Best eateries and cafes in Buenos Aires

September 26, 2011

Need some recommendations on good local restaurants in Buenos Aires. Nothing too fancy, but not a total dive either. Would prefer some places that specialize in local cuisine and which are not too touristy.

September 26, 2011


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To help you explore authentic local cuisine and satiate your taste buds, I have shortlisted a couple of restaurants that are not only high on taste, but have maintained their local flavor. The pricing also varies in range, to suit your budget. So go ahead, take your pick.

1. Cabana Las Lilas

Strongly recommended by The New York Times Travel, Cabana Las Lilas restaurant is known for it's Parrilla amongst other traditional Argentinian delicacies such as Ojo de Bife. The Cuisine is largely South American. Though a bit on the expensive side, it makes a good bet considering its mouthwatering cuisine.

Ojo de bife (Source: Gisele Pereira) 

And here's what a review at the New York Times Travel had to say.

A Return Visit is a Must!!!
In 2007 when I arrived with my tour group after being in Peru and Chile previously, six of us dined here. Everything about this experience was truly, truly magnificent. We had a difficult time in making reservations because in the forward, the writer mentioned that this venue is always packed. Well, indeed this evening, it was packed, but we had a great table and wonderful seats which contained tastefully done hooks to protect the purses of women!!!!

I plan to be in Buenos Aires for my fifth visit in October and might make it back to this wonderful, wonderful restaurant which is purported to be "the best" steak house in Buenos Aires!!!

 (Source: New York Times Travel) 

Price: Main courses $10-$30

Hours: Noon-4pm & 7.30pm-1am

Address: Av Alicia Moreau de Justo 516, Dique 4 Puerto Madero

Phone: 4313-1336          

2. Cumana

For a restaurant that maintains it's traditionalism, and is also modestly priced with a relaxed eating environment, you have to try out Cumana. Try their mouthwatering Locro or some of the more popular dishes like cazuelas. Popularly suggested by locals themselves, as well as other sites, this restaurant is ideal for an authentic Argentinian cuisine.      

cumana locro (Source: Krista)

Read below to Check-out a Traveller Review!

If you come to Argentina with the idea of knowing the people, their customs, live the experience of a footbol match, or learn some tango, you definitely shouldn't miss the delicious food of Cumana. Located in the middle of the neighbourhood of Recoleta, Cumana is one of the most emblematic places in Buenos Aires regarding traditional Argentinian food.
Not only you will enjoy a friendly and relaxed environment, where you can spend a nice time in good company, but you will also be able to taste the most delicious typical food, such as cazuelas, empanadas, tamales, among others.
After your dinner, you will also be gratefully surprised by the good prices,but if I were you, I would be there before 9 pm since it's not always easy to find an empty table.
Enjoy Cumana, and afterwards you can say you know Argentina.

(Source:Lonely Planet)

Price : Mains $4-$9

Hours: noon-1am

Address: Rodriguez Peña 1149 Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phone: 4813-9207

3. Juana M (Recommended)

 If you are on the look out for a quaint yet authentic eating place that manages to get the right douse of local flavour without being too touristy, and is not too hard on the pocket, then Juana M is the place for you. The cuisine served here are Barbecue, Argentinean, Pasta.

Juana M (Source: Juana M) 

Here's what a Traveler had to say.

Juana M is one of the best kept secrets by the local portenos who eat here.
Excellent value for money with superb steaks. If you oreder a steak from the parilla you can also visit the HUGE salad bar as often as you want. The salad bar is fresh and there is so much choice you will not now which to chose first.

The Restaurant is based in a basement and has a very modern/chic feel to it while remaining simple yet impressive. On the white washed walls there is a variety of bright Modern Art painted by locals which can be bought.. It is dimly lit with candles on every table. the staff are freindly and are happy to advise on all the dishes.
A place not to be missed

 (Source:  TripAdvisor)

Price range: $15-$35

Hours: Sun-Fri noon-5pm and 7:30pm-1am; Sat 8pm-2am

Address: Almagro, Carlos Pellegrini 1535 - Retiro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Phone: 4326-0462

I hope my suggestions were helpful. If you need anything else, like accommodation or places of interest, do write back. Hope you have a superb trip that also serves to be a gastronomical delight.



Answered by A writer, musician and avid traveler who loves to explore new places and learn about new cultures! Cheryl Dsouza

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