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Recommended restaurants in Buenos Aires
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Bar Uriarte, Uriarte 1572, Palermo Soho
Cool virtually any time, Bar Uriarte is always a place to see and be seen by Palermo trendsetters. Fortunately, the food is up to the surroundings.
Enjoy your meal in an overstuffed chair or couch near the front. Have an excellent cocktail and light lunch in the bar. Or dine in the back on excellent pastas, or grilled fish and meat. Great for people watching.
Phone:  54.11.4834.6004
Hours:  Open daily from noon
Web:   www.baruriarte.com.ar
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   35ARS

Buller Brewing Company, RM Ortiz 1827, Recoleta
With sports bar staples like burgers, wings, and pizzas, the food here is nothing to write home about. But in a town that's all about the wine, beer drinkers may want something more substantial than the local favorite, Quilmes. The first microbrewery in town, Buller brews six beers on premises, including a popular honey beer and a hoppy IPA.
Phone:  54.11.4808.9061
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Cabana Las Lilas, 516 Alicia Moreau de Justo, Puerto Madero
Only in Argentina would the web site of one of the country's finest restaurants include a "semen" section. Click on "Hereford" or "Angus Colorado" and you'll get a beauty shot of the big bruisers who are ready, willing, and able to impregnate your cows. This ranch-to-table supply chain gives Las Lilas complete control over the quality of their beef ­ and you'll never taste any finer. As soon as you're seated in the stylish Puerto Madero location, you'll be greeted with a lovely antipasto of vegetables, olives, cheese, and breads. You can dine indoors, or on the river-side patio. Expensive by BsAs standards, particularly if you order wine to match the beef, it's a must-do for carnivores.
Phone:  54.11.4313.1336; reservations recommended
Hours:  Open daily from noon to midnight
Web:   www.laslilas.com
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   38ARS

Café Tortoni, 825 Avenida de Mayo, El Centro
Opened in 1858, Café Tortoni is to Buenos Aires what Les Deux Magots is to Paris. Today, the lovely Art Nouveau salon is a great destination any time of day, whether you're stopping by for a breakfast of cortado and medialuna, a midmorning churro and hot chocolate, or an evening tango show. No trip to BsAs is complete without a visit.
Phone:  54.11.4342.4328
Hours:  Open daily from 8AM until late
Web:   www.cafetortoni.com.ar
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   7ARS

Filo, 975 San Martín, Retiro
This see-and-be-scene spot is nearly always packed with attractive patrons who are as interested in the other diners as they are the food ­ which is really quite good. Not far from Calle Florida and Plaza San Martin, it offers great thin-crust pizzas, mouth-watering pastas, and excellent cocktails. The colorful, kitschy design showcases up-and-coming artists. And the clad-in-black staff are helpful and outgoing.
Phone:  54.11.4311.0312
Hours:  Open daily for lunch and dinner
Credit cards accepted:  AE, MC, V
Main courses from:   17ARS

Freud y Fahler, Gurruchaga 1750, Palermo Soho
Opened by a psychiatrist, this cozy restaurant on a cobblestone street in Palermo offers simple, well-prepared Mediterranean dishes and a good selection of Argentine wines. The ambience is warm and inviting and there are a couple of tables on the sidewalk in front. Lunch is a terrific bargain.
Phone:  54.11.4833.2153
Hours:  Closed Sundays
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Gran Bar Danzon, Libertad 1161, Retiro
If "wine bar" is one of your favorite two-word combinations ­ right up there with "beer garden" and "swim-up bar" ­ don't miss Gran Bar Danzon. The eclectic menu offers something for every appetite, but since you're here to enjoy the wine, why not order several small plates. Sushi, sashimi, ceviche, spring rolls are available to share. The wine list is encyclopedic and they also make a mean cocktail.
Phone:  54.11.4811.1108 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Weekdays from 7PM, weekends from 8PM
Web:   www.granbardanzon.com.ar
Credit cards accepted:  
Small plates from:   28ARS

La Bourgogne, Av. Alvear 1891 in the Alvear Palace Hotel, Recoleta
Frequently named "The Best Restaurant in South America," this formal French restaurant in the Alvear Palace Hotel is the only Relais & Gourmand recognized establishment in Argentina. The menu features French classics such as escargots, chateaubriand, and rack of lamb. Chef Jean Paul Bondoux also offers a tasting menu which is relatively affordable. As you'd expect, service is world-class. And the wine list is exceptional. All in all, there's no finer dining experience in BsAs.
Phone:  54.11.4805.3857; reservations required
Hours:  Closed Sunday, lunch and dinner weekdays; dinner Saturdays
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   35ARS

Lomo, Costa Rica 4661 , Palermo Viejo
There may be a hipper place in Buenos Aires. Then again, maybe not. With its beautiful rooftop terrace, chill/trance soundtrack, and lounge filled with beautiful people, Lomo is hard to beat. Food is expensive for BsAs, but usually quite good. For something different, try the wild boar. This is definitely not a place to eat and run, so plan to spend a while enjoying the buzz. And if you enjoy the music, buy the CD from the record shop on the second level.
Phone:  54.11.4833.3200 Reservations recommended
Hours:  Mondays from 8:30PM; Tuesday through Sundays from 1PM
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   21ARS

Nectarine, 1661 Vicente López, Recoleta
When you can't face another steak, the nouvelle French cooking at Nectarine can be just what the doctor ordered. Up a steep flight of stairs, this charming little bistro would be equally at home in Avignon. Although expensive for BsAs, the 200-peso tasting menu delivers eight courses of wonderful game, fish, lamb, and more.
Phone:  54.11.4813.6993, reserve well in advance
Hours:  Closed Sundays, no lunch on Saturdays
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Řlsen, 5870 Gorriti, Palermo Hollywood
Incongruous as it may seem, one of BsAs's smartest restaurant is this bastion of Scandinavian cuisine and design. Those who try to limit their consumption of red meat will appreciate the selection of expertly prepared fish. And the vast array of vodka makes the bar a hip watering hole for young Portenos. The aesthetic recalls 2001: A Space Odyssey and the wait staff is very attractive. If you can't make it for dinner, Sunday brunch is a popular alternative.
Phone:  54.11.4776.7677
Hours:  Open until late; closed Mondays
Credit cards accepted:  AE, DC, MC, V
Main courses from:   24ARS

Oveido, 2602 Beruti, Barrio Norte
Lovers of Barcelona will feel right at home at this lovely brasserie with its dark wood, white linens and golden-hour lighting. The smart crowd adds to the sophisticated ambience. The big draws are authentic paellas, roast suckling pig, and a killer wine list. But don't overlook the fish, which is among the best in town. Save room for one of the fabulous desserts.
Phone:  54.11.4821.3741
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Sucre, 676 Sucre, Belgrano Bajo
Phone:  54.11.4782.9082
Hours:  One of the hottest tables in town, Sucre attracts a lively, hip crowd. A little off the beaten tourist path in Belgrano, the high-style ambience and fusion cuisine make it worth the cab ride. The menu spans the globe with salmon ceviche, inventive pastas, and delicious meats and fish roasted in the wood-burning oven. Save room for one of the dreamy desserts.
Web:   www.sucrerestaurant.com.ar
Credit cards accepted:  
Main courses from:   28ARS