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No need to wear a jacket or a dress. In fact, you can likely get in the front door in a pair of Bermuda shorts. Our picks for the top restaurants in this genre focus on making the dining experience comfortable and unintimidating, and most are more reasonably priced than those in our upscale casual dining category. Some are cozy and quaint. Some are sleek and trendy. Many serve the same quality of cuisine you’d get the world’s most prestigious restaurants but the ambience is warm and inviting. These are places you visit twice week, not twice a year.

25 Best Casual Dining Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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RATING: 80%
Cocina(s): Mexican . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Fairly authentic and well executed Mexican food with big portions at an very good price. Located in the heart of Palermo Soho. Worth a visit.

RATING: 91%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Search for: Buenos Aires Ambience % Service % Food % Creativity % Value % R …

RATING: 78%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Gastropub
Summary: 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.

RATING: 78%
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Hamburger Restaurant
Summary: Trixie’s attempt at replicating a 1950’s American-style Diner is admirable. Good service and excellent burgers. Menu full of American-style Diner classics. All done quite well.

RATING: 90%
Cocina(s): Italian, Pizza . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Summary: 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.

RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Tapas - Finger Foods . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Gastropub
Summary: 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 t …

RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Hamburger Restaurant
Summary: 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.

RATING: 94%
Cuisine(s): Peruvian . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Tanta comes to Buenos Aires. Famed chef Gaston Acurio brings a flavorful and well-executed menu to a sophisticated casual ambience in Buenos Aires.

RATING: 78%
Cocina(s): Mexican . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Tacos. That’s about it. But they’re pretty darn good and cheap when you order a tray of six. Frozen margaritas are good too. One of the better spots for casual eat and drink outing in Palermo Hollywood.

RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Philippine, Southeast Asian, Thai, Vietnamese . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Sunae Asian Bistro is southeast Asian cuisine, done right. Best option for casual-dining Asian in Buenos Aires!

RATING: 66%
Cuisine(s): Peruvian . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Average food with average service in a less than average setting. Lunch menu at Olaya in Palermo Hollywood is an immensely better choice for Peruvian.

RATING: 81%
Cuisine(s): Italian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: This is classic Italian cuisine in a fairly traditional setting on the boardwalk on Puerto Madero. Ambiance is nice but a bit sterile. Service was spot on. Our appetizers on a recent visit were disappointing though. The main course dishes and dessert …

RATING: 80%
Cocina(s): Pizza . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Summary: Siamo nel Forno plays the “authenticity” card in the high-stakes game of pizzas in a city full of pizzerías. Siamo nel Forno and San Paulo pizzerías are about the only two restaurants in the city that come even remotely close to serving an authentic …

RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Summary: Serafin offers “pizza al corte” or the entire pizza pie in both “al molde” and “a la piedra” styles. The pizza is reasonably priced and one of the best versions of local pizza we’ve sampled.

RATING: 77%
Cuisine(s): Armenian, Middle Eastern . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Excellent renditions of middle-eastern cuisine at reasonable prices make Sarkis the most popular ethnic cuisine restaurant in Buenos Aires. What its lacking in decor and average service, it makes up for with a creative menu full of classic Armenian r …

RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Summary: 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 Bueno …

RATING: 84%
Cocina(s): American Barbecue, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: It’s Rock & Ribs. Texas-style smoked ribs, pulled pork sandwich, a great burger. They even have a top-notch salad and a veggie-burger. A great alternative to the typical Argentine steak routine.

RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Gastropub
Summary: Best Burger in town. Hands down. It’s expensive, but if you’ve got a craving for a really good burger, this is it.

RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Summary: Pizzería 1893 is the BA pizzería with a soul. And good pizza and other goodies too. One of the best pizza parlors in Buenos Aires. Probably the best for thin crust!

RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Argentine . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Gastropub
Summary: If we’d have know that Evita could inspire a restaurateur to put out rich, sumptuous comfort food and equally good beer we’d have changed our political leanings years ago. Don’t miss Peron, Peron.

RATING: 74%
Cocina(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: Pani is hit or miss. Pani’s forté is pastries and coffee. Expanded menu with sandwiches, quiche and salads is hit or miss. Service is hit or miss too. They have one of the best salad’s in the city. But one of the worst sandwiches. Our advice. Order t …

RATING: 85%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: Restaurants serving great breakfast and brunch with eggs are a rarity in Buenos Aires. This little bistro / cafe in Palermo Hollywood is now Ollie O’s “go to” place for breakfast or a casual brunch.

RATING: 84%
Cuisine(s): Italian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Olivetti is one of the few restaurants in Buenos Aires we recommend for Italian cuisine. It’s a bit expensive but has good food, service and ambiance.

RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Nuestro Secreto is one of the most pleasant dining experiences in the city. A creative menu featuring items from their wood-burning clay oven. First-class.

RATING: 79%
Cocina(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Despite a mundane and typical Argentine menu, the ambiance and execution are better than acceptable. Good choice for Eggs Benedict in Buenos Aires.

RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: Ninina offers lunch and dinner, but shines for breakfast, coffee and desserts. Probably the spot for breakfast in Buenos Aires.

RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: An ultra-casual dining experience in a cheery and comfortable ambiance with good service and a menu full of interesting dishes that are well-executed. albeit served with a lofty price-tag.

RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): Italian . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 …

RATING: 80%
Cocina(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Naná’s new location is at the Rosedal in Palermo. There’s a loft-like decor playing off the arched brick ceiling above. Sophisticated, well-executed menu. Acceptable but not stellar service. A superior casual dining experience.

RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Seafood . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Seafood Restaurant
Summary: 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

RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Möoi offers a creative menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items, typically well-executed. One of the best casual dining options in Buenos Aires.

RATING: 72%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Summary: Minga is an Argentine steakhouse with a more contemporary atmosphere but a fairly typical menu. There were some lapses in execution on a recent visit.

RATING: 77%
Cocina(s): Mexican . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Trendy Mexican Food with very nice decor. The chef has attempted to modify and glorify Mexican food but has not been entirely successful. Some of the dishes like the enchiladas were quite tasty, despite being nowhere close to authentic.

RATING: 75%
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Summary: Los Inmortales is one of the traditional Argentine-style pizzerías serving classic pizza “a la piedra”. For a more nostalgic feel, we recommend the Corrientes or Lavalle “casas”. We’ve been to the Paraná location as well, but it doesn’t quite have th …

RATING: 79%
Cuisine(s): Sandwiches-Salads . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Loreto Garden Bar is sort of an “I’m Bohemian so mainstream restaurant decor bores me” kind of place with mostly sandwiches, salads and burgers. And lots of tasty little desserts. Good service by tattooed waitresses. Burgers and sandwiches were good …

RATING: 75%
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: We decided to give the burger at Lobo Café a chance to earn a spot on our top burgers list in Buenos Aires. And guess what. The burger was one of the most unique and tasty burgers we’ve encountered.

RATING: 84%
Cocina(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Summary: 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.

RATING: 87%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, French . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: For coffee, breakfast, lunch, afternoon merienda, or dinner, Le Pain Quotidien is a smart choice.

RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, French . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: 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 …

RATING: 74%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Sandwiches-Salads . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: 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.


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