Best Restaurants in

Recoleta

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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.

Best Formal and Upscale Casual Dining Restaurants in Buenos Aires

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RATING: 92%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
RATING: 92%
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Sandwiches-Salads . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
RATING: 92%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual, Hamburger Restaurant, Sandwich shop
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet, French . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 89%
Cuisine(s): French, Italian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Formal Dining, Upscale Casual
RATING: 89%
Cuisine(s): Indian, Vietnamese . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Brewpub, Fast Casual
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Sandwiches . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, French . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse
RATING: 87%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, French . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): American South . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Indian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
RATING: 84%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Argentine . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Peruvian . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): American Barbecue . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Gastropub
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria








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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.


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.


Serafin Pizzería – Buenos Aires
Serafin Pizzería – Buenos Aires

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


Páru Inkas Sushi & Grill – Buenos Aires
Páru Inkas Sushi & Grill – Buenos Aires

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.


El Sanjuanino – Buenos Aires
El Sanjuanino – Buenos Aires

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.


El Cuartito – Buenos Aires
El Cuartito – Buenos Aires

This place is Argentine with a capital "A". Much better pizza than your typical slice of pie in Buenos Aires and funky, loveable ambiance.


Café Blue’s – Buenos Aires
Café Blue’s – Buenos Aires

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.


Jay’s – Buenos Aires
Jay’s – Buenos Aires

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!


El Tejano (ex The Alamo) – Buenos Aires
El Tejano (ex The Alamo) – Buenos Aires

Please note: El Tejano has moved to a location in Palermo at Av. Córdoba 5267. We believe a bar that is only open in the evenings remains at the location on Paraguay. We will update this review in September of 2018.


Le Pain Quotidien – Buenos Aires
Le Pain Quotidien – Buenos Aires

For coffee, breakfast, lunch, afternoon merienda, or dinner, Le Pain Quotidien is a smart choice.


El Burladero – Buenos Aires
El Burladero – Buenos Aires

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.


Möoi – Buenos Aires
Möoi – Buenos Aires

Möoi offers a creative menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner items, typically well-executed. One of the best casual dining options in Buenos Aires.


Roux – Buenos Aires
Roux – Buenos Aires

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 rarely experienced, local ingredients. Service and ambiance to match. Best elegant option for lunch in Buenos Aires.


Bogotá – Buenos Aires
Bogotá – Buenos Aires

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.


La Pecora Nera – Buenos Aires
La Pecora Nera – Buenos Aires

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.


Bengal – Buenos Aires
Bengal – Buenos Aires

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 cuisine, but there are better options for Italian food nearby.


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Alvear Grill
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Rating: 4.4 stars . 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 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.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting


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La Pecora Nera Grill
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Rating: 4.6 stars . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Steakhouse Summary:

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.




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Serafin
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Rating: 4.3 stars . 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.




Berlina Cerveza


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Rodízio
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Rating: 4.4 stars . 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 Buenos Aires.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



Lincoln Kitchen
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Rating: 4.2 stars . 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.




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Tandoor
Cuisine(s): Indian, Vietnamese . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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 reasonable.




Trapiche Fond de Cave - Distinctively Argentine



Parva
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Sandwiches-Salads . Rating: 4.6 stars . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual Summary:

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.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



Le Moulin de la Fleur
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, French . Rating: 4.4 stars . 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 French personality.




Trapiche Fond de Cave - Distinctively Argentine



Abocado
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Sandwiches . Rating: 4.4 stars . 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.




Berlina Cerveza



1516 Cervecería
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Rating: 4.4 stars . 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 Beach Resort, Cariló.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



Bar de Carnes
Cuisine(s): Burgers, Eclectic . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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!




Trapiche Fond de Cave - Distinctively Argentine



Páru Inkas Sushi & Grill
Cuisine(s): Peruvian . Rating: 4.2 stars . 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.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



El Sanjuanino
Cuisine(s): Argentine . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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.




Berlina Cerveza



El Cuartito
Cuisine(s): Pizza . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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.




Berlina Cerveza



Café Blue's
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Rating: 4.3 stars . 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.




Berlina Cerveza



Jay's
Cuisine(s): American South . Rating: 4.3 stars . 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!




Patio Bullrich


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El Tejano (ex The Alamo) - Buenos Aires
Cuisine(s): American Barbecue . Rating: 4.1 stars . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Gastropub Summary:

Please note: El Tejano has moved to a location in Palermo at Av. Córdoba 5267. We believe a bar that is only open in the evenings remains at the location on Paraguay. We will update this review in September of 2018.




Faena Sunsets



Le Pain Quotidien
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, French . Rating: 4.4 stars . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining Summary:

For coffee, breakfast, lunch, afternoon merienda, or dinner, Le Pain Quotidien is a smart choice.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



El Burladero
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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.




Berlina Cerveza



Möoi
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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.




Faena Sunsets



Roux
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet, French . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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 rarely experienced, local ingredients. Service and ambiance to match. Best elegant option for lunch in Buenos Aires.




Trapiche Fond de Cave - Distinctively Argentine



Bogotá - Buenos Aires
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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.




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La Pecora Nera
Cuisine(s): French, Italian . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



Bengal
Cuisine(s): Indian . Rating: 4.3 stars . 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 cuisine, but there are better options for Italian food nearby.




Trapiche Fond de Cave - Distinctively Argentine