If you plan a trip to Argentina, do not deny yourself the pleasure of exploring the delicious local cuisine.
And it is not only about the meat! The local cuisine is quite diverse and includes dishes of indigenous peoples, mixed with eating habits of Spanish and Italian immigrants, as well as immigrants from other countries.
In fact, Argentina is the second country in the world with the most immigrants after the USA and was home to the largest foreign-born population in the region (with over 2 million migrants) in 2020.
So, what to eat in Buenos Aires? You can taste Argentinian steaks in numerous Parrillas (steakhouses), Italian pasta and pizza (quite different here), Spanish alfajores, French croissants, Berliner donuts, and even Jewish ravioli!
Best breakfast in Buenos Aires: Birkin, Cuervo, and Gibraltar.
Best lunch: Pizzería Güerrin and El Preferido de Palermo.
Best dinner: Aramburu and Don Julio are a must.
Eating out is also a part of the national culture here, so there is plenty of restaurants in Buenos Aires, ranging from cheap eateries to fine-dining establishments.
Here are my top picks on the places to eat in Buenos Aires.
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Best breakfast places in Buenos Aires
Breakfast in Spanish-speaking countries is always straightforward and humble, and Argentina is no exception.
In contrast to a hearty dinner, a standard Argentinian breakfast is very light: a cup of coffee or juice and some bread or small pastries. And cafes usually open from 11 or 12 in the morning. Therefore, good spots for a more or less early breakfast are in short supply.
I would recommend taking a closer look at the following places:
Opens at 9 am, from Tuesday to Sunday. Here you can find everything you need for a good breakfast – ham, scrambled eggs, toasted bread, cheese, excellent coffee, and desserts. There is also a good selection of vegan breakfasts.
It is located next to Palermo’s parks; you can go for a morning walk after a meal.
A humble Argentinian breakfast for two will cost approximately $10.
What people say on Google: 4.1 stars, 2,100 reviews
Other worthwhile breakfast places: Casa Cavia, Gibraltar, Salvaje, and Jay's.
Best lunch in Buenos Aires
Many restaurants in Buenos Aires have a time slot from 12 pm to 4 pm for lunch. After 4 pm, they close to reopening for dinner at 8 pm.
El Preferido de Palermo
The restaurant is suitable for both lunch and dinner. If you are coming for dinner, booking a table in advance is better. If you are in the waiting line on the street, the wait staff will bring small Argentinian pies and Empanadas, which is very nice of them. For lunch, there are usually fewer people.
El Preferido de Palermo offers dishes from Italian and Spanish immigrants and a large selection of dishes for vegetarians (which is not often found in Buenos Aires). But if you like meat and have not tried the local milanesa (beef cordon bleu) yet, feel free to order; it is excellent here!
And do not forget to leave some room for dessert (choosing one will be difficult). You should definitely try homemade flan and papaya with Lincoln cheese.
A visit for two will cost $30.
What people say on Google: 4.3 stars, 5,105 reviews
It is a trendy restaurant with a creative menu in the Colegiales district.
It is impossible to determine whether it is Argentine cuisine, Spanish, or others. Each dish is prepared in a very unusual way. If you are not a fan of experiments, looking for a more traditional place is better. But if you are looking for something new, this spot is for you!
The restaurant is open for lunch only on weekends, and on all other days of the week, it offers only dinner (from 8 pm).
Lunch or dinner will be about $25 for two.
What people say on Google: 4.3 stars, 1,367 reviews
The oldest and the most pizzeria in the city – it recently turned 90 years and now is a popular tourist attraction. You will find it next to the Obelisk and the Colón Theater.
Pizza in Buenos Aires is slightly different from traditional Italian pizza. Although Italians initially opened all pizzerias, the recipes have transformed over time. The dough of the Argentinian pizza is quite lush, not as thin and crispy as it is in Italy, and usually contains much more filling.
If you prefer a traditional Italian pizza, you can choose the dough yourself; ask for a thin one.
The place is inexpensive; $15 will be enough for two.
What people say on Google: 4.5 stars, 80k+ reviews!
Other notable spots: La Mezzetta and El Cuartito (for pizza), Iñaki (for Basque cuisine and seafood), and the Federal Bar (decent food and cocktails).
Best restaurants in Buenos Aires
Argentinians like to have a late dinner. Restaurants often close in the afternoon and reopen around 7-8 pm. It is better to book tables in advance; otherwise, you will have to wait for a free table.
And here are some restaurants worth waiting for:
It is one of the best parrillas(steakhouses) in Buenos Aires. Located in Palermo, the area that has the most tourists, it offers excellent Argentinian grilled meat, various wines, and a large selection of side dishes. The portions are really huge; one plate may be enough for two.
The chef and owner of the restaurant, Senor Gastón Riveira, got a gastronomic education in France and Italy and returned to Buenos Aires to cook such meat that you want to eat it with a plate! La Cabrera’s cuisine was appreciated by many celebrities, including football player David Beckham and musician Perry Farrell.
Try beef steak, pork grilled in bacon, and parrilla (various cuts of meat and sausages). And do not forget to ask for one of the traditional Argentine desserts – volcán de chocolate.
The dinner will cost at least $40 for two, but there is a happy hour: 40% off from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm if you come until 7:15 pm and reserve a table in advance.
What people say on Google: 4.3 stars, 16k+ reviews
This is a less-known restaurant in Buenos Aires, but still worthwhile.
Opened not so long ago, it is located in Colegiales, where tourists rarely find it by chance, only on a recommendation. Still, the tables are usually occupied (it is necessary to book in advance), as the restaurant is becoming increasingly popular.
In addition to authentic Argentinian and Italian cuisine, you can choose European dishes, such as goulash and dumplings, as the restaurant’s chef is from Central Europe (Slovakia).
Overall, a solid spot with delicious cuisine and a cozy atmosphere with live jazz music.
The dinner for two will cost about $30.
What people say on Google: 4.4 stars, 1,296 reviews
Small but lovely cafe in Palermo, near Plaza Italia metro station. Pretty simple but stylish interior and the menu is written on large slate boards hung on the walls. This creates a uniquely artistic atmosphere.
In addition to meat, you can order delicious grilled fish (if you do not want to eat steak every day). And fish with a glass of Argentinean white wine is an unforgettable combination!
Other upscale places: Osaka, Casa Cruz, Chila, Le Sud, Mishiguene (classic Jewish recipes with a gourmet twist), and Astrid y Gastón (Peruvian cuisine).
Argentina is one of the largest wine exporters. As of 2023, the country is the fifth-largest wine producer in the world and the first in Latin America.
Malbec is the most famous Argentine wine. It was cultivated in the 19th century by French botanist and winemaker Michel Pouget. Malbec was not widely recognized in its homeland, France, but it became a favorite wine for the Argentine people.
Another must-try is Torrontés, Argentina’s signature white wine, which is never exported due to high demand inside the country.
Lo de Joaquin Alberdi
This is a wine store offering wine-tasting sessions. And bilingual staff who will explain a lot about wine to you. Better contact them through WhatsApp if you want to book the wine-tasting session.
Prices are reasonable but vary depending on your wine preferences. The lower limit for a bottle is about $10.
This is certainly a romantic spot in the heart of Barrio Norte. There is a good wine list, cocktails, an excellent food selection, and pleasant music. In general, it is an ideal place not only for wine tasting but also for a date.
Depending on the selected wines or the number of cocktails, prepare $30-$60 for two.
What people say on Google: 4.4 stars, 3,468 reviews
I live in Buenos Aires and write about Argentina and other places I like. For me, traveling is a great possibility not only for discovering new destinations but also for learning about myself (that is usually hidden behind everyday life).
In other words, you discover new landscapes of your soul when traveling!
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