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Situated in one of the smallest countries in South America, Ciudad Vieja contains a wide range of tasty food spots for travelers with a big appetites. Here’s our definitive guide to the top 10 restaurants in Ciudad Vieja.
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will greet you just when you sit down at your table at FOC. With a rustic vibe and warm ambiance which will make you feel at home instantly, you’ll soon be enjoying some of the best Catalan flavors at this venue. The chef here previously owned one of the most exclusive restaurants in Spain before he moved to Uruguay. Thankfully, he brought some amazing recipes with him.
FOC, Cerrito 499 esq. Treinta y Tres | Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo; +598 2915 3006
Estrecho is where South America meets Asia, and is a venue offering top-notch fusion cuisine. It combines traditional South American fare with Thai, Chinese and Japanese delicacies. Hidden in between graffitied walls and a small sign, this venue might not seem like a big deal from the outside, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised once you step foot through the threshold. There is a seating space along the counter here from which you can watch all the magic happening in the kitchen. All plates are exquisitely presented, with nothing being served before the sous chef has tasted and approved it.
Get a delicious idea of what Uruguayan cuisine is truly about at Santa Catalina. The food from this neighborhood cantina is best enjoyed on its outside tables. Here, you can overlook the whole rambla of Ciudad Vieja. This joint prides itself on being open 24 hours (except for Sundays), and is a firm favorite among both tourists and locals.
Good prices, great decor and fantastic food; three things diners can excitedly expect at Dueto. Excellent-sized portions, fresh fish and lush vegetables make this renovated ex-police station a must-stop in your itinerary. Take some photos in the bathrooms downstairs – that’s where the cells used to be.
For succulent steaks in Uruguay you have to visit El Palenque. Seriously – the meat almost melts in your mouth here. Located in the Mercado del Puerto, this is a restaurant you have to visit once you’re done strolling down the harbor of Ciudad Vieja. But it’s not all about red meat here; the fresh seafood from the grill is unmissable too.
With an unforgettable view of Montevideo city, the harbor and the downtown area, Arcadia will keep you coming back for more. Located on the inside of the Radisson hotel, this restaurant exudes luxury and glamour. There is a diverse buffet service open during the day. At night top menu picks include the ceviche with rice as well as the chargrilled steak and steamed vegetables.