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As home to most of the upscale hotels in Buenos Aires, Recoleta was always the barrio of choice for upscale dining in the city. It may of lost a bit of its luster, but it still has a wealth of dining options for residents and travelers staying in those five-star hotels.

We’ve honed the barrio’s list of restaurants down to only the best of the lot in each category and list them here. You can further filter the list by type of restaurant and other restaurant characteristics.

 

 

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Juncal 1293
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Brewpub, Fast Casual
Summary: 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 Be …

French 2316
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Sandwiches . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
Summary: 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.

Ayacucho 2023
RATING: 92%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: 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 restaur …

Peña 2287
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual, Hamburger Restaurant, Sandwich shop
Summary: 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!

Callao 1823
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Indian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Bengal is our choice for Indian cuisine in casual dining ambiance. Sophisticated decor and real Indian cuisine. That’s right. Garam Masala and Basmati rice. Best Indian food option in Buenos Aires, reasonably priced. Oddly, Bengal also serves Italian …

Montevideo 1300
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe
Summary: A sleek, modern take on the classic café, with a Colombian theme. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The restaurant is usually full with a crowd ranging from 18 to 80 years old.

Junín 1747
RATING: 79%
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Sandwiches . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Brewpub, Casual Dining
Summary: Buller Pub in Buenos Aires is a highly popular brewpub in Buenos Aires with locations in Recoleta, in Microcentro (downtown), Palermo and Villa Crespo. Excellent craft beers. Try the sampler. Better bar-food than similar competitors like On Tap, Anta …

Arenales 2932
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Café Blue’s has a well-executed, unique menu, excellent, friendly service, at rock-bottom prices. One of Ollie O’s favorite casual-dining spots in Buenos Aires.

Av. Pueyrredón 2401
RATING: 79%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Salads, Sandwiches . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: A unique menu, well-executed. Service somewhat lacking. If you’re not a rabbit, try the pork meatball salad. Otherwise, order it with meatballs on the side and donate them to charity.

Av. Pueyrredón 2401
RATING: 79%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Salads, Sandwiches . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: Un menú único, bien ejecutado. Servicio algo deficiente. Si no eres un conejo, prueba la ensalada de albóndigas de cerdo. De lo contrario, pídalo con albóndigas en el lateral y donarlos a la caridad.

Callao 1569
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 i …

Pueyrredón 2364
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 i …

Uruguay 1199
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 i …

Posadas 1350
RATING: 92%
Cuisine(s): Gourmet Cuisine . Cost: $$$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: 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.

Pres José Evaristo Uriburu 1488
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: El Burladero is a classy, modern-day take on Spanish cuisine in a sophisticated and comfortable ambience. It’s not authentic. It’s better than authentic! And the mid-day fixed-price menu is a steal. This is a first-class casual-dining experience.

Talcahuano 937
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
Summary: This place is Argentine with a capital "A". Much better pizza than your typical slice of pie in Buenos Aires and funky, loveable ambiance.

Sánchez de Bustamante 1788
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Argentine . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: El Sanjuanino is a favorite of Porteños and tourists alike, with quirky nostalgic décor and a wide variety of well-executed traditional regional menu items. Don’t miss the house wine served in a traditional pingüino decanter.

Posadas 1515
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Argentine . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: El Sanjuanino is a favorite of Porteños and tourists alike, with quirky nostalgic décor and a wide variety of well-executed traditional regional menu items. Don’t miss the house wine served in a traditional pingüino decanter.

Posadas 1519
RATING: 84%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Fervor, located directly behind the Alvear Hotel. offers high-quality steaks and above-average service. Decor is a bit dated. The restaurant is usually packed so be prepared for a wait and spotty service at peak hours.

Posadas 1350
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Gourmet Cuisine . Cost: $$$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: 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.

Antonio Beruti 2640
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): American South . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
Summary: Jay’s has real pancakes and waffles with butter and Aunt Jemima syrup. French toast, bacon, eggs and hash-browns. Hot wings. Fried Chicken. Apple Pie. NUFF SAID!

Humboldt 1892
RATING: 76%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
Summary: Peculiar. Lleno. Divertido. Carnes de mayor calidad que en las inmediaciones de Las Cabras y más fácil de conseguir una mesa. Cuando está lleno el servicio puede fallar. ¿Hambriento? Prueba las costillas de ternera con papas fritas. Una orden es bast …

Ayacucho 1785
RATING: 89%
Cuisine(s): French, Italian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
Summary: Small formal, restaurant. Elegant decor. More French than Italian despite the name. Superb execution and service. One the best formal dining options in Buenos Aires.

Marcelo T de Alvear 2199
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.

Av Callao 1593
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.

French 2999
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.

Av. Pueyrredón 1824
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 …

Talcahuano 888
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 …

Posadas 1402
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.

Vicente López 2050
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.

French 3131
RATING: 84%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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.

Paraná 1209
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 …

Larrea 1541
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.

Av. Figueroa Alcorta 2270
RATING: 79%
Cuisine(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.

Sánchez de Bustamante 1470
RATING: 74%
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Sandwiches . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
Summary: 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.

Vicente López 2056
RATING: 74%
Cuisine(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 …

Av. Libertador 799
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Peruvian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: Páru Inkas, despite a pricey menu, is the best option in Belgrano and Recoleta for Peruvian Nikkei cuisine. Sleek decor. Good service. Well-executed menu.

Peña 2300
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet, French . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
Summary: Using traditional French technique, Chef Rebaudino has created gourmet dishes in the grand French style, paying attention to every detail, from meticulous plating to creating complex sauces that bring out all the potential of these fabulous, but rare …

Av. del Libertador 1098
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 …

Av. Las Heras 2956
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Japanese . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: Sushi club gives you sushi-fusion with creative variations in a sleek and sexy décor with above-average service. Be forewarned. It’s a bit expensive for Buenos Aires.

Laprida 1293
RATING: 89%
Cuisine(s): Indian, Vietnamese . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: 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 reason …


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