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La Cabrera Sur

Steakhouses 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At this popular parrilla (one of the best in town), the tender, not to mention enormous, cuts of top-grade beef come (unusually) with a myriad of tapas-style side dishes. — Insight Guides

This restaurant has become so well known among tourists visiting Buenos Aires that the owners have also opened another branch up the street for spillover patrons. — Frommer's

Located in the trendy Palermo Soho district, this restaurant serves super-sized portions of Argentine steak to an often-packed house. — Travel + Leisure

La Cabrera suffers from its own success... But there's a reason that folks keep coming: an above-average array of savory side dishes and some of the best beef in Buenos Aires. — Concierge

On an attractive Palermo corner site that used to be a general store, professional staff serve extra-large portions of expertly prepared beef, grilled with a few sprigs of rosemary or sage. — Time Out

Cafe San Juan

South American 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

When famed "anti-chef" Leandro Cristóbal decided to return to his roots, he dropped his trademark modern cuisine in favor of huge platters of rustic traditional dishes. — Fodor's

Family-run restaurant with an open kitchen that's always packed with a mixture of locals and visitors. — BlackBook

The menu here is on a chalkboard that the waiter brings to your table, and you’ll have to quickly select from a variety of bold, flavorful dishes with inventive combinations. — Frommer's

Having studied in Milan, Paris and Barcelona, celebrity TV-chef Leandro Cristóbal now runs the kitchen at this renowned San Telmo bistro. — Lonely Planet

During the daily lunch rush, chef Leandro Cristobal fashions inventive tapas and pastas from the likes of sun-dried tomatoes, brie and seasonal vegetables, while his mother pours the wine. — Time Out

Oviedo

Seafood 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A refreshing alternative to the city’s ubiquitous steakhouses, Oviedo is a Spanish-inspired seafood restaurant in the Recoleta neighborhood. — Travel + Leisure

For 20 years, Oviedo has been the prime destination for Old World Spanish eats in Buenos Aires. — Concierge

In a meat-centric city like Buenos Aires, beautifully cooked seafood is a welcome change, and Oviedo is the best in the city. — Fodor's

The best high-end Spanish restaurant in the city, Recoleta’s Oviedo offers professional service, a refined and relaxed setting and the freshest fish–brought in up to twice a day. — Frommer's

Famed chef Martin Rebaudino brings a contemporary Spanish flair to seafood (the fish is shipped daily from Mar del Plata) and serves up melt-in-your-mouth cochinillo (suckling pig) dishes. — Lonely Planet

Tomo I

International 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Considered best restaurant in Argentina for longest time running. Passion fruit parfait, mushroom ravioli, avocado with gravlax all superb. — BlackBook

The meat dishes are exemplary, prepared with ingredients like water buffalo from the Entre Rios province, Patagonian lamb, and suckling pig. — Travel + Leisure

The decor of Tomo I, B.A.'s storied temple of alta cocina, is a bit sterile—but don't let that fool you. The restaurant's ambrosial offerings remain impeccable. — Concierge

Considered by many to be Buenos Aires’ best haute cuisine restaurant, this is an elegant but refreshingly unpretentious place. — Rough Guide

European-influenced Chef Federico Fialayre promotes a blend of Italian and Spanish cooking methods in dishes featuring seasonal produce, homemade pasta and fresh fish. — Lonely Planet

Tegui

South American 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Star chef Germán Martitegui... entertains hip Palermistas with expertly executed, de autor dishes. — Concierge

This swanky hideout is tucked discreetly behind a (deliberately) graffitied wall and unassuming black door. — Time Out

Germán Martitegui is one of Argentina’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, and this award-winning joint is his flagship. — Travel + Leisure

Sizzling hot, ultra expensive (even in green bills) and stunning in every sense. — BlackBook

It's an especially romantic option for couples visiting Buenos Aires. — Frommer's

Don Julio

Steakhouses 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Pablo Rivero and his parents built Don Julio into a mainstay by presenting top-quality plates of classic parrilla steak-house fare. — Travel + Leisure

Classy service and a great wine list add an upscale bent to this traditional corner steakhouse. — Lonely Planet

Behind an unassuming facade, and amid rows and rows of empty wine bottles that festoon every available surface, one of Palermo's best steak houses awaits you. — Fodor's

A classical and traditonial parrilla, Don Julio ticks all the right boxes with an above-average meat selection and a huge and varied wine list, which you can view on an iPad. — Time Out

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La Bourgogne

French 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

White tablecloths, fresh roses, and slick red-leather chairs emphasize the restaurant's innate elegance, and it is consistently considered to be one of the city's very best restaurants. — Fodor's

This is a French restaurant with a French chef, housed in a French-style building. — Time Out

La Bourgogne, the magnificent restaurant headed by chef Jean-Paul Bondoux, is universally regarded as the best French dining in South America. — Concierge

The only Relais Gourmand in Argentina, Chef Jean Paul Bondoux serves the finest French and international food in the city here. — Frommer's

In the city’s only relais gourmand restaurant, a superb wine list complements well- executed French cuisine. — DK Eyewitness

Aramburu

83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

'Molecular' dining has taken Buenos Aires by storm, and Chef Gonzalo Aramburu is leading the pack. — Lonely Planet

This place has got quite a following, so be sure to book ahead or else you might miss out. — Time Out

Hidden away on a gritty, graffiti-covered street is one of the most beautiful, intimate, and romantic restaurants in the city. — Fodor's

The 10-course exceptionally intricate tasting menu at this San Telmo restaurant doesn’t come cheap, but it is among the best dining experiences in the city. — Frommer's

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El Sanjuanino

South American 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The place to try empanadas, this inexpensive restaurant also has other regional fare such as locro and humitas, as well as more exotic dishes like pickled vizcacha. — Rough Guide

This cheerful restaurant, specialising in the kind of homely comfort food that warms the cockles of Argentinian hearts, is busy most nights both upstairs and down. — Time Out

Mostly tourists from the nearby hotels flock to this Northern Argentine regional spot, but you'll spot some longtime locals, particularly at lunchtime. — Fodor's

This long-running, cozy little joint probably has the cheapest food in Recoleta, attracting both penny-pinching locals and thrifty tourists. — Lonely Planet

Easy to eat on the go, empanadas are a staple of the Argentine diet. There are hundreds of little empanada shops throughout the city, but this one in Recoleta arguably serves the best. — Frommer's

Olsen

Scandinavian 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Olsen transports diners from Palermo Viejo to Scandinavia with its seafood-heavy menu and impressive selection of more than 60 vodkas. — Travel + Leisure

Calm, cool, collected Scandinavian eye candy for the design-o-phile crowd. Palermo veteran still top spot in the hood for weekend brunch. — BlackBook

Germán Martitegui, the bald, goateed visionary behind this mod Nordic bistro (who's also exec chef at Casa Cruz and Tegui), has become the city's chef of the moment. — Concierge

With its hip, relaxed vibe, too-cool crowd and dramatic central fireplace, Olsen could easily be located in the frosty climes of Scandinavia. — Lonely Planet

The relatively light cuisine of Scandinavia has made a huge splash with meat-reared porteños, due almost entirely to Ølsen. — DK Eyewitness

Cabana Las Lilas

Steakhouses 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Porteños are evenly split as to whether this famous eatery is a fantastically overpriced display of hubris or an upmarket example of parrilla perfection. — Lonely Planet

It's a tourist trap for sure, but it's got an atmospheric dockside location and a jumbo wine list. But what really matters is the meat. — Time Out

The shock of splurging at arguably the city’s best steak-house can be tempered at lunchtime when beef prices are more budget-friendly. — DK Eyewitness

Widely considered the best parrilla in Buenos Aires, the 400-seat Cabaña Las Lilas is always packed. — Frommer's

The place to head if you want to splurge on just about the finest steak around. — Rough Guide

El Obrero

Steakhouses 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This 1954 stalwart on a hard-to-find street in La Boca serves up nostalgia alongside plump steaks, tortillas de papa, and shared tureens of homey soup. — Travel + Leisure

You'll half expect sawdust on the floor and a saloon fight to break out when you walk into this old-time steak house just off the docks of La Boca. — Fodor's

Two brothers from Barcelona, Marcelino and Francisco Castro, started this wonderful institution in 1954 in a remote, hard-to-find part of La Boca. — Frommer's

El Obrero... is one of the city's most famous restaurants, and celebrities from Bono to Wim Wenders have eaten at this living, thriving museum piece in the heart of the old port neighborhood. — Time Out

The same family has been running El Obrero since 1954, and a number of famous people have passed through over the years, including Bono and Robert Duvall. — Lonely Planet

Milion

South American 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

French-style mansion turned bar/restaurant/spot where you're guarunteed to hear English. Worth going just for the terrace. — BlackBook

Cocktails and modern Argentine cuisine served, such as pacu river fish with orange and parsley sauce, or pasta with goats cheese and sweet pumpkin. — Rough Guide

This is one of the most stunningly situated restaurants in Buenos Aires, and yet despite this and the fact that it's been around for a decade, it remains hard to find. — Frommer's

While maintaining its original lavish form, the classic architecture is offset by cutting-edge art displays and projected visuals, bringing the space in line with its new, style-conscious clientele. — Time Out

Simply put, this is one of the world’s most beautiful bars, sprawling over three levels of a gorgeous old mansion and spilling out down a winding marble staircase to a garden lit by fairy lights. — Travel + Leisure

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Brasserie Petanque

French 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Classic French food such as boeuf bourguignon, moules, steak tartare and crème brûlée, with a particularly good value lunch-time menu du jour; at times, slightly uppity classic French service to match. — Rough Guide

There are few places as delightful to spend a long lunch in San Telmo as Petanque, an honest-to-goodness French brasserie with a marvellously light and airy atmosphere. — Time Out

Petanque is a place to drop in, enjoy hearty French fare, and wash it all down with local wines. — Fodor's

Popular tourist alternative to parilla located close to the Sunday market in San Telmo. Ideal spot for aspiring tango dancers and those looking to bed them. — BlackBook

The Swiss-born owner of this restaurant, Pascal Meyer, is always on hand, personally seeing to his clients. — Frommer's

filo

Italian 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Some of the centre’s best salads, if not the cheapest, featuring less common ingredients such as rocket, radishes and sultanas soaked in wine. — Rough Guide

Popular with the business lunch crowd, this large, pop art–style Italian pizzeria tosses great thin-crust pies with fresh toppings – try a pie piled high with prosciutto and arugula. — Lonely Planet

Crowded and lively, particularly at lunch, this is the hot spot for pizza and pasta in the downtown area. — Fodor's

The oak-fueled ovens at Filo churn out wispy, chewy marvels in a nineties-kitsch space steps from Calle Florida. — Travel + Leisure

The fanciful decor reflects the creativity of this pizzeria with signature pies outnumbered only by the salad combos. FILO also rotates painting exhibitions through its space. — DK Eyewitness

Plaza Asturias

International 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is a sentimental (and smart) choice. — Travel + Leisure

This decades-old eatery on Avenida de Mayo is about as authentic as it gets, packed mostly with Porteños who want to keep this place to themselves. — Frommer's

This old-fashioned Spanish restaurant draws in a regular midday crowd with its set lunch... which includes a main dish plus coffee, dessert and a glass of wine. — Lonely Planet

The AR$26 lunch here kicks off with a complimentary pre-prandial sherry and a plate of tapas on the house - zingingly tasty anchovies or soft white octopus tentacles. — Time Out

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Chila

Pizza 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chila remains an elegant (if slightly stiff) favorite of business types, big-spending locals, and special-occasion visitors. — Concierge

Where fat-walleted foreigners and locals can be spotted tucking into ambitiously plated new-school Argentine dishes. — BlackBook

Some of Buenos Aires’ best and most original cuisine is created by award-winning chef Soledad Nardelli. — Lonely Planet

Opt for the seven-course tasting menu that displays the best of the elaborate, local chef-driven style known as "cocina de autor," or signature cuisine. — Frommer's

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Las Pizarras Bistro

South American 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At this simple and unpretentious yet excellent restaurant, Chef Rodrigo Castilla cooks up a changing rainbow of eclectic dishes such as grilled venison or rabbit stuffed with cherries. — Lonely Planet

Informal restaurant that’s all about the fabulous (and reasonably priced) food. — Rough Guide

Quirky and kitschy, this 40-seat hole-in-the-wall looks like any of hundreds of other neighorhood hangouts throughout the city. — Fodor's

If Las Pizarras's colourful, quirky decor doesn't draw you in, the constantly changing selection of gastronomic delights on its oversized blackboards (pizarras) will. — Time Out

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Osaka

Japanese 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sick of the same old cheap steaks? Then Osaka is your remedy, slicing up some of BA’s most exquisite cold, raw fish – and so much more. — Lonely Planet

Osaka blends tradition with innovation, fusing Peruvian and Asian cuisines for lofty results, making it one of the most exciting restaurants in the city. — Fodor's

Japanese Peruvian is BA's resto du jour. Tough reservation on popular nights, and always a scene. Tasty Tiraditos, creative rolls and fresh sushi, ceviches all delicious. — BlackBook

Osaka has long been considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Buenos Aires. The restaurant has a tranquil feeling, with its intimate spaces and warm, neutral tones. — Frommer's

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Bio Solo Organico

Vegan and Vegetarian 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Stylish, moderately priced vegetarian restaurant, more inventive than most but still wholesome, with dishes incorporating ingredients such as quinoa and tofu, with of course lots of vegetables. — Rough Guide

In a nation where meat reigns supreme, finding an organic vegetarian restaurant is a near impossibility. — Frommer's

Feeling guilty after a week-long gorgefest of chorizo and fried cheese? There's hardly a finer locale for detoxifying than this hip organic bistro. — Time Out

Inventive, all-organic, all-vegetarian fare that champions local ingredients is prepared here. The atmosphere is casual, with bright wood furnishings and massive windows. — DK Eyewitness

The supremely health-conscious should make a beeline for this casual corner joint, which specializes in healthy, organic and vegetarian fare. — Lonely Planet

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