Top 10 Best Restaurants in Buenos Aires

Top 10 Best Restaurants in Buenos Aires

Argentina is known worldwide for its meat and steakhouses, but thanks to its diverse background, Buenos Aires’ gastronomy scene offers something for everyone. Here’s the list of the Top 10 Best Restaurants in Buenos Aires:

1. Don Julio ($$$$)

Don Julio Steakhouse Buenos Aires

Unsurprisingly, the number one spot belongs to the world-renowned steakhouse, Don Julio. Here, you'll savor the pinnacle of Argentine meat, accompanied by one of the most extensive wine lists in the country. Don Julio keeps it delightfully simple, offering a selection of steaks, empanadas, delectable sides, and a handful of classic Argentine desserts. It's the perfect place to immerse yourself in the rich culture of Argentine steakhouses.

Don Julio can be on the pricier side, especially if you indulge in wine. However, considering its status as the world's best steakhouse and its ranking as the 15th best restaurant globally, it remains surprisingly affordable. Prices typically start at around $40-50 USD per person, excluding wine. Reservations are a must, with tables often booked up to three months in advance.

2. Aramburu Relais & Chateaux ($$$$+)

Aramburu Restaurant Buenos Aires

Another restaurant cited as one of Argentina's best is Aramburu. It proudly distinguishes itself by offering a tasting menu, which can span up to an impressive 18 courses. With an open-plan kitchen, diners have the unique opportunity to witness the culinary artistry of the chef and his team.

Situated in the elegant Recoleta neighborhood (you can read more about Buenos Aires' neighborhoods here), Aramburu caters to aficionados of haute cuisine. The tasting menu starts at $90.

3. El Preferido de Palermo ($$$)

El Preferido de Palermo Buenos Aires

Ranked as the 22nd best restaurant in Latin America, El Preferido de Palermo encapsulates the essence of classic Argentine cuisine. It faithfully embodies the traditional Argentine bodegón. The restaurant is renowned for serving Argentina's iconic dish, the milanesa—a breaded slice of meat.

El Preferido de Palermo prides itself on utilizing organic and homemade ingredients, resulting in a menu that gracefully adjusts to the seasonal availability of vegetables and fruits. Don't miss the opportunity to savor their delightful homemade sorbets. Expect to pay around $30 per person for a meal here.

4. Elena ($$$$)

Elena Four Seasons Buenos Aires

Situated within the Four Seasons Hotel, Elena is a contemporary and upscale steakhouse celebrated for its exquisite dry-aged beef and delectable charcuteries. Boasting a prime location, Elena ensures a seamless and high-quality dining experience.

The approximate cost per person at Elena is around $45.

5. Piano Nobile ($$$)

Piano Nobile Palacio Duhau Buenos Aires

Transport yourself to France right in the heart of Buenos Aires. Located in Recoleta neighborhood, Palacio Duhau, a Park Hyatt hotel, houses Piano Nobile. This elegant establishment offers one of the finest settings in Buenos Aires to savor traditional French pastries while gazing upon a splendid garden.

As of September 2023, the "tea experience" at Piano Nobile costs $15 USD per person.

6. Pierino ($$)

Pierino Pasta Buenos Aires

Nestled in neighborhood of Almagro, Pierino stands as a timeless classic of Italian cuisine in Buenos Aires. This restaurant, inaugurated in 1909 by Italian immigrants, is still operated by the same family today. Pierino is renowned for serving authentic Italian pasta crafted by descendants of the original Italian founders. Despite its affordability, the quality of the cuisine is exceptional.

Anticipate spending approximately $15 USD per person at Pierino.

7. Guerrin ($)

Guerrin Pizza Buenos Aires



Revered as the Mecca of Argentine pizza, Guerrin is a legendary pizzeria located in downtown Buenos Aires. This beloved eatery is the go-to spot for locals seeking a slice of mozzarella-laden pizza oozing with flavorful oils. Guerrin proudly upholds Argentina's tradition of serving thick-crust pizza, distinguishing it from its Italian counterpart.

An entire pizza at Guerrin typically costs between 7 to 15 USD, depending on the toppings. Notably, one pizza can generously serve up to four people. Guerrin operates on a cash-only basis, as credit cards are not accepted.

8. Casa Cavia ($$$)

Casa Cavia Buenos Aires



Nestled within an elegant mansion in one of Buenos Aires' finest neighborhoods, Casa Cavia is a female-led restaurant offering a modern and sophisticated menu in a stunning setting. The establishment serves creative dishes infused with unexpected flavors, catering to coffee enthusiasts seeking a sweet treat or diners looking for a full lunch or dinner experience.

Casa Cavia's prices can vary based on your menu selections. The brunch option typically costs 19 USD per person, while the "Tea for Two" experience is priced at 12 USD per person.

9. Cadore ($$)

Cadore Ice Cream Buenos Aires



A classic Argentine ice cream shop, Cadore stands out as one of the top 10 best ice cream shops worldwide. Located in downtown Buenos Aires, this unassuming shop may belie its world-class reputation, but one taste of its exceptional ice cream will leave you astonished.

In Argentina, ice cream is typically sold by weight, with options including 1/4 kilo (0.55 pounds), 1/2 kilo (1.1 pounds), and 1 kilo (2.2 pounds). Prices range from 3 USD, 5 USD and 8 USD respectively.

10. Gran Parilla del Plata ($$)

Gran Parilla del Plata Steakhouse Buenos Aires



For the final spot on our list, we return to the world of steakhouses. Situated in the vibrant neighborhood of San Telmo, known for its bohemian atmosphere, Gran Parrilla del Plata boasts a straightforward restaurant setting that prioritizes its outstanding cuisine. While it may lack the upscale ambiance of venues like Don Julio or Elena, this restaurant's reputation for quality stands shoulder to shoulder with the city's top steakhouses.

Prices at Gran Parrilla del Plata are notably more budget-friendly compared to other renowned steakhouses, with an expected cost of approximately 20-30 USD per person. The restaurant gained fame when former First Lady Michelle Obama selected it for a visit during her husband's official trip to Argentina.

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Whether you're seeking the finest cuts of Argentine beef, indulging in gourmet cuisine, or satisfying your sweet tooth with world-class ice cream, Buenos Aires has something to delight every palate. 

Argentina welcomes you with open arms and a table set for culinary excellence. Enjoy!

For a detailed guide on dining options in Buenos Aires, explore our comprehensive post available here.

 

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