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San Telmo

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The best restaurants in San Telmo Filterable by location, cuisine and price

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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RATING: 92%
Cuisine(s): Argentine, Eclectic . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Italian, Pizza . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): French . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 90%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 89%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Upscale Casual
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Mexican . Cost: $ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Hot Dogs . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
RATING: 88%
Cuisine(s): Tapas - Finger Foods . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining, Gastropub
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 86%
Cuisine(s): Mexican . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 84%
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Cost: $$$$ . Restaurant type: Steakhouse
RATING: 83%
Cuisine(s): Italian . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining
RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Brewpub, Casual Dining
RATING: 82%
Cuisine(s): Southeast Asian, Vietnamese . Cost: $$$ . Restaurant type: Fast Casual
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): Sandwiches-Salads . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Casual Dining








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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.


Antares – Buenos Aires
Antares – Buenos Aires

Antares is a microbrewery-style brewpub with multiple locations in Buenos Aires, and Argentina. Menu has a wide variety of reasonably priced food.


Aldo’s – Buenos Aires
Aldo’s – Buenos Aires

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.


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.


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.


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.


La Fabrica del Taco – Buenos Aires
La Fabrica del Taco – Buenos Aires

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, are delicious. Tasty food at a good price.


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”.


Hierbabuena – Buenos Aires
Hierbabuena – Buenos Aires

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. Hierbabuena is a “must-go” for breakfast and lunch.


La Brigada – Buenos Aires
La Brigada – Buenos Aires

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 steak knives to the big, juicy steaks. Do the bone-in ribeye or the t-bone for the experience of a lifetime. It’s very, very good.


Club Social – Buenos Aires
Club Social – Buenos Aires

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.


Coffee Town – Buenos Aires
Coffee Town – Buenos Aires

Coffee Town specializes in coffees sourced throughout the world. House blend is from Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia. Pleasant ambiance. Friendly staff. New location.


Sagardi – Buenos Aires
Sagardi – Buenos Aires

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 friends.


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Bacán
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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.




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Antares
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Rating: 4.1 stars . Cost: $$ . Restaurant type: Brewpub, Casual Dining Summary:

Antares is a microbrewery-style brewpub with multiple locations in Buenos Aires, and Argentina. Menu has a wide variety of reasonably priced food.




Trapiche Fond de Cave - Distinctively Argentine



Aldo’s
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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.




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Napoles
Cuisine(s): Italian . Rating: 4.2 stars . 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 with seafood and the pizza.




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Bar El Federal
Cuisine(s): Sandwiches-Salads . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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 turkey sandwich and charcuterie platter at better than reasonable prices.




Trapiche Fond de Cave - Distinctively Argentine



Saigón
Cuisine(s): Southeast Asian, Vietnamese . Rating: 4.1 stars . 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.




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Cafe Rivas
Cuisine(s): Argentine, Eclectic . Rating: 4.6 stars . 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.




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Che Taco
Cuisine(s): Mexican . Rating: 4.3 stars . 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.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



La Choripanería
Cuisine(s): Hot Dogs . Rating: 4.4 stars . 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.




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La Fabrica del Taco - Buenos Aires
Cuisine(s): Mexican . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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, are delicious. Tasty food at a good price.




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The Pizza Only True Love
Cuisine(s): Italian, Pizza . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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.




Berlina Cerveza



13 Fronteras
Cuisine(s): Eclectic Gourmet . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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 very big “GO”




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The Nim Bar
Cuisine(s): Tapas - Finger Foods . Rating: 4.4 stars . 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 the Top-10 Upscale Bars in Buenos Aires.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting



Brasserie Petanque
Cuisine(s): French . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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”.




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Hierbabuena
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Rating: 4.3 stars . 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. Hierbabuena is a “must-go” for breakfast and lunch.




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La Brigada
Cuisine(s): Grilled Steaks . Rating: 4.2 stars . 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 steak knives to the big, juicy steaks. Do the bone-in ribeye or the t-bone for the experience of a lifetime. It’s very, very good.




Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau - The Palace Guards are waiting


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Club Social
Cuisine(s): Eclectic . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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.




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Coffee Town
Cuisine(s): Coffee - Bread - Pastries . Rating: 4.0 stars . 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.




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Sagardi
Cuisine(s): Spanish . Rating: 4.5 stars . 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 friends.




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