Where to Eat in Buenos Aires: 50+ Best Restaurants to Try in 2024

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Wondering where to eat in Buenos Aires? Here’s my bumper guide to the Buenos Aires food scene!

When planning a trip to Buenos Aires, if you’re anything like me, the first thing you think about is the food. So, to make planning your trip easier (and tastier), I’ve put together a list of my personal recommendations of where to eat in Buenos Aires.

Living in this gastronomical city for almost two years, I made my way through a very long list of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, as well as quite a few bars (all in the name of research, of course!).

This list of my favourite restaurants covers all types of cuisines and budgets, as well as food tours that take you deeper into Argentine food culture. While meat features heavily in Argentine cuisine, I’ve included vegetarian and specialty restaurants to round out your eating extravaganza.

Enjoy – you won’t ever go hungry in this city!

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What to eat in Buenos Aires

Why visit Argentina? The food should be reason alone! So, before we get into my recommendations for where to eat in Buenos Aires, let’s first talk about what you should eat when you visit the city. Here are some of the most typical Argentinian foods to try.

  • Steak – This is probably the first thing that popped into your mind when you thought about food in Buenos Aires and Argentina more generally. The steak in Buenos Aires is incredible, so make sure you include at least one or two (or more!) steak restaurants in Buenos Aires.
  • Empanadas – The ideal snack, empanadas are small, pastry turnovers that are baked or fried. If your tummy is rumbling in the afternoon, grab a couple of these to keep you going until dinner (any more than two or three and you’ll be too full to eat later, trust me!).
A close-up of a plate with several golden-brown empanadas with crimped edges, suggesting they are baked. Empanadas are a great snack if you're wondering what to eat in Buenos Aires.
Delicious empanadas
  • Milanesa – Oh, I still dream of a milanesa for lunch. Like a schnitzel, a milanesa is a thin piece of beef, veal or chicken breaded and then deep-fried. It’s usually then topped with tomato sauce, ham and plenty of cheese. Some restaurants will serve many different variations, including a caballo which has a fried egg on top.
  • Choripan – Chori means chorizo (sausage) and pan means bread, so I think you’ll be able to figure this one out. A thick, fried sausage is stuffed into a crusty piece of bread and then loaded up with chimichurri sauce. You can also order choripan (without the bread) as a starter at steak restaurants.
  • Provoleta – A disc of cheese that’s cooked on a grill and slapped on the table so hot it’s still bubbling. This is the perfect starter at any steak restaurant.
  • Pizza – With Argentina’s strong Italian heritage, it’s no surprise to see Italian influences on much of Argentina’s most famous dishes. Pizza here comes on thick dough, smothered in cheese. You may also see faina, a thinner pizza made out of chickpea flour, that people place on top of their slice of regular pizza and eat together.
  • Medialunas – Croissant-like pastries that are usually basted with a sticky, sweet coating, medialunas are a must for breakfast or with a cup of coffee.
  • Ice cream – Again, the Italian heritage has delivered in Buenos Aires, with rich, creamy ice cream that’s to die for. You’ll find ice cream shops throughout the city and some will even deliver huge tubs to your door!

Tips for eating in Buenos Aires

There are a few things to know before you even step foot into a restaurant in Buenos Aires.

Argentines eat late. Breakfast is later in the morning, and usually consists of coffee and a medialuna or a ham and cheese toastie (thin, with the crusts often cut off, they’re delicious!). Dinner is eaten very late. If you want to dine like an Argentine, you’ll be eating between 9 and 11pm.

It’s not mandatory to tip in Argentina, but if you liked the service and food, consider leaving a 10% tip. You usually won’t be able to pay this on your credit card, so bring cash to give to your waiter directly or leave on the table. If you see the word propina on your bill, a tip may have already been added, although this isn’t very common.

You may also see a cubierto charge on your bill. This covers the bread, cutlery and placements on the table. In some cases, it may even cover a glass of sparkling wine. This charge goes to the restaurant, not to the staff. It’s not a tip.

An outdoor restaurant scene with patrons seated at tables served by a waiter, with the restaurant's name visible above the entrance - Mishiguene. Mishiguene is one of the best places to eat in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

How to order food in Spanish

If you want to attempt some Spanish when ordering at a restaurant in Buenos Aires, here are a few phrases to get you started.

To ask for a table when you enter a restaurant, say “Una mesa para dos, por favor.” Change the number depending on how many people in your group (uno, dos, tres, quatro etc).

The first thing you’ll do in a restaurant in Buenos Aires is order drinks. The server will ask you something like “Qué van a tomar?” which loosely translates as “what would you like to drink?” Depending on where you are and what time of day it is, you may ask for:

  • “Un vaso de agua” – a glass of water
  • “Un café” – a coffee (the most common coffee to order in Argentina is a cortado, an espresso with steamed milk)
  • “Una cerveza” – a beer (Quilmes is the national brand in Argentina, although you can order international labels as well, and there are many craft beers now available)
  • “Un vaso de vino blanco / vino tinto” – a glass of white wine / red wine (or order “una botella” – a bottle)

After you’ve taken a look at the menu and figured out what you want, you can order by starting with one of the following phrases and finishing it with the name of the dish you want:

  • “Quiero…” – I want…
  • “Me gustaría…” – I would like…
  • “Me das…” – Give me… (to English speakers, this sounds rude and direct, but it’s not!)
  • “¿Me trae…?” – Could you bring me…?

When you’ve finished your meal and are ready to pay, ask: “La cuenta, por favor”. To check if the restaurant or bar takes credit card, ask: “Acepta tarjeta?”

The best restaurants in Buenos Aires

It was a tough job narrowing this list down, as there are so many great restaurants in Buenos Aires.

I’ve only included restaurants I love on this list, so if you think I’ve missed something, let me know so I can add it to my to-eat list and decide if it goes in this article. Eating is one of the best things to do in Argentina.

I’ve broken this list into categories to make it easier. I would have loved to include a price guide, but prices change far too quickly in Argentina that I felt it wouldn’t be helpful (check out my guide to money in Argentina for an explainer). I have listed restaurants as casual or fancy so you can get an idea of where they might sit in your budget.

If you’ve got any more questions, leave me a comment below or shoot me an email. I’ll be happy to help direct you to find more of the best places to eat in Buenos Aires!

Map of where to eat in Buenos Aires

While it’s probably going to be difficult to fit all of these restaurants into your Buenos Aires itinerary, you can give it a go! Here’s a map of where everything listed here is located, to help you plan your eating adventure.

The best steak restaurants in Buenos Aires

Argentina has the highest consumption of meat in the world. Over hundreds of years they’ve perfected the art of cooking a steak. Here are my favourite steak restaurants in Buenos Aires.

Check out Don Julio (Guatemala 4699), a popular Buenos Aires steakhouse with a fun vibe. While you always needed to book ahead, now that Don Julio has a Michelin star, it’s even harder to get in. If you don’t have a reservation, expect a long wait time, but you’ll get a glass of sparkling wine while you wait. Even though it’s hard to get in, I always booked here when I had friends visiting.

La Brigada (Estados Unidos 465) is another great choice. Here, the waiters demonstrate the tenderness of the steak by cutting it with a spoon.

An old favourite (and my local steak house) that’s now a bit of a touristy place but still worthwhile is Parrilla Peña (Rodriguez Peña 682) in Recoleta. It has (in my opinion) the best chimichurri sauce in town and serves a free empanada on arrival – winner! It’s got an old-school vibe and the food has never let me down.

A white plate with remnants of food, a logo reading "PARRILLA 'PEÑA'" on the rim, and a water glass in the background.

La Cabrera (José A. Cabrera 5127) is another popular option – very popular, so make a reservation.

Smoke pours out the door of hole-in-the-wall Lo de Freddy (Carlos Calvo 471), located in San Telmo, and a great option if you’re in the area for the Sunday Feria de San Telmo. The chorizo is a winner.

If you’re after some more hipster steak restaurants in Buenos Aires, take a seat at La Carnicería (Thames 2317), an excellent option for foodies (they also make a mean gin and tonic). This steakhouse opened when I lived in Buenos Aires and has the best mollejas (sweetbreads).

Top tip! Most restaurants will have both salsa criolla and chimichurri. Salsa criolla is a flavour-packed sauce made of onions, capsicums (bell peppers), tomatoes, garlic, vinegar and olive oil. I am not a fan of onions, so I always pair my steak with fresh chimichurri sauce, if the steak restaurant has it!

An overhead view of a red and green sauce called chimichurri in a white bowl with a spoon in the bowl. Chimichurri is a traditional Argentinian sauce usually served with steak.
Mmm, chimichurri (photo courtesy of M. Trigwell)

Top tips:

To order steak, ask for it:

  • Jugoso (medium rare)
  • A punto (medium)
  • Bien cocido (well done)

On the menu, you’ll find cuts of meat similar to what you’re used to, but of course they’ll have different names:

  • Bife de lomo – tenderloin or filet mignon
  • Bife de chorizo – sirloin
  • Entraña – skirt steak (my favourite!)
  • Bife de ojo – ribeye
  • Asado de tira – beef short ribs
  • Costillas – baby back ribs
  • Costillas de cordero – rack of lamb

Casual restaurants in Buenos Aires

If you’re not in the mood for steak, here are my other personal picks.

Best cafes in Buenos Aires

For coffee, brunch or lunch, there are so many gorgeous cafes to try in Buenos Aires. Top choices include Malvón (Serrano 789), Ninina (Gorriti 4738) and Farinelli (Bulnes 2707 or Arroyo 900). These all serve up great coffee, baked goods and meals.

For good coffee, try Coffee Town (locations in San Telmo and Palermo),which also has great hot chocolate, LAB (Humboldt 1542) or Lattente (Thames 1891 plus other locations in Palermo, Belgrano and Recoleta).

Cafe Tortoni (Avenida de Mayo 825) is very touristy, yes, but it’s also very traditional and historic, and worth a stop if you’re in the area.

For bagels, check out Sheikob’s Bagels (Uriarte 1386). These bagels used to be sold on the street out the front of popular cafes, but there’s now a brick-and-mortar store selling these fresh, authentic New York-style bagels.

A basket filled with various seasoned breadsticks, next to a blackboard sign with handwritten menu items. Sheikob's Bagels is one of the best casual restaurants in Buenos Aires.

International food

For casual eats, you can’t go past the ever-popular NOLA (Gorriti 4389) for the best fried chicken sandwiches and Cajun food. The sandwiches are so, so good and the sauces actually have some kick to them (Argentines don’t like spicy food, so you won’t get much spice anywhere).

El Banco Rojo (Bolívar 866) has a younger crowd and serves up simple fare like tacos, burgers and sandwiches.

For choripan go to the Costanera on a weekend and choose one of the many Buenos Aires food trucks serving chori. Or try a more hipster version at Chori (Thames 1653).

A sandwich with chorizo on a white plate, a water glass with a cucumber slice, and a blurred menu in the background. Choripan is a great snack to try in Buenos Aires, Argentina - it's a sausage in bread smothered in chimichurri sauce and is one of the best eats in Buenos Aires.

For burgers, head to Burger Joint (Jorge Luis Borges 1766), with its graffiti-covered walls and endless stream of Seinfeld episodes on the tiny TV (oh, and its great burgers of course!). It’s one of the most fun places to eat in Buenos Aires.

Not as casual but also serving up a delicious burger is Pony Line, the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel (Posadas 1086).

The large Peruvian population in Buenos Aires has led to some tasty restaurants. Try Chan Chan (Hipólito Yrigoyen 1386) or La Conga (La Rioja 39) for its boisterous atmospheres (take a taxi at night to La Conga, as this area is a bit sketchy), or La Mar Cebicheria (Arévalo 2024) for something fancier (and pricier).

A circular red sign with a caricature of a chef holding a skewer, for "La Conga" restaurant, with patrons dining in the background. There are many international restaurants in Buenos Aires, including Peruvian restaurants.

I was surprised to find an Armenian restaurant in Buenos Aires, but Sarkis (Thames 1101) is definitely worth your time. It’s especially great if you have a big group of people so you can order plenty of dishes.

For Asian food, Asian Cantina (Humboldt 1626) is my top choice. The menu is a fusion of Filipino, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese and Malaysian cuisines. Gran Dabbang (Raúl Scalabrini Ortíz 1543) and Sudestada (Guatemala 5602) also serve up tasty meals.


For traditional Argentine pizza (the thick-crust, oozing-with-cheese variety), you can’t go past Buenos Aires institution Pizzeria Güerrin (Corrientes 1368), or classic El Cuartito (Talcahuano 937) with its walls covered with memorabilia.

If that’s too much cheese for you, try the thin, Neapolitan-style pizza at Siamo nel Forno (Costa Rica 5886) or Cosi Mi Piace (El Salvador 4618).

Ice cream shops in Buenos Aires

BA is famous for its ice cream, and while you can find a Freddo or Volta or Persicco on every corner, in my humble opinion Rapa Nui serves the best cold stuff in the city. It will be a challenge to decide which flavour you want!

Fine dining in Buenos Aires

Looking for something a little fancier? You can eat at some of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires for a fraction of what you’d pay in other cities around the world.

Chila (Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160) in Puerto Madero will set you back a pretty penny but is an incredible three- or seven-course dining experience. It’s one of the best fine dining restaurants in Buenos Aires, and I’ve been lucky to eat there twice.

Oviedo (Beruti 2602) is a classic restaurant with waiters in waistcoats and great seafood options. The service is impeccable.

Mishiguene (Lafinur 3368) puts a contemporary spin on Jewish immigrant food. I’ve eaten here several times and the most memorable was when we booked the Chef’s Table. Chef Tomas Kalika served us personally – and brought an entire bottle of vodka to share with us (I can still recall the hangover the next day…).

A dark blue plate with an artistic food presentation, featuring a black sauce, crumbs, and light-coloured foam. There are many wonderful fine dining restaurants in Buenos Aires - plan a special night out.

The tasting menu at Aramburu (Vicente López 1661) is exquisite. This restaurant has two Michelin starts and is an excellent choice for a special night out. BIS Restaurante (Vicente López 1661) is its slightly more relaxed sister restaurant just across the road.

Nuestro Secreto is inside a gorgeous glass-ceilinged building at the back of the Four Seasons Hotel (Posadas 1086). It’s one of the best places to eat in Buenos Aires, and I used to always take colleagues visiting from overseas.

Also in the Four Seasons Hotel, the Sunday brunch at Elena is one to add to your Buenos Aires itinerary. It’s an all-you-can-eat affair where you can gorge (in style) on eggs, charcuterie, pasta, meats, salad, seafood and – if you have room – dessert.

For a gorgeous afternoon high tea, book a table at L’Orangerie in the Alvear Palace Hotel (Avenida Alvear 1891). Nibble on cucumber sandwiches and a huge array of pastries and cakes. It’s quite expensive but a beautiful experience.

Buenos Aires food tours

If making a choice about where to eat gets too difficult, you can always book a food tour. Tours are a must-do in Buenos Aires. They’ll give you a taste of authentic Argentine food as you explore the best restaurants in Buenos Aires.

Three individuals in chef hats and aprons are having a conversation, two of whom are women, and one man who is smiling while holding food. The Argentine Experience is a fun night out in Buenos Aires.
The Argentine Experience

Wherever you choose to eat when you visit Buenos Aires, you’re guaranteed a delicious time!

BONUS: The best bars in Buenos Aires

To wash down all that delicious food, check out one of Buenos Aires’ lovely wine bars or cocktail bars.

In a country famous for wine, an obvious choice is one of the many wine bars dotted around the city. My favourites include the intimate Hache (Ángel Justiniano Carranza 1670), wine bar slash bakery Pain et Vin (Gorriti 5132), Ser y Tiempo (Gorriti 5910) or Cava Jufré (Jufré 201) with its extensive wine list.

One of the most popular bars in Buenos Aires is Florería Atlántico (Arroyo 872). Enter a gorgeous florist (which also stocks a great range of local wines and gin), open up the fridge door and head downstairs to the (no-longer-so) secret bar. The cocktail menu is innovative and the bar food the perfect accompaniment.

A neon sign reading "Cocktails & Dreams" above a bar setup with bottles, glasses, and fruits, set against a pink wall with potted plants. One of the best bars in Buenos Aires is Floreria Atlantico, a secret bar hidden underneath a florist.

Other spots for a tipple are Milion (Paraná 1048), Victoria Brown (Costa Rica 4827), Festival (Gorriti 5741) and Rey de Copas (Gorriti 5176).

If the sun’s out, head to Camping (Avenida Libertador 999) for a beer or glass of wine at the picnic tables.

Final thoughts: Where to eat in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a great city to eat your way through, so I hope this guide has helped you pick a few great restaurants for your visit!

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Have you been to Buenos Aires? What are your favourite Buenos Aires restaurants and bars? Drop your tips in the comments below.

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I'm a travel junkie who started dreaming about seeing the world from a very young age. I've visited more than 40 countries and have a Master of International Sustainable Tourism Management. A former expat, I've lived in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Argentina and the United States. I share travel resources, tips and stories based on my personal experiences, and my goal is to make travel planning just that bit easier.

4 thoughts on “Where to Eat in Buenos Aires: 50+ Best Restaurants to Try in 2024”

  1. Rebecca,
    My wife and I are considering our first trip to Argentina. Thank you for putting this website together. It is incredibly helpful and takes much of the unknown out of the trip. Your love of the country comes through in every article. Thank you for sharing your experiences!

    • Thanks Brad, what a lovely compliment!! Argentina is an incredible country – please let me know if you have any questions as you plan your trip!


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