Where’s the best fine dining experience in Buenos Aires?
True formal dining like you would see in the most luxurous hotels in Paris doesn’t really exist anywhere in Latin American that we’ve seen, and the genre is becoming a thing of the past worldwide. But there are few restaurants that still bring out the white tables cloths and attempt to give the diner a truly luxurous experience. We found a handful of restaurants that we think come close to fitting our definition.
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Roux is our hands-down favorite restaurant for a formal or upscale dining experience in Buenos Aires. We don’t think there’s really anything in its class. Sophisticated, yet comfortable, ambiance. Tables are bathed with sunlight during the lunch service, and twinkling candlelight at night. Presentation and plating are unequaled in Buenos Aires. If your wanting to see a modern interpretation of classic European dishes in a smart and sophisticated restaurant, Roux is the clear choice in Buenos Aires.
At La Bourgogne, Chef Jean-Paul Bondoux has created a limited menu of French inspired dishes, utilizing Argentine ingredients. Unlike the stately old hotel in which it resides, La Bourgogne has an updated look and feel. There is a seven course tasting menu and a menu ala carte. Execution and service are flawless. A bit pricey as might be expected. This is a good dining experience but the menu is anything but groundbreaking and the ambiance a bit subdued.
La Pecora Nera, is about as close as you’ll get to formal dining in Buenos Aires. It’s a small restaurant in Recoleta, within a stone’s throw of the city’s stately old hotel, the Alvear Palace. The restaurants is elegantly decorated with expensive antiques and the service is, perhaps, the most attentive we’ve seen in Buenos Aires.
Although the name implies Italian cuisine, and although there are a variety of pasta dishes on the menu, the cuisine is otherwise about as close to French as you’re going to get in the city. Despite the formal atmosphere, the ambiance is not intimidating. This is an excellent choice for anyone seeking a slightly more formal dining experience in Buenos Aires.
Tufted velvet walls. Really? Tomo I’s decor is dated and wasn’t all that impressive when it was new. But if you can overlook that and the fact that the average age of the patron is about 60 years of age, then you likely won’t be disappointed. As you might guess, the menu isn’t exactly progressive either. Just well executed dishes in the grand European tradition and flawless service. Prices are a bit on the high side but if you’re looking for a more traditional fine dining experience with flawless service and execution, Tomo I remains a good choice.