It is often noted that Buenos Aires feels like Europe in many ways. On the one hand, with its Parisian-looking buildings, but also in the city’s cuisine, which is often inspired by that of Italy and Spain. However, Buenos Aires is no copycat and fuses these influences with its unique South American flair to create a menu of its own. Here are 10 of the best Argentine restaurants in Buenos Aires to try.
Don Julio Grill
Parrillas , or Argentine grills, abound in Buenos Aires. The hallmarks are pretty standard: an old-fashioned vibe, smooth Malbec, attentive waiters, and, of course, a wide selection of meats cooked on a spit or grill. What sets Don Julio apart from the rest and makes locals and tourists alike flock to him? Well, quite simply, when it comes to grilling and those juicy Argentinian steaks, the fine folks at Don Julio are artists to say the least.
Grill Don Julio, Guatemala 4699, 1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4832-6058
Palate Buenos Aires
With the economic recession, a large number of restaurants arrived at “doors closed”, open only with prior reservation and generally hosted by the chefs themselves. In this case, Paladar Buenos Aires is the home of a couple named Ivana and Pablo, sommelier and chef respectively. Reserve in advance and be encouraged to enjoy unique iterations of Argentine classics. The quince dessert in syrup covered with goat cheese ice cream stands out.
Located in the heart of the stately Recoleta neighborhood, just minutes from a cemetery that is the famous resting place of Eva Perón, Roux takes the small plate trend and applies it to Argentine cuisine. Try original options like shrimp with grilled melon, bok choy and almond sauce, or stick with the classics, which are still presented with a twist: ossobuco ravioli, for example, or basmati rice seasoned with chimichurri.
Roux, Peña 2300, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4805-6794
Astor – Manduque Porteno
Cozy and creative cuisine, it’s relatively new to the city’s dining scene, but it’s making a splash. Astor’s season consists of exciting takes on traditional meals, and diners have the opportunity to try a three-course, five-course prix fixe meal or the full menu, and then enjoy the night at your leisure.
Astor – Manduque Porteño, City of Peace 353, Colegiales/Belgrano, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4554-0802
Pizzeria El Cuartito
A large number of Argentines are of Italian descent, and pizzerias abound in Buenos Aires. One of the best among them is El Cuartito, which has been around since 1934. Despite its name, which translates to “the little room,” the restaurant actually consists of two large dining rooms, the walls of which are painted sky blue in support of La Albiceleste , the Argentina national soccer team . Order a pie and see what Argentine-style pizza is all about: doughy base, light on the sauce, and positively dripping with cheese. Then do like the porteños, or natives of Buenos Aires, and wash it down with a beer.
Peron Peron Resto Bar
Whether the diners are politically Peronist , or just the opposite, the Peron-inspired decor is over the top but in the most charming way. Guests will find themselves trying to talk the chords of Argentinian while savoring huge, delicious portions of the country’s most famous dishes and cocktails, and enjoying the restaurant’s bustling atmosphere.
The Federal Bar
If you get hungry after strolling through the stalls of the San Telmo market, go to Bar El Federal. Housed in a historic building that at various points has been a grocery store, bar, warehouse, and even a brothel, El Federal is now a hip cafe, sandwich shop, and sit-down restaurant. The restaurant’s food is as colorful as the history: steak, pasta, milanese , seafood, and an extensive list of salads. When it comes to the drink menu, the choice is simple: fernet con coca , Argentina’s national drink, is the way to go.
Another exemplary pizzeria, Güerrin, has been around since 1932, when it was founded by Genoese immigrants. The full scope of the pizzeria menu is remarkable; there is certainly a coverage mix for everyone. However, what really makes this pizzeria shine is its fugazza, an Argentine version of focaccia usually topped with herbs and onions. The one here comes loaded with ham and cheese, or topped with delicious mozzarella.
Pizzeria Guerrin, Av. Corrientes 1368, San Nicolas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 4371-8141
La Cabrera Grill
Serving elegant Argentine food in an equally atmospheric setting, La Cabrera is the restaurant of choice for anyone who knows their steak – the filet mignon is legendary. Vegetarians needn’t worry, though, because a variety of complimentary side dishes also arrive at the table: breads, pickled vegetables, mashed potatoes, salads and more. Looking at the wallet? Visit us during happy hour for a discounted meal.
The Hope of the Ascurra
Spanish cuisine is an integral part of Argentine cuisine, and the owner of this restaurant in the increasingly cool neighborhood of Villa Crespo draws inspiration from his own Spanish heritage. With the motto ‘ Like in Madrid, but in Buenos Aires ‘, the kitchen offers tapas such as papas bravas ( fried potatoes with spicy sauce), gambas al ajillo (prawns in a spicy olive oil sauce), and a delicious Spanish omelette . If that wasn’t enough, there’s always passion fruit pie for dessert.