5 Hot Lunch Spots in Palermo

Baraka: This colorful and lively Palermo venue is only open during the day, and despite not serving alcohol is always full, which is a good sign. Their menu includes salads, sandwiches and dishes -such as the lamb burger- with a Middle Eastern spin. They also have a lovely terrace which is perfect for sunny Spring days.  Gurruchaga 1450, Palermo, 4834-6427

Olsen: Open sandwiches (smørrebrød) made from rye bread and delicious toppings like marinated herring and roast beef with curry sauce are typical in Scandinavian cuisine, and make great lunch options. Olsen specializes in everything Scandinavian including style and serves a very broad selection of vodkas, plus, they have outdoor seating in their garden. Gorriti 5870, Palermo. 4776-7677

Bio: Those who wish to go down the organic, vegetarian and even raw path will definitely love Bio. Their menu is varied and their food delicious and light enough that you can continue sightseeing all afternoon without needing a 2-hour nap in the middle. They have outdoor seating as well and a great selection of tea and juices. Humboldt 2192, Palermo. 4774-3880

Efímero Festín: For a quick sandwich in tasty bread or a salad with many toppings, Efímero Festín is the place to go. They offer top quality gourmet products, plus they have a salad bar to pick your own veggies from, and all in a cozy Palermo style setting.  Uriarte 1411, Palermo.  4831-9867

Hernán Gipponi Restaurant: Known for its elaborate tasting menus and famous brunch, Fierro Hotel’s restaurant also offers fantastic lunch options following its usual standard of quality, creativity and amazing taste. The wine selection is also very good, and there are a few tables outside in the garden. Soler 5862, Palermo. 3220-6820

Top 5 Restaurants in Recoleta

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La Bourgogne The city’s most distinguished French Restaurant, in the city’s most distinguished hotel, the Alvear Palace, offers one of the best, albeit pricy, dining options in Buenos Aires. Ayacucho 2027, Recoleta. 4808-2100.


Oviedo- This upscale Spanish restaurant is one of the top dining options the city has to offer. The fish is superb as is the lamb, the excellent wine list and service. The classic setting, the freshness of the ingredients and the savory cuisine make Oviedo an unquestionable top choice for gourmet dinning in Buenos Aires. Beruti 2606, Recoleta. 4821-3741.


Restó- Set in the local architects society, this intimate auteur restaurant is the favorite of many local chefs for its quality and innovative dishes. Edible flowers,  exotic vegetables  and  recommended stuffed quail are all part of  chef  Guido Tassi´s flavorful repertoire. Montevideo 938, Recoleta. 4816-6711


Almacen de los Milagros- Maria Milagros Padilla and her associate Martin Baquero combine their knowledge of cuisines from Tucuman., Patagonia, Spain and France in this restaurant that is open as a cafe during the day and as a gourmet auteur restaurant at night. Quintana 210, Recoleta. 4814-0533.


El Cuartito- Considered by some to be the best pizzeria in the city, El Cuartito, which has been around since 1934 is undoubtedly legendary. Great for a quick on the go slice in a lively environment, or for a low budget meal, plus, you really shouldn’t leave Buenos Aires without trying the typical fugazzeta pizza and faina! Talcahuano 937, Recoleta. 4816-1758.

Recommended Restaurant: El Baqueano

The concept behind this successful auteur restaurant is to reincorporate native meats which have been excluded from popular cuisine. Their nine course tasting menu which changes monthly includes innovative dishes made with quail, hare, rhea, alligator, prawns from Puerto Madryn and other local delicacies. A unique approach to the native meat eating culture.

El Baqueano
Chile 495,  San Telmo

Opening Hours: Tue- Sat 8pm-12pm