Bariloche, located in south-west Argentina, is a popular destination among adventurers looking to explore the area’s beautiful scenery and of course the picturesque Swiss-style town of Bariloche itself. While the town is quite small, it is full of visitors year-round, so has plenty of great places to eat. Check out our guide to the best restaurants in Bariloche.
El Boliche de Alberto
Restaurant, Argentina, Steakhouse, Fast Food, $$$
Bariloche | Ⓒ Pablo González/Flickr
El Boliche de Alberto is probably most famous for the size of the steaks it serves. Visitors looking for a taste of classic Argentinian cuisine will certainly get what they’re looking for here – not only are the steaks enormous but they are also great in quality as well as price. There are always queues outside the door before the restaurant opens at 8pm, and soon after opening the place is full. El Boliche de Alberto has a good wine selection, with the design of the restaurant styled like a wine-cellar, providing a cozy and intimate ambiance.
Alto el Fuego is a cozy and quaint family restaurant serving Argentinian parrilla (barbecue). The decor and furniture is cream and mint green, with delicate wooden tables to match the chalet-style house in which the restaurant is situated. The food offered consists of traditional Argentinian steak as well as other barbecued meat, with huge portions and a good range of side dishes too. The restaurant is always busy in the evenings which makes for a good atmosphere, and is conveniently located in Centro Cívico in the center of Bariloche.
Restaurant, Argentina, Fusion, Contemporary, Fast Food, $$$
Nahuel Huapi National Park | Ⓒ Danielle Pereira/Flickr
Located in a small village just outside Bariloche, Almazen de Sabores is a quaint restaurant serving traditional Argentinian food with a modern twist. The menu includes dishes such as red curry steak and braised Patagonian pork and vegetable bruschetta, all made with local produce and neatly presented. A highlight is the six course tasting menu, with each guest receiving a slightly different mix of dishes- meaning that across the whole table, everyone can get a taste of all the dishes on offer. Perfect for a sophisticated meal but without ‘sophisticated’ prices.
Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Argentina, Fast Food, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Bariloche | Ⓒ Dauro Veras/Flickr
Panorámico, as the name might suggest, is a restaurant surrounded by stunning panoramic views. It is found on the Circuito Chico, a route which goes right through Nahuel Huapi National Park, so is a great spot to stop for lunch during a day of exploring. The restaurant is family run, with a menu of hearty home-cooked food to match. The real highlights are, of course, the views – the restaurant does have indoor seating but the best tables are on the outdoor deck, which looks over the lake with an impressive mountain backdrop.
Restaurant, Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food
Nahuel Huapi National Park | Ⓒ .Luc./Flickr
Found on the lakeside in the Centro Cívico area of Bariloche is La Trattoria della Famiglia Bianchi, an authentic Italian restaurant. The menu is classically Italian, which makes a welcome change from steak, and includes dishes such as risotto, pasta and seafood. The restaurant is run by an Italian family, which adds authenticity as well as passion to the food they prepare. A very friendly place for some delicious food.
Restaurant, Argentina, Gluten-free, Fast Food, $$$
Bariloche | Ⓒ Jennifer Morrow/Flickr
Located a little further away from the busy crowds filling Centro Cívico is La Salamandra Pulperia, a small restaurant known for its tasty flavors and attentive service. The restaurant only has about ten tables in total, which means the hostess can spend extra time with guests, listening to their preferences and suggesting dishes. The menu is short which means that the chef can prepare each dish perfectly. The menu includes Argentinian favourites such as steak, empanadas and a great wine list. The interior of the restaurant is quirky, full of interesting objects and pictures, while at the same time the table settings are sophisticated and modern.
Holly Restobar is a popular spot for young backpackers, thanks to its great prices and outstanding lake views. Open for any meal of the day, the menu offers classic Argentinian fare such as empanadas, pizzas and seafood. The main selling point of the restaurant is its location, perched right on in the edge of the lake and in a peaceful spot just a short walk from the center of Bariloche. While the outdoor seating offers the best views, Holly Restobar has floor to ceiling windows, so the indoor tables also provide a great spot to look out over the lake.
Restaurant, Argentina, European, German, Swiss, Fast Food, $$$
Bariloche, in its early days, was a popular destination with immigrants from Central Europe, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. It is therefore not surprising that so much of Bariloche’s architecture is reminiscent of Alpine ski chalets. Familia Weiss is in a classic chalet-style building, with a wooden interior and wooden beams creating a cozy, familial atmosphere. The menu is a combination of Argentinian and Central European favorites, such as steak fondue, goulash and German-style potatoes. Familia Weiss is a great restaurant to get a feel for the history of Bariloche and to appreciate its unique and surprising cultural heritage.
Casimiro is located in a mountain estancia (Estancia del Carmen), which is essentially a tourist complex high up in the mountains. The restaurant is therefore a great place for those exploring this area. It is not far from Bariloche, but provides views of a different lake to the restaurants in the town itself. The menu serves regional favorites, such as pasta, fondue and artisanal beers, although the restaurant’s main feature is of course the view of the mountains and lake down below. Large panoramic windows allow diners to enjoy a light and spectacular setting.
Butterfly is arguably Bariloche’s fanciest restaurant. The interior is modern, with crisp white tablecloths and minimalist wall decorations, and huge windows looking out onto Lake Nahuel Huapi. There are only seven tables, which makes reservations a must. The menu offers a tasting selection of seven courses, which includes a good range of both local and international dishes such as gazpacho, salmon, steak, and fondue. Each dish a small but perfectly formed, presented to the highest standard, and with an excellent wine menu to match. A perfect spot for a romantic evening or celebratory meal in Bariloche.