Trova (Wine Bar) – Buenos Aires

Trova (Wine Bar) – Buenos Aires

Outstanding food in stark but tastefully decorated restaurant. Sommelier will show you the wine collection and provide information about the region, the grape variety and vintage of each wine. We really enjoyed this outing and think you will as well.

Vico Wine Bar – Buenos Aires

Vico Wine Bar – Buenos Aires

Vico Wine Bar, with a well-executed menu full of gourmet-style dishes, a hip ambiance in a room filled with the city’s beautiful people, and an impressive collection of wines available at the push of button, gives the competition in the upscale Gastropub genre a run for their money.

Inmigrante – Buenos Aires

Inmigrante – Buenos Aires

Inmigrante offers a unique, well-executed menu, with a Mediterranean personality, approaching gourmet status, at casual dining prices. Well worth a visit.

Ureña – Buenos Aires

Ureña – Buenos Aires

Ureña is quietly flying under the radar. This obscure little restaurant gets very little press coverage and avoids the bulk of the online culinary chatter. The menu is chock-full of French classics with a few detours to Asia. Service on my last-visit by a veteran waiter was spot-on despite the restaurant being busy. All the dishes were flawless executed. This one’s a sleeper that’s well worth a visit.

Alvear Grill – Buenos Aires

Alvear Grill – Buenos Aires

Alvear Grill is the result of a recent change of direction at the Alvear Palace Hotel. The new restaurant, that boasts a more contemporary menu, with an emphasis on grilled fish and beef, replaced the 25-year resident of the hotel, the French restaurant, La Bourgogne. The change was needed. But now, what is essentially a steakhouse wearing a tuxedo is a bit odd. Once you get past this incongruity, everything else is splendid, both service and food. Skip the steaks and go straight to the page with the duck and venison. That’s where the kitchen shines.

Dario Gualtieri Bistro – Buenos Aires

Dario Gualtieri Bistro – Buenos Aires

Chef Dario Gualtieri is one of only a handful of Latin American chefs that have mastered French cooking. He applies this technique to his multi-course tasting menu offered in a sophisticated, yet warm and comfortable ambiance. This is one of the best upscale dining options in the city.

Duhau Restaurante y Vinoteca – Buenos Aires

Duhau Restaurante y Vinoteca – Buenos Aires

Hyatt’s Duhau Restaurante y Vinoteca delivers well-executed haute cuisine with near-flawless service in a luxurious ambiance. It’s, perhaps, the most upscale and formal dining option in Buenos Aires. Classy and sophisticated.

Gioia – Buenos Aires

Gioia – Buenos Aires

At Gioia, one of three world-class restaurants in the Hyatt – Palacio Duhau hotel, delivers service and food that connoisseurs will appreciate. Top-notch from entry to exit.

La Birra Bar – Buenos Aires

La Birra Bar – Buenos Aires

La Birra Bar is the new rage in burgers in Buenos Aires. For pretty good reason. If you don’t mind standing in line for few minutes then waiting another 15 minutes or so to pick up your burger and fries, you’ll be treated to one of the most masterfully built burgers in Buenos Aires.

El Quinto – Buenos Aires

El Quinto – Buenos Aires

El Quinto offers a sleek, modern décor and a menu that hops around Asia, more than a Japanese flight attendant. Another wonderful addition to the new group of restaurants paying homage to some of the world’s best cuisines.

Bacán – Buenos Aires

Bacán – Buenos Aires

Bacán has a bright and airy décor by day, a comfy, romantic ambiance by night, with an expertly executed menu that elevates the cuisine to gourmet status, despite the humble atmosphere. Reasonable prices are the icing on the cake.

Morena – Buenos Aires

Morena – Buenos Aires

Morena offers a stunning view with an impressive elegant décor, near-flawless execution and service. Morena is our favorite seafood restaurant in Buenos Aires and one the best restaurants for dinner in a romantic setting

La Pecora Nera Grill – Buenos Aires

La Pecora Nera Grill – Buenos Aires

La Pecora Nera Grill joins the elite group of Argentine steakhouses offering the highest-quality steaks in the city. Interesting side-dishes, attentive service and a classy décor make La Pecora Nera Grill one of the top steakhouses in Buenos Aires.

Cincinnati – Buenos Aires

Cincinnati – Buenos Aires

Cincinnati may have an odd name for a pizzería, but the fresh ingredients they use make the pizzas they server among the best in the city. Cincinnati is great choice for pizza.

Chicken Bros – Buenos Aires

Chicken Bros – Buenos Aires

Chicken Bros translates to crispy fried chicken and North American sports on the Big Screen. Move over Coronel Sanders. The “bros” from DC and Atlanta are in the room.

Rodízio – Buenos Aires

Rodízio – Buenos Aires

Rodízio is a Brazilian-style steakhouse-restaurant that offers meats grilled on a spit, carved tableside, and an elaborate buffet of salads and antipasto. Upscale, with great service, Rodízio offers a slightly different take on grilled meats in Buenos Aires.

La Panadería de Pablo – Buenos Aires

La Panadería de Pablo – Buenos Aires

La Panadería de Pablo has a comfortable but elegant décor with a friendly and attentive staff of young waiters. The menu is creative, using unique spices and herbs, and some good cooking techniques, to make what would typically be an ordinary dish, like that pork shoulder, into a gourmet-quality dish. Despite minor lapses of execution, still one of the best casual dining restaurants in Buenos Aires.

Duque – Buenos Aires

Duque – Buenos Aires

Duque is the best mix of food, service, ambience, creativity and value among the hundreds of steakhouses in Buenos Aires. Check out the lengthy review to see why.

Lincoln Kitchen – Buenos Aires

Lincoln Kitchen – Buenos Aires

Lincoln Kitchen serves a menu that approaches gourmet status in an ultra-casual setting. The appetizers are a bit pricey, but the main-course offerings more reasonable. The lunch menu with three courses and beverage included is a value.

Tandoor – Buenos Aires

Tandoor – Buenos Aires

Tandoor is the only Indian restaurant in Buenos Aires that has a sophisticated, upscale ambience, including candlelight. Execution of a traditional Indian menu is excellent. So is the service. Price are reasonable. Lunch prices are better than reasonable.

Napoles – Buenos Aires

Napoles – Buenos Aires

Napoles, despite having an impressive decor that’s filled with authentic antiques and relics, falls short on service and execution of the menu featuring Italian cuisine, mostly pasta and pizza. Still worth a visit for a simple meal. Avoid the dishes with seafood and the pizza.

Bar El Federal – Buenos Aires

Bar El Federal – Buenos Aires

This historical landmark doubles as a restaurant and bar. It’s an interesting ambience. But it’s one of the dirtiest restaurants in the city, rivaled only by Chan Chan and the parilla Desnivel in that category. The good news. They offer a primo turkey sandwich and charcuterie platter at better than reasonable prices.

Saigón – Buenos Aires

Saigón – Buenos Aires

Saigón brings fast-casual dining with fairly authentic flavors from Southwest Asia in the form of spicy noodle soups and salads to San Telmo and Retiro at extremely affordable prices. One of the best choices downtown for lunch.

Las Violetas – Buenos Aires

Las Violetas – Buenos Aires

Las Violetas is the best little Confitería in Buenos Aires to get a glimpse of what affluent life in Buenos Aires was like in the early 20th century. The building and café’s décor are unequaled in Buenos Aires. Culinarily speaking, not a masterpiece, but a don’t miss this little piece of history.

Proper – Buenos Aires

Proper – Buenos Aires

Proper has a below average ambiance with a guaranteed wait for table where you’ll be served some interesting comfort-food that’s unique and creative, but exhibits zero plating skills. Interesting. Acceptable. But don’t go expecting a world-class restaurant … because that, it’s not.

Cafe Rivas – Buenos Aires

Cafe Rivas – Buenos Aires

This quaint and meticulously run little bistro in San Telmo is, for our money, the best casual dining experience in the city, whether for brunch, lunch or dinner. It’s a first-class outing.

Che Taco – Buenos Aires

Che Taco – Buenos Aires

Che Taco is the best spot in Buenos Aires for authentic Mexican cuisine in a colorful, albeit somewhat disheveled atmosphere. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, sopes, and nachos. Corona or Sol beer. They even have tequila.

Casa Cavia – Buenos Aires

Casa Cavia – Buenos Aires

Casa Cavia falls squarely within the elite group of the city’s five best upscale dining restaurants. They cover all bases to create a comfortable and memorable dining experience. Magnifique!

La Choripanería – Buenos Aires

La Choripanería – Buenos Aires

La Choripanería serves up … you guessed it … choripanes, the Argentine sausage sandwich. It was a sweet, grilled, peppery sausage with a great little relish and hot sauce in a bit bowl. Yum.

Burgertify – Buenos Aires

Burgertify – Buenos Aires

Burgertify means it’s Game Over for the competition. It sells the yummiest burgers in Palermo Hollywood. It’s a darn good thing they have plenty of napkins. You’ll need one for this juicy burger.

The Pizza Only True Love – Buenos Aires

The Pizza Only True Love – Buenos Aires

The Pizza OTL (Only True Love) is the sexiest, candlelit pizza parlour in town. Superb casual ambience and great pizza add up to The Pizza OTL perhaps being the best pizzería in Buenos Aires.

13 Fronteras – Buenos Aires

13 Fronteras – Buenos Aires

13 Fronteras is the dream, and now reality, of U.S. born chef, Dave Soady. The chef utilizes local ingredients prepared with classic European techniques and a big dollop of imagination. This is gourmet food in a bistro setting at bistro prices. A very big “GO”

The Nim Bar – Buenos Aires

The Nim Bar – Buenos Aires

The Nim Bar has an impressive upscale ambience, creative menu, 30 craft beers on tap and bar tenders that know their stuff. We weren’t impressed with the “nachos” that weren’t nachos but the Asian-style ribs were a winner. This is makes our list of the Top-10 Upscale Bars in Buenos Aires.

Brasserie Petanque – Buenos Aires

Brasserie Petanque – Buenos Aires

Brasserie Petanque hits the nail on the head, bringing real French culinary classics to Buenos Aires in a high-energy atmosphere that makes it all the more special. Kudos to the guy in the Napolean disguise for this “trimophe”.

KOI Dumplings – Buenos Aires

KOI Dumplings – Buenos Aires

KOI Dumplings, in Palermo Hollywood, gets Asian street food right, teamed up with good locally brewed artisanal beer. There’s a laid-back atmosphere with a big rooftop terrace. One of the few good Asian dining outings in Buenos Aires.

Parva – Buenos Aires

Parva – Buenos Aires

Parva proves that good things come in small packages. Delicious sandwiches, burgers, wraps and quiche. And a few other good things too. It’s very small and you pay at the counter. But the food is good. Very good.

Le Moulin de la Fleur – Buenos Aires

Le Moulin de la Fleur – Buenos Aires

Le Moulin de la Fleur brings another French restaurant to the Buenos Aires restaurant scene, offering casual French fare in the form of tartines, quiche and salads. And, of course, lots of bread. A well-executed menu offering inexpensive food with a French personality.

The Burger Company – Buenos Aires

The Burger Company – Buenos Aires

The Burger Company is about as good as it gets for quick burger in Palermo Soho. Rapid counter-ordering and pick-up make it ideal for folks that are short on time and don’t like McDonalds.

Urban Burgess – Buenos Aires

Urban Burgess – Buenos Aires

Urban Burgess sells beer and burgers. Not much more. A limited offering of burgers with the usual ingredients. Décor is a miss. So is the bright, laminated menu. But the saving grace is that the burger was tasty. As was the beer.

Abocado – Buenos Aires

Abocado – Buenos Aires

Abocado is small. But good things come in small packages. A clever, well-executed menu of burgers, sandwiches and salads accompanied by some quality craft beer on tap. All at reasonable prices in a clean, comfortable environment.

1516 Cervecería – Buenos Aires

1516 Cervecería – Buenos Aires

1516 Cervecería’s new location in Recoleta, serving artisanal beer from local brewers Antares, Cheverry and Ogham, has a well-executed, creative menu, better than similar types of bars in the area. There’s also a location in Palermo and one at the Beach Resort, Cariló.

Dellepiane Bar – Buenos Aires

Dellepiane Bar – Buenos Aires

Dellepiane Bar despite a location on the fringe in Tribunales, offers tremendous burgers and other good bar food that you can wash down with a limited offering of craft beer. High-energy, rebellious vibe. Make sure your Harley Davidson’s sparkling clean for this visit. You’ll want to impress the crowd waiting for a table out front.

Panachef – Buenos Aires

Panachef – Buenos Aires

Panachef’s arepas didn’t impress us. We were more impressed with the messiest burger in Buenos Aires which they served up in a room lit up like a stadium. Order at the counter, fight for a table and hope you win.

Francis Platz – Buenos Aires

Francis Platz – Buenos Aires

Francis Platz offers gourmet burgers and craft beer in a cool and comfy environment at a better than reasonable cost. It’s perhaps the best place in Belgrano for a burger.

Cervelar – Buenos Aires

Cervelar – Buenos Aires

Cervelar is a large brewpub chain that offers a wide range of craft beers on tap and imported bottled-beer as well. Mostly burgers and hot dogs, although they do have a lunch menu with a wide variety of non-bar food, like salads. Food overall is on par with other chain brewpubs like Antares and much better than the bar-food offered at Patagonia and Berlina.

Tanta – Buenos Aires

Tanta – Buenos Aires

Tanta comes to Buenos Aires. Famed chef Gaston Acurio brings a flavorful and well-executed menu to a sophisticated casual ambience in Buenos Aires.

1810 Regional – Buenos Aires

1810 Regional – Buenos Aires

Pleasant “museum” ambiance with array of well-executed local dishes. Try the stew sampler. Your choice of three traditional Argentine stews.

El Pobre Luís – Buenos Aires

El Pobre Luís – Buenos Aires

El Pobre Luís isn’t La Brigada. And it isn’t La Cabrera. It’s arguably better. Because it’s received less publicity there’s less hoopla, less arrogance, and shorter lines to get in. Very good service. A great ambience. And some super-duper steaks. Perhaps our favorite steakhouse in Buenos Aires!

Lo de Jesús – Buenos Aires

Lo de Jesús – Buenos Aires

For our money, Lo de Jesús offers similar quality in a superior ambience and at a better price than nearby parillas La Cabrera or Don Julio. It’s the best steakhouse in Palermo.

El Mirasol – Buenos Aires

El Mirasol – Buenos Aires

El Mirasol, with multiple locations is the most upscale neighborhoods, offers excellent service and great steaks. Décor in some locations is a bit boring. Wide range of salads to complement the steaks.

Croque Madame – Buenos Aires

Croque Madame – Buenos Aires

The Croque Madame location on Libertad received good marks after repeated disappointments at the locations on Uruguay and Callao, and now-defunct location in Alto Palermo. The Libertad location is worth a visit just to see the beautiful landscaping in the lawn behind the restaurant.

Le Ble – Buenos Aires

Le Ble – Buenos Aires

Erratic service, quality and execution at this chain of boulangerie-style restaurants. The coffee and croissant are acceptable. Skip lunch and dinner. There are much better options somewhere down the street.

Uco – Buenos Aires

Uco – Buenos Aires

Uco. A clean, sleek décor, a friendly and efficient staff of waiters, and an interesting and unique menu, perfectly executed, arguably make UCO the best upscale casual dining choice in Palermo Hollywood.

iLatina – Buenos Aires

iLatina – Buenos Aires

iLatina has raised indigenous cuisines to gourmet status in a high-energy ambience with a colorful décor. iLatina offers friendly, efficient service and a well-executed menu with unique dishes you won’t find anywhere else in Argentina.

Bar de Carnes – Buenos Aires

Bar de Carnes – Buenos Aires

Bar de Carnes is first-class fast-casual. Gourmet burgers and sandwiches with interesting accompaniments and munchies in a pleasant ambience, with prices that are even more pleasant. Good, cold craft-beer on tap. We love this place!

La Mar – Buenos Aires

La Mar – Buenos Aires

Gaston Acurio brings his highly popular Peruvian seafood restaurant, Cebichería La Mar, to Buenos Aires in Palermo Hollywood. In a city that sorely lacks good seafood options, La Mar is a breath of fresh (ocean) air. With excellent food and service without any serious competition, the cebichería is sure to be hit with the trend craving locals and visiting travelers alike.

Farinelli – Buenos Aires

Farinelli – Buenos Aires

Café with pleasant ambience and décor that offers some breakfast and several lunch items (mostly sandwiches and salads). Spotty service.

Dashi – Buenos Aires

Dashi – Buenos Aires

Dashi offers an upscale mix of Japanese and Chinese cuisine, neither executed much better than average. Service follows suit.

Cabaña Las Lilas – Buenos Aires

Cabaña Las Lilas – Buenos Aires

The gold standard for Argentine steakhouses. If money is no object, opt for the Wagyu. Otherwise look at more reasonably priced alternatives like nearby Le Grill.

Don Julio – Buenos Aires

Don Julio – Buenos Aires

Don Julio’s walls filled with empty wine bottles left behind by patrons are the focal point of this interesting and highly popular steakhouse. Despite recent price increase it’s still one of our two favorite steakhouse in Palermo Soho.