Steak is soul food in Buenos Aires, and it can be difficult to choose from among all of the fabulous parrillas in the metropolis of beef. Here are the 12 winners of our Experts' Choice awards for the best steakhouses in Buenos Aires, from hip, upscale venues to traditional holes in the wall that never go out of style.
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.
Jose Antonio Cabrera 5099
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.
Don Julio 83
Calle Guatemala 4699
Pablo Rivero and his parents built Don Julio into a mainstay by presenting top-quality plates of classic parrilla steak-house fare.
Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo, 516
Widely considered the best parrilla in Buenos Aires, the 400-seat Cabaña Las Lilas is always packed.
El Obrero 80
Calle Agustin Caffarena 64
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.
La Brigada 79
Calle Estados Unidos 465
This classic San Telmo parrilla will almost certainly lose some of its neighborhood-style charm when it expands to include a much larger space next door.
El Desnivel 79
Calle Defensa 855
Touristy only by virtue of prime San Telmo location, but classic spot at heart, still beloved by locals.
Rio Alba 77
Calle Cervino 4499
This great high-end parrilla is easy to overlook. Cuts of meat are massive and juicy, from the ojo de bife to the lomo.
You'd never guess this was the new kid on the block, to look at it or to be settled in at one of its compact, comfy tables.
El Trapiche 76
Paraguay 5099, Palermo
With teardrop-shaped hams hanging from its ceiling, brusque uniformed waiters, and 150-watt dazzle, porteños, El Trapiche is a completely authentic B.A. dining experience.
Calle Rodriguez Pena 682
Tired of rustic chic and overpriced sausages? Then head for this unpretentious downtown steakhouse, which looks like it was designed and decorated during the last half hour of an all-night bender.
There’s nothing too fancy at this traditional corner parrilla – just old-time atmosphere and generous portions of good grilled meats at decent prices.