25 great wine bars and wine restaurants in Buenos Aires
First time in Buenos Aires, new resident or is it your home town? Wonder where to go when in the mood for drinking great wine? Check out our guide to the best wine bars and wine restaurants in Buenos Aires. For even more tips - check out local sommelier Andres Rosberg's guide below.
Phone: +54 11 4832-6058
Address: Guatemala 4699, Buenos Aires
Possibly the best steak in Argentina, Don Julio is a Buenos Aires classic for its beef but also has one of the most impressive cellars in the city. You’ll have to queue up to get a seat at this busy restaurant which sits on a corner block in Palermo Soho, but the mouthwatering asado and eye-watering wine list are worth the wait. Don Julio has been an institution in Buenos Aires since it opened in 1999 and still sits comfortably at the top as one of the best parillas in the city. Steak and Malbec eat your heart out!
Phone: +54 11 4770-9500
Address: Costa Rica 5852, BTJ
Known for its fantastic service and top notch cuisine, Tegui is one of the most sought-after dinner dates in Buenos Aires. Owned by celebrity chef Germán Martitegui, his team of chefs serve an innovative tasting menu of contemporary Argentine cuisine.
Phone: +54 11 4321-1200
Address: 1086/88 Buenos Aires AR-C AR, Posadas, ABB
This is the chic restaurant of Four Seasons which has top wine service and a great wine list with an extensive selection of 200 labels from Argentina. In the smart Recoleta neighbourhood, Elena is an oasis in the city for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night drinks. Modern Argentine cuisine in a stylish setting.
Phone: +54 11 4773-2311
Address: Gurruchaga 1149, Buenos Aires
This was one of the first wine bars in Buenos Aires to import pour-yourself-wine machines and it is wall to wall with the shiny wine dispensers with over a hundred wines from around Argentina and a bit further afield. A low-lit, urban-industrial vibe makes it a good date night spot, and the menu includes main dishes as well as sharing plates from their cheese bar. The wine bar now has two locations, one in the bohemian Villa Crespo neighbourhood and another in the hip Palermo Hollywood neighbourhood, where you can also dine at the chef’s table.
Phone: +54 11 15-4821-3741
Address: Beruti 2602
A true classic of Buenos Aires, Oviedo is well-known for its smart service and Mediterranean cuisine. Although what many diners don’t realise is that the owner has almost 20,000 wines in his cellar – with some incredible back vintages of Argentina’s most iconic wines. Delve into the impressive cellar of this passionate collector while experiencing classic fine dining and swift service from a team of bow-tied waiters.
Phone: +54 11 4778-1050
Address: Nicaragua 6002
This French bistro-style wine bar was a game changer when it opened in Buenos Aires in 2013, offering not only Argentine wines but international wines by the glass at a time when it was almost impossible to get any wines (even by the bottle) from beyond the border. It is still a great wine refuge in Palermo and is open all day offering more than 50 wines by the glass and more by the bottle. The trained sommeliers are great at pairing wine flights with your choice of cheeses and charcuterie, or you can stay for brunch, lunch or dinner.
Phone: +54 11 4342-0802
Address: Chile 499, AAI
In the bohemian San Telmo neighbourhood, El Baqueano is known for serving indigenous ingredients from around Argentina, specialising in exotic meats including llama and alligator. El Baqueano is owned by the creative husband and wife team, Fer Rivarola in the kitchen and Gabriela Lafuente in the cellar, who met while working in gastronomy and wine in Toro, Spain.
Phone: +54 11 3220-6820
Address: Hotel Fierro, Soler 5862, BYL
Tucked into the sleek Fierro Hotel in the heart of Buenos Aires’ hip Palermo Hollywood neighbourhood, Uco restaurant is a stylish affair. Dishes are simple but everything is fresh and homemade, and the wine list has 200 labels reflecting the growing diversity of Argentine wine. Attentive service and a great wine-paired tasting menu go beyond the otherwise à la carte experience.
Phone: +54 11 4811-1414
Address: Pasaje del Correo, Vicente López 1661, ACY
With its 12 to 17-course tasting menu and wine pairings, you can expect a whirlwind class in not only modern Argentine cuisine but a great insight into what are some of the most exciting wines being produced in Argentina today. Gonzalo Aramburu's intimate eatery is known for creative cuisine using local ingredients, and his masterful work with different cuts of Argentine beef.
Phone: +54 11 4832-5654
Address: Gorriti 5132
Since opening its doors in 2013, this casual wine bar in Palermo is one of the best places to sit down for a wine tasting to explore Argentina’s wine regions one-on-one with a sommelier. Every afternoon Pain et Vin offers an hour-long tutored wine tasting, exploring Argentina’s wine history and grape varieties. You can also try the daily wine flight and cheese board, or order wines by the glass or bottle, in your own time.
Phone: +54 11 4737-1246
Address: Blanco Encalada 2120, Boulogne
Located in an elegant residential neighbourhood in San Isidro in Greater Buenos Aires, Alo’s is a fantastic spot to enjoy a breath of fresh culinary air outside the city of Buenos Aires. Book a spot at the kitchen bar, which is fun and offers closeups of the talented culinary team in action. Dishes are one-star level and are spectacular.
Phone: +54 11 4343-6067
Address: Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160, Puerto Madero
One of Buenos Aires’ top fine-dining establishments, Chila is the only one to hold the Relais Chateaux accolade and also rank on Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list 2019. Talented young Head Chef Pedro Bargero takes pride in sourcing ingredients from around Argentina for the seasonal tasting menu, while pastry chef Ana Irie’s work with desserts is notable: her hibiscus box with raspberry ganache is a work of art. Sommelier Marco Scolnik, who worked in Europe, is in charge of the cellar and undertakes fantastic pairings focusing on Argentine vintages.
Phone: +54 11 4773-1098
Address: Thames 878
A mythical bar, sommelier and owner Julián Diaz and his wife, designer Florencia Capella, opened 878 15 years ago, and it's long been the place for industry people to congregate and gather after the night shift. One of the first speakeasies in Argentina serving great cocktails as well as very good food. Julián also owns bar-café-restaurant Los Galgos in Congreso. A must.
Phone: +54 11 4854-9334
Address: Juan Ramirez de Velasco 1520, C1414ARF
This year-old establishment is the brainchild of former pilot-turned-chef Enrique Piñeyro, who leads a young culinary team who prepares contemporary Argentine cuisine. Book ahead for comfy kitchen-side bar seats and order whole grilled surubí river fish, unusual in this city of steak fans.
Phone: +54 11 4773-3739
Address: Arévalo 2032
The brainchild of sommelier Aldo Graziani, the Palermo branch of his eponymous restaurant offers up the same solid contemporary Argentine fare and wide array of local vintages as the Monserrat branch, but with the added bonus of a whole lot more space. The leafy front patio is a lovely spot for a lazy outdoor lunch prepared by chef Maximilano Matusmuto, while a dynamic team of young sommeliers make excellent recommendations. Sample Patagonian oysters or charcuterie before tucking into trout with fennel and smoked almond purées. Renowned bartender Pablo Pignatta is in charge of cocktailing matt...
Phone: +54 11 4809-8600
Address: Cavia 2985
Located in one of Buenos Aires’ most beautifully refurbished mansions, enjoy lunch on Casa Cavia’s gorgeous outdoor patio or dinner in the impeccably designed dining room. The kitchen is led by executive chef Julieta Caruso, the former right-hand woman to Andoni Luis Aduriz at Mugaritz, who takes inspiration from music and literature for her menu. The extensive wine list was revised by British sommelier Sorrel Moseley-Williams while day-to-day service is led by front-of-house manager Lucás Angelillo. Enjoy a signature cocktail at the eye-catching bar, created by mixologist López Davalos and ex...
Phone: +54 11 4816-6711
Address: C1019ABT, Montevideo 938
I started my sommelier career at this restaurant in 2003, although back then, it was under different ownership. That was when Restó established its reputation for great wines and food. Located within the stylish Architecture Society’s headquarters, this elegant restaurant is a tucked-away gem. The wine list is compiled by Matias Chiesa, one of few Master of Wine students in Argentina. A truly lovely place to go for lunch accompanied by a glass of something delicious, or for dinner for the tasting menu. The cheese trolley is fantastic.
Phone: +54 11 4774-6585
Address: Jorge Luis Borges 2108
The new project from the team behind Don Julio steakhouse, ranked 33 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, the emblematic El Preferido de Palermo underwent a considerable facelift in 2019, while managing to retain certain airs and flavours of years bygone. Take a seat at the bar for a view of chef Martín Lukesch and team in action, while dipping into in-house charcuterie such as calabresa and mature bacon over a glass of glou-glou house wine. Other must orders include marinated red mullet and lentil stew.
Phone: +54 11 4831-0027
Address: Aráoz 1676
This cool restaurant, based out of a former mechanic’s workshop, is run by dynamic young chef duo Leo Lanussol and Agusto Meyer, and has ranked in Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants list. Their focus on market-to-table ingredients means the menu changes daily; expect calamari with broccoli and bean aioli or heart sweetbreads with pickles. For dessert, the flan (creme caramel) is a total must. Proper is one of the few Buenos Aires establishments prioritising natural wine on its list; the chefs recently collaborated with Finca Suárez winery to make a house Malbec.
Phone: +54 11 4775-0625
Address: Thames 2296
Translating as ‘the blackboards’, both the food and wine lists are chalked up on boards hanging from walls, giving an authentic bistro ambience to this adorable Palermo spot. And, both food and wine menu change up regularly, according to chef-owner Rodrigo Castilla’s market-to-table approach, which keeps local diners interested. Must orders include smoked bone marrow tortellini and cured grey mullet in a ponzu sauce. No reservations, open Sunday evenings.
Phone: +54 11 4778-0655
Address: Nicaragua 5935, BQG
I loved this welcoming place when it was based out of a tiny location; these days it’s a few blocks down the street with the same friendly vibe but in a larger, more accommodating space. Part wine bar, part wine store, enjoy a glass of wine or a bottle over some small plates. It’s also one of the best wine bars for non-Argentine wines if you feel the need for a French, Italian or New Zealand vintage. At the helm is sommelier Mariana Torta who designed the concept, together with wine aficionado Roberto Costa.
Phone: +54 11 4313-6093
Address: Arroyo 872
An absolute must i Buenos Aires! Why? Because it has everything and is ranked three in the World’s 50 Best Bars 2019. Fantastic cocktails created by top bartender Tato Giovannoni, a great selection of natural wines and excellent bar food, with many dishes cooked over the parrilla (grill). A speakeasy-style bar, Florería is located in a stylish neighborhood in the basement of a florist. And, Giovannoni isn’t just a great bartender: he also produces vermouth and gin, and he is the co-owner of a vineyard in the Chubut province in Patagonia.
Phone: +54 11 4811-1108
Address: Libertad 1161, AAW
I love Gran Bar Danzon. This is where I stopped working as a bartender and started my training to become a sommelier over twenty years ago. It has a very comprehensive wine list, including many old vintages that are sometimes hard to find, and several different wines offered by the glass.
Phone: +54 11 5171-1234
Address: Avenida Alvear 1661
The Duhau Palace is today a Park Hyatt hotel. It was built almost a century ago, when Argentina was one of the richest countries on Earth. This beautiful place boasts a restaurant, a cocktail and cigar bar, a wine bar and Buenos Aires’ only serious cheese cellar. It is like a food & wine lover’s heaven...
Phone: +54 11 4334-2380
Address: Moreno 372, Monserrat Casco Histórico de, AAH
The creation of celebrity somm Aldo Graziani, Aldo’s is a great combination of wine bar, restaurant and wine store. They have branches in Retiro and Palermo, but the one not to be missed is the one in San Telmo, as it boasts what is arguably Buenos Aires’ best jazz club, Bebop, in its basement.