Oviedo specializes in seafood and fish, something of a change from the usually meat-dominated Argentine cuisine. The ingredients are brought in fresh, and the restaurant serves classics of Spanish cuisine: goat’s cheese croquettes, Valencian paella, baby squid and of course a variety of baked fish are all available, in a high-class dining room.
La Cabrera in Palermo is perhaps the most well-known steakhouse in Buenos Aires, serving huge cuts of meat grilled on its parrilla alongside a wide variety of complimentary side dishes. La Cabrera is always very busy, and making a reservation is essential.
Cabrera 5099, +541148325754, email@example.com
La Bourgogne is a high-end restaurant at the Alvear Palace hotel. Its menu of traditional French haute cuisine is supplemented by an impressive wine list, and those looking for a slightly more affordable experience can opt for the prix fixe menu, with a different wine paired with each course.
El Obrero is steadily building a reputation for itself as one of the best places in town to get a perfectly cooked steak, regardless of its low prices and rough-and-ready appearance. It also serves a variety of Italian food; a nod to its history serving Italian immigrant laborers entering Buenos Aires through La Boca. Taxis are recommended for those non-locals traveling to and from El Obrero at night.
El Obrero, Agustin R. Caffarena 64, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +541143629912
NOLA is a standout example of New Orleans food done well. Chef Liza Puglia serves up classics of Creole cuisine, infused with influence from Mexico and Argentina. The prix fixe menu changes monthly to ensure the best in-season ingredients are always used.
A Peruvian import, Osaka is nevertheless one of the best places to get Japanese food in Buenos Aires. It specializes in raw fish dishes, serving fresh sushi and sashimi alongside Peruvian ceviche, and the two contrasting cuisines of Japan and South America infuse and compliment each other in innovative ways.
Osaka, Soler 5608, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +541147756964
Unik in Palermo was created in 2011 by the French-Argentine architect Marcelo Joulia, who uses the restaurant as a way to show off the fruits of 30 years’ worth of collecting 1960s and ’70s industrial design pieces. The chairs and lampshades are all design classics, and the decor is singularly sophisticated and Modernist. The food is primarily modern Argentine, with a particular favorite being Patagonian lamb shank with quinoa.
Unik, Soler 5132, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +541147722230
From the outside, Tegui is low-profile; just a graffiti-covered wall and almost-blank door amid the showier restaurants of Palermo. Inside, however, you’ll find a sophisticated and modern restaurant that blends Mediterranean food with Argentine classics. The intricate, fixed price menu shifts weekly with seasonal ingredients.
Tegui, Costa Rica 5852, Buenos Aires, Argentina, +541152913333
Croque Madame Café
In the grounds of Buenos Aires’ Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo, the Croque Madame café is the perfect spot to unwind for lunch or tea after an afternoon in the museum. Sit outside in the café’s lovely tree-shaded courtyard while savoring some excellent pastries and treats and a strong cup of coffee’ or try one of Croque Madame’s eponymous sandwiches.
Croque Madame, Av del Libertador 1902, Buenos Aires Argentina, +54 11 4806-8639
Among Buenos Aires’ exciting closed-door restaurants, Casa Felix is a standout favorite. Several times a week, guests are welcomed to the home of Chef Diego Felix and his wife Sanra in the Chacarita neighborhood for a sumptuous five-course meal that gives them a chance to experience the best of Argentina’s local cuisine.