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Bariloche Argentina Restaurants/Buenos Aires Restaurant Recommendation

We will be spending Christmas at the Lao Lao Hotel in Bariloche. We are looking for a neat experience to take our brood for Christmas dinner. We have 4 adults and 5 teenagers/adults. Ages 16-21.

We will then be spending New Years and 4 nights in BA. I would appreciate any specials places there as well.


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  1. DO NOT MISS Restaurant Dora while in BA. Located near the Calle Florida pedestrian mall, it is THE place for great Argentine steaks, seafood and side dishes. Exemplary service as well.

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    1. re: GroovinGourmet

      In BA, try Sirope in Recoleta. The food is sophisticated Mediteranean - nice fish treatments - and the
      service excellent. We've eaten there three times and have always been very pleased. It's small so call for a reservation.

    2. I agree about Dora...but please please please also try La Cabrera on la Calle Cabrera in Palermo. So so good!

      1. Almost eveyrone knows all the names of the good restaurants in Bariloche. The town is so small that there are no hidden gems. The concierge at Llao Llao will be able to fix you up with the best places. The food is wonderful too. I would definitely not miss a meal or at least an afternoon at the Hotel Correntoso in Villa la Angostura. The food there is fantastic and the views just spectacular. Bariloche has grown a lot and there is a bit of a touristy feel to the place yet, Villa La Angostura is the new place to go. The Hotel Correntoso is the nicest hotel in the town right on the lake and near the river. Well worth the trip.
        As far as Buenos Aires is concerend, the food is delicious. I am not sure what you are interested in. I went to some very high end places and some rather trendy restaurants, probalby not child friendly. Puerto Madero has all the steak places which seems very family friendly.

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        1. re: mikey

          For a family, in Puerto Madero, visit La Caballeriza. Very family friendly.

          1. re: mikey

            Mikey, any cooments for Naan or El Patacon in Bariloche? We ary trying to do an adult night.Thanks! motherbugs@cox.net

            1. re: mikey

              Mikey, could you recomend some better places in BA as far as High End? We are looking for a memorable meal for New Years Eve. Thanks for the help.

            2. For a large group with teenagers, I would recommend the following. Have a wonderful time!

              La Paila (traditional northern Argentine stews)
              Costa Rica 4848

              Morelia (wonderful pizza grilled parilla style)
              Humboldt 2005

              Sarkis (middle eastern served family style)
              Thames 1101

              Cluny (classic BA, but I think best for lunch with a family)
              El Salvador 4618

              De La Terraza (classic meats and pastas)
              Gurruchaga between Costa Rice and Nicaragua

              And I second La Cabrera, its great.

              Other fun food experiences with a big family.

              Persico in Las Canitas for ice cream
              Lucio on Scalabrini Ortiz near Charcas for medialunas
              Nucha on Parana at Plaza Vicente Lopez for an afternoon snack

              1. For BA, I can highly recommend -

                in Palermo Soho - Bar Uriarte (a full-fledged restaurant despite the name)- range of bistro style food, fish to meat selections

                in Palermo Hollywood -
                Central - bistro style food
                Sudestada - pan Asian - more on the Thai side very fresh ingredients
                Dominga - sushi, fish but w/ other items as I recall

                All are hip, modern in style settings and clientele, but not too sophisticated for a 16 y.o., I would think

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                1. re: venturegirl

                  I second Sudestada. I was there last year and loved it!

                  1. re: venturegirl

                    I second Bar Uriarte. Great at lunch time as they do a nice menu del dia. Dominga is good, but warning that if you go to Dominga or any sushi place, pretty much the only really world-class fish you will find in an Argentine sushi place is salmon. Now, its very good salmon, but only the salmon is worth writing home about (from a nigiri stand point).

                  2. Bar Uriarte is very good. I also love the neighborhood (very SoHo, Greenwich Village like...cool shopping and your teenage kids will love this area). Another place I like in the general area is called Central--good for lunch or dinner.

                    For meat, I think the best steakhouse is Cabana Las Lilas in Puerto Madero--order their ribeye, or ojo de bife--the house special. Outstanding and I am an ex-NY'er who is tough to please.

                    Sucre--very modern, hip restaurant with outstanding food in the Las Canitas section.

                    For Italian, I would definitely recommend Piegari which is located near the Four Seasons Hotel. They have 2 locations right across the street from one another--one specializes in pastas and the other is more meat oriented.

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                    1. re: El Chevere

                      I second the recommendation for Sucre. It was our favorite meal in BA.
                      We stayed at Lao Lao. Their restaurants are very good. We ate at the steak restaurant and the finer dining restaurant for dinner and had lunch at the more casual one. We also had an excellent meal at the Italian restaurant just down the road. I can't remember the name but the hotel will know. The one thing to remember is it is an hour drive into Bariloche from Lao Lao. If you don't have a car, I don't know if it will be easy to get a taxi to bring you back if it is late.

                    2. Sorry that I just saw this message. I also had dinner at Sucre and Bar Uriarte and both were outstandingly good. I would also highly recommend the breakfast at the Alvear Palace which is like stepping into the Crillon in Paris at a fraction of the cost. It is stunningly elegant and refined with true white glove service and fabulous food. Everyone will tell you not to pass up the beef at Cabana las Lilas but I was a bit disappointed. Perhaps it was just me but it felt incredibly touristy, a bit like dining at Fisherman's wharf. There is also a fabulous bar and small cafe in the Ceasar Park Hotel which I surprisingly loved considering it is hotel dining. My other favorite for dining was a Spanish Restaurant called Oviedo. It was quite untouristy, very old school chic compared with the trendy Palermo places. White cloth tables, extensive wine list, and excellent Spanish cuisine with the standard Argentine fare. The service was incredibly friendly without the "my name is Jose and I will be your server". I liked it so much that I was able to keep a menu which I framed. It is a pen and ink depiction of two waiters in black and white spilling wine from a large glass. The only color on the menu is the large splash of red paint showing the flowing wine. I loved it!
                      In Bariloche, don't forget to have lunch or dinner at La Correntosa in Villa la Angostura. Fabulous.

                      1. Can anyone make recommendations about what to eat, where to stay and what to do in Mendoza (which vinyards, outdoor activities etc...)? PLan to be there from the 30th through 2nd of January and need to make some plans in a hurry! Thanks very much.

                        1. I can say that La Cabrera was good, but not great. We need to go again when we return and will. Patagonia Sur is fantastic!! We also loved the restaurant in the Malba Museum for lunch. Great food, friendly service, beautiful people watching.

                          We are returning in Feb/March and adding a trip to Mendoza. Anyone got any recommendations? I read alot about Francis Malmann's place, is it worth it?

                          1. I had one of the worst meals of my life at Francis Malmann's. My suggestion is to go the restaurant in the Hyatt (located in the center of the city). I think the name of it is Bistro M. MMMMMMuch better than Mallmann's.