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The Best Puerto Madero, Retiro and Centro Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

Allie Lazar

By | September 24, 2013 | Leave a comment

What are the best restaurants in Buenos Aires? Tips on the best bars, restaurants and cafes in the Puerto Madero, Retiro and Centro neighborhoods by the “Queen of all that is edible” Allie Lazar.

 

Neighborhoods: Retiro, Microcentro, Puerto Madero

BASA

Basavilbaso 1328

4893-9444

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BASA keeps Buenos Aires classy with a new take on a trendy restaurant and lounge. Great food, drinks and hot people – kinda my idea of a perfect night. If only your basement at home was this cool.

Mon – Fri: 12pm – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – close, Sat – Sun: 8pm – close

http://www.basabar.com.ar/

$$$

 

Café Paulín

Sarmiento 635

4325-2280

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An old school sandwich shop legend, hop up to the bar and choose from a number of traditional Argentine sandwiches. It’s one of the most crowded restaurants in Buenos Aires for a reason: fresh ingredients, massive portions and cheap prices.

Monday – Saturday, 7am – 8pm

$

 

Dadá

San Martin 941

4314-4787

This small bar and restaurant might only have a handful of tables, but it has continued to serve great food (and even better cocktails) for years. The eclectic menu features anything from pasta to salads to meat dishes, with the bife de lomo a force to be reckoned with.

Mon – Sat, 8am – close

$$$

Farinelli

Arroyo 900

4328-7998

A great café for a quick breakfast, lunch or weekend brunch.

http://www.farinelli.com.ar/

Mon – Sat: 8am – 8pm

Filo

San Martin 975

4311-0312

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A downtown Buenos Aires favorite, Filo’s your spot for the overall food, ambiance, quirky restaurant experience tri-fecta. It’s a casual yet popping place for pizza-pasta-salad-cocktails and great wine.

Mon – Sun: 12pm – 2am

http://www.filo-ristorante.com/

$$

 

Florería Atlántico

Arroyo 872

4313-6093

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What do a flower shop, record store, vinoteca, parrilla (barbecue grill) and an underground bar all have in common? Florería Atlántico, flawlessly swoon-worthy Retiro spot. While on the top level you can buy beautiful flower bouquets, wines and even records, once you open the meatpacking refrigerator door and dip downstairs to the nautical themed bar, prepare yourself for killer cocktails and an impressive selection of tapas, all cooked on a grill.

Mon – Sat: 7pm – 3am

http://www.floreriaatlantico.com.ar/

$$$

 

Juana M

Carlos Pellegrini 1535

4328-6661

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There aren’t many Buenos Aires parrillas (steakhouses) that serve a great steak AND salad, but this spot makes both meat and vegetable lovers happy. In addition to their meat-based menu, Juana M also offers an unlimited salad bar that is bound to please even the snobbiest of salad eaters.

Mon – Sun: 12pm – 4pm, 8pm – close

http://www.juanam.com/

$$

 

Latino Sandwich

Tacuarí 185

4342-2809

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You might not think twice when you walk by the plain, nondescript sandwich shop in Centro. Minimalistic decor, there are only about 4 tables, a few bar stools perched against the window and a counter pimping out a sexy sandwich toaster-press and enticing sandwiches that put your stupid old miga-milanesa-milanga to shame. Latino Sandwich is helping to reinvent the way the porteños lunch, offering a variety of affordable, inventive and flavorful food, packed with a whole lotta onda.

Mon – Sat: 7:30am – 7:30pm

http://www.latinosandwich.com/

$

 

Le Grill

Alicia Moreau de Justo 876

4343-6067

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The best parrilla on the Puerto Madero strip, in the world of modern first class steakhouses, Le Grill gets a bunch of gold stars. The kitchen bangs out killer juicy steaks, cooked textbook, while impeccably trained waiters serve remarkable wines (from an even more remarkable wine cellar).

Sun – Fri: 12:30pm – 3pm, Mon – Sat: 7pm – 12am

http://legrill.com.ar/

$$$$

 

Mullu

Pasaje Ricardo Rojas 451

4311-2812

 

With Peruvian fusion trending big in the food world, Mullu brings a super creative and insanely delicious take on Nikkei Peruvian-Japanese flavors. It’s a modern space featuring a U shape bar and open kitchen to watch the Peruvian chefs work their magic. The innovative presentation also makes for a feast of the eyes.

Monday – Sat: 12pm – 4pm, 8pm – 12am

https://www.facebook.com/mullurestaurants

$$$$

 

Moreneta de Montserrat

Moreno 477

4331-1428

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Catering to the downtown breakfast and lunch crowd by day, serving up molecular gastronomy multi-course tasting menus on special nights, this little gem certainly bangs out homemade culinary surprises in the kitchen.

Monday – Fri: 8am – 7pm, Fridays: 8:30pm – 12am

http://www.moreneta.com.ar/

$$

 

Bonus Bars:

 

The Sensi

Tucuman 422

6224-0142

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Formally known as Le Bar, this hip three level bar mixes up great cocktails while blasting awesome jazzy, funky and soulful tunes.

Tues – Fri: 6pm – close, Sat: 8pm – close

http://www.thesensi.com/

La Cigale

25 de Mayo 597

4893-2332

French bar that has been a microcentro top spot for quite some time with a mix of locals and foreigners. Don’t be surprised if you pop in on a pub quiz night or live band jamming away.

Mon – Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 3am

 

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