AvantGarten – Palermo – Buenos Aires

AvantGarten – Palermo – Buenos Aires

AvantGarten is a trendy gastropub, with a young crowd, serving up both draft and bottled artisanal beer. along with some cocktails and shots of Jägermeister. Typical gastropub food with the addition of some dishes with German sausages. And a catchy name.

Roux – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

Roux – Recoleta – 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.

Basa – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Basa – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Sleek. Trendy. Upscale. Uptempo. Restaurant. Bar. Take your pick. Great food. Unique menu. A bit loud. If you’re looking for a traditional restaurant try one of many in La Recova four blocks away.

Birkin – Palermo – Buenos Aires

Birkin – Palermo – Buenos Aires

This is a good place for breakfast. Eggs. Waffles. It’s in a nice neighborhood. Weather permitting, I prefer to sit on the sidewalk out front. A top spot for breakfast but has good sandwiches too.

Sagardi – San Telmo – Buenos Aires

Sagardi – San Telmo – 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.

La Bourgogne – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

La Bourgogne – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Formal Dining . French . Cost: . Celebrated French restaurant in the city's grand old Alvear Hotel. Perfect execution. Starched but accommodating service.

The Shelter Cafe – Retiro – Buenos Aires

The Shelter Cafe – Retiro – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Formal Dining . Bread-Pastries . Cost: . Comfortable ambiance, friendly staff, and a great cup of coffee make The Shelter is a great place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee in Retiro.

Olaya – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Olaya – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Gourmet Peruvian-Asian Fusion in a casual, contemporary setting. Outstanding execution. Unique variations on Peruvian classics. Excellent Service. Olaya is not cheap. One of the more expensive restaurants in this part of the city. But they have a mid-day three course menu that is heavily discounted. Don’t let the fact that there are no lines to get in deceive you.

Chipe Libre – Barrio Lastarria – Santiago

Chipe Libre – Barrio Lastarria – Santiago

If we had to choose one place to go for food and drinks in Santiago it would surely be Chipe Libre. Great decor. Very good service. Unique experience. Sample several shots of the huge variety of pisco and a variety from the menu of the restaurant’s takes on Peruvian and Chilean classics. It is a “must-go” in Santiago.

EleBar – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

EleBar – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

This is no gourmet restaurant. It’s just really good food at a descent price. That shouldn’t be something to brag about … but in Buenos Aires, it’s pretty rare. Beware a visit on weekends based on consumer reviews we’ve read. On a weeknight, I think it’s a definite “GO”.

L’Adesso – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

L’Adesso – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Hurrah for L’Adesso. Were it not for the very average décor this restaurant would likely be in our list of Top 5 in the city. The service was only second to one other restaurant we’ve visited in Buenos Aires, La Pecora Nera. And the execution was as good as any we’ve visited. For Italian cuisine, it’s a shoe-in for the top spot in the city.

La Cabrera – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

La Cabrera – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Sterling service, a superior steak, all the fixins in a bustling and pleasant atmosphere make La Cabrera one of your best, if not the best, option for a steak in Buenos Aires.

Aquí Esta Coco – Providencia – Santiago

Aquí Esta Coco – Providencia – Santiago

Santiago’s premier seafood experience. Fabulous ambiance and consistently good food. There are perhaps more impressive gourmet options in Santiago. But none that speak “Santiago” more distinctly than Coco Pacheco’s Aquí Esta Coco. If we had to choose two restaurants on the must go list for Santiago this one and Confitería Torres would most likely be those two restaurants.

Breakfast at Croque Madame – Buenos Aires – Recoleta

Breakfast at Croque Madame – Buenos Aires – Recoleta

Popular café / restaurant with multiple locations in Recoleta and Palermo. But décor in the Callao location is boring and both food and service very average. We had the Croque Madame which turned out to be a substandard version of the French classic.

Baco – Providencia – Santiago

Baco – Providencia – Santiago

Bistro-style restaurant where the young and friendly waiters (and waitresses) are serving up French classics at reasonable prices in a casual, contemporary atmosphere. Expansive wine list. When I was living in Providencia this was my “go to” place for a nice dinner in a relaxed setting.

Crizia – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Crizia – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Dimly lit restaurant that is perfect for couples seeking romance or guys like me seeking good food and service. It offered both. This restaurant is one of the best kept secrets in town.

El Baqueano – Buenos Aires – San Telmo

El Baqueano – Buenos Aires – San Telmo

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.

Da Carla – Santiago – Vitacura

Da Carla – Santiago – Vitacura

This is not your typical Italian restaurant. It’s Italian cuisine to the nth degree in an elegant setting. A great experience, whether you choose to dine indoors or on the glassed-in terrace. Superb execution and service.

La Pecora Nera – Buenos Aires – Recoleta

La Pecora Nera – Buenos Aires – Recoleta

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Formal Dining . Eclectic . Cost: . Small restaurant. Elegant decor. More French than Italian despite the name. Superb execution and service. One the best formal dining options in BA.

La Gran Hollywood – Buenos Aires – Palermo Hollywood

La Gran Hollywood – Buenos Aires – Palermo Hollywood

No frills steakhouse in Palermo Hollywood catering to locals that are too lazy to walk to Las Cabras. Pretty good steaks at a reasonable price. Clean and pleasant dining both indoors out but it suffers from a lack of personality.

El Ranchero – Vitacura – Santiago

El Ranchero – Vitacura – Santiago

This is about the only viable choice for “almost-authentic” Mexican food in Santiago. Very reasonable prices and a darn good Margarita. Worth the drive if you get the craving for jalapeños and corn chips.

Status – Buenos Aires – Congreso

Status – Buenos Aires – Congreso

Average food with average service in a less than average setting. Lunch menu at Olaya in Palermo Hollywood is an immensely better choice for Peruvian.

Güerrín Pizzería – Congreso – Buenos Aires

Güerrín Pizzería – Congreso – Buenos Aires

Güerrín Pizzería is the most popular pizzeria in Buenos Aires. And for good reason. Upbeat, busy atmosphere. Family friendly. Great pizza. Good service. Wanting pizza near downtown BA? Go to Güerrín Pizzería.

El Nacional – Centro – Buenos Aires

El Nacional – Centro – Buenos Aires

Most sandwiches sold in downtown Buenos Aires are pre-made, wrapped in paper, and sitting on a rack. El Nacional doesn’t make it until you order it! Fresh ingredients, including the bread baked daily in their own bakery, mean the quality of the sandwich is a cut above everything else downtown.

Breakfast at Mooi in Belgrano – Belgrano – Buenos Aires

Breakfast at Mooi in Belgrano – Belgrano – Buenos Aires

We visited the Belgrano location of Mooi for breakfast on a Saturday morning. Looking for eggs for breakfast. You can have it here. They say that breakfast comes with a bagel. If you’re from NYC you’ll know better. That said, perhaps the only place to get eggs for breakfast in Belgrano.

Sucre – Belgrano – Buenos Aires

Sucre – Belgrano – Buenos Aires

Celebrity chef Fernando Trocca has been pleasing diners for years in this trendy restaurant with both excellent food and service. Undoubtedly one of the top five dining experiences in Buenos Aires.

Happening – Puerto Madero – Buenos Aires

Happening – Puerto Madero – Buenos Aires

Sophisticated and more modern than the typical Argentine steakhouse. Nice decor. Located in Puerto Madero overlooking the boardwalk. Typically good food and even better service. We tried a hamburger at lunch made from some lean cut of meat. Poor choice. They should stick to the strip steaks and rib-eyes.

La Casa de Adann – Belgrano – Buenos Aires

La Casa de Adann – Belgrano – Buenos Aires

Tastefully decorated restaurant with the stereotypical Porteño menu. What it lacks in creativity is more than made up for with excellent execution and service. One of Belgrano’s top all-round restaurants.

Bice – Puerto Madero – Buenos Aires

Bice – Puerto Madero – Buenos Aires

Bice is serving up classic Italian dishes that unfortunately lack much originality or creativity. The indoor dining room is a bit too austere for my liking, I prefer dining on the terraza, overlooking the Puerto Madero boardwalk.

Don Carlos – Las Condes – Santiago

Don Carlos – Las Condes – Santiago

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . High quality Argentine-style steakhouse on restaurant row (Isidora Goyenechea) in Las Condes.

Casa Cruz – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Casa Cruz – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

At one time, Casa Cruz and Belgrano’s Sucre, were our favorite high-end dining spots in Buenos Aires. But Casa Cruz has a lost a bit of the luster it once had. With so many new restaurants with more creative and better executed menus Casa Cruz is no longer a Top 10 candidate in BA.

Mostacho’s Pizza – Palermo – Bueno Aires

Mostacho’s Pizza – Palermo – Bueno Aires

Better than average ambiance and pizza but not gourmet and nowhere near approaching memorable. They offer deep dish, but it’s not all that deep. Very average assortment of pizza variations. Miller lager, Miller Light and Warsteiner were the only choices for beer. Reasonable prices.

Confitería Torres – Las Condes – Santiago

Confitería Torres – Las Condes – Santiago

Confitería Torres is one of the oldest restaurant franchises in Santiago. The location on Alameda near La Moneda has been serving Barros Lucas sandwiches for more than century. The Las Condes location has gone a bit more contemporary without losing the traditional elements. Argentine classic menu items are served up at reasonable prices. Sidewalk Terrace is great for people-watching. Good Food. Go

Don Julio – Palermo – Buenos Aires

Don Julio – Palermo – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . If you only have one night to eat out at an authentic Argentine steakhouse, do it here. High quality, thick-cut steaks.

Prix Fixe Lunch at Coquinaria – Las Condes – Santiago

Prix Fixe Lunch at Coquinaria – Las Condes – Santiago

Prix-Fixe menu at lunch with three course and beverage for US$25 (CLP$15.250). Bistro style restaurant with gourmet cooking and food shop on site. Adjacent to W Hotel. Good food and service at an unbeatable price. More expensive dining in the evening. Also, our top pick in the city for Sunday brunch or breakfast. Also a location in Vitacura with equally good food and service.

Margó Gourmet – La Dehesa – Santiago

Margó Gourmet – La Dehesa – Santiago

You don’t hear a lot of culinary chatter about this place, perhaps because it’s located way out in La Dahesa. But this is creative and well executed food in a casual and sophisticated setting with admirable service which is rare in Santiago.

Dashi – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Dashi – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Japanese restaurant offering fairly typical menu. Nice decor and atmosphere. They have multiple locations in Buenos Aires with the same menu at every location. Everything was very average. Good. But not impressive.

Primafila – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

Primafila – Recoleta – Buenos Aires

A relatively simple menu with a few well prepared pasta dishes and pizzas. Clean, contemporary decor. Good service and a well executed meal on the day I was there. They have a two course lunch menu (entree and dessert) with a glass of wine for only US$11.25 (ARS$140). That’s a really good value for a meal of that quality.

El 22 – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

El 22 – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

No cliche Estancia decor in this more modern take on the Argentine steakhouse. Slightly higher quality steaks than nearby Las Cabras but more expensive too. Suffers from a lack of creativity. I almost fell asleep eating my steak.

Miranda – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Miranda – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

New breed of more modern steakhouse with younger waiters and waitresses than your traditional Argentine parilla. But on a recent visit the steaks were overcooked and the service was lacking

El Trapiche – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

El Trapiche – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

I split a big ole rib-eye and a side of creamy, cheesy potatoes with my buddy on a recent visit to El Trapiche. Plenty of food for two and it cost us less than US$8 each. Atmosphere is very “old school” but if ambiance isn’t high on your list this is a pretty good destination for a steak in Palermo Hollywood.

Calden del Soho – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

Calden del Soho – Palermo Soho – Buenos Aires

A reasonably priced menu, the descent quality of food they dish out, and a comfortable atmosphere for dining will keep Calden of Soho at the top of the list of the best steakhouses in Buenos Aires and will continue to make it a favorite with locals in neighboring Palermo.

Oui Oui – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Oui Oui – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Café . Bread-Pastries . Cost: . Cozy cafe. Friendly staff. Ollie O's favorite restaurant for breakfast in Palermo. Try the Eggs Benedict or add an egg to the croissant with ham & cheese.

Las Cabras – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Las Cabras – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Wildly popular steakhouse. Almost always a wait for a table at both lunch and dinner. How do they do it? Nice ambiance. Great for people watching. And it’s cheap. Not good quality but apparently that’s not important the to hordes of locals and tourists that make this place one of the most popular restaurants in the city.

Bellavista Grill – Bellavista – Santiago

Bellavista Grill – Bellavista – Santiago

Dry aged steaks at almost half the cost of an inferior steak at almost any steakhouse in Las Condes or Vitacura. Modern, tasteful decor. Good service and side-dishes. Same owner as Tierra Noble in Las Condes but much less expensive. One of our top picks in the city. A great value.

Kansas – Palermo – Buenos Aires

Kansas – Palermo – Buenos Aires

American-Style Bistro similar to Hillstone / Houston’s restaurants in the states. Polished stone and stained wood decor. Has the feel of nice casino restaurant in Vegas. Busy place. Almost always a wait for table. Pork ribs were great. Super-tasty sauce. Burger was okay …. but only okay. Pretty expensive but worth a visit for the ribs.

La Dorita – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

La Dorita – Palermo Hollywood – Buenos Aires

Quirky. Busy. Fun. Higher quality steaks than nearby Las Cabras and easier to get a table. When it’s busy service can falter. Hungry? Try the veal ribs with french fries. One order is easily enough for two. Unless of course you’re a bear or mountain lion.

Cabaña Las Lilas – Puerto Madero – Buenos Aires

Cabaña Las Lilas – Puerto Madero – Buenos Aires

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . The gold standard for Argentine steakhouses. If money is no object, opt for the Wagyu. Otherwise look at more reasonably priced alternative.

The Burgers at the Burger Company

The Burgers at the Burger Company

The Burger Company has the personality of a chain fast-food restaurant with a bit more class and much better burgers. Ollie O prefers this less “Bohemian” ambiance to the disarray at nearby Burger Joint.