Food in Buenos Aires

Argentina's local cuisine explores both European and Latin American influences, and is highly regarded worldwide. In Buenos Aires, pizza and pasta are as readily available as regional specialties like empanadas or asado, also known as Argentine barbeque. Grilled meat is an Argentine staple, with steak and beef ribs especially common. If your diet includes meat, you absolutely must check out a popular parrilla and sample their asado. There are many delicious choices for vegetarians, too, like tasty cheese and spinach empanadas, pastas, and salads.

Every neighborhood in Buenos Aires boasts excellent dining options, so students should spend some time finding the best restaurant in their favorite barrio. Instead of rushing the bill out to you, restaurant staff in Argentina will leave you to your dining experience for as long as you wish, because, like Italians, Porteños enjoy sitting down for long meals that allow them to enjoy quality time with friends and family. If you are ever invited to eat out by a local be prepared to enjoy a languid two- to three-hour meal.

Dining Tips

To get the most out of your dining and clubbing experience, consider the following tips:

  • Pick up 'Oleo Guia' Similar to Zagat's, with details and reviews on every restaurant in Buenos Aires. Guides can be purchased at local kiosks, and can also be viewed at
  • It is hard to get a proper meal between the hours of 4 and 7 pm Porteños eat dinner late.
  • Make reservations on weekend nights and don’t expect a lively atmosphere if you are eating anytime before 10pm!

Student Recommendations

Student recommendations, let us know if you have any suggestions!