You’ve decided to take the vacation of a lifetime—to the incredible Buenos Aires! Before you go, you’ll want to make some plans for eating. The great news? The residents of the city absolutely love to eat out, which means that the options for restaurants are excellent. Along with dancing the tango, the food selections in Argentina are amazing, if you know where to look. Here, we’ll give you all the insider information you need to find the best places to eat in Buenos Aires.
What are the best places to eat in Buenos Aires?
- Don Julio Parilla
- Tanta Argentina
- Lardo & Rosemary
- Salvaje Bakery
- El Banco Rojo
- Sheikob’s Bagels
- El Baqueano
Buenos Aires offers an array of yummy foods that go far beyond the steak and parrilla generally considered traditional in the area. With amazing restaurants to choose from, we’ll offer you options that range from classic to contemporary in Argentina’s capital city.
Now that you’re looking for the best-of-the-best Buenos Aires restaurants, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to discover high-end dining or a bakery located in a converted garage! If you’re hungry (or plan to be), then you’ll definitely want to check out these Buenos Aires restaurants.
Don Julio Parilla
Don Julio’s steak and wine restaurant are what traditional Argentinian food is all about! All of the beef here is sourced from grass-fed Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle, raised on farms near Buenos Aires. Then, it is stored for 21 days in a climate-controlled refrigerator until it reaches peak maturity. Dishes are cooked on a traditional iron grill for the perfect flavor.
Location: Guatemala 4699, Palermo Viejo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Owner recommended house cuts include skirt steak (entrana) and rump steak (bife du cuadril). Empanadas and mollejas are also divine.
Hours: Mon-Sun 12 noon-4pm and 7 pm-1 am
Insider Tip: Rivero, the owner, is also a sommelier, making his wine selections one of the best in the city. Come prepared to leave a personal message written on your wine label!
Tanta’s location in upscale downtown offers quick lunches for those on-the-go, such as classic empanadas, burgers, sandwiches and salads. For a longer lunch or at dinner time, linger with a group in the dining room or on the terrace over a variety of Peruvian dishes, such as stuffed chile rellenos, pasta dishes, steaks, pesto, tenderloin, saucy potatoes and various other Peruvian and Argentinian fusion foods. Plus, it’s one of the few restaurants on the list that doesn’t close between lunch and dinner, so you can pop in anytime between noon and midnight.
Location: Esmeralda 938, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Family-style Peruvian dishes, just the way mom and grandma made them!
Hours: Open Daily 12 noon-12 midnight
Insider Tip: The menu is only in Spanish so bring along your dictionary or interpreter. Also, no reservations are taken at Tanta, so you may choose to arrive early to avoid waiting for a table.
Lardo & Rosemary
New in town and located in the northern suburbs of Buenos Aires, Lardo & Rosemary offers a significant variety for groups who have different tastes and preferences. Diners in a relaxed atmosphere can experience a taste of dishes inspired by street food, whether to enjoy on their own or share with a group.
Location: Av. Del Libertador 3810, B1637ALU La Lucila, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Selections include what some people consider to be the best hamburger in the city, as well as rich craft beers, sushi, Chinese steamed buns and more.
Hours: Mon-Wed 7 pm-12midnight; Thurs-Sat 11 am-4 pm and 7 pm-12 midnight; Closed Sunday
Insider Tip: Walk-ins are welcome, but Lardo & Rosemary has a limited amount of seating, so it’s recommended to go early and/or reserve a table on their Facebook Page.
Though you might be confused by the fact that this bakery is located inside an old garage, don’t let this put you off! Salvaje Bakery is one of the best in the city, though there is not a lot of seating—just a few stools and tables. Buttery croissants and bread varieties (including buckwheat, sourdough, carob, rye and more) fill the menu at this bakery inspired by familial roots as well as San Francisco’s famous Tartine Bakery. The espresso machine also shouldn’t be ignored, as you’ll get an excellent latte or flat white to go with your breakfast bread.
Location: Av. Dorrego 1829, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Grab the bread basket special to experience a traditional Argentinian breakfast—choosing from olive oil, butter, dulce de leche or jam.
Hours: Tues-Sun 10 am-9 pm; Closed Mondays
Insider Tip: Hard rock music is always on the menu at Salvaje (which translates to “wild”). Also, if you’re really interested in how the bread is made, Owner German offers bread-making classes at Crudo Cooking School.
El Banco Rojo
Affordably priced, El Banco Rojo perfected its menus at a location that hardly had any seating. But now, in their new location, you can have a seat on a red bench or outside on the patio while enjoying your food. The menu includes sandwiches, hamburgers, tacos, empanadas, sides, beverages and desserts.
Location: Bolivar 866, C1066 AAR, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Deep fried empanadas filled with morcilla, apples and spicy lamb shouldn’t be missed. Fusion falafel tacos are also certainly worth a try.
Hours: Tues-Sat 12noon-12:3 0am; Sun 12 noon-11:30 pm; Closed Mondays
Insider Tip: Happy Hour every day from noon to 10 pm! No reservations are taken—seating is first come, first served.
Located in quaint San Telmo, Saigon offers a departure from traditional Argentinian food with yummy Vietnamese Street Food. Owned by Thomas Nguyen, Saigon boasts an open kitchen that offers Asian far including pho, bun, and banh mi with natural ingredients such as lemon grass, chiles, lime and fish sauces.
Location: Bolivar 986, C1066 AAT, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Bun Bo (beef), Bun Ga (chicken), and Bun Thit Nuong (pork). Also, ask about the Vegan Curry of the Week.
Hours: Tues-Sunday 12noon-5pm and 7pm-12midnight; Closed Mondays
Insider Tip: Try the Pho Bon for a hearty lunch, adding in a beer or cider to top it off.
If you’re hoping to grab an authentic bagel in Buenos Aires, then you’re in luck! Whether you’re a homesick New Yorker or a local wanting to check out something new, Sheikob’s (the local pronunciation for “Jacob”) brings the first bagel shop to the city. Boiled and baked, as traditional bagels should be, you’ll find familiar bagel meals such as sandwiches, bagels with homemade cream cheese (schmear), smoked salmon, capers, bacon, egg, cheese and so much more.
Location: Uriarte 1386, C1414DAL, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Bagels, of course, with homemade schmear, salmon and pickles on the side. Top it off with yummy Rugelach!
Hours: Tues-Fri 9 am-7 pm; Fri also 8 pm-12midnight; Sat-Sun 10:30 am-5 pm; Closed Mondays
Insider Tip: Serving sizes are a bit small, so you may need 1 ½ bagel to fill you up for lunch.
For a slightly pricier, fine dining experience, look no further than El Baqueano where the chef sources artisan ingredients from throughout Argentina. Unique and exotic meats include alligator, river fish and llama for an unparalleled natural taste of the country, found right in the city.
Location: Chile 499, C1098 AAI, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Specialties: Llama crudo with tri-color quinoa, alligator dumplings, and faux bife de chorizo made with fish.
Hours: Tues-Sat 8pm-12midnight; Closed Sunday and Monday
Insider Tip: Since one of the owners is a sommelier, don’t forget to taste some of Argentina’s best bottles of wine paired with your dinner.
Can you drink tap water in Buenos Aires?
The tap water in Buenos Aires is safe to drink, as well as in most other parts of Argentina, but it’s a good idea to ask the staff at your hotel or restaurant, just in case. Of course, you can easily get bottled water to drink if you just aren’t sure.
What time is lunch in Buenos Aires?
In general, meal times happen later in Argentina. Bakeries may not open until 10 am for bread and coffee, which means that a light lunch typically is eaten around 2 pm or 3 pm. This is perfect timing because dinner isn’t usually eaten until about 9 pm! Many restaurants are open from noon to 4 pm for lunch, then do not re-open until 7 or 8 pm.