While there’s no shortage of things to do in Buenos Aires, eating a great meal really tops our list. Throughout the country, many restaurants shutter in the afternoon so staff can go home to eat a long lunch with family. Luckily, in Buenos Aires (and other larger cities), restaurants stay open all day—and lunch is a great opportunity to enjoy an indulgent, multi-course meal for a reasonable price.
If you’re in search of the best of Argentine cuisine (like tender grilled asado, creamy dulce de leche or tangy chimichurri), we’ve rounded up our favorite Argentinian restaurants that we’ve discovered in our travels.
Cabaña Las Lilas
Av. Alicia Moreau de Justo 516
Perhaps one of the country’s most sought-after steakhouses, this high-end establishment serves up exceptional meals on a bustling patio in view of the water. The steak is the claim-to-fame here (try your cut with a side of souffléed potatoes), but the pasta dishes are just as noteworthy.
José Antonio Cabrera 5099
Don’t be distracted by the bread and sides—the real star of the menu here is the asado section (try the ribeye). For fewer crowds and lower prices, stop by for happy hour between 7pm and 8:30pm. Otherwise, be sure to secure a reservation.
Thanks to an influx of Italian immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries, Argentina takes pizza pretty seriously. The two large, cafeteria-style dining rooms of this spot are a favorite setting for thick-crust, Argentine-style slices. Try the fugazzeta, a cheesy stuffed version topped with onions that’s considered a local specialty.
Massive, quality steaks make this neighborhood joint a favorite—make a reservation or spend your wait time sipping a glass from the staggering wine list. For a local specialty, order the bife de chorizo, Argentina’s beloved sirloin strip steak.
A fairly hidden location, a stunning interior and an incredible menu from renowned Chef Francis Mallmann make this eatery a full-on culinary experience. Since the dining room has just three tables, be sure to make your reservation in advance and prepare to splurge on multiple courses.
Have you eaten an amazing meal in Buenos Aires? Share your restaurant recommendations in the comments!