The Foodie List: Michelin Restaurants in Buenos Aires & How to Book Your Table

How many Michelin restaurants have you been to for under $50?

Now’s your chance to visit some of the finest price-for-quality restaurants in Buenos Aires, thanks to the Michelin Guide’s list of top 52 locations.

My name is Lyssa Hansen, and I’m a local food and wine expert.

I’ve made Argentina my home for over 10 years, and created a social group for other foodies with more than 3,000 members.

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Michelin Restaurants in Argentina

When you think of foodie destinations in Latin America, Peru has traditionally dominated the landscape.

However, did you know that Argentina is the first Spanish-speaking destination for Michelin in Latin America?

This recognition is huge for the country’s tourism.

Visitors have always flocked here for the cheap steak and free-flowing wine, but in the wake of COVID restaurants have been upping their game.

Talented local chefs decided to invest in Argentina vs. seek out international opportunities, and have raised the bar for cooking techniques and table service.

Perhaps the most obvious Michelin requirement, “value for money”, is what makes dining in Buenos Aires right now so exciting.

Michelin Starred Restaurants in Buenos Aires


📍Pasaje del Correo, Vicente López 1661, CABA 1103

At Aramburu, the two Michelin stars almost go without saying. Gonzalo Aramburu has earned his place as consecrated 100 Best Chefs nominee, bringing the concept of fine dining to Buenos Aires.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations can be made online via Meitre software (which allows you to make notes for dietary restrictions, children or accessibility).
  • Dinner shifts are available at: 6:00, 6:30, 9:00, 9:30pm (the 18-course menu takes about 2 hours).
  • Prices quoted at the time you make the reservation are in Argentine pesos, and subject to inflation.
  • Payment in cash has a 10% discount, while payment with your foreign credit card will be processed at the daily MEP rate. Even if you choose to pay cash the day-of, you’ll need a credit card to hold your reservation (the card will be charged if you are a no-show or late).
  • At the time you make the reservation, you’ll also have to indicate how many guests will be doing the wine pairing (or mocktail pairing).
  • Once made, reservations cannot be cancelled.
  • To book the private dining room (for parties of up to 12 guests) consult via email.

Aramburu is a 22-seat intimate restaurant, where the diner is carried on a journey of seasonal flavor (intensifying with each course).

It’s the kind of place where you eat with your eyes. The plating is creative, setting the scene with elements from nature.

The pricing is in accord to its 2-star stature, from U$250-$320 per person.

💡Did you know? Aramburu has a sister restaurant, Bis (located right across the street), that offers informal bistro-style French-Argentine cuisine.

What to Order:

The menu (which changes seasonally) doesn’t so much describe each of the 18 courses as it does the individual ingredients that go into each dish.

I caught myself peeking back at it now and then when trying to figure out just exactly what I was eating.

You might find everything from glacier ice to razor clams to duck. As a wine fanatic, I loved the wine pairing almost as much as the food.

Don Julio

📍Guatemala 4699, CABA 1425

There is much to be said about Don Julio as a steakhouse, a Michelin star restaurant, and as 2024’s number one restaurant for meat-lovers in the world (according to World’s 101 Best Steak Restaurants). However, my favorite fact is that Lionel Messi risked his life just to dine there.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations for lunch (11:30am, 1:15pm or 3:00pm) and dinner (7:00, 9:15, 10:30 or 11:15pm) accepted online via Meitre software.
  • Early-access waitlist is available online (notification via email or text message), but you can also choose to line up outside the restaurant in hopes of getting your name on the waitlist (they serve free champagne while you wait!).
  • To get a table at lunch, get in line by 10AM. For dinner without a reservation, line up by 6:00pm.
  • Be aware, there are WhatsApp groups that offer up unused reservations, but some charge a fee.

Don Julio used to be a neighborhood parrilla but thanks to a dream team (Pablo Rivera– owner & sommelier, Guido Tassi– meat master, Martin Bruno– wine director) that transformed the old restaurant inside and out, it’s world ranking is duly earned.

The secret is their farm-to-table treatment of the meat: Aberdeen Angus and Hereford breeds are pasture-grazed, and steaks are dry-aged for 21 days.

In true Argentine-style steaks are served without much seasoning in order to appreciate the grass-fed flavor.

What to Order:

The menu here has more to offer than other famed steakhouses in Buenos Aires, offering cuts of steak with bone-in, lean cuts, and the juicier ribeye or prime rib.

I recommend sharing dishes, and starting with the provoleta cheese and sweetbreads, followed by the watercress salad or black tomato tartare, before diving into steak (order the bife de chorizo or bife de lomo).

You must visit the wine cellar- and pick out a bottle of El Gran Enemigo 2019 Cabernet Franc.


📍Murillo 725, CABA 1414

Tomás Treschanski is the youngest Argentine chef to receive a Michelin star for Trescha, at just 25 years old. I can’t wait to see what he has for us next.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations for dinner (7:00 or 10:15pm) are available online via Meitre.
  • The 14-course tasting menu takes ~2.5 hours to complete, with only 10 seats available at the bar.
  • Before confirming your reservation, you’ll need to select a beverage pairing (domestic wines, international wines, cocktails and mocktails, or alcohol-free).
  • The menu pricing is quoted in Argentine pesos (subject to inflation) and a card is required to hold the reservation.
  • For parties of 5 or more, you must consult availability via email.
  • Dietary restrictions can be accommodated with advance notice, except for: 100% gluten free, vegan or lactose-free.

Trescha is definitely a luxe, adult environment (no children under 14), but you won’t be out of place in casual dress code.

Trescha is one of the most expensive Michelin restaurants, depending on the pairing menu you choose (ranging from U$155-$455 per person).

However, chef Tomás Treschanski has designed the restaurant around a 10-person counter, which holds far less space than competitor, Aramburu.

The personalized service from the 20-person staff and tour of the Test Kitchen are noteworthy for experienced foodies.

What to Order:

The tasting menu changes seasonally, and features nationally-produced ingredients, including a selection of proteins (red meat, wild game and fresh fish).

Each diner is presented with a tiny booklet full of chef’s notes and doodles on each dish.

Buenos Aires Michelin Green Star Restaurants

El Preferido de Palermo

📍Jorge Luis Borges 2108, CABA 1425

You might think of El Preferido de Palermo as a steakhouse, but their organic veggie plates are incredible, fresh from an organic urban garden.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations for lunch (11:30am, 1:00pm, 2:30pm) and dinner (7:00, 9:00, 10:30, 11:30pm) available online via Meitre.
  • You can also line up outside to put your name on the waitlist (free gin & tonics are served while you wait).
  • Indoor and comfortable sidewalk seating available.

Located inside a 1950s restaurant (way before Palermo was the it-neighborhood), El Preferido maintains some of the traditional architecture and typical pink wash to the exterior.

You can sit at the bar wrapping around the kitchen, inside the covered patio, and even the comfortable sidewalk seating (just hold on to your purse).

💡Did you know? El Preferido was opened by the same team behind Don Julio? It quickly rose to fame, being featured as the Best Restaurant in Latin America in 2020. The restaurant’s sustainable practices have earned it the Michelin green star recognition.

The restaurant is a favorite for international celebrities (Dua Lipa, Rosalia, Matt Damon) with truly impeccable service, despite the casual ambiance.

What to Order:

El Preferido is a great spot to come for an afternoon snack and drink, and also for a special dinner.

If you’re looking for something on the lighter side, there are plenty of small plates (heirloom tomato salad, charcuterie board, and Spanish tapas).

For dinner, I order the blood sausage, butterfly sirloin steak (to share), and flan for dessert.

Their wine list is excellent, if somewhat pricey (try a bottle of Y La Nave Va red blend or BIRA Rosso d’Uco red).


📍Juan Ramírez De Velasco 1520, CABA 1414

The perfect meal exists, in a corner of Chacarita in Anchoita. And yes, there will be copious amounts of wine, cheese, and perfectly-cooked fish.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations available online via Meitre (at 8:00 or 10:00pm), however 2024 is completely booked up).
  • You can also try lining up before 6:45pm to be among the first two groups to be seated at 8pm, without reservations.

What is the secret to Anchoita’s success? Its owner, Enrique Piñeyro (airplane pilot and entrepreneur), has his thumb on the pulse of Buenos Aires.

The menu includes all his favorites foods, and the restaurant is designed to his exact specifications (with the kitchen surrounded by an impressive bar at the center).

What’s good enough for Piñeyro is exactly what we’ve all been craving… He’s so involved in day-to-day operations, you might even spot him at the grill.

During the pandemic, Anchoita remained closed. However it kept its momentum by opening a cafe & bakery (Wed-Sun 9am-8pm) and wine bar (Tues-Sat noon-midnight) where you can enjoy the same cheeses from its famous cheese cart.

What to Order:

I’ll share my formula for the perfect meal (but you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu): start with the egg-stuffed chipa, followed by the selection of steak tartare, a 500g cut of surubi (local river fish) or 1000g bife de chorizo, pistachio ice cream and cheese plate for dessert.

Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants in Buenos Aires

The Bib Gourmand category highlights restaurants with a simpler bistro-style cooking where you can order a 3-course menu adjusted to the local cost of living (under $50).

Here’s a “can’t miss” selection of 7 Bib Gourmand restaurants in BA.

La Alacena Trattoria

📍Gascon 1401, CABA 1181

La Alacena is an authentic Italian trattoria, serving pasta made with imported semola and farm-raised eggs.

The ambiance is cozy, with tables an elbow’s-length from the kitchen. Chef Julieta Oriolo is a 2nd-generation Italian with a passion for simple cooking.

Although she doesn’t speak a word of Italian, her handmade pasta screams “Ottimo!”.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations can be made online for lunch (12:30pm) or dinner (8:00pm), with indoor and sidewalk seating available.
  • You can also line up before 7:30pm for a table without a reservation.
  • Options for all types of diners (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free).

What To Order:

Three stand-out pasta dishes are the Cappelleti Allo Zafferano (made with saffron and lemon), Spaghetti al Sugo Nero di Sepia (squid ink spaghetti) and Garganelli al Ragu Bianco (hearty truffle cream sauce).

You can order ciabatta to start, and enjoy a leisurely meal with a bottle of wine and tiramisu for dessert, all for under $50 a person.


📍Virrey Avilés 3216, CABA 1426

A small plates global food concept by chef duo, Mica Najmanovich and Nico Arcucci.

What began as a closed-door restaurant in a one-room apartment has now become a hipster favorite in Colegiales. The most important ingredient at Anafe: creativity.

Mica and Nico regularly bend the rules, applying Asian cooking techniques to traditional Italian dishes.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations available online via Meitre with plenty of slots for lunch (weekends at 12:30, 1:00, 2:30, 2:45pm) and dinner (8:00, 8:15, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30pm).
  • Tables indoors and on the sidewalk deck.
  • For groups of 6 or more, email
  • No credit card required to book.

What To Order:

I recommend 2-3 plates per person. The menu changes seasonally, but some classics are the Pate con Financier (savory and sweet), Arroz de Calamar (served in a pan for 2, topped with crispy blood sausage), and Pavlova for dessert.

Order a bottle from the extensive wine list, which features plenty of organic and unfiltered wines. They also carry cans from a neighboring craft brewery, Strange.


📍Ángel Justiniano Carranza 1601, CABA 1414

Reliquia is perfect for a romantic evening, decorated in soft natural tones and antique furniture.

Chef duo Branko Vaccaro and Julia Bottaro are a couple in real life, joined by Maria Jose Testa.

They teamed up to renovate a historic building and convert it into a cozy bistro in 2022.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations available for dinner (8:00, 10:15pm) via Meitre.
  • Due to the limited number of tables, guests are limited to 2.25 hrs for dinner.
  • Credit card required to book online.
  • Gluten-free and vegetarian options available.
  • A dinner for two ranges from $70-$150, depending on your order.

What to Order:

The menu changes seasonally, featuring equal amounts of protein-heavy (lamb, steak, squid, fish) and vegetarian dishes.

Two to three plates are recommended per person. Try a starter like the marinated tomatoes and figs, then order the 500gr ribeye steak, and finish off with a French-style cheese plate.

Pair a Syrah wine with carbonic maceration by bodega Casa Tano from Mendoza.


📍José A. Cabrera 517, CABA 1412

Mengano has a modern bodegon concept in Palermo. Come here after you eat at Albamonte or Los Orientales, and you’ll appreciate the technical twist on bodegon dishes.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations are available online for dinner (8:00, 10:30pm).
  • You can dine as a party of one at the bar overlooking the kitchen, at small tables, or even a group of 6 in the private dining room.
  • No credit card required to book online.

What To Order:

Every item on the menu here makes an allusion to classic Argentine dishes (revuelto de gramajo, empanadas, ñoquis), but not in a way you’ve ever seen them before.

Plating looks like they use an army of tweezers to get the perfect formation of edible flowers and herbs.

I recommend pairing a bottle of the Livvera Bequignol or the Cielo Arriba red blend from Jujuy.

Stand Out Buenos Aires Michelin Guide Restaurants 

Here is a curated selection of 42 restaurants that received a Michelin mention.

Casa Cavia

📍Cavia 2985, CABA 1426

Casa Cavia is the perfect option for any time of day (lunch, brunch, dinner or drinks). It is elegant, intimate, and elevated.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations are available online via Meitre for lunch (12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30pm), merienda (4:00, 5:00, 6:00pm) or dinner (8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00pm).
  • Lunch is a la carte or an executive menu (~U$33).
  • Brunch is served only on Sundays (a la carte or 4-course menu for ~U$80).
  • In the afternoon, you can order a menu for 2 for tea-time (~U$43) or wine and snacks (~U$55).
  • Pet-friendly and child-friendly.

Located in a 1920s Belle Epoque home, Casa Cavia was renovated by an all-female team to become a restaurant, bar, flower shop, and publishing house.

The decor leaves hints, featuring a wall of flowers in the entryway and a ceiling of floating book sculptures in the dining room.

What to Order:

Salads are an excellent choice, full of greens and balanced acidity. The fish and pasta mains are also good, but the steak portions can be small.

Make sure to enjoy a post-dinner drink sitting next to the courtyard fountain. The cocktail menu is truly iconic- you can pick your poison depending on the mood you’re in (eager, curious, grateful, etc).


📍Peña 2300, CABA 1126

If you’re looking for memorable dishes with artistic plating, a meal at Roux will bring out your inner foodie.

While only open for 10 years, to me Roux is already a modern classic. The cozy layout and unfailing service will leave you feeling like a regular on your first visit.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations available via Meitre for lunch (12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30pm) and dinner (7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00pm).
  • Indoor seating is preferred for its Parisian bistro ambiance.
  • Make sure you arrive promptly (15 min grace period) or you can be marked a no-show and your card will be charged (~U$8).

Martin Rebaudino is a 3rd-generation chef, who first gained experience cooking in the Basque region of Spain.

You’ll find his careful appreciation of seafood and fresh fish in most of the dishes at Roux.

What to Order:

Rebaudino’s menu highlights regional ingredients like frog legs, llama, trout, king crab, venison and lamb.

I recommend the yellow-fin tuna tartare, truffled mushroom risotto and passionfruit mousse dessert.

Restó SCA

📍Montevideo 938, CABA 1019

A great spot for lunch when sightseeing in the Recoleta area, or a quiet dinner before heading back to your hotel.

Know Before You Go:

  • Open for lunch weekdays from noon to 3pm, and dinner on Thursdays and Fridays from 8pm to 11pm.
  • Reservations can be made via WhatsApp (+54 911 3073-2352), indicating your full name, # of guests and desired time.

Restó SCA has a peculiar history, and has been somewhat of a hidden gem before ranking #82 on the LatAM 50 Best list in 2021.  

Located inside a historic art deco building, the restaurant was originally the cafeteria for the local architecture society.

Today you’ll find that design details and subdued good taste aren’t a thing of the past.

With only a few tables, the service is intimate and dishes are served at an appropriate but surprising speed.

Chef Maria Magdalena Piaggio has dedicated almost two decades to the kitchen of Restó SCA, where she brings a French influence to seasonal cooking.

Here, you’ll find the best cheeses in Argentina, from Couly Ventimiglia (#1 cheese in 2023 World Cheese Awards).

What to Order:

You can select individual dishes or follow a 3-course menu.

It’s a tough choice between the rack of lamb and Peking duck, but there are delicious options for vegetarians as well.

Finish off dinner in the French style with a cheese plate.

Franca – Fuego y Vino

📍Darwin 1111, CABA 1414

Franca is the second restaurant of successful chef, Julio Martín Báez. Designed to showcase his Argentine identity, the menu at Franca is centered around the element of fire and the wines that have made Argentina famous.

Although Báez spent much of his formative years cooking in Asia and the US, he chose Buenos Aires to open his first restaurant, Julia (named for his daughter).

Julia’s explosive popularity has given him the impetus to open Franca as a new passion project.

Know Before You Go:

  • Dinner reservations are available Monday-Saturday on Meitre (7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 10:30, 10:45pm).
  • Solo-diners or couples can choose to sit at the bar, where you’ll feel part of the action in the kitchen.
  • Changes or cancellations can be made within 24hrs.
  • No-shows will be charged ~U$40 to their credit card.

What To Order:

The food menu is seasonal and somewhat compact, but the wine list makes up for it in length – covering all of Argentina’s wine regions from Salta to Patagonia.

I recommend starting off with the sourdough bread, trying a few vegetable starters and ordering the Wagyu steak (Argentine wagyu-style beef is not as buttery as the original, but still delicious).


📍Av. Dorrego 866, CABA 1414

A small plate concept that encourages diners to experience new flavors, at affordable prices. Can’t beat their ~U$10 lunch menu!

Know Before You Go:

  • Picarón accepts walk-ins for lunch (12:30-3:30pm) and dinner Monday-Saturday.
  • However, it’s best to reserve dinner via Meitre (8:00, 8:15, 8:30, 10:15, 10:30pm).
  • You’ll have a maximum of 2 hours at the table because the restaurant is small and in high demand,
  • All of your party must arrive in order to be seated, and tables have a 15 minute grace period.
  • Meitre makes it easy for diners to leave a note about allergies or other restrictions.

💡Did you know? The name “Picarón” was inspired by a Spanish novel from the 1500s, “La vida de Lazarillo de Tormes”. The main character is a scrappy indentured servant propelled on his way by a love of food.

You wouldn’t guess that the head chef of Picarón is also behind the elegant all-vegetarian restaurant, Sacro.

Maximiliano Rossi is anything but predictable. And that attitude is contagious with his rotating menu of cold and hot tapas.

What to Order:

An obligatory dish to try is the picarones (fried sweet potato fritters), followed by anything seafood (they tend to have oysters, smoked shrimp, scallops, calamari), and then mains inspired by Asian flavors.


📍Charlone 999, CABA 1427

You know you’ve made it when you draw the jealousy of the biggest chef in Buenos Aires, Germán Martitegui.

Criticized for its premature success, Ácido is the first restaurant of 25-year old chef Nicolas Tykocki.

Know Before You Go:

  • No reservations: Ácido is one of the few Michelin restaurants that doesn’t accept reservations, so you’ll need to arrive by 7:45pm (on weekends) to line up outside.
  • I recommend ordering a drink while you wait for a table to open up.

The restaurant is a family affair, started by chef Nico and his father. Located off the beaten tourist track in an odd corner of Chacarita, the building is barely noticeable from the street.

Inside, decor is a mix of hipster lighting, sport memorabilia, and antiques from your grandparent’s basement.

The open kitchen is spacious, and allows for the 20-something team’s work to be on full display.

What to Order:

The menu is amongst the shortest I’ve seen in Buenos Aires, offering just 2-3 options of appetizers, mains and dessert. Every few months they’ll swap out a dish that hasn’t quite earned its place as a classic.

You must try the bread as a starter, Filipino-style ssam, and fried chicken. And don’t be surprised when your table fills up with small plates, Korean banchan-style.

Piedra Pasillo al Fondo

📍Campos Salles 2145, CABA 1429

An architect’s wet dream with a rugged elegance that highlights the real star: a seasonal menu built around fresh ingredients.

Know Before You Go:

  • Dinner reservations can be made Monday to Saturday via Meitre (8:00, 8:15, 8:30, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45pm).
  • It’s best to choose indoor seating, although a few tables are located in the back patio (your reservation may be cancelled due to inclement weather).
  • Reservation etiquette is pretty strict, with a 15 minute grace period, 2 hour max table time, and unspecified charge to your card for no-shows.

The imperfect becomes perfect when you have the right team behind it. Piedra Pasillo (as it’s commonly known) is the project of successful restauranteurs from Sacro and Mauer Bar (a Berlin-themed cocktail bar close by).

Shortly after opening, a hidden bar was added- Al Fondo Bar open Monday-Saturday til 2am.

Al Fondo serves global street food snacks and modern, fresh cocktails. Bartender Santiago Migliano was nominated best up-and-coming of 2023 by Bar and Drinks magazine.

What to Order:

Not to freak anyone out, but I’ve eaten cow brains here before(!). All the dishes are so tastefully done, this should be the place you order the weirdest thing on the menu (currently they have cow tongue).

If you go hungry, order 3-4 dishes (appetizers and small mains).

The wine list features the best organic and biodynamic wineries in Argentina. I recommend the Otronia 45 Rugientes white blend or Canopus Malbec de Sed 2020.

Fogon Asado

📍2 locations: Uriarte 1423, CABA 1414, Gorriti 3780, CABA 1414

Fogon Asado is the quintessential asado experience in Buenos Aires.

Know Before You Go:

  • Dinner reservations can be made online through their website for 7:40pm sharp (there are no later shifts available as the experience will take several hours).
  • There are two options to choose from: the regular tasting menu (with 9 courses) or the 10-seat Chef’s Counter (same tasting menu guided by the chef).
  • Wine pairings are optional and can be added-on when you check out.
  • Unlike other restaurants, payment must be made in full with a credit card and pesos cash are not accepted.
  • This is a very flexible restaurant for gluten-free and vegetarians.
  • Kids under 14 aren’t allowed.
  • Should your plans change, they also allow you to cancel with a full refund with a 72 hour notice.

Fogon Asado is the project of Danielle Jenster (Denmark) and Alex Pels (Argentina), a couple with a background in touristic food experiences (Sherpa Food Tours, The Argentine Experience, & Criolla Cooking Classes).

What to Order:

The tasting menu is a crash-course in Argentine culture and includes all the most typical cuts of pork and beef (sweetbreads, blood sausage, pork matambre, asado, ribeye cap & ribeye).

If you’re celebrating, you should spring for the Sommelier’s Selection wine pairing of all 90+ point wines from award-winning wineries Catena Zapata and Zuccardi.

The regular wine tasting is all-you-can-drink but with cheaper labels from the same wineries.


📍Loyola 807, CABA 1414

One of the first small plates restaurants to revolutionize the dining scene in Buenos Aires. Julia is notorious for selling-out reservations for months at a time.

Know Before You Go:

  • Dinner reservations (at 8:00, 9:00, 10:30pm) are available via Meitre.
  • In the off-season you can get a table with one week’s notice. But come summer, you’ll need to book months in advance. Or, join a reservation-swapping WhatsApp group!

Julia is the restaurant where you can taste the full creativity of chef Julio Martín Báez.

Back in 2019 when it first opened, most chefs wouldn’t take risks on blending Asian flavors with Argentine staples.

However, Báez drew on his experience working under other Michelin star chefs (Mauro Colagreco- Mirazur, Gonzalo Aramburu- Aramburu) and Julia quickly gained popularity. In 2022 he was selected for the Top 100 Best Chefs Awards worldwide.

What to Order:

When I see a restaurant with a tasting menu, I always jump at the chance to try all the dishes they have to offer.

And the sommeliers at Julia have paired the 7 courses with an excellent wine selection (~U$150 in total, with wines).

You can also order a la carte: I recommend the sourdough bread starter, calamari, ribeye steak, and pavlova for dessert.


📍Loyola 1250, CABA 1414

The best vegetarian restaurant in Buenos Aires, set in a charming industrial space filled with plants.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations are available via Meitre for lunch (12:00, 1:00, 2:30pm) and dinner (7:30, 7:45, 8:00, 8:30, 10:45pm).
  • You can also go for merienda or happy hour, but you’ll need to wait in line for a table.
  • Tables are located in a open-air garden but there is comfortable heating in the winter months.

Chuí is the hottest place to eat vegetarian these days. Clientele are not what you’d expect for an all plant-based menu, either.

The restaurant’s four shareholding partners come from mixed backgrounds (the brother of Master Chef Narda Lepes, a sustainable architect, and owners of Soria and Festival bar) and together have created the perfect hit.

In the afternoons (4:00-6:45pm) you can enjoy live music and DJs in the garden.

💡Did you know? The restaurant’s name, Chuí, refers to the border city between Uruguay and Brazil known as a cultural melting pot. On one side of its streets the signs are in Portuguese and on the other, Spanish.

What to Order:

Start off with the charred avocado and Venezuelan queso llanero appetizers, followed by the sweet potato pizza cooked in a clay-oven.

13 Fronteras

El Salvador 5720, CABA 1414

A can’t-miss of Buenos Aires. Come for the Latino flavors and stay for the storytime with chef Dave Soady.

Know Before You Go:

  • Reservations can be made online via Woki app for dinner (at 8:00, 8:30, 9:00, 9:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30pm).
  • This is a great spot for solo-diners and couples looking to sit at the bar.
  • They also have vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
  • Making a reservation is easy on late notice, and you can even cancel for free up to 4 hours before your dinner. However, if you cancel late or are a no-show you’ll be charged ~U$60 to your card.

The restaurant is designed to fit around a main bar, where the food is plated in front of guests as part of a ceremony-like dining experience.

Decor feels cozy, like a mud adobe structure, with corn-shaped luminaries hanging as a chandelier.

What to Order:

Dishes can be ordered a la carte (I recommend 4+ per person). Each dish carries its own story, inspired by chef Dave Soady and wife Cristabel’s journey from Mexico to Argentina, by car.

The way the dish is plated oftentimes is part of the story and can involve hidden elements that reveal a final surprise.

The menu changes seasonally, and features crazy new concoctions like asado-flavored ice cream.

Conclusion: Future of The Buenos Aires Food Scene

The Michelin guide’s visit to Buenos Aires has undoubtedly changed the trajectory of the restaurant industry.

In a country where over half of the population is on the border of poverty, Michelin plaques now denote safe havens of excellent value for your money.

For the foodies out there, we can’t wait to see who the newcomers on the scene will be.

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