This parrilla in the heart of San Telmo has good food, and the value is great.  It’s family-owned, and all kinds of classic, from the checkered floor to the prices.  Also, the wait staff are really nice.

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My opinion: If you are looking for a really nice meal on the cheap, this is the spot.

Location: Chile 594 at Peru, in San Telmo.

Price: Two people can split one meat, it is more than enough.  It should run you about $50 ARP (13 USD) per person, including drinks.


Buenos Aires has a huge Italian-Argentine population, evident in the quality of all kinds of Italian food, but most happily in the Italian-style gelato.  There’s a heladeria (ice cream parlor) on every other corner in this town, and they’re mostly all amazing, but this one is really standout.  I highly recommend the dulce de leche granizado (caramel ice cream with chocolate chips).  The coffee is damn fine as well, and comes with delicious mini brownies.

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For reference, the difference between gelato and ice cream is basically that there are more eggs, whole milk instead of cream, and no air whipped in to gelato.  More on that here.

My opinion: Will change your life.  Or your pant size.  Worth it.
Location: There are several. The one pictured is at Migueletes 868, where it intersects with Maure.
Price: Depends on the size you want, but I wouldn’t call it cheap.  The smallest cone is 12 ARP, about 3 USD.

Bar El Federal is located close to Plaza Dorrego, but far enough that it’s nice and quiet. It’s a favorite among tourists and Porteños alike. The picadas platters are fantastic. It’s a nice place to stop for a late lunch or an early dinner and drinks.

My opinion: It’s a definite tourist must-do. Old, really Porteño, and with good food.
Location: On the corner of Peru and Carlos Calvo, San Telmo
Price: Inexpensive.

Expect a long wait, dotted with at least five different languages, platters of chorizo to calma the crowd, and gratis champagne. If you don’t have a reservation, go at 8 PM, when they open, put your name on the list, and do not expect to be seated quickly. If you go at 9, expect at least an hour and a half wait.

The decor, with whimsical touches like miniature hot air balloons set against white tablecloths and candlelight, is nice without being stuffy. The huge portions of meat are probably the best I have ever tasted, and come with platters of sides/sauces, so no need to order vegetables! Split one meat between two people, it will be more than enough. Bonus: the night is sure to end sweetly, with a Chupa Chup tree at your table!
My rating: 9, because it’s expensive by BA standards. If you don’t plan, you’ll end up eating at 11:30 and calling it a 6, though. Do not make this mistake!
Price *including wine*: 150 ARP (40 USD)
Location: José Antonio Cabrera 5099, at Thames