Granted it’s a reconstruction, but El Arrabal is one of the few remaining old style restaurants in the newer part of town, serving up regional cuisine with a twist. As well as some delicious house specialties, this venue shines in its dinner tango shows, which are at 11pm from Thursday to Sunday. This restaurant is a great choice for a traditional Argentine experience.
Address: Gral. Manuel Belgrano 899, Córdoba, Argentina, +54 351 460-2990
With décor and posters inspired by the Middle East, La Zete is an authentic and original restaurant which offers a deliciously tempting menu of sweet and savory Arab-inspired dishes. Recommended are the kepe (spiced minced meat), fried eggplant and the array of dips, from the regular hummus to the exciting smoked babaganoush. To sample a bit of everything, opt for the sampler plate to have it all in small portions.
Address: Obispo Salguero, Centro, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina, +54 351 421-6352
As Córdoba’s most famous pasta restaurant, La Mamma is a local institution. They serve warm and hearty pasta dishes. The menu is long, featuring an excellent selection of dishes that goes far beyond the average spaghetti bolognese and spaghetti carbonara choices. If you don’t fancy pasta, they have a mix of meat and fish mains too, but this place is all about the carbs and sauce choices.
Address: Av. Figueroa Alcorta 270, Córdoba, Argentina, +54 351 421-2212
Bar San Carlos
It’s not the most fancy place and you won’t find it on Facebook or Instagram, but Bar San Carlos is about as typical Argentine as you can get. A traditional parrilla, or Argentine steak house, Bar San Carlos mainly serves fresh meat cooked on the coals with side chips and salad. Although it is simple, with meat this good and a place so full of character as this there’s little more you could ask for. Cheap, cheerful and traditional, this is a great place to get a feel for real Argentine food.
Perfect for a romantic lunchtime date, head downtown to Novecento and gaze at your partner by candlelight while sampling some of Córdoba’s finest international food. A cute café-restaurant, its pretty courtyard provides an atmospheric setting where customers can enjoy its delicious food and fine wines. Treat yourself to their tasty desserts and don’t miss out on the constantly changing yet always tempting daily specials.
Address: Deán Funes, Centro, 5000 Córdoba, Argentina, +54 351 423-0660
Some regulars say this upscale parrilla Alcorta is the best in town. Whether that’s true is up for debate, as Córdoba offers many excellent meat restaurants. However, at Alcorta you can definitely experience the classier end of Argentine steak houses, where big beefy steaks are served in an elegant setting alongside some top notch fine wines. Vegetarians needn’t feel forgotten, as this restaurant also has some great pasta dishes on offer.
Address: Av. Figueroa Alcorta 330, X5000KFQ Córdoba, Argentina, + 54 351 424-7916
Las Rias De Galicia
Las Rias de Galicia makes a change from the meat and Malbec offered in more traditional Argentine restaurants and instead presents a more eclectic mix of Spanish food, focusing on recipes from the Northern region Galicia. As well as excellent seafood, this place is famed for its set lunch, which is not only brilliant value but features perfectly paired dishes, with options for both meat eaters and vegetarians.
Address: Montevideo 271, Nueva Córdoba, X5000AWE Córdoba, Argentina, +54 351 428-1333
While you might not have immediately thought of sushi when considering eating out in Argentina, you can head to Sushi Club for a break from the tons of meat you’ll have been eating and try some of their fresh and light sushi dishes. With all the classic rolls and some beautifully made sashimi, Sushi Club has a small but perfectly adequate menu on which every dish is sure to tempt. Wash the sushi down with an Asahi beer and feel like you’re in Tokyo for the day.
Address: Av. Rafael Núñez 4790 Barrio Cerro de las Rosas, X5009CGO Córdoba, Argentina, 54 351 481-0181
Sol y Luna
Sol y Luna is as un-Argentine as it gets, they serve no red meat, in fact they don’t serve any meat at all. At this all-veggie restaurant guests can nibble their way through expertly crafted vegetarian mains, so good that they won’t miss the meat. Here you can pay by weight for a help-yourself buffet or choose from a small selection of dishes on the set menu. The place is only open for lunch, so make the most of this local gem for a healthy change from the heavy steaks.
Address:Montevideo 66, Centro, X5000AWB Córdoba, Argentina, +54 351 421-1863
Bursatil is just the kind of hip, exciting new restaurant that makes Cordoba a city worth visiting. A stylish modern café located in the old part of town, it serves incredible coffee and it offers a simple yet delicious food menu, dominated by Asian-inspired foods and flavors. Although the place is closed in the evenings, you can still happily sip a gin and tonic here during the day and soak up its buena onda, or good vibes.
Address: Ituzaingó 55, Centro, X5000IJA Córdoba, Argentina, +54 351 711-3333