18 great wine bars and wine restaurants in Buenos Aires 2022
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.
Phone: +54 11 4773 1098
Address: Thames 878, Buenos Aires
A renowned cocktail bar that sommelier Julián Diaz and his partner, designer Florencia Capella, opened in Villa Crespo at the start of the noughties. 878 has long been the spot for F&B people to congregate and gather after night shifts. While they set up ‘el ocho’ as the original speakeasy in Argentina to serve carefully crafted drinks as well as great food, they also love to renovate historic architectural properties such as notable bar Los Galgos in Congreso and Roma pizzería in Almagro.
Phone: +54 11 4811-1414
Address: Pasaje del Correo, Vicente López 1661, ACY Buenos Aires
A technique-led 18-course tasting menu that highlights Argentine ingredients from the length and breadth of the country, served in the intimate ambience of chef Gonzalo Aramburu’s establishment in Recoleta; it’s one of the last remaining fine-dining restaurants standing in Buenos Aires and I love it for an intimate date. Such detail and elegance leads to a master class in haute cuisine paired with a diverse array of vintages, starring some of the most exciting wines being produced in Argentina today. Book a table on the ground floor to catch the culinary action; the first floor has a more buzz...
Phone: +54 11 4773-3739
Address: Arévalo 2032, Palermo, Buenos Aires
The brainchild of sommelier Aldo Graziani, the Palermo branch of his eponymous restaurant offers up the same solid contemporary fare with Italian and Mediterranean influence and a wide array of local vintages as the Monserrat one, but in more space. The leafy front patio is a lovely spot for a lazy outdoor lunch prepared by chef Leonardo Azulay, while a dynamic team of sommeliers make excellent recommendations from the 500-strong cellar, named after the late Argentine wine writer Elisabeth Checa. They take pride in selecting vintages from small- and medium-size producers though there’s also a...
Phone: +54 11 4737-1246
Address: Blanco Encalada 2120, San Isidro, Buenos Aires
Located in an elegant residential neighbourhood in San Isidro in Greater Buenos Aires, Alo’s restaurant is a fantastic spot to enjoy a breath of fresh culinary air outside the city limits. Chef-patron Alejandro Feraud is one of Argentina’s brightest talents, taking immense pride in working closely with local organic farms and orchards. Book a spot at the kitchen bar, which is buzzy and offers closeups of the talented culinary team in action. The team’s work has twice been recognised by Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants.
Phone: +54 11 4809-8600
Address: Cavia 2985, Buenos Aires
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 in Palermo Chico. The restaurant’s kitchen is led by executive chef Julieta Caruso, the former right-hand woman to Andoni Luis Aduriz at Mugaritz. She takes inspiration from music, movies or literature for her seasonal menus. The extensive wine list based on small producers is managed by executive sommelier Mariana Torta. The bar is also notable; enjoy a signature cocktail at the eye-catching bar, created by talented mixologi...
Phone: +54 11 4343-6067
Address: Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo 1160, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires
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 4832-6058
Address: Guatemala 4699, Buenos Aires
Regarded as serving the best steak in Argentina by both diners and rankings, meat mecca Parrilla Don Julio also houses one of the most impressive cellars in the country. Book well ahead or queue up for a table at this busy restaurant, a former butcher in trendy Palermo Soho―but the mouthwatering ribeye and wines from the eye-watering cellar are worth the wait. Do ask to participate in the sensorial experience in the cellar. If you pick a particularly special bottle, you can sign it before staff display it on the wall, empty memories of the best variety. This steakhouse has been an institution...
Phone: +54 11 4321-1200
Address: 1086/88 Posadas, ABB, Buenos Aires
At the flagship restaurant of the Four Seasons, executive chef Juan Gaffuri creates modern Argentine cuisine that’s backed up with a top wine service. The extensive list has a selection of 200 labels from around the country―and there are many others off list, so always ask―and is run by sommelier Dulce Long. Located in the swanky Recoleta neighbourhood, Elena is an oasis in the city for breakfast, lunch or dinner; you can move on next door to the polo-themed Pony Line bar for late-night cocktails.
Phone: +54 11 4774-6585
Address: Jorge Luis Borges 2108, Buenos Aires
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 4313-6093
Address: Arroyo 872, Buenos Aires
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 Buenos Aires
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 4775-0625
Address: Thames 2296, Buenos Aires
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 4854-9334
Address: Juan Ramirez de Velasco 1520, Buenos Aires
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 15-4821-3741
Address: Beruti 2602, Buenos Aires
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 5171-1234
Address: Avenida Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires
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 4832-5654
Address: Gorriti 5132, Buenos Aires
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 4816-6711
Address: Montevideo 938, Buenos Aires
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 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.