While there’s no shortage of things to do on a tour of 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 Argentine restaurants that we’ve discovered in our travels.
Cabaña Las Lilas
Visit at: 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 at Cabaña Las Lilas (try your cut with a side of souffléed potatoes), but the pasta dishes are just as noteworthy.
Visit at: José Antonio Cabrera 5099
Don’t be distracted by the bread and sides at La Cabrera—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 6:30pm and 8:00pm. Otherwise, be sure to secure a reservation.
Visit at: Talcahuano 937
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.
Visit at: Guatemala 4699
Massive, quality steaks explain why Don Julio is a neighborhood 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.
Visit at: Rocha 801
A fairly hidden location, a stunning interior and an incredible menu from renowned Chef Francis Mallmann make Patagonia Sur 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.