The best restaurants in Buenos Aires, according to the experts
From steak to seafood to molecular tasting menus, the experts weigh in on the finest fare in the Argentine capital.
Though you will find some of the finest beef on the planet in the Argentine capital, there’s much more to the Buenos Aires dining scene than steak. From superior seafood to modern French cuisine to market-driven tasting menus, the food in the Paris of South America can be as diverse as it is delicious. Check out our 2017 Experts’ Choice winners and taste for yourself.
The best steakhouse in the beautiful Palermo Viejo district also serves some of the tastiest tapas-style side dishes in town. Reserve ahead or come at happy hour (7pm) and get 40% off.
At this family-run bistro in San Telmo, celebrity TV-chef Leandro Cristóbal serves gigantic platters of traditional dishes made with market-fresh ingredients, and it’s always packed with an interesting mix of locals and visitors.
Located in the posh Recoleta district, Oviedo is a favorite of businesspeople, politicians, and lovers of high-end seafood and classical Spanish cuisine. Expect top-notch service in an elegant but relaxed setting.
Run by the Concaro sisters since 1971, this pioneering restaurant in the lobby of the Hotel Panamericano celebrates the seasons in dishes that draw inspiration from Spain, Italy, and Latin America. House-made pastas, fresh fish, and Patagonian lamb are just some of the highlights.
Hidden behind a nondescript black door in Palermo, this slick restaurant serves avant-garde South American cuisine by star chef Germán Martitegui. Beloved by celebrities and hipsters.
Besides serving some of the best steak in Palermo, this traditional corner parrilla has a wonderful wine list loaded with treasures from Argentine vineyards. Service is as friendly as it is professional.
Behind an unmarked door on a graffiti-lined street in San Telmo, superstar chef Gonzalo Aramburu creates avant-garde 10-course tasting menus with a molecular sensibility. One of the most exciting places to eat in Buenos Aires - reservations are essential.
Celebrity chef German Martitegui was cooking up light, modern Scandinavian fare at this ultra-stylish spot in Palermo long before Nordic cuisine took the dining world by storm. An excellent option for seafood dishes and weekend brunch.
Down home and cozy, El Sanjuanino is about as close to a hole-in-the-wall as you’ll find in the posh Recoleta district. Well worth a stop for empanadas and traditional regional dishes from northwest Argentina.
The 400 seats at this wildly popular Puerto Madero steakhouse are almost always packed with out-of-towners. Despite its tourist trappings (and tourist prices), Cabana las Lilas serves what’s indisputably one of the finest steaks in town.
While you might not come to Buenos Aires to eat French food, you might want to make an exception for La Bourgogne, the best French restaurant in South America, where acclaimed chef Jean-Paul Bondoux serves tasting menus inspired by luxury ingredients like caviar, rabbit, and the freshest seafood.
It doesn’t get any more old-school, or any more authentic, than El Obrero, a half-century old steak house on a sketchy street that’s worth every peso of the long taxi ride to La Boca. It draws celebrities from Bono to Robert Duvall to Wim Wenders, thanks to flawless steaks, mouthwatering stews, and delicious house-made desserts.
A San Telmo institution, this classic parrilla attracts a lively mix of locals and visitors, thanks to its beautifully cooked bifes and flawless offal, not to mention the soccer paraphernalia and the charming neighborhood vibe.