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.

by Maria Milkova

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.

Sublime steak with a modern twist
José Antonio Cabrera 5099, Buenos Aires

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.

La Cabrera Sur
Soul food, Buenos Aires style
Av San Juan 450, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

Cafe San Juan
Superior Spanish seafood
Antonio Beruti 2602, Buenos Aires 1425, Argentina

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.

Haute cuisine in an old-fashioned dining room
Carlos Pellegrini, 521, Buenos Aires

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.

Tomo I
Cutting-edge South American cuisine
5852 Costa Rica, Palermo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

Steak with a touch of class
Guatemala 4699 1425 Buenos Aires

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.

Don Julio
A tasting menu to remember
Salta 1050, Entre Humberto I y Carlos Calvo, Buenos Aires C1074AAV, Argentina

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.

Nordic flavor and Scandinavian design
Gorriti 5870, Buenos Aires 1414, Argentina

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.

Argentine comfort food on a budget
Posadas 1515, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

El Sanjuanino
Upmarket beef and a vast wine list
Alicia Moreau de Justo 516 (Puerto Madero), Buenos Aires C1107AAL, 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.

Cabana Las Lilas
Exceptional French fare in Recoleta
Ayacucho 2027, Buenos Aires 1129, Argentina

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.

La Bourgogne
Where workers eat steak with Bono
Agustin R. Caffarena 64, La Boca, Buenos Aires 1157, Argentina

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.

El Obrero
Legendary steaks on the city’s south side
Estados Unidos 465, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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.

La Brigada
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