has a great view of Isla Gorriti. The menu includes a bit of everything, but the specialty is seafood. Perennial favorites are brotola à la Roquefort (baked hake with a Roquefort sauce) and pulpo Provençal, likely to be the most tender octopus you've ever eaten.

    Rambla Artigas between Calles 6 and 8, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100, Uruguay
    4244–1056

    Known For

    • Fish and seafood
    • Outdoor tables
    • Great waitstaff
  • 9. Restaurante Ciclista

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    Closed Permanently

    This no-frills restaurant serves the best inexpensive meals in Punta. Choose from a menu of over 100 items, from soups to pastas. The tortilla de...

    This no-frills restaurant serves the best inexpensive meals in Punta. Choose from a menu of over 100 items, from soups to pastas. The tortilla de papas (potato pancake) is extremely hearty.

    Calle 20 at Calle 27, Punta del Este, Maldonado, 20100, Uruguay
    4244–0007

    Restaurant Details

    Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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