Restaurants in Buenos Aires
Beef is king in the Buenos Aires food world; Argentina is famous for the juiciest and most tender steaks, served in its parrillas (steak houses). Foodies can also enjoy various Spanish and Italian pleasures, as well as sushi, fusion, and vegetarian cuisine.
There are numerous al paso (walk through) places in the city, selling panchos (hot-dogs), chorizos (beef sausages), and milanesas (breaded, fried cutlets). You can buy a mate, the most traditional non-alcoholic beverage, in any Coto or Carrefour supermarket. Be sure to try the gourmet helado (ice cream) and empanadas (small pastries stuffed with combinations of cheese and meats), or the alfajor, an Argentinean cookie.
Various small restaurants offer foreign meals, mostly Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Arabic, Spanish and Italian. Expensive and luxurious restaurants can be enjoyed at Puerto Madero and Palermo. The main areas to go out are Puerto Madero, Recoleta, Palermo SoHo and Palermo Hollywood, home to trendy stores, restaurants and bars. Most locals head out to dinner around 9pm.
Gran Cafe Tortoni
A grand coffee house with a longstanding history, Café Tortoni is a must see on your Buenos Aires exploration. Unpretentious and with an old world charm, patrons can rest a while under the high ceiling of the dining hall, while sipping on a freshly brewed Argentinean coffee. Snacks with a hint of a Spanish flair are on offer throughout the day. Visit any day of the week and perhaps catch a glimpse of one of the many tango shows or jazz concerts that take place on the small stage.
Address: Avenida de Mayo 825
Telephone: +54 (11) 4342 4328
Cabana las Lilas
Presidents, movie stars, and Porteños come here for the best meat in Buenos Aires. In fact, the restaurant has its own estancia (ranch), which raises the cattle used for its famous grilled lomito and cuadrillo (beef cheeks). The wine cellar is well stocked with superb Argentine wines and the service is impeccable. If you have to wait long for a table, as you undoubtedly will, enjoy a glass of champagne in the cigar bar. Reservations are recommended. Open daily from 12pm to midnight.
Address: Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 550
Telephone: +54 (11) 4313 1336
For modern Argentinean cuisine, silky red wines and a comfortable contemporary atmosphere, try out the renowned Sucre restaurant. With both a lunch and dinner menu, this Argentinean favourite serves up mouth-watering meat dishes and light fusion tapas. Enjoy a pre-drink at the trendy bar and soak up the lively ambiance of this well-established Buenos Aires eatery.
Address: Mariscal Jose de Sucre
Telephone: +54 (11) 4782 9082
Buenos Aires is known for its 'closed door' (puertas cerradas) restaurants, where top-class chefs create mouth-watering meals in their own homes. One of the most popular is I Latina, serving five- to seven-course Latin fusion meals with wine pairings on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The restaurant also serves brunch on Sundays. Reservations are required.
Address: Murillo 725, Villa Crespo
Telephone: +54 (11) 4857 9095
A well-known restaurant among tourists, La Cabrera is situated on a corner and makes a wonderful setting for outdoor dining, but the charming inside dining room with exposed brick walls and antique posters is just as pleasant. La Cabrera serves some of the best steak in Buenos Aires, with portions guaranteed to suit their prices. One of the restaurant's specialties is pamplona, a roll made of various meats and sauces. The pork ribs with a sauce of dried tomatoes and pesto is a definite must and all meals are served with a selection of olives, spreads, sauces, breads, and other appetisers. Open Wednesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner, Mondays and Tuesdays dinner only. Reservations are recommended.
Address: Cabrera 5099, Palermo
Telephone: +54 (11) 4832 5754
The Sushi Club
The Sushi Club is part of a very popular chain, but of all the locations throughout Buenos Aires, this is by far the nicest outlet. The Sushi Club lives up to its name, serving sushi and other Japanese cuisine in a club-like interior with orange, black, and metallic décor, creating a trendy dining environment. The selection of sushi rolls is extensive with many taking themes from various countries and creatively using ingredients to match. Other highlights on the menu include plenty of fish and beef seasoned the Japanese way. Open daily for lunch and dinner.
Address: Ortega Y Gasset 1812, Palermo
Telephone: 0810 222 SUSHI (toll-free)
Una Cancion Coreana
After ample empanadas and asado, travellers looking for something a little different might want to try some authentic Korean fare at Una Cancion Coreana. This family-run restaurant is situated in the Flores barrio of Buenos Aires, sometimes called Pequena Corea (Little Korea), and offers Korean specialties like kimchi, bulgogi and the infamous soju. Simple, neat and spacious, this friendly neighbourhood restaurant is well worth the taxi ride it takes to venture out of the city centre.
Address: Av. Carabobo 1549
Telephone: +54 (11) 4631 8852