10 Best Places To Eat In Argentina
Updated: Mar 31
Argentina is a foodie's dream destination, and I had the pleasure of eating my way around the country in January 2023. From Buenos Aires all the way to the end of the world in Ushuaia, here are my picks for the best places to dine in Argentina.
1. Calden Del Soho, Buenos Aires
We ate at Calden Del Soho on our last night in Buenos Aires and it was our favourite meal in the city. Not only does the restaurant have a lively atmosphere and incredible service, but the food was amazing. For a taste of authentic Argentinian steak, this is definitely one of the best places in the city to go. Of course, we also had provoleta, a Spanish tortilla, Flan and some of their Malbec wine - everything on the menu was great.
Address: Honduras 4701, C1414 BMK, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Argentinian
2. El Parador, El Chalten
El Chalten is a small town in Argentinian Patagonia, but there are still tons of restaurants to choose from there. El Parador is a top-rated place to eat in El Chalten for a reason; the prices are extremely low compared to other places in town yet the servings are generous and the food is delicious. Be sure to get there right when it opens because there are only 4-5 tables and it fills up fast. I had the carbonara pasta which was fantastic and Ramin had the guanaco burger, which he really enjoyed.
Address: San Martín 154, El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Argentinian Fast Food
3. La Tablita, El Calafate
If you're going to splurge on one meal in Patagonia, do it at La Tablita. This restaurant has reasonable prices for the high-quality food and heaping portions. It's famous for its Patagonia lamb and the steak is delicious as well. We also had the provoleta and mashed pumpkin, all of which were incredible.
Address: Cnel. Rosales 28, El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Barbecue
4. Chocolates Patagonia
This chocolate shop in downtown El Calafate is worth stopping at for a coffee and some chocolates or a pastry during a visit to Argentina. The high-quality chocolate (especially with Calafate Berry filling) is mouthwatering and the coffee here is exceptional.
Address: Av. del Libertador 1250, Z9405 El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Cafe
5. Tante Sara, Ushuaia
Tante Sara is a chain of brunch restaurants that can be found throughout the city and offers great deals on breakfast and lunch. Start the day with some medialunas, orange juice, and cafe con leche for around just $5 USD per person.
Address: BFB, Av. San Martín 175, V9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Cafe
6. Maria Lola Resto, Ushuaia
Maria Lola Resto is one of the top-rated seafood restaurants and Ushuaia, and for good reason. The Fuegan king crab the region is known for is a must-try here as are the seafood risotto and pasta. Be sure to make a reservation at least a day in advance.
Address: Gdor. Deloqui 1048, V9410 Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Seafood
7. La Cervecería Chaltén, El Chalten
This microbrewery in El Chalten has a beautiful outdoor seating area where we enjoyed our first sunset in Patagonia. The local beer is delicious and their empanadas are a must-try. They are huge and could easily be split between two people as an appetizer if you're on a tight budget. We each had an empanada and their hearty traditional stew.
Address: San Martín 320, Z9301 El Chalten, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Microbrewery
8. La Cantina Piadineria, El Calafate
One of the top things to do in El Calafate is to visit Reserva Laguna Nimez, a nature reserve with lots of birds and other wildlife. After or before exploring the reserve, the nearest restaurant to enjoy a meal at is La Cantina Piadineria, and it's got some great menu items. This is where we tried Milanese Chicken for the first time in Argentina. Sitting on the outdoor patio offers beautiful views.
Address: Avenida Leandro N. Alem 163, Z9405 El Calafate, Santa Cruz, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Argentinian
9. Il Gran Caruso, Buenos Aires
There is a strong Italian influence in Argentina, especially in Buenos Aires. That means Italian restaurants and cuisine are easy to find and I definitely recommend sitting down for pasta, gnocchi, or risotto at least once during your trip. I had all three of these over the course of my time in Argentina, but the gnocchi at Il Gran Caruso in Buenos Aires was a stand-out.
Address: El Salvador 5805, C1414BQI CABA, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Italian
10. Don Julio, Buenos Aires
Don Julio might be the top-rated place in the city of Buenos Aires to try authentic Argentinian steak. Unfortunately, we only got as far as the front door (which was lovely) and will have to try this one on our next visit! Make reservations online as soon as you book your trip to Buenos Aires to ensure you get a reservation at this restaurant. It's so popular that they book up months in advance.
Address: Guatemala 4699, C1425 CABA, Argentina
Type of Cuisine: Grill/Asador