Amoramar hits a home-run across the board. One of the top 3 restaurants in Lima along with Astrid & Gaston and Rafael. All worth a visit.
I was attended to by three brilliant waiters and waitresses, who all speak English quite competently . . . Jason, Anibel and Cindy. Flawless. Truly flawless service.
Capital Grille’s franchise location in Mexico City offers highest-quality steaks and seafood, albeit with a hefty price-tag. It’s “the” place in CDMX to entertain clients.
Chuchito Perez is one of the new breed of upscale Mexican gastropubs offering an interesting fusion of Mexican, Asian and European cuisine to accompany a full range of cocktails and beers.
This dining experience was so bad, in fact, that we’re adding Nicos to our list of overrated restaurants in Mexico City. It can proudly join Maximo Bistrot, and Biko on that list.
It’s puzzling why this restaurant doesn’t receive more praise than it does. It’s easily one of the ten best upscale dining experiences in Mexico City.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Restaurante casual . Hamburgers . Cost: . Burger Bar Joint offers unique burgers, beer and cocktails in a fun “retro” environment with American pop and light rock music. Five locations in CDMX.
The restaurant has received nothing but good press. It was even featured on American chef Rick Bayless’s public television show in the USA, “Mexico, one Plate at a Time”.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Hamburgers . Cost: . We Love Burgers offer handcrafted gourmet burgers. Hot Dogs and all-day breakfast too, including a variety of egg dishes, chilaquiles, waffles and pancake
Great burger. One of the best in the city. Really good service in a pleasant environment. Yes. The burgers at We Love Burgers and Hamburguesa Mataleón are pretty darn good too.
Partners & Brothers specializes in making great gourmet burgers, but they have a menu full of popular finger foods, salads, etc. Now in 4 locations.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Hamburgers . Cost: . U.S. based steakhouse chain Capital Grille offers prime aged steaks, seafood and burgers. First-class service in a sophisticated ambience.
A clever name, a comfortable ambiance, and a near-perfect burger and fries make La Xarcutería our top choice for a burger in Bogota.
By the way, these burgers are the same burgers you’d get at the fancy Carnal steakhouse, but the cost is about 40% less. So, unless you’re trying to impress someone by valet parking your Ferrari, best to save your burger urge for Juicy Lucy, the burger joint.
The service was good. And the prices are slightly less at Cancino than Café Toscano. And of course, you have to give it extra points for the plentitude of French bulldogs in the audience.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Pizzeria . Pizza . Cost: . El Cuatito is true-to-form Porteño. Pizza and quirky décor, the way the locals love it. Almost always a wait for a table because the pizza's so darn good.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . Fervor, located directly behind the Alvear Hotel. offers high-quality steaks and above-average service. Be prepared for a wait for a table.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . Campo Bravo targets a young, “jet set” crowd. The ambiance and vibe are more energetic and contemporary than your typical Argentine parilla.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . La Carnicería is the heavy metal version of the Argentine steakhouse. Nothing quite like it in Buenos Aires.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . El Mirasol peddles high-quality grilled steaks to the city's elite. The decór is slightly dated, but execution and service are consistently high.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . Campo & Mar puts a unique twist on the Argentine steakhouse by adding grilled seafood to the menu. Execution and service are top-notch.
Rating: 3.9 Stars . Restaurant Type: Formal Dining . Argentine Grilled Steaks . $$$ . Juana M is a great place for lunch or dinner on a budget. Super place for a salad if happen to be a rabbit.
Pani is hit or miss. Pani’s forté is pastries and coffee. Expanded menu with sandwiches, quiche and salads is hit or miss. Service is hit or miss too. They have one of the best salad’s in the city. But one of the worst sandwiches. Our advice. Order the cheesecake or a salad. Skip the rest.
We decided to give the burger at Lobo Café a chance to earn a spot on our top burgers list in Buenos Aires. And guess what. The burger was one of the most unique and tasty burgers we’ve encountered.
Nothing groundbreaking on this menu. But excellent execution of the Argentine classics. Pleasant decor and good service.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Gastropub . Barbeque . Cost: . It's Rock & Ribs. Texas-style smoked ribs, pulled pork sandwich, a great burger. They even have a top-notch salad and a veggie-burger.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . La Brigada is the quintessential Argentine parilla. The real deal. Great service and huge, juicy steaks is what La Brigada is all about.
Excellent renditions of middle-eastern cuisine at reasonable prices make Sarkis the most popular ethnic cuisine restaurant in Buenos Aires. What its lacking in decor and average service, it makes up for with a creative menu full of classic Armenian recipes.
Recently remodeled. One of only a handful of restaurants in Buenos Aires specializing in seafood. Updated menu emphasizes sushi. Nice decor. Good service.
We don’t normally like “old-school”. But the Lomito Porteño sandwich at La Rambla in Recoleta is about as old-school at it gets. Old-school delicious!
A pastrami sandwich that rivals the deli classic at Katz’s in New York City? Yep. It’s that good!
NOLA’s fried-chicken sandwich is crispy, crunchy, creative goodness on a bun. Cajun fried chicken comes to Buenos Aires.
The pernil sandwich at the Caracas Bar is very, very good. If the dance floor is full of sexy latinas shakin’ it while you’re eatin’ that sandwich that’s just the icing on the cake.
Ollie O’s choice for lounging with a cup of coffee in Palermo Soho. 100% Colombian coffee. 100% Argentine beef in the burger. It’s 100% “Go!”
A sleek, modern take on the classic café, with a Colombian theme. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. The restaurant is usually full with a crowd ranging from 18 to 80 years old.
Marvin Gaye and a cup of coffee (Ecuadorian, Brazilian origin). Need I say more? Negro (la Cueva de Café) is great place for a cup of java. Locations downtown (Suipacha near Córdoba) and close Plaza San Martín.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Gastropub . German . Cost: . Grüner Hof Biergarten is Mexico City's take on a German beer garden. A unique menu with food from all over the world. Fabulous open-air rooftop location.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Gastropub . Eclectic . Cost: . Antares is a microbrewery-style brewpub with multiple locations in Buenos Aires, and Argentina. Menu has a wide variety of reasonably priced food.
Gran Bar Danzon has been the premier bar and restaurant in Buenos Aires for a decade. Drinks, dinner, or both. No better location than Gran Bar Danzon.
Hey. They serve Eggs Benedict (sort of) and French Toast. That’s reason enough for a visit. Pleasant ambiance. Good service.
Good traditional breakfast menu in an otherwise ordinary restaurant. Reasonable prices. Worth a visit if your close but not a trip across town. The Huevos Encamisados are a good choice for breakfast.
El Federal is comfort food, Argentine-style. Indigenous ingredients prepared in creative ways. Unfortunately, ambiance and service don’t live up to the food. Reasonable prices for such good food make El Federal worth a visit. We just wish they’d paint the place.
A laid-back, scaled-down version of an Argentina steakhouse, with loft-style decor. Grilled steaks and veggies. Friendly staff and consistent execution make Brasero Atlántico a great choice for a steak in a casual, comfortable setting. Walking distance from the Sofitel and Four Seasons in Retiro.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Eclectic . Cost: . Club Social bridges the gap between what “used to be” and what “is” in Buenos Aires. A pleasant ambiance, modern menu and consistent execution.
Excellent food and service. A creative menu. A top choice for upscale casual dining in Recoleta.
Yo from Looziana? Yo luv it. Yo not from Looziana? Yo still luv it. Best sandwich in town. Yo only live once. Go for the PICANTE sauce.
In a country dominated by grilled beef, Chef Martin Molteni’s use of a clay oven makes Pura Tierra a unique find. It’s a top-10 restaurant in Buenos Aires.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Eclectic . Cost: . Club Social is a great place for breakfast in Buenos Aires. But only on weekends. Eggs Benedict? They have it!
Papa Bill’s. Mexico City’s most notable sports bar/restaurant. Shows both American and Latin sports on big screens. Menu is loaded with American and Mexican sports bar classics, from hot wings to tacos. Good food and service. The Polanco location is family friendly with a special area with supervision for the little ones. Great concept, well executed.
Pata Negra, with locations in La Condesa, Cuauhtémoc, Centro and Coyoacan, offers Spanish pixtos and tapas, and an impressive offering of beers and cocktails, making it a ComaBeba.com top-pick in the gastropub category in Mexico City.
Hooters in Mexico City serves the same iconic hot wings and has the same trademark service as the 460 plus other locations worldwide. The entire package is good enough to land Hooters on our list of Top Picks for gastropubs in Mexico City. The chicken sandwich also made Top Picks status on our Best Sandwich in Mexico City list.
Le Ble has lots of options for breakfast including a full-blow American breakfast with sausage, bacon and eggs. Hit or miss so read the full review.
The Americano! It’s a toasted slice of white bread, with a few thick slices of pancetta, and a big hash-brown patty, crowned by one fried egg, sunny side up. The coffee is good and the service is always friendly and efficient.
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.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Bread-Pastries . Cost: . One of Ollie O's favorites for breakfast in Buenos Aires. Eggs Benedict, omeletes, pancakes and waffles. All in a pleasant ambiance.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Café . Bread-Pastries . Cost: . Coffee Town specializes in coffees sourced throughout the world. House blend is from Guatemala, Brazil and Colombia. Pleasant ambiance. Friendly staff.
More appropriate to call this place Italian Coffee Company. No drip here. Only an espresso machine spewing out nothing but Italian roasted Illy. Better than Cabrales I suppose. Cool trendy, decor. Not sure why so many old ladies are in the place. They must like the Illy coffee and the alfajores.
Chila is a Top-5 restaurant in Buenos Aires for formal dining. Modern, but sophisticated and elegant decor. Near flawless execution and service.
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.
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.
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.
One of the hottest spots in BA for a drink and we’d heard they serve a darn good burger. We heard wrong. Overcooked despite our request for “jugoso”.
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.
The 50’s diner decor in this restaurant is a bit cliche but this genre seems to be all the rage in Latin America. Breakfast is a bit lacking but at least they have eggs. The burgers are among the best in town. You can even have a burger topped with chili.
The prix-fixe lunch at El Burladero is a great value. Flawless execution and service. Truly one of the best places for lunch in Recoleta and Buenos Aires.
Trendy Mexican Food with very nice decor. The chef has attempted to modify and glorify Mexican food but has not been entirely successful. Some of the dishes like the enchiladas were quite tasty, despite being nowhere close to authentic.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . The quintessential, high-end, Argentine steakhouse. Pricey but not as pricey as competitor Cabaña Las Lilas a few doors down the boardwalk.
Bar that has a varied menu including burgers. We went to sample the burger for our Burger Joint Face-off. It was too lean and overcooked. Barely average.
We were seeking out the best prix-fixe lunch in BA and had to give the lunch menu at Estró in the Ritz Carlton a try. Very pleasant surprise. Service and execution were spot on. For about US$23 (CLP$14,000) this lunch is real value.
This is sort of a build your own burger format. You can select the weight of the patty and the toppings and they’ll flip up and serve ’em up the way you want them. They are quite reasonably priced.
Steaks & Pasta This place takes the quintessential steak- and pasta-centric menu and dresses it up in lipstick and a petty coat (not literally, of course). The result is the Polo themed, rich-man’s version of the classic Porteño Bodegón. We always order one of the house specialties that has a steak and a tasty side-dish that’s not french fries. Definitely worth a visit.
Best burger in Palermo Soho but nowhere close to being the best in the city despite lots of press that says so. Fries were limp and greasy. Clearly overrated. Popular with students and pot-smoking musicians due to counter-culture decor and atmosphere. Personally … I wasn’t impressed.
This fine dining spot cuts corners on their lunch menu. Your mid-day lunch hour is better spent at Miguel Torres, Coquinaria or Estró at the Ritz Carlton, all within walking distance.
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.
Outstanding food in stark but tastefully decorated restaurant. Sommelier will show you the wine collection and provide information about the region, the grape variety and vintage of each wine. We really enjoyed this outing and think you will as well.
Fairly authentic Mexican recipes in an upscale restaurant in a beautiful old building in Palermo Soho. Friendly and efficient service. Very enjoyable. Perhaps our favorite spot of Mexican food in BA.
This where the “old school” wealthy residents of Vitacura go with their families to dine. Regarded for years as the pinnacle of fine dining in Santiago it has since lost a bit of its luster. There seems to be more culinary chatter recently about upstarts Bodegó and Ambrosía and Gaston Acurio’s La Mar nearby.
If you’re way out in Belgrano, Palermo Hollywood or Las Cañitas and don’t want to make take the long ride down to the Hard Rock then Mad Dog is the next best thing … possibly even better. Slightly better than average burgers. Really good fries and onion rings
Tacos. That’s about it. But they’re pretty darn good and cheap when you order a tray of six. Frozen margaritas are good too. One of the better spots for casual eat and drink outing in Palermo Hollywood.
The hottest bar in Buenos Aires might just be the best restaurant as well. A limited menu with one steak, a few fish main course items, and a handful of tapas. But what they do, they do marvelously well. Not so good for a romantic or quiet dinner. But for great food at a reasonable price in a fun atmosphere it’s the best choice in Buenos Aires.
Small restaurant. But packs a big punch with excellent food and service. The perfect neighborhood bistro but worth a drive from adjoining barrios. It was that good.
Best Burger in town. Hands down. It’s expensive, but if you’ve got a craving for a really good burger, this is it.
Craving Mexican Food? This is a pretty good choice for “almost-authentic” Mexican cuisine in Palermo Soho. Lousy margaritas. Drink a beer instead.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . Le Grille is a modern and more elegant take on the traditional Argentine steakhouse. Dry-aged beef, yet more reasonably priced than nearby competitors.
Armenian Restaurant in Palermo Hollywood. Good ethnic restaurants in BA are hard to find. This a good one. Nice ambiance. Unique and well prepared dishes.
The Burgers at Brooklyn (which is more bar than restaurant) were slightly better than average. The “cheddar” is really an oozing sauce, not really cheese. This restaurant barely rates mentioning. There are better choices for burgers in the neighborhood.
Taco stand with some limited indoor and outdoor seating. Not going to win any design awards. That’s for sure. But if cheap, tasty, inexpensive tacos is what you’re craving. This is the place.
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.
A unique take on an Argentine steakhouse. The dining room is adorned with album covers from British and American pop/rock classics. Interesting place. Friendly staff. Good food and service at a reasonable price. Worth a visit.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Sandwiches-Salads . Cost: . The cheeseburger at Kansas is barely better than average and pretty pricey too. Service could have been better as well.
This may be your only choice for Mexican cuisine near downtown or in Recoleta. For more authentic and higher quality Mexican food seek out other options in Palermo.
Nolita has 2 locations. Las Condes and Lastarria. Decor is dated in Las Condes. So is the food. Service was acceptable. Nolita barely rated a review with a dismal 3 star rating, overall.
Minga is an Argentine steakhouse with a more contemporary atmosphere but a fairly typical menu. There were some lapses in execution on a recent visit.
Mi Barrio Burger Bar/Restaurant. Small, clean and modern. Order burger with assortment of condiments from large chalkboard. One of the few options in Recoleta for a good cheeseburger.
La Casa de Adann offers a three course menu (appetizer, main course and dessert) along with a beverage for about US$8 (ARS$100). Now I warn you. They do charge a $38 “cubierto” so that the actual charge with food, beverages and the cover charge included is about US$10.50 (ARS$138).
The Four Seasons’ Elena restaurant offers a rustic take on Nouvelle Cuisine with high-end steak offerings (which is of course mandatory in Argentina). Meticulously trained chefs and waiters mean consistent, high quality execution and service. Only one thing missing. A personality to call its own.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Eclectic . Cost: . Get over to Peron, Peron, order up the Oso Buco on the polenta and be prepared to feel wonderful about how you spent your money.
American classics and burgers. The burger was barely beyond average. Service was less than average.
Austere, but pleasant ambiance. Check out the reasonably priced and well executed mid-day menu ranging in cost from US$10.50 to $18.50 (ARS$130 to $230).
Burgers only. Dine-in or take-out. Order at the counter, build your burger, pick-it up at the counter. Small dining area as counters. Burgers were juicy and good. Our fave spot downtown for a burger.
Traditional Italian restaurant specializing in homemade ravioli and other stuffed pasta. Food was good but not great. Ambiance is Just a little on the stale and boring side.
At first glance this place looks like one of those salad-centric, sandwiches with arugula on multi-grain bread kind of places. Not somewhere you’d go for a burger. But truth is they produce a pretty good burger. As usual, the meat was not quite juicy enough and the grind was a little too fine making it a little “chewy”. But seasoning was good.
Seafood restaurant in Puerto Madero. Unfortunately there were lapses of execution on a recent visit. Expensive with a lack of creativity.1
Brandon has a nice contemporary decor, a young well-trained staff and a short but well executed menu. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’d think you were in the USA. It’s got that feel to it. An excellent place for breakfast. Yes. They have eggs. But prices are bit steep, even for Palermo Hollywood
Multi-course tasting menu featuring foraged produce and herbs. They never brought the change when I paid the bill. Guzman’s little army of gnomes does an admirable job of taking tidbits they found on the forest floor and turning them into food. But I’d rather have had a burger and Mr. Jack for a fifth of the price.
Cute red and white retro American diner ambiance and some nice baked goods make Farinelli a pleasant place for a morning coffee or afternoon snack. But for a substantial American style breakfast you might have to look elsewhere.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: . Scaled-down version of chef Aramburu's flagship restaurant featuring molecular gastronomy and sous vide techniques. Fabulous! And reasonably priced.
A unique restaurant menu that’s a mix of New York delicatessen and Jewish and Eastern European classics. This is one of Ollie’s O’s favorite lunch spots. The problem is deciding whether to have the pastrami on pumpernickel or the lox on a bagel sandwich. Why not have both?
TheGuardian.com, Timeout.com, Tripadvisor.com, Yelp.com and LonelyPlanet.com all lead you to believe this place is charming with great food. WE DISAGREE! This restaurant is a mess and the food is substandard. Proceed with caution!
This place had a very similar vibe to what you get over at Floreria Atlantico, but with better prices and more room to move around. That’s a plus, especially if you’re claustrophobic.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Formal Dining . Eclectic Gourmet . Cost: . Formal dining in dire need of an update. Execution was good but the menu not very creative.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Café . Bread-Pastries . Cost: . Great cafe cum bistro in Recoleta or Retiro. Very pleasant ambiance. Emphasis on organic and fresh-baked breads. And eggs for breakfast!
Yes, somewhat expensive by BA standards. But worth it. Piegari is the finest Italian food restaurant in Buenos Aires. End of sentence. End of paragraph. End of conversation.
Chef Ed Holloway blends a little bit of Ireland with the locally produced ingredients from Argentina to create a symphony of sorts for brunch (that includes an egg and black eyed peas). Experience a lot of different flavors and some bubbly for about US$17.50. That’s about what an Egg McMuffin costs in Manhattan.
Young, talented chefs dishing out some high-quality and interesting food. The decor is a bit of a mess. Service was good but certainly not world-class.
Horrible execution of Vietnamese cuisine. Horrible! It’s now on our list of overrated restaurants! Read the gory details here. Only saving grace was the pretty waitress. But there are lots of restaurants with those.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining, Pizzeria . Pizza . Cost: . The only saving grace in this event was the fact that everything was pretty reasonably priced. But bad, at any price, no matter how low, is not a value.
Wanting a casual and pleasant place to sip on a good cup of coffee, have a nice breakfast, lunch or afternoon coffee or tea break? You won’t find a better spot than Le Pain Quotidien. And, of course, with so much praise, they obviously serve eggs for breakfast.
Contemporary atmosphere with remarkably good food considering the low prices and being located in proximity to the city’s most expensive restaurants. Recommended for a quick fix of pizza or pasta … but the grilled chicken and veggies is a good option for those counting the carbs.
Despite the garage sale décor, this place is strangely appealing and the food and service were way above average. At the special promotion price of $210 for the three courses and the beverage, this was also a really good value. If you’re in for something a little off course (in a good way), Le Point is worth a look.
Gastropub with French bistro / cafe motif and an eclectic mix of finger foods on the menu. They offer a prix fixe lunch menu that is top of the list.
Bistro-style restaurant serving a two course menu plus beverage for US$10.40 (ARS$130). Pleasant surrounding and good service. Minor lapses in execution but overall a pleasant experience. Prix-Fixe menu offered at lunch 6 days per week.
Trendy. Modern Bistro-Style Ambiance . High Quality Service and Execution . Creative . The prix fixe lunch menu presents an opportunity to experience gourmet Peruvian fusion at a third of what it would cost in the evening. An extraordinary value for lunch.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Middle-Eastern . Cost: . Multi-course Lunch for under US$16 at bistro-style restaurant with modern, tasteful décor serving Middle Eastern Fusion. A great choice for lunch.
This is classic Italian cuisine in a fairly traditional setting on the boardwalk on Puerto Madero. Ambiance is nice but a bit sterile. Service was spot on. Our appetizers on a recent visit were disappointing though. The main course dishes and desserts were better but still missing that element that elevates a meal to something that is truly memorable.
Supper Club / Underground Restaurant serving Peruvian and Peruvian / Asian Fusion in restored older home in Palermo Soho. Three courses dinners. Call for prices.
Casual Dining / Bistro in tastefully decorated locale in Palermo Hollywood. A wide range of refreshing and creative dishes. One of the city’s best kept secrets.
Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Casual Dining . Argentine . Cost: . Popular bistro-style restaurant in good location in Palermo Soho offering indigenous Argentine cuisine plus steaks, pasta, salads and other items.
A restaurant serving good Italian classics, but suffering from a lack of atmosphere and creativity.
Cleverly decorated with a French motif and late-model Peugeot sedan sitting in the entryway. This is more a bar than a restaurant. It has inexpensive drinks and a big menu of finger-foods. Check out the sliders. Enough for 2 or 3 and they taste pretty darn good. Great place to meet friends to drink and nibble.
Best location for a restaurant in Santiago, adjacent to the W Hotel. Nouvelle cuisine adequately executed but lacking the pizzazz we’d like to see from a restaurant so masterfully decorated. Menu is reasonably priced considering the prime location.
If you order the Gran Pilón on pan amasado you’ll get not one, but two fairly good sized cheeseburger that are juicy with exotic toppings. If you have an appetite like a bird you better bring a friend.
Very popular bar in heart of Providencia. Once primarily an ex-pat bar and hang-out for flight crews laying over in Santiago but now catering mostly to young locals. Lots of beers on tap and lots of bar food including favorites from the Southwest U.S. Really good burgers, burritos and the best “pil-pil”in the city.
Perfect example of form over function in a Restaurant. It has the catchy Rock Memorabilia theme and is popular with tourists as well as locals that buy into the marketing hype. But of all the burgers we sampled in our Burger Joint Face-off these were the worst despite being the most expensive.
Darn good burgers and fries. The decor is a bit sterile. Chrome with black and white tile like a subway station. There are dozens of locations throughout Santiago so there’s bound to be one close to you. Unless you’re wanting to drive to Bellavista or live there this is a pretty good choice for a burger if you have the greenbacks … cause these are pricey.
Bistro-style restaurant on Isidora’s restaurant row in Las Condes. Caters to lunch crowd working in nearby office buildings and tourists staying in hotels close-by. One block from The W Hotel. Pretty good assortment of gourmet sandwiches, burgers and excellent salads.
Burgers and Beer. This place pays homage to the alleged inventor of the burger, Uncle Fletch. Outstanding and unique burgers. And great craft beers on tap. Winner of our 2015 Best Burger Joint in Santiago face-off.
Tables upstairs. Cooks serving up burgers and hot dogs to customers sitting at the counter. Reminiscent of the classic American Diner. I’d heard the burger was something special. Not really. Barely average. Fries from a bag. At least they were hot.
Acclaimed Burger Joint that somehow one a spot as one of the top Burger Joints in the world in American Airlines’ Encounters travel magazine. Slightly overrated. Burgers are good … but not spectacular. Outdoor seating online. Better hope it doesn’t rain.
The most authentic of all the Mexican food restaurants we’ve visited. Spicy and delicious food. Reasonably priced. Margarita was small, but very good. But no Mexican brews. But ambiance and service were somewhat lacking. This place is about the food.