The Best Casual Dining in Buenos Aires
No need to wear a jacket or a dress. Our picks for the top restaurants in this genre focus on making the dining experience comfortable and unintimidating, and most are more reasonably priced than those in our upscale casual dining category.
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Aramburu BIS offers the same creative menu as flagship restaurant, Aramburu Restó, including an occasional offering exhibiting the chef’s mastery of molecular gastronomy. Although the execution equals or exceeds what you’ll find at any formal or upscale restaurant in Buenos Aires, it’s all presented in an atmosphere that’s less intimidating and more comfortable. BIS offers a five-course tasting menu for half of what you’d pay for the same thing at any of the fancier restaurants in town, and for a fifth of what you’d pay for the same meal in Manhattan, Sydney or Tokyo. The ambiance is pleasant. We note that BIS is in a neighborhood that’s a bit “rough around the edges”. Notwithstanding, Aramburu BIS is still on our “must-go” in Buenos Aires.
La Mar is famed-chef Gaston Acurio’s casual dining format for his trademark style of Peruvian cuisine. Acurio probably spent as much on design and décor on this restaurant as any the city. It’s the best outdoor terrace in the city for people watching and the food is as interesting as it is delicious. Don’t miss Acurio’s magic touch at Cebichería La Mar.
Although often described as a Jewish restaurant, don’t expect to see any matzo ball soup on the menu. This is straight, delicious, middle-eastern cuisine with a few of the chef’s unique Argentine touches. Mishiguene offers many of the same dishes you’d get at your favorite Greek restaurant, only in a sexy, minimalist décor. Reduced prices at lunch make this restaurant one of our favorites spots for lunch in Buenos Aires. And the menu item, Fatoush de Otoño, made our list of favorite salads in Buenos Aires. Don’t miss Mishiguene.
Trova is part sleek and trendy restaurant, part wine store. A unique concept that has a sommelier giving patrons a tour of the restaurant’s wine racks and explaining in detail the various aspects of the particular wines and the regions of origin. Some of the well-prepared menu items utilize wine during the cooking process. A Trove is a great concept, well executed.
Palermo Rosedal and Vicente López
Naná has a minimalist, industrial look and feel. The black metal, concrete, and exposed brick arches of the ceiling above, create a pleasant ambiance. A gourmet approach to fairly traditional menu items that are generally well-executed. Although service has been slightly inattentive on more than one occasion, that’s fairly typical for Buenos Aires. And on one occasion, the waitress failed to return our change when paying the bill. We’re hoping that was a chance occurrence.
Peron Peron is the only Peronist-themed restaurant in Buenos Aires. This place is so quirky and unique you just have to see it, especially if you’re a visitor from outside the city. There are only two dishes we can recommend on the menu, the osso buco on polenta or the Portuguese meatballs. And a draft beer from Evita’s sewing machine converted to a beer spout is the way to wash-down those meatballs.
Barracas / San Telmo
Club Social is one of a string of four or five of the best restaurants in Buenos Aires, all located on a single block at the crossroads of San Telmo and Barracas. This place bridges the gap between what used to be in Buenos Aires, and where it is today. It has the feel of one of a traditional Argentine bodegon or confitería, but with a cleaner, more contemporary look, and a well-executed modern menu with touches of traditional French cuisine. It’s easy to be blinded by the burgers, salads and sandwiches on the menu. Don’t overlook the Beef Bourguignon and the other French classics.