The best restaurants in

San Telmo

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If you read the tourist propaganda about San Telmo, you'll be led to believe it's a haven for cute little antique shops lining shady cobblestone lanes. There are some things worth seeing in this slightly over-hyped barrio, but don't be misled. Although the neighborhood has a rich heritage, that heritage has neglected and allowed to fall into disrepair.

But we’ve recently reevaluated San Telmo and with the opening of a few new restaurants and the discovery of a few that went unnoticed because they aren’t part of the tourist chatter online, we’re favorably rewriting some of our content.

Fact is, San Telmo is now home to some of our favorite restaurants. The most authentic Mexican food in city, a flashy new trendy cocktail bar, the loveliest little café cum restaurant in city and the best brasserie for French cuisine are all located in San Telmo, along with a few new discoveries you won’t likely find in other sources.

These are the best restaurants in San Telmo.

 

 

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Peru 1092
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 ver …

Arévalo 2032
RATING: 89%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: Aldo’s offers a dated décor and an atypical location for a restaurant serving haute cuisine, but food and service were a pleasant surprise. One of a handful of restaurants in San Telmo warranting a visit.

Av. Caseros 499
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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.

Bolivar 914
RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): Burgers . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual, Hamburger Restaurant
Summary: One of the best burgers in the city. They have great sandwiches, soups and falafel too. Eat on stool at a counter. No tables. But I’d stand on my head for one of these burgers.

Carlos Calvo 599
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Sandwiches-Salads . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 turke …

Defensa 596
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): French . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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”.

Estados Unidos 302
RATING: 92%
Cuisine(s): Argentine, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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.

Av. San Juan 432
RATING: 64%
Cuisine(s): Italian . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Cafe San Juan is more hype than substance. Skateboarder turned cook gained notoriety on a local reality TV show. There are a few interesting and well-executed items on the menu, but a few total misses. Avoid the pasta at all costs!

Balcarce 873
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Mexican . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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.

Avenida Caseros 438
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Club Social bridges the gap between what “used to be” and what “is” in Buenos Aires. A pleasant ambiance, modern menu and consistent execution make Club Social worth a visit.

Bolívar 976
RATING: 80%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe
Summary: Coffee Town specializes in coffees sourced throughout the world. House blend is from Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia. Pleasant ambiance. Friendly staff. New location.

Bolívar 970
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 Gastr …

Chile 499
RATING: 64%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: No a la carte menu. Multi-course prix-fixe menu only. Vastly overrated. Of seven courses one was wholly inedible. I wished that two more were inedible so that I wouldn’t have had to eat them. It was that bad. Decor? Looked like a Texas roadhouse.

Av Caseros 454
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: Look up “cute little bakery and bistro” in the Encyclopedia Britannica and you’ll see a photo of Hierbabuena. This place is just cool. Just moved to the top spot for Sunday Brunch just barely edging out our former favorite, Uco in Palermo Hollywood. …

Estados Unidos 465
RATING: 84%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Steakhouse
Summary: La Brigada is the quintessential Argentine steakhouse. It’s the “real deal”. Despite its humble surroundings in San Telmo and the quirky decor, La Brigada somehow manages to transcend it all and achieve steakhouse stardom. It’s first class from the s …

Bolívar 954
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Hot Dogs . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
Summary: 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.

Gorriti 5062
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Mexican . Cost: $ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
Summary: La Fabrica del Taco serves, as the name implies, tacos. Also Tex-Mex style burritos and quesadillas. Palermo Soho location is a dive. Las Cañitas is a bit more upscale. San Telmo resembles a fast-food restaurant. Tacos, which are fairly authentic, ar …

Av Caseros 449
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 …

Humberto Primo 319
RATING: 91%
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
Summary: This is easily the nicest restaurant in San Telmo. Professionally designed. Excellent service. This is the best Basque cuisine in town and one of the best of restaurants in the entire city. Great for tapas, sharing a glass of wine or a cocktail with …

Marcelo T de Alvear 818
RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): Southeast Asian, Vietnamese . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
Summary: 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.

Defensa 880
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 …

Av Caseros 424
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(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.

Bolívar 970
RATING: 91%
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
Summary: 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 Gastr …

Estados Unidos 509
RATING: 77%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Cafe, Casual Dining
Summary: Yauss, is quirky, like everything in San Telmo. But quirky in a good way. Good place for breakfast, waffles and eggs. Jury’s still out on the tapas.


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