Olivetti is one of the few restaurants in Buenos Aires we recommend for Italian cuisine. It’s a bit expensive but has good food, service and ambiance.
To execute this many dishes without any significant failure is an admirable achievement. And to be able to have the full variety of the a la carte menu for the executive lunch offering is huge plus.
Ollio O’s choice for Indian cuisine in Buenos Aires. Sophisticated decor and real Indian cuisine. That’s right. Garam Masala and Basmati rice. Really!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Until recently, Gran Dabbang was just a low-budget Bollywood film. Now its a low budget Indian restaurant in Buenos Aires. Not worth a trip in our opinion.
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.
All and all … a formidable showing in our lunch menu faceoff. I’d recommend this meal to anyone seeking a pleasant and affordable lunch in the upscale El Golf / El Bosque area of Las Condes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
Gourmet Bistro. Nice ambiance. Better than average service. Near perfect execution of each element of the meal and very reasonable prices.
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.
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.
Ox offers tender, dry aged steaks in a sophisticated setting. Expensive, but worth it. The gold standard in South America. As good or better than anything in Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nice modern Gastropub pouring artisanal beer and ale on tap plus cocktails. The tapas were good. Excellent place to have a brew and few bites to accompany your brew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Eclectic . Cost: . Modern sleek bistro with a varied breakfast menu that includes ... yes ... two entries with scrambled eggs.
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.
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.
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.
Choose from an 8 or 10 course tasting menu with our without wine pairing. No a la carte menu. Humble surroundings but creative and well executed multi-course menu.
Fairly authentic and well executed Mexican food with big portions at an very good price. Located in the heart of Palermo Soho. Worth a visit.
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.
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.
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 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.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . High quality Argentine-style steakhouse on restaurant row (Isidora Goyenechea) in Las Condes.
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.
High-quality traditional Basque Cuisine on restaurant row (Isidora Goyenechea) in Las Condes, a couple of blocks from many of the city’s top hotels.
Rating: Stars . Casual Dining . Cuisine: Peruvian . . Famed Peruvian Chef Gaston Acurio brings his contemporary cevichería format La Mar to Buenos Aires. Masterful execution of Peruvian / Fusion.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Pérez-H is one of the many counter-service burger joints in Buenos Aires, now with locations downtown, in San Telmo, Palermo Hollywood and Quilmes. Open in Palermo Hollywood and Quilmes until 1 am Sun through Thursday,and until 3 am on Fri and Sat nights. Very juicy burgers with crisp, hot French fries at rock-bottom prices. Pérez-H is our most highly rated restaurant in the fast-casual category.