Where to Eat

While this is in no means totally comprehensive, here is my shortlist of places to eat in BA.

Golazos: The Best of the Best

Alo’s – Blanco Encalada 2120 – San Isidro – Sophisticated, seasonal “cocina de raíz” 
Aramburu
– Salta 1050 – Constitución – Meals of a lifetime: Tasting menu + wine pairings in a singular setting
Astor BistroCiudad de la Paz 353 – Belgrano 
BASA Bar & Restaurant
– Basavilbaso 1328 – Retiro – Great food, atmosphere, cocktails
Bi Won – Junín 548 – Congreso – Delicious Korean. Spicy, abundant, affordable
Brotes del Alma – Olazábal 1422 – Belgrano – Unreal find. Homecooked food. Cheap
Café Rivas – Estados Unidos 302 – San Telmo – Ideal corner bisto for a romantic meal
Chiuso – San Martín 1153 – Retiro – Ex Doppio Zero. Fabulous Italian
Sunae Asian Cantina – Humboldt 1626 – Palermo – Excellent Southeast Asian cuisine
Colegio Armenio – Armenia 1322 – Palermo – Tasty homemade Armenian delights
Croque Madame – Av. Libertador 1902 – Palermo – Great patio, perfect for breakfast/tea
Delhi Mahal – Av. Córdoba 1147 – Tribunales – Authentic curry house, spicy all around
Don Julio – Guatemala 4691 – Palermo – Great parrilla with a neighborhood feel
Doppio Zero – Soldado de la Independencia 1238 – Cañitas – Great Italian
DOGG – San Martín 657 – Centro – Grilled panchos, cool interior, fresh and yum
Elena (Four Seasons) – Posadas 1086 – Recoleta – High-end Argentine/international
Fettuccine Mario – San Martín 299 – Pilar – A classic, with great history & pasta
Filo – San Martín 975 – Retiro – My favorite pizza in the city. Thin crust!
Gran Bar Danzón – Libertad 1161 – Recoleta – Great for cocktails + sexy dinners
Gran Dabbang – Av. Scalabrini Ortiz 1543 – Palermo – Indian/Asian-inspired small plates
Grand Café – Basavilbaso 1340 – Retiro – New York-esque cafe and lunch spot
HG at the Fierro Hotel – Soler 5682 – Palermo – Foodie heaven + best brunch in town
L’Adesso – Oro 2047 – Palermo – True-blue Italian, one of the city’s best
La Alacena – Gascón 1401 – Palermo – Café, lunch, brunch, sweets
La Carnicería – Thames 2319 – Palermo – Parrilla with a twist, quality + creativity
La Cocina – Pueyrredón 1508 – Barrio Norte – Amazeballs empanadas and locro
La Cresta del Spiedo – Bulnes 829 – Almagro – Bomb.com rotisería and so much more
La Mar – Arévalo 2024 – Palermo – Gastón Acurio’s Peruvian paradise
Maru Botana – 11 de Septiembre 982 – Belgrano – Cakes the size of a truck
Mishiguene – Lafinur 3368 – Palermo – Jewish/Israeli food with a gourmet twist
Osaka – Soler 5608 – Palermo – Japanese/Peruvian fusion. De-licious cocktails too.
Palacio Duhau – Alvear 1661 – Recoleta – Favorite spot for fancy tea/cocktails
Paraje Arévalo – Arévalo 1502 – Palermo – Gourmet tasting menu in a homey setting
Proper – Aráoz 1676 – Palermo – Wood-fire magic in an unassuming taller
Pura Tierra – 3 de Febrero 1167 – Belgrano – Beautiful interior, rich, earthy dishes
Pura Vida – Reconquista 516 – Centro – When I want to feel extra healthy CLOSED
Roux – Peña 2300 – Recoleta – Fancy bistro on a cozy corner with inventive dishes
Shi Yuan – Tagle 2531 – Barrio Norte – Authentic Chinese: Peking duck, dim sum, etc. CLOSED
Shawarma Express – Suipacha 772 – Microcentro – Life-saving lunch spot
Shout Brasas & Drinks – Maipú 981 – Retiro – Top-notch cocktails, great small plates, ambiance
Sheikob’s Bagels – Badass bagels via bicycle. Generally in Palermo but also does delivery
The Cupcake Store – Riobamba 1181 – Recoleta – Cupcakes and pastries
UCO – Soler 5862 – Palermo – Fabulous lunch and dinner, Irish brunch
Valenti – Posadas 1425 (Patio Bullrich) – Recoleta – Exquisite quesos & fiambres, sandwiches, and picadas
Yuki – Pasco 740 – Congreso – Authentic Japanese and sushi

Great Spots to Try & Frequent

180 Burger Bar – Suipacha 749 – Centro – Fresh, massive, juicy burgers 
Aldo’s Vinoteca
– Moreno 372 – Monserrat – Wine shop, great ambiance and menu  
Algodón
– Montevideo 1647 – Recoleta – Fancy, affordable menú ejecutivo
Almacén 1249 – Esmeralda 1249 – Retiro – Imported cheese/beer/more + sandwiches
A Nos Amours – Gorriti 4448 – Palermo – French bistro, organic wine list
Aramburu Bis – Humberto Primo 1207 – Aramburu’s less formal/equally delicious brother
Azema Exotic Bistro
– Carranza 1875 – Palermo – French/Asian mix. Eccentric owner CLOSED
Baking BA – Suipacha 747 – Microcentro – Great baked goods, fresh lunch options
Banco Rojo – Bolivar 914 – San Telmo – Delicious to-go bites – burgers, tacos, etc.
Bao Kitchen – San Martín 960 – Retiro – Pork buns and other Taiwanese dishes
Bar 6 – Armenia 1676 – Palermo – Ideal for happy hour or in-between meal snack CLOSED
Bar du Marche – Nicaragua 5946 – Palermo – Great wine bar, ideal for sidewalk boozing
BBQ Town – Juramente 1656 – Chinatown – Korean BBQ goodness in Belgrano
Blanch – Carranza 2181 – Palermo – Inventive fusion-y goodness in chic setting + brunch
Bella Italia – Rep. Árabe Siria 3285 – Palermo – Great pastas, intimate setting, a classic
Bonjour – Tres Sargentos 443 – Retiro – Amazing salads & fresh soups/sandwiches
Brandon – Fitz Roy 1722 – Palermo – Great bistro ambiance and menu, open all day
Brasserie Petanque – Defensa 596 – San Telmo – Authentic, wonderful French ambiance
Brasero Atlántico – Arroyo 882 – Retiro – Small plates, informal lunch & dinner
Burger Joint – Borges 1766 – Palermo – Burger madness, always packed
Burger Mood – Viamonte 359 – Downtown – Solid burgers, nice combos, fast service
Cafe Crespín –  Hipólito Yrigoyen 477 – Vicente López – Cafe & brunch perfection
Campo Bravo – Báez 292 – Cañitas – Parrilla/Argie pick-up joint(?) Fun with groups
Cangas del Narcea – Beruti 4643 – Palermo – Club asturiano de barrio crazytime
Captain Cook – Av. del Libertador 13652, San Isidro (Zona Norte) – Southeast Asian
Casa Cavia – Cavia 2985 – Palermo – Picture-perfect spot for lunch, dinner, aperitivo
Casal de Catalunya – Chacabuco 863- San Telmo – Cool space, great Spanish food
Cluny – El Salvador 4618 – Palermo – Awesome space, ideal for Saturday lunch CLOSED
Coco Marie Café – Armenia 1764 – Palermo – Hidden garden cafe, fresh & light CLOSED
Coffee Avenue – Various – BA’s first gourmet coffee food truck. Delicious. CLOSED
Coffee Town – Libertad 1260 – Recoleta – Speciality coffee, good treats
Como en Casa – Quintana y Libertad – Recoleta – Perfect for morning coffee or tea
Costumbres Criollas – Av. del Libertador 308 – Retiro – Empanadas tucumanas + more
Cumaná – Rodríguez Peña 1149 – Recoleta – Noisy/cheap spot for empanadas, etc
Dadá – San Martín 941 – Retiro – Small bistro, filled with bizarre/cool people
Delhi Darbar – Viamonte 359 – Centro – Traditional Indian, gets the job done
Delhi Masala – Defensa 714 – San Telmo – Great, authentic and spicy Indian
Dill – San Martín 986 – Retiro – A true gem. The menu changes daily, great cocktail menu CLOSED
Dos Escudos – Juncal & Suipacha – Retiro – Neighborhood bakery and cafe
Due Resto – Juncal 2391 – Barrio Norte – Gem. Italian/Mediterranean. Fresh, delicious
El Buen Sabor – Camargo 296 – Villa Crespo – African (Cameroon, more specifically)
El Burladero – Uriburu 1488 – Recoleta – Traditional Spanish cuisine
El Federal – San Martín 1015 – Retiro – Traditional Argentine with a gourmet twist
El Muelle – Club de Pescadores – Costanera Norte – Fab seafood & fish
El Obrero – Caffarena 64 – La Boca – Old-school style bodegón, worth the trip
Farinelli – Arroyo 900 – Retiro – Great for breakfast/lunch/tea time, eat in or to-go.
Florería Atlántico – Arroyo 872 – Retiro – Underground gourmet + drinks
Four Seasons – Posadas 1086 – Recoleta – Pony Line, Elena, & Nuestro Secreto
Fukuro Noodle Bar – Costa Rica 5514 – Palermo – Momofuku-esque ramen spot
Gardiner – Costanera y La Pampa – Perfect spot for a sunny Saturday wine-filled lunch
Gengis’s House – Riobamba 1179 – Cheap, yum, spicy Mongolian BBQ
Gibraltar – Perú 895 – San Telmo – Great curries/bar food and beer selection
Green Bamboo – Costa Rica 5802 – Palermo – Meh service but good SE Asian food
Guido’s – Rep. de la India 2843 – Palermo – A great Italian experience. Go with friends
Harturo – Pasaje del Correo – Recoleta – Chic space, good food, weekend brunch
The Hidden Kitchen – Palermo – The Lost Asian’s amazing closed door endeavor
Hierbabuena – Av. Caseros 454 – San Telmo – Healthy spot, yummy food, no booze
HOME – Honduras 5860 – Palermo – Perfect Bloody Mary. Nice brunch options
Juana M – Carlos Pellegrini 1535 – Retiro – Parrilla with an awesome salad bar
Jueves a la Mesa – San Telmo – Natural/vegetarian closed door restaurant
Kaffir Thai – Tres Sargentos 427 – Centro – Thai/SE Asian, good lunch menu
Kansas – Av. Libertador 4625 – Cañitas – America.
Kon Kon – Ramírez de Velasco 942 – Villa Crespo – Shawarma, grilled sammies, burgers, perfect lazy lunch or dinner spot
L’Orangerie – Av. Alvear 1891 – Recoleta – Fancy brunch or tea time at the Alvear
LAB – Humboldt 1542 – Palermo – Coffee bar, cookies from heaven
La Cabrera – Cabrera 5099 – Palermo – Brave the tourists for the amazing steak
La Dorita – Av. del Libertador 798 – Recoleta – Good price point parrilla
La Esperanza de los Ascurra – Aguirre 526 – Villa Crespo – Tapas and vermouth bar
La Flor de Barracas – Suárez 2095 – Barracas – Historic bar notable brought into the 21st century
La Locanda – Pagano 2697 – Palermo – Cucina sarda, authentic ingredients, pricey
La Brigada – Estados Unidos 465 – San Telmo – Another great parrilla in San Telmo
La Pecora Nera – Ayacucho 1785 – Recoleta – Upscale Italian, great risottos
Las Cholas – Arce 306 – Cañitas – Cheap and yummy parrilla, same team as Cumaná
Lattente – Thames 1891 – Palermo – Serious coffee. Bagels out front on Sundays.
Le Blé – Av. Dorrego 990 – Chacarita – Breakfast, tea, brunch. Homemade everything
Le Grill – Alicia Moreau de Justo 876 – Puerto Madero – Upscale parrilla from the Chila Team
Lelé de Troya – Costa Rica 4901 – Palermo – Charming, cool terrace, OK food
Le Pain Quotidien – Posadas & Rodríguez Peña – Recoleta – Two words: Cardamom latte
Leopoldo – Cerviño 3732 – Palermo – Fancy gourmet with a young twist
Local – Arévalo 2063 – Palermo Hollywood – Magic from the Paraje Arévalo team
Los Infernales – Carlos Calvo 942 – San Telmo – Fast gourmet Argie classics with a twist
Lúcuma – Humawaca 4101 – Almagro – Classic Peruvian on a great little corner
Malvón – Lafinur 3275 – Palermo – Coffee, bakery, brunch, et al.
Mama Racha – Costa Rica y Armenia – Palermo – Good lunch spot, nice terrace
Mamma Silvia – Av. La Plata 1988 – Boedo – Full on bodegón experience
Mark’s – El Salvador 4701 – Palermo – Crowded but a nice, easy Palermo option
Meridiano 58 – Borges 1689 – Palermo – Outdoor tables/terrace, good lunch basics
Mineral – Reconquista 757 – Downtown – Fabulous salads and sandwiches
Miranda – Costa Rica 5602 – Palermo – Another great parrilla (for the hipsters)
Mo Ment – Ciudad de la Paz – Belgrano – Romantic closed door
Mott – El Salvador 4685 – Palermo – Cool spot with a neat bar, good drinks
Mullu – Ricardo Rojas 451 – Retiro – Top-notch Peruvian gourmet fusion
Mumbai – Honduras 5684 – Palermo – Decent Indian food
Murasaki – Florida 971 – Centro – Japanese, sushi & ramen
Natural Deli – Laprida 1672 – Barrio Norte – Horrible service but fresh, organic foods
Negro Cueva de Café – Marcelo T. de Alvear 790 – Retiro – Speciality coffee, etc.
Ninina – Gorriti 4738 – Palermo – Bakery, juices/salads/treats, hipster central
NOLA – Gorriti 4389 – Palermo – Creole/cajun gastropub, artisanal beers
Novecento – Báez 199 – Cañitas – Good brunch, a nice dinner spot as well
Olivetti – Av. Cerviño 1300 – Palermo – Homey Italian trattoria, nice terrace
Olsen – Gorriti 5870 – Palermo – Scandinavian. Very cool atmosphere. OK brunch
Ocho Once – Palermo Hollywood – Intimate, homey puerta cerrada
Olaya – Humboldt 1550 – Palermo – Modern Peruvian, fab interior, big portions
Oporto – 11 de Septiembre 4152 – Nuñéz – Chic bistro + Almacén + vinería. Stylish, great terrace
Oui Oui – Nicaragua 6068 – Palermo – Big salads and sandwiches, nutella crepe …
Panadería de Pablo – Defensa 269 – San Telmo – Brunch/Deli, cool space
Perú Deli – Beruti 4602 – Palermo – Fresh, spicy, affordable Peruvian food + delivery
Phuket – Honduras 4169 – Palermo – Tiny space, but pretty good Thai food
The Pick Market – Libertad 1212 – Recoleta – Imported goodies, deli sammiches, & more
Piola – Libertad 1078 – Recoleta – Big pizza place (like Filo) with good Italian food
Pipí Cucú – Ciudad de la Paz 557 – Belgrano – Whimsical bistro, great interior
Pizza Cero – Tagle 2661 – Recoleta – Pizza, paninis, pastas
POKE – Weekly Pop-Up – Palermo – Pacific Rim/Asian Fusion/Spicy/Awesome CLOSED
Quimbombó – Costa Rica 4652 – Palermo – Cool terrace, natural food, delicious
Rodi Bar – Vicente López 1900 – Recoleta – Old school porteño bodegón
Sanbenito – Av. Federico Lacroze 2136 – Belgrano – Fancy, international. CLOSED
Sagardi – Humberto Primo 316 – San Telmo – Great pintxos bar, cool interior
Salgado Alimentos – Ramirez de Velasco 401 – Villa Crespo – Incredible housemade pastas
Salumería – El Salvador 5777 – Palermo – Wine bar, charcuterie, almacén
Sette Bacco – Agüero 2157 – Barrio Norte – Delicious Italian in an old-style house CLOSED
Sifones & Dragones – Ciudad de la Paz 174 – Belgrano – Unique little bistro CLOSED
Sipan – Uriarte 1648 – Palermo – Peruvian/Japanese. Modern, pricey
Sirop Folie – Vicente López 1661 – Recoleta – Little French spot, perfect for tea/brunch CLOSED
Sky Bar at the Pulitzer – Maipú 907 – Centro – Awesome rooftop, great drinks, good bites
Smeterling – Uruguay 1308 – Recoleta – Gourmet bakery. Whoopie pies!
Sucre – Sucre 676 – Belgrano – Sleek, sexy, industrial vibe and great food
Sudestada – Guatemala 5602 – Palermo – Southeast Asian, nice lunch special menu
Taj Mahal – Nicaragua 4345 – Palermo – Indian food. Bollywood movies included
Tancat – Paraguay 645 – Centro – Spanish, pintxos, good seafood + happy hour
Tandoor – Charcas & Laprida – Barrio Norte – More Indian, cozy/pretty atmosphere
Tea Connection – Montevideo 1655 (and others) – Recoleta – Tea, sandwiches, salads
ThaiSu – Paraguay 406 – Centro – Surprisingly good Thai/Asian take-away
Tilde – México 345 – San Telmo – Homespun goodies in a bistro setting
– Costa Rica 6000  – Palermo – French/Japanese
Tortillas de Pancho Villa – Delivery – Homemade Mexican tortillas
Tostado Café Club – Av. Santa Fe 909 – Retiro – Coffee, sandwiches, salads
Vrindavan – Humboldt 1721 – Palermo Hollywood – Really good (read: spicy!) Indian food.
Xalapa – El Salvador 4800 – Palermo – Mexican

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15 thoughts on “Where to Eat

    • I had an OK experience at dinner almost a year ago but their brunch is still a good bet (and fun) on a sunny weekend day. Nordic food isn’t my dream cuisine in general, but the décor and garden at Olsen drive me wild.

  1. Hey, I think you should add Piola, a busy pizzeria in Libertad y Sta Fe with great atmosphere and seating both indoors and outdoors (there’s a little patio) and also Las Cabras in Palermo Hollywood at Fitz Roy and El Salvador, cheapest & most popular parrillada in the barrio, and again very popular.

  2. Great site! I would add Lo de Paka out in Belgrano, the BoBo Hotel in SoHo, and for that very special occasion, Tarquino in Recoleta featuring wunderkind chef Dante Liporace, who has brought back a treasure trove of training, experience and talent from his journey’s in Europe; most notably, a couple of stints at El Bulli.

    Glad we agree that Filo has the best pizza in town. I tell everyone who is going to BsAs to check it out.

  3. Solid list overall, but definitely need to put on a few more there (or try them out, if you haven’t done so yet!), in my view:

    1) El Obrero – Great asado for those brave enough to venture into La Boca (take the 152, walk down Villafane and then Agustin Caffarena during the day, otherwise definitely cab it).
    2) Fervor – High-end dining in BA at its finest.
    3) Costumbres Criollos – Hands down the best empanadas in Capital Federal.
    4) Broccolino – Great pastas in downtown; it’s become pretty touristy but quality has not been compromised.
    5) Guerrin (sucursal Corrientes)- Great pizza place; highly recommend going late-night. This place is always packed.

    I should stop there before my food-nostalgia builds up.

    • Hey ADL! Thanks for the tips. Funnny, we order from Costumbres nearly once a week – I could have sworn I’d updated my list to include it. When will you be back in BA? A reunion over some mollejas at El Obrero is far overdue.

  4. El Banco Rojo un Boliver in San Telmo. great falafal and spicy too! Origen on the corner of humberto primo y peru. good organic food. great salads and a great sandwich de lomo.

  5. You should add El Cuartito, the best pizza in Bs. As., it’s a classic. And L’Adesso move but I can’t remember where to.

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