11 great wine restaurants in Mendoza 2023
Phone: +54 261 424 3336
Address: Belgrano 1188, Godoy Cruz
1884 was the first fine dining restaurant to open in Mendoza, back in 1999. Today it is one of the most hyped dinner dates in Mendoza, the property of renowned Argentine chef Francis Mallmann. With a penchant for the open flame, Mallmann’s cuisine is typically flame-grilled and simple in style, focusing on quality local ingredients. 1884 was also the first restaurant in Mendoza to have a serious cellar. With more than 300 labels on the menu, it’s a favourite of wine lovers.
Phone: +54 261 429-4200
Address: Avenida Sarmiento 765, Mendoza
Azafran has always been one of my top choices for fine dining in the city, and its cellar ― at the front of the restaurant ― is as eye-catching as it is emblematic. In the past couple of years, Azafrán has become increasingly refined in its menu and service, now offering a choice of tasting menu options crafted by one of Mendoza’s star chefs, Sebastian Weigandt. The extensive wine list means you won’t be short of a great bottle to share over dinner, but it is probably more fun to let the sommelier pair courses with some of the two dozen wines they offer by the glass. One of the most sophist...
Phone: +54 0261 341-7507
Address: Panamericana S/N - Frente a Palmares, Godoy Cruz
This intimate and buzzy restaurant serves up some of the most creative dishes in Mendoza, taking inspiration from traditional dishes and ingredients from all over Argentina, but delivered with a contemporary twist. Although the cocktails are incredibly popular, Autentico also has a very good wine list for those keen to explore. Mood lighting, an upbeat playlist, and service till 2 a.m. give this restaurant quite a lively vibe in the evenings, taking over the more relaxed atmosphere during weekend brunch. Separated by region rather than varietal or winery, the wine list of Autentico puts place...
Phone: +54 9 2615598684
Address: Guardia Vieja 2898, Luján de Cuyo
This intimate restaurant is the creation of chef Mariano Gallego and sommelier Florencia D'Amico and their cuisine and wine selection reflects their own evolving tastes having spent a few years living in Spain and Japan before resettling in Argentina. The sophisticated tasting menu comes accompanied by Florencia’s selection of wine pairings, which often include exclusive labels sourced from neighbouring wineries in Lujan de Cuyo.
Phone: +54 261 441 1200
Address: Chile 1124, Mendoza
Bistro M is the smart restaurant of Mendoza city's most iconic hotel, the Park Hyatt right on the main Plaza in the heart of the city. Serving up a fusion of international cuisine, often with guest chefs and themed menus from around the globe, the wine list is versatile and extensive, covering predominantly wines from Mendoza with varieties as diverse as Nebbiolo to Albariño.
Phone: +54 0261 415-6033
Address: Avenida Perú 989, CIUDAD
What makes this laidback restaurant one to hunt down is that it has one of the better selections of natural wines and small producers in Mendoza. Although there’s no wine menu per se, you’ll find some of the harder-to-come-by labels here at really good prices. Take a pew either inside the converted townhouse or on the street side tables out front, and order the excellent tortilla de papa before you even take a look at the menu. It’s the best tortilla in the city. Bernardino’s light menu of bites and gourmet sandwiches makes it a good choice any time of day, and a popular spot for breakfast and...
Phone: +54 261 456-1748
Address: Costaflores s/n, Cobos, Lujan de Cuyo
Cavas Wine Lodge was one of the first luxury lodges in Mendoza and its location right in the middle of a vineyard filled with old vines makes it hopelessly romantic for wine lovers. The intimate restaurant is equally as charming, and the wine cellar is a hidden gem, holding many library vintages from around Argentina. The menu of this Relais & Chateaux restaurant, designed by renowned chef Nadia Heron, focuses on local, wholesome ingredients.
Phone: +54 261 476 9831
Address: Ruta Provincial 94 km 14.55 5565 Tunuyán, Mendoza,
This luxury hotel and restaurant en route to the Manzano Historico in the Uco Valley is also a boutique winery and vineyard estate. But it isn’t only the wines of Casa de Uco that you can taste at the contemporary restaurant, but also a smart selection of Uco Valley wines and some choices from further afield. Overlooking the vineyards and estate, the airy and bright restaurant serves up a fantastic lunch and dinner menu and the service is some of the best in the Uco Valley. The owner is an architect, so you can expect expertly choreographed interior design too.
Phone: +54 0261 340-0065
Address: General Espejo 529, Mendoza
Hidden away from the main street, Cache Bistro is a small wine bar and shop in the heart of the ‘Manzano’ (block) with the feel of a secret garden. Wines are all on display as you walk through the rooms of the converted townhouse. Although the focus is on Mendoza, there are plenty of small brands and diverse varieties that keep it interesting. The menu is tapas-style with a few larger plates coming from the grill and hearty sandwiches for hungrier clientele. Doubling up as a wine shop, the ‘wine list’ is all on display in front of you, decorating the walls of each room in this large house. Th...
Phone: +54 0261 15-618-8114
Address: La Costa S/N, Gualtallary, Tupungato
Ruda might seem somewhat remote, but it really is in the epicenter of one of the most exciting wine regions of Argentina― the stunning location of Gualtallary. Taking full advantage of its spectacular vineyard location, this is open-air dining for a long, leisurely lunch overlooking the valley. Although there are many excellent winery restaurants in Mendoza, what’s special about Ruda is that this is not a winery restaurant, so you can explore a wide range of producers and wines while dining. Chef Gastón Trama’s seasonal menu focuses on Uco Valley ingredients and tapas-style plates packed with...
Phone: +54 261 461 3800
Address: Ruta Provincial 94, Los Sauces
The Vines of Mendoza is an enormous vineyard estate with a boutique winery and a luxury hotel. In addition, it is home to Siete Fuegos, a restaurant exploring the seven methods of cooking on fire, under the direction of Argentina’s most famous chef, Francis Mallmann. While the fame and popularity of the restaurant means it can get quite busy, it still has one of the most engaging wine lists in Mendoza. And there are few places to drink wine that beat the Andes mountain view of The Vines.