Buenos Aires might have garnered the nickname the “Paris of South America”, but it could be argued that the picturesque city of Mendoza and the surrounding landscapes of the province, known for its Malbec production and Andean location, is the most romantic place in Argentina. We compile a list of the most romantic restaurants in Mendoza for that special occasion with a special someone.
El Enemigo was founded by a pair of romantics, a winemaker and a historian, who share a love of bygone-era European culture; surely one of the most romantic times in history, and one that they have tried to recreate in this stylish restaurant and wine bar. The wines are inspired by Dante’s Inferno, and the atmosphere of different levels of earth and the underworld are evoked in the stone walls and coloured stained-glass windows of the eatery. A truly unique culinary experience to share with your significant other.
Dine under the canopies of rustling trees in a garden setting that looks out over expansive vineyards whose wine you can drink with your delicious traditional Argentine meal typical of Mendoza. Bodega Lagarde is one of the most exquisite dining experiences in the province, and the winery charms with its rustic house and restaurant, all set against the inimitable backdrop of the Andes. Go for the six course tasting menu with wine pairing for the full Mendoza experience.
This restaurant and wine bar is one of the most popular places in the city of Mendoza, renowned for its incredible selection of wines, delicious food, and stellar presentation, all served and experienced in an atmospheric and intimate setting. Azafran’s mission is to provide memorable experiences to its customers, who come for the interesting interpretations of traditional Argentine cuisine. Expect local dishes with a twist, all washed down with a glass of locally produced wine.
Anna Bistro oozes romance in the pretty patio that is covered by a timber trellis from which hangs charming and colourful blooms. A favourite with locals and travellers alike, Anna Bistro is a great choice for a special occasion such as an anniversary, New Year’s Eve, or Valentine’s Day, and the restaurant usually has a special set menu for these dates. Enjoy Argentine and French dishes in this red-brick enclave and experience day fade to night as evening falls on the garden.
Take a tour of the vineyard and winery at Bodega Melipal before sitting down to dinner in their contemporary dining room that affords guests expansive views out over the landscape of vineyards and lagoon, and of course the Andes beyond. This family-run bodega produces its own wine that you can taste and pair with your meal, which is designed to act as a culinary complement to the excellent wine that is made onsite.
This haute-cuisine restaurant in Lujan de Cuyo is a sophisticated gastronomic experience perfect for foodies who are looking to spend a luxurious evening with some spectacular food. The space is minimal yet inviting, putting all the focus firmly on the food and wine. The tasting menu reigns supreme at Brindillas, and each plate is carefully curated so the ingredients and culinary combinations really shine.
Argentina’s most famous restaurant by the nation’s most highly regarded chef, Francis Mallmann, is located in the luxurious Vines Mendoza hotel and resort. Siete Fuegos celebrates world-class Argentine beef and the restaurant is a vehicle for Mallmann’s unique cooking style, which, as the name suggests, employs the inventive use of fire to create unrivalled flavours that have a deep connection to Argentina and Patagonia. Dining at Siete Fuegos is an unforgettable experience, and surely one of the most romantic you can have in Argentina.