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Restaurants in Buenos Aires

Chi-chi Puerto Madero attracts diners with cash to splash, with Cabanas las Lilas being an all-time favourite, however most trendy restaurants are clustered around Palermo. Las Canitas's main stretch is also lined with lively bars and restaurants, popular amongst the 20- to 30-something crowd. Although sizzling barbecued meat is, and always will be, the number one speciality in the city, there's also a growing trend for the spicy, fresh flavours of Peruvian-Japanese cuisine. For good-value Chinese food, head to Belgrano’s small Chinatown. Don't bother going out to eat before 9.30pm, and note that a 10% tip is normal.

Sushi Club, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudia Fogg
Cabaña Las Lilas, Buenos Aires. Photo by Robert Pike
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Cabaña Las Lilas

Argentine barbecue experts

Treat yourself to succulent Argentine steak cooked over an open fire in Buenos Aires' Cabaña Las Lilas, in the converted docks of Puerto Madero. Veal entrails are a favourite local accompaniment and there are many fish dishes on the menu too. The dark-wood interior is warming in winter and a waterside table is cooler in summertime.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-12.30am

Address

516 Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo, Buenos Aires, C1107AAL

Telephone

+54 11/4313-1336

Transport

Metro: Leandro Alem

Website

Cabaña Las Lilas Website

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Cluny

Casual elegance

Casual but elegant, Cluny restaurant resembles a modernist living room more than a dining room. The menu emphasizes fish and fowl, from prawn risotto to spider crabs and duck magret. There are many salmon and codfish dishes, as well as "lamb cooked in two different ways." Beef seems to be a second thought, unlike in other Argentine restaurants, though it is well prepared.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat 12:30-4pm, 4-7:30pm for tea time, and 8pm-1am, sometimes later

Address

El Salvador 4618, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4831-7176

Transport

Metro: Plaza Italia

Website

Cluny Website

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La Cabrera

Gourmet experience

La Cabrera restaurant has become so well known among tourists visiting Buenos Aires that the owners have opened another branch up the street for spillover patrons. Both places deserve their superb reputations. The meat is excellent and comes in huge portions. Specialties include pamplona, a sausage made of various meats and sauces, or pork ribs with a sauce of dried tomatoes and pesto.



Opening Hours

Wed-Sun 12:30-4pm; Sun-Thurs 8:30pm-1am, later Sat-Sun

Address

Cabrera 5099, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4831-7002

Transport

Taxi

Website

La Cabrera Website

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Brasserie Petanque

Old fashioned specialities

The Swiss-born owner of this restaurant, Pascal Meyer, is always on hand, personally seeing to his clients. The walls are soft yellows and the stunning tile floor has been redone in a turn-of-the-last-century style. The menu at Brasserie Petanque offers specialties like steak tartare, lemon chicken, trout with almonds, and beef bordelaise. While it's one of the pricier restaurants in Buenos Aires for dinner, lunch is reasonable.



Opening Hours

Sun-Fri 12:30-3:30pm; Tues-Sun 8:30pm-midnight

Address

Defensa 596, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4342-7930

Transport

Metro: Independencia

Website

Brasserie Petanque Website

Campo Bravo, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudia Fogg
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Campo Bravo

Classic Argentinian cuts

Campo Bravo is the virtual center of the Las Cañitas dining scene. Relaxed during the day, it's insane at night. The parrilla serves up basic Argentine cuisine - enormous slabs of meat served on wooden boards. There's a long wait for outside tables on weekends, so do as the locals do on Saturday night: get a glass of champagne and sip it on the street.



Opening Hours

Mon 6pm-4am; Tues-Sun 11:30am-4am, often later Sat-Sun, depending on crowds

Address

Báez 292, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4514-5820

Transport

Metro: Ministro Carranza

Website

Campo Bravo Website

6

De Olivas i Lustres

Mediterranean dishes

De Olivas i Lustres opened in the 1990s, building the foundation for the gastronomic paradise the neighborhood would soon become. The reasonably priced menu celebrates Mediterranean cuisine, with light soups, fresh fish, and sautéed vegetables. The breast of duck with lemon and honey is mouthwatering and there are also a number of tapeos (appetizer-size dishes), but what's most unique is the use of native and Incan ingredients.



Opening Hours

Mon-Thurs 8:30pm-midnight; Fri-Sat 8:30pm-1am

Address

Gorriti 3972, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4867-3388

Transport

Metro: Scalabrini Ortiz

Website

De Olivas i Lustres Website

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La Brigada

Ribs and steaks

Known as one of the best parrillas in San Telmo, La Brigada is reminiscent of the Pampas, with gaucho memorabilia filling the restaurant. White-linen tablecloths and tango music complement the atmosphere. The best choices include the asado (short rib roast), lomo (sirloin steak, prepared with a mushroom or pepper sauce) or baby beef (an enormous 850g/30 oz., served for two).



Opening Hours

Daily noon-3pm and 8pm-midnight

Address

Estados Unidos 465, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4361-5557

Transport

Metro: Constitución

Lupita, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudia Fogg
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Lupita

Modern Mexican

Modern Mexican cuisine awaits at Lupita, an almost religious experience with its giant image of the Virgin of Guadalupe (hence the name) overlooking the bar. This dinner-only restaurant has nine kinds of guacamole, various combination platters, and delicious gourmet tacos and quesadillas. Desserts are a riot of creativity, from pastries mixing peaches and corn to chocolate flan with banana topping.



Opening Hours

Sun-Tues 8pm-1am; Wed 8pm-2am; Thurs-Sat 8pm-3am

Address

Báez 227, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/5197-5149

Transport

Metro: Carranza

Website

Lupita Website

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Olsen

Scandanavian style

A bit of Scandinavia has landed in Argentina. Built into what was once a warehouse, Olsen is a restaurant-bar with a mezzanine overlooking the main dining area. Starters, such as a selection of bagels, tiny pancakes, smoked salmon, caviar and flavored cheeses are meant to be shared. Many people come just for the bar with its enormous vodka selection kept in special super-cold freezers.



Opening Hours

Tues-Thurs noon-1am; Fri-Sat 12:30pm-2:30am, sometimes later; Sun 10am-1am

Address

Gorriti 5870, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4776-7677

Transport

Taxi

Sudestada, Buenos Aires. Courtesy of Sudestada
10

Sudestada

Spicy south-east Asian

In Buenos Aires' Palermo Hollywood district, Sudestada's exquisite south-east Asian cuisine is a welcome break from Argentine steaks. Book ahead to look through the window into the kitchen as you eat refreshing shrimp and mango Thai salad followed by a spicy soup, stir-fry or curry. The minimalist black and white decor lets the food speak for itself.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat midday-1.30am

Address

5602 Guatemala, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4776-3777

Transport

Metro: Palermo

Website

Sudestada Website

Sushi Club, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudia Fogg
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Sushi Club

Contemporary Japanese

This restaurant is part of a very popular chain, with many locations throughout the city, but this is one of its nicest outlets. The Sushi Club serves sushi and other Japanese cuisine in a modern club-like interior, with a chic, creamy monotone color and moody lighting. Fish is a major highlight of the menu, as is beef with Japanese seasonings. The sushi roll selection is enormous and creative; many of the offerings pay tribute to other international cuisines, using ingredients to match.



Opening Hours

Sun-Wed noon-1am; Thurs noon-1:30am; Fri-Sat noon-2am

Address

Báez 268, Buenos Aires

Telephone

0-810/222-SUSHI (78744; toll-free) or +54 11/4772-5270

Transport

Metro: Carranza

Website

Sushi Club Website

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El Obrero

Juicy steaks

Two brothers from Barcelona started this wonderful institution in 1954 in a remote part of La Boca. Some of their children have since taken over and give the restaurant their loving care. At El Obrero, you'll dine on thick, juicy, perfectly cooked steaks. There's also Italian food, including excellent calamari, fish and chicken. Tables fill up rapidly around 9pm, so reserve or come earlier.



Opening Hours

Mon-Sat noon-4pm and 8:30pm-midnight, sometimes later

Address

Agustin R. Caffarena 64, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4362-9912

Transport

Taxi

Website

El Obrero Website

13

Filo

Fashionable modern Italian

Filo's contemporary art space and lengthy menu of modern Italian pizza, pasta, soups and risotto is a popular choice in downtown Buenos Aires. The red leather banquettes and brightly painted walls are a hit with the suited midday office crowd and well-dressed evening diners. You can expect prime ingredients, like wild mushrooms and Patagonian clams.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-1.30am

Address

975 San Martín, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4311-0312

Transport

Metro: General San Martín.

Website

Filo Website

Las Cholas, Buenos Aires. Photo by Claudia Fogg
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Las Cholas

Comforting regional dishes

Argentina's regional home cooking packs the locals into Las Cholas in Buenos Aires' Las Cañitas restaurant district. Tables cannot be booked so arrive early to peel away hot plantain leaves and devour steamed corn and meat tamales. Candles sit next to baskets of crayons on paper tablecloths, providing hours of entertainment.



Opening Hours

Daily midday-1.30am

Address

306 Arce, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4899-0094

Transport

Bus to Avenida Luís Maria Campos or Arévalo

15

Sarkis

Popular Armenian local

On a corner in Villa Crespo, near Palermo Viejo, Sarkis reigns as the Buenos Aires king of Armenian food. Local families book ahead or queue outside to watch waiters dressed in classic black and white scurry across the large room serving fragrant shish kebabs, juicy stuffed vine leaves and other Middle Eastern treats.



Opening Hours

Daily midday-3pm and 8pm-1am

Address

1101 Thames, Buenos Aires

Telephone

+54 11/4772-4911

Transport

Bus to Avenida Córdoba or Thames

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