My Buenos Aires Restaurant Trip
On my trip (I'm not going, i'm organizing it for one of my dad's friends) I looked at these restaurants, which do you recommend?
- Las Violetas
- Brunch in Four Seasons Mansion
- L'Orangerie in Alvear Palace
- Park Hyatt Palacio Duhau
- Cafe Tortoni
- El Cuartito
- Plaza Grill
- Cabana las Lilas
- La Bourgogne
- La Cabana
- Palacio Espanol
Thank you (from a 16 year old foodie)
I was all excited as I wanted to know the same thing! Headed April 16th to BA. This is my list and it may overlap, but any info is appreciated!
Olsen for brunch
Pan y Arte
You may want to checkout these links. This is what I utilized to compile my list, not sure if you did the same.
Also, Departures Magazine October 2006 had an entire issue on South America. You have to have a platinum AMEX to acess it online.
I found out from the latest Conde nast Hot List 2008 what for me turned out to be the best dining experience in BA...its is called 647 Dinner Club www.club647.com. The place look amazing but what supriced me than anything was that the food was also amazing. I had the best meat i have eaten in the city there.
Greetings, There is a wealth of information in the threads of the South America Board. If you read nothing else, be sure to read Buenos Aires Overview and Buenos Aires Brunch threads. There are terrific restaurants in BA and they aren't all in international brand name hotels! We have had wonderful creative, meals (at a fraction of the price you'd pay in the states) in BA at:
Restó, Montevideo 938, tel 4816-6711
Tomo 1, Panamericano Hotel & Resort, Carlos Pellegrini 521 Entrepiso, fono: 4326-6698, web: www.tomo1.com.ar
Azema Exotic Bistro, Angel Carranza 1875, Palermo Hollywood, fono: 4774-4191
Le Bistro, Faena + Universe, Martha Salotti 445, puerto Madero fono: 4010-9200, www.baenahotelanduniverse.com
Demetria, Ramallo 2606, Saavedra, fono: 4703-0020
La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar, Bolivar 865 entre Independenica and Estadoes Unidos, San Telmo, fono: 4361-4707
Thymus Restaurant, Lerma 525 esquina Malabia, Villa Crespo, fono: 4772-1936, e-mail: email@example.com, web: www.thymusrestaurant.com.ar
Casa Saltshaker, The address in Barrio Norte/Recoleta is provided when you reserve at this puerta cerrada (closed door) restaurant, fono: 15 6132 4146, web: www.casasaltshaker.com
The following is a consolidation of many of the Chow threads on restaurants in BA (and other articles on BA too). Hope it's helpful
From annana Grand Bar Darzon (Libertad and Santa Fe) has similarly hip fare to that of Sucre (both venues belong to the same restaurant group). Another extensive cocktail list.. I loved my sole cebiche appetizer with pine nuts and melon juice, followed by a main of gnocchi with shrimp. From Gambit50: Grand Bar Danzon is cool for drinks, food is probably not great, though last I heard it was not as hopping as it had been.
From annana Oviedo in Barrio Norte is also worthwhile. We had an excellent cheese plate and an appetizer of two squid preparations. Our entrees were satisfactory; I had steak and boyfriend had suckling pig. Supposedly the fish is much better. Nice desserts and wine list. Understatedly elegant and professional.
Sucre is a bit of a drive from the center of the city, but it's worth the trek. Slick and hip interior, including a towering, back-lit bar. Great cocktail list. I had the goat sweet breads, followed by delicious roasted hen with spiced basmati and apples. The latter was simple, but very well prepared. Our server was a little inattentive. For upscale, Sucre is definitely a great place, with an amazing wine list. Should be easy to find the address on the web, it is very popular. Sucre--very modern, hip restaurant with outstanding food in the Las Canitas section. I second the recommendation for Sucre. It was our favorite meal in BA.
In the upscale Belgrano area: Gourmet recommends El Pobre Luis (Arribenos 2393; 516-4780) a low key family-style steak house. A jovial family place with Uruguayan style food.
Had a terriffic meal at Bengal and highly recommend. Enrique Langman also recommended it. Another chowhound: . second the Bengal suggestion... really good indian-italian food
There is a Chinatown (and a decent Chinese population) in Buenos Aires, but its small relative to most other big cities. It's located in Barrancas de Belgrano at Arribenos and Juramento. You won't find a dim sum place but there are some chinese restaurants as well as markets around that intersection. Saturdays are the best day to go to get a good feel for the place as many of the Chinese families are their shopping for the week's food. Don't know of any Chinese restaurants outside of this area. From Casasaltshaker Feb. 7, 08: Well, the big celebration was last weekend on Sunday afternoon in Barrio Chino (Chinatown) in Belgrano - it's a two-block strip of restaurants, mostly Taiwanese, that runs along a street called Arribeños, roughly the 2300 and 2400 block. It's a bit of a ways out of the center of town, but the better Chinese restaurants in town are there. Personal favorite, especially for a nice occasion, is called Buddha BA - it's pan-Asian - a little Chinese mixed with a little of several other cuisines (not on the same plate...), beautiful room, tranquil service. For probably the best of just Chinese food, there's a spot called Lai-Lai that serves up some pretty interesting dishes that aren't just the usual suspects. cheap? buenos aires prices just aren't high. you're probably in general looking at about 25-30 pesos for two people to eat out at most of the chinese restaurants, or under $10. A few are more expensive, like Buddha BA.
I particularly liked the bife de chorizeo (rump steak) special at Campo Bravo, Baez 292. This is in the heart of the Las Canitas area and is a great place to restuarant hop. I must have went to this area 7 or 8 times in a month to try a different restaurant. I also enjoyed a restaurant called Polo there.
Hofame says: We could stuff ourselves only once a day and tried to eat one lighter meal. A really good one was found in Palermo at “a Manger” at Charcas 4001 on the corner of Malabia. Great bread, sandwiches and light entrees. Wash everything down with Malbec.
Bella Italia, Repulica. Arabe Sieria 3285, Palermo, fono: 4802-4253. Recommended by Enrique Langman. Gets a 22 from our guidebook.
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. Enrique Langman recommended.
Despite BA’s reputation for not having much fish we had very good fish at El Preferido de Palermo located on the corner of Borges and Guatemala. The restaurant entrance is on the side of the building, bar entrance on the corner. You'll get equally good fish, and for lower prices, at places like Jose Luis (Quintana 456, in Recoleta), Damblee (corner of Rivadavia & Sanchez de Bustamante), and for an interesting treat, a restaurant that specializes in the local freshwater fish, Jangada (Bonpland 1670, in Palermo).
From annana: We had our first lunch opposite the western border of the botanical gardens at Guido's Bar, which churns out delicious homemade pasta. I had the Bolognese with tagliatelle and the boyfriend had some kind of pasta with mushrooms and truffle oil. Both excellent. We went toward the end of lunch hours and a couple menu items had run out, so going will likely ensure the best selection. The owner is very friendly, making sure to welcome every patron personally. We went back a week later, but a power outage (a common occurrence in BA) had brought their kitchen to a halt. Fortunately, there were still a few warm pizzas in the oven, so we had a tasty margherita. Another review from shelbyk: Guido's Bar. Hmm. The interior is charming, and it's true that the waiters just start bringing you food...lots and lots of food seemingly at randon. You never see a menu. The problem is, that we were sitting around some other tourist and a few tables of locals, and watched all the tourist get a similar meal selection while the locals received what looked to be more appetizing dishes. While our pasta was a nice, firm al dente, it was also oily, uninspired, and disappointing...the anglonotti that the table of locals had next to us looked great, but since they didn't bring that to us, who knows.
I agree about Dora...but please please please also try La Cabrera on la Calle Cabrera in Palermo. So so good! And I second La Cabrera, its great. For steaks: La Cabrera in Palermo, though probably not THE best. I would say go to La Cabrera. Forget Las Lilas, overpriced tourist crap. Also, forget Sucre, the most expensive meal I had in BA, by far, and one of the worst.It reminds me of a bunch of B&T in a place that is supposed to be cool. From Sfaok: la cabrera in palermo:
good meat. amazing amount of sides. nice atmosphere (unless they're showing how sausage gets made on the projector....). a favorite of many people i know. Another review shelbyk: La Cabrera and had an excellent meal. I ordered the pork tenderloin stuffed with ham, cheese and sundried tomatos, my husband the bacon wrapped sirloin (wide, thick cut bacon). They were both excellent and we easily could have split and entree, which we actually started doing for most meals. The garnishes are truly pleasing (pureed beets, pureed pumpkin, celery salad, egg salad, and numerous other small dishes). You don't need an appetizer...they bring you a ton of food. The food was great by meat lover standards--straightforward, honest, not fancy, just well done. Hofame says: A big disappointment for us was La Cabrera. The lomo was tough, as was the pork that my wife had. Their side dishes are a nice touch but they didn’t make up for the meat.
For something a little different, try the vegetarian spots Krishna or Bio for lunch in Palermo. Krishna especially is a really cool, bohemian/ indian environment and delicious food.
In Palermo you will find Japanese, Vietnamese, and Thai.
It is not Chinese, more on the thai side, but please try Sudestada, in Palermo. Very good, fresh ingredients, not very expensive!
For hanging out, the Palermo Viejo neighborhood has great shops and cafes. Try the areas around Plaza Serrano and Plaza Palermo Viejo.
in Palermo Soho - Bar Uriarte (a full-fledged restaurant despite the name)- range of bistro style food, fish to meat selections
I second Bar Uriarte. Great at lunch time as they do a nice menu del dia. 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). I also had dinner at Sucre and Bar Uriarte and both were outstandingly good
From annana: Finally, my favorite restaurant was Social Paraiso in Palermo Viejo (on Honduras, I think). The food is honest with a touch of tasteful creativity. During our first meal there my boyfriend announced that they made him the best pork rib he had ever eaten. I enjoyed the Risotto Milanese with Osso Buco and the Patagonian Lamb on separate occasions. We also split an excellent appetizer of three salmon preparations and a dessert with crisp slices of caramelized apple and Schezuan pepper ice cream. Friendly staff in a bright, clean, and down-to-earth setting. Great value, too, with a daily prix fixe lunch for 15 pesos. Outstanding! Another review by shelbyk: For lunch the next day we hit Social Paraiso and had another excellent meal. I had a solid osso buco and risotto dish (nice, mellow use of saffron, tender osso bucco) with baked cauliflower and pickled onions...my husband had a beautiful slow roasted chicken that was tender, flavorful, and juicy. The space is great, very clean white walls, white table cloths...incredibly pleasant. Definitely worth the effort.
From sfaok: de olivas i lustres in palermo viejo.
tapas with a nice price tag done well. nothing is going to blow your socks off, but the service is good, and the ambience is very nice. tapas tasting menu for two at a total of $28.50 pesos (or $9 US) per person.
From sfaok: azema exotic bistro in palermo hollywood.french and international fusion. mmmm. decently priced as well.
Central - bistro style food. Another place I like in the general area is called Central--good for lunch or dinner.
Sudestada - pan Asian - more on the Thai side very fresh ingredients. I second Sudestada. I was there last year and loved it!
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 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).
From annana Thymus in Palermo is great for international, avant-garde cuisine at an almost criminally superb value, and they have a tasting menu that permits separate members within the same party to order different items. I suggest the blueberry terrine with rosewater syrup. We sat downstairs, underwhelmed by stone fixtures and other cold, minimalist decor. One of our city guides claimed that this venue offered romantic ambiance, so I suspect that one needs to sit upstairs to achieve this effect. Regardless, the food is excellent. From Gambit50: Thymus is good but in that vein, though less exotic and better is, I forget the name in my age and senility. Female chef, protege from Spain. Look for it, you will get it. If I remember by the end, I will name it. RESTO
Gambit50 says: Don't go to Casa Cruz either. Unfortunately, Central is closed.Really good, ate lunch there all the time but never dinner. Skip Tomo 1 if it is still open, too (http://www.tomo1.com.ar). Many other places, some will be good, some not, hope you do well.
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
From annana: Asian fare is sparse in BA, but Green Bamboo in Palermo Soho (or perhaps it was Palermo Viejo - I get my Palermos confused) did more than satisfy my craving for Vietnamese. The food is decidedly modern; dont go looking for a bowl a pho. Fresh cocktails and creative presentations. Best avoid the puzzlingly rich and ostentatious desserts.
For a large group with teenagers, I would recommend the following. Have a wonderful time! La Paila (traditional northern Argentine stews) Costa Rica 4848
Stay away from Bice and Las Lilas nothing special. Bring me back a bottle of wine. Puerto Madero has all the steak places which seems very family friendly.
For a family, in Puerto Madero, visit La Caballeriza. Very family friendly.
For meat, I think the best steakhouse is Cabana Las Lilas in Puerto Madero (Alicia Moreau de Justo; 516-4313-1336)--order their ribeye, or ojo de bife--the house special. Outstanding and I am an ex-NY'er who is tough to please. Gourmet likes it too; a converted riverfront warehouse where all the beef comes from the owner's ranch. 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. Gourmet says: large and a bit touristy, but all of the beef comes from the owner's cattle.
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.
I'm not sure about Santiago but there is a wonderful restaurant in the Recoleta-area of Buenos Aires called Camarico. It's near Recoleta Village and it's absolutely fabulous. It's a cozy restaurant that offers food from several regions of Argentina and the wine selection is to die for---mostly Argentine wine. The owner is very attentive, offering free samples of food and wine when it's not too busy during the week. I heard it gets pretty busy on the weekend. I went there on a Wednesday and it was just perfect. The food is very affordable there, as well. My boyfriend and I ate there, ordering dinner, appetizers and a bottle of wine for less than $70 for both of us total. I visited the infamous, Cabana de Las Lilas in Puerto Madero and still thought Camarico was better and less expensive. Camarico is a jewel
From annana: We dined at Nectarine, a high-end French venue that I believe is in Recoleta, tucked into the end of a brightly illuminated alley. Excellent green tea creme brulee and flawless, accommodating, and warm service. My boyfriend loved his entree with oysters and salmon. Tasting menu available. (La Bourgogne, at the Alvear Palace Hotel, is the other French venue with a great reputation, but we never made it there).
From Casa saltshaker: In Recoleta... for beef, I suppose for an upscale I'd think about something like Clark's or Munich in Village Recoleta. But, you'll find far better parrillas in other zones. Enrique Langman recommended Munich.
La Brigada is one of the most well known places for its grilled meats. My host was one of the founders of the Slow Food movement in Argentina and he thinks it is the best in the city. Phenomenal wine list too
http://majbros.blogspot.com/2007/11/b... It gets a 29VVV from our restaurant guidebook.
La Vineria: have just discovered an amazing new restaurant in San Telmo - it's called La Vineria de Gaulterio Bolivar, and it's on Blivar and Estados Unidos (The exact address of La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar is Bolivar 865. Ph. 4361.4709 email firstname.lastname@example.org). Fantastically inventive food in small plates so you get to sample lots of flavours. The cook spent time at El Buli in Spain, and there are some flavorsome foamy touches to prove it. Thank you for recommending La Vineria de Gualterio Bolivar. We had the most amazing lunch there today (it is only open on Sundays for lunch, the place opens at 7:30 pm for drinks and 8:15 for dinner.)
Lunch was a 9-course meal that included a variety of dishes and very very inventive tastes. As mentioned before, it is tapas style so the portions were small which was wonderful (though I was still stuffed.) As there were few people there, the chef was willing to do the 9-course option that allowed us to groan and moan over the variety of dishes.
This restaurant has been open only for 3 months and therefore is not mentioned in any of the tourist books. All four of us would highly recommend it as one of the highlights of our trip. If you want more details on the dishes, I can send you our version of the menu. The so-called "2 temperature pea soup" was exquisite, unusual and to die for.
Another San Telmo favourite is cafe San Juan on Avenida San Juan - great tapas and amazing slow-roasted pork with sweet potatoes and mustard.
For some traditional Argentine chow, we squeezed into a dive parilla on Carlos Calvo between Bolivar and Defensa in San Telmo. After awkwardly maneuvering our way through a space only slightly bigger than my freshman year dorm room, we perched on rickety stools and devoured choripan (grilled chorizo on toasted bread) slathered with fresh chimichurri and chili pepper spread. Soccer memorabilia and clippings covered every inch of the walls and meaty aromas hung all around us. An absolute dream!
A well-kept culinary secret in BA is the community club restaurants: try the Vasco Francés (Monserrat) for amazing Basque food, or the Catalan Club (Casa de Catalunya, San Telmo)
Scannapieco at Cordoba 4826 fabulous ice cream
Persico in Las Canitas volta, freddo, all have multiple locations and all are very good (from sfaok). Also recommended by Enrique Langman
Chungo ( Rodriquez Pena at the cross with Las Heras) the mousse de limon was one of the best tastes I had in the whole city (from Simon Mujumdar)
From Casa Saltshaker: True indeed - ice cream, or actually, closer to traditional gelato, is a must here! Favorites - Un Altra Volta, Persico, Chungo Scanapieco...
From sfaok, i highly recommend the produce at the farmer's market in belgrano off the juramento stop on linea d. outside of farmer's markets you're not going to have the best luck with produce variety or quality in ba, but all the stuff i've gotten from this particular one has been top top quality, especially the herbs.
For what it's worth: That market in Belgrano is not a farmers market in the sense that I would use the term. That is, as far as I know, they aren't producers selling to the public. It's a European-style market with different stalls/vendors under one roof. anyhow, it's called la feria modelo belgrano, and it's one block west of the juramento stop on linea d at juramento and ciudad de la paz. The goods very fresh. pretty cheap too (everything here is if you're from the US or Europe), depending on the stall you use. In addition to the produce and fish stalls, there are also cheeses, breads, wines, meats, oils, etc. I don't know exactly what the hours are, but i usually go between 5 and 8 in the evening. since i live off the linea d, this has been the most convenient for me, though the el gapon market sounds very intersting as well.
Another one like it is the Mercado del Progreso off the A line subte in Caballito. You'll find fish stalls in both of them.
The only farmers market that I know of – where you'll find the farmers themselves selling to the public — is called El Galpón and it's next to the Federico Lacroze station off the B line subte. Wednesday it's on from 9-13h and Saturdays the hours are 9-15h.
Rodriquez Pena and Vicente Lopez. Recommended by Adrianna Langman
Nueva Casa China, Arribenos 2257 in Barrio Chino has great looking whole fish
Another Chinese store at 1661 Mendoza in Barrio Chino has a huge fish counter too.
Lucio on Scalabrini Ortiz near Charcas for medialunas
Nucha on Parana at Plaza Vicente Lopez for an afternoon snack
Morelia (wonderful pizza grilled parilla style) Humboldt 2005 In Buenos Aires, just walk along Avenida Corrientes. You will come across lots of good pizza places. It's a specialty on that street. I especially like Guerrin, and I had a wonderful pizza topped with mozzarella and fresh basil at Los Inmortales, 1369 Corrientes. I wrote about Guerrin on my blog, http://www.tableconversation.com. Hope this helps.
Sarkis (middle eastern served family style) Thames 1101
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.
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!
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.
Ceasar Park Hotel
There is also a fabulous bar and small cafe in the Ceasar Park Hotel which I surprisingly loved considering it is hotel dining.
From Gourmet May 2006 by John Willoughby Outside of Buenos Aires near the Four Seasons Resort at Carmelo (Route 21 kilometer 262, Carmelo) Near there is Finca y Granja Narbona (fincaygranjanarbona.com) is the gastronomic find you always dream of: a tiny restaurant in a converted general store with a lone Italian woman in the kitchen turning out spectacular handmade pasta
More Still From Gourmet May 2006 by John Willoughby: Of the hundreds of steak houses in BA, here are a few favorites:
El Probre Luis (Arribenos 2393, 516-4780-5847) A jovial family place with Uruguayan-style food
Nameless (corner of Sucre and Minones) Down and dirty, the real thing. Gourmet: a "nameless" restaurant at the corner of Sucre and Minones, the shredded awning, tiny plastic chairs and glassless windows mark it as a working person's hangout, but the tattooed grillmasters toliling over the coals are no less talented, and to my tast the beef (which you buy by the kilo) is even better. Down and dirty: the real thing
El Palacio dela Papa Frita. They have several locations and we were at the one on Av. Corrientas 1612. Their Papas Fritas are supposedly a secret recipe that is a souffle potato, sort of like a french fry skin, very light, without a center. Very good as were their entrees.
Head south of BA into the Pampas or across the Rio de la Plata in Uruguay.
La Vineria (see page 1 above). Bolivar 865, entre Independencia y Estados Unidos, 4361-4707
El Bistro, Faena+Universe, Martha Salotti 445, Puerto Madero, 4010-9200
Aramburu, Salta 1050 (entre Humberto Primo y Carlos Calvo) 4305-0439. Mon to Wed 11:30 to 14:30, Thurs to Sat 11:30 to 14:30 & 20:30 to 12:00. It’s closed.
The full asado: South of BA in the Pampas near the huge manor houses he saw the cross bar of the grill and pulled into the driveway for the real thing:
First: a large bowl of chimichurri, the classic parsley and olive oil sauce
Then a warm up of miniature empanadas filled with succulent ground beef
First came a platter of offal: curly, pleasantly mealy intestines, creamy sweetbreads, spicy chorizo and fat black blood sausages, the particularly delectable "sweet"version larded with walnuts and raisins.
Next platter: asado de tira which we would call short ribs along with a slab of skirt steak and what the French call entrecote
The final platter a succulent T-bone, a hunk of bife de chorizo, as rump steak is confusingly known
The vegetable course: juicy corn and earthy boniatos (sweet potatoes
)The meat tasted of the essence of beef--rich, deep, full, with an undercurrent of slightly brassy bloodiness (not from being rare; nowhere did anyone ask me how I wanted my meat cooked, and it was uniformly closer to medium than medium-rare) but not even a whisper of livery flavor. It was also much less tender than grain-fed American beef. But to me, the flavor of this meat, from cows that roam at will through the Pampas feeding on grass and clover and drink from the wide rivers, made it worth the chew. From Gourmet May 2006 by John Willoughby
skip cabaña las lilas -- it's quite over-priced and very much a tourist trap -- and the cabbies outside are often thieves.
Mosoq (Nuevo Andino Cuisine)
Las Cholas (excellent parrilla that has not made it into all the tourist books yet)
Nice list. I'd replace Cabana Las Lilas with La Brigada in San Telmo. When my wife and I were in BA, it was the best meal we had. We enjoyed it so much we went back a second night.
I'd also suggest skipping Las Lilas. The steak wasn't great and it's just too big and noisy. AND the cabbie that picked us up there did rip us off.
I'd say to skip La Cabrera in Soho as well. The steak just wasn't that good, but it may be worth a visit for the atmosphere.
Patagonia Sur was amazing. Very expensive, but worth every cent. We also very much enjoyed La Vineria in San Telmo.
I was pretty luke-warm on Casa Cruz. The service was definately off and the place itself is showing some wear and probably needs a good thorough cleaning. It's a problem when you can see dirt in a place that dark. The food was good, but over-all, not worth the money.
Bar Uriarte was good for a casual meal. Be careful, it's very warm by the clay ovens. Good food, good service, and good crowd.
La Bourgogne got great reviews from friends who just returned as well as Casa Cruz. I was there last yeat and loved Casa Cruz. La Casa de Pappas Fritas had probably the best steak i have ever had in my life and it was under $15. Have fun. Hopefully you can let everyone know how it was, I'm going back this Aug.
We stayed in Home Hotel. Loved it. Recommended it to friends, who had planned to stay in Recoleta, but stayed at Home instead. Also loved it. The rooms are simple but nice and the atmosphere is great.
Also we ate at a Peruvian/Japanese restaurant near Home Hotel. Very different from all of the meat. Ask at the hotel for the name.
Thanks for posting this!! I'm going to Argentina in 48 hours on a super last minute trip so Chowhound is helping me out a lot right now.
This list is without a doubt the top tourist trap list of Buenos Aires. I am not going to nagatively comment on any individual place but as a resident of BA for more than 2 years this ranges from bad to awful! My top choices for BA in regards breakfast,lunch and dinner are the following.
1 Breakfast - Florencio / Small chic and wonderful little gem located in La Isla Recoleta.
2 Lunch - Resto / Another small but great place tucked away in Barrio Norte.
3 Dinner - 647 Dinner Club / Actually hidden inside an old building in San Telmo. Opulent and luxurious by international standards and totally different to any other restaurant in the city.