Where's the Beef? Head to Buenos Aires' 10 Best Steakhouses

Beef is synonymous with Argentina, and is an essential part of the national cuisine and culture. Cows first arrived with the Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century and the country has been raising good beef on the Pampas ever since. Argentines are the second-highest consumers of beef in the world, but more importantly, they know how to grill it for a crowd. Asado, or Argentine barbeque, is as much a beloved social ritual as a good meal.

If you’re looking for a great steak without the trek to the countryside, then look no further than Buenos Aires’ steakhouses (known locally as parrillas). Their dedication to the art of Argentine barbeque is apparent in each bite.

How do you like to eat your steak? Head to El Desnivel for a nothing-fancy neighborhood experience, Cabaña Las Lilas for more upmarket dining, Minga or La Cabrera for a slightly trendier take on great steak, El Trapiche for a local’s kind of place, Lezama for that old-fashioned feel and Don Julio for a comfortable steakhouse that still has a rustic streak.

You’ll find steakhouses all over Buenos Aires, but read on to help you zero in on the best ones with our roundup of Buenos Aires’ 10 best steakhouses.   

San Telmo

With its retro wood panelling, wooden furniture, gold letters in the window and the waist-coated waiters, Lezama seems wonderfully old-fashioned. An atmospheric Buenos Aires bodegón located right across from the Parque Lezama in San Telmo, the...  Read More

La Cabrera

Palermo's most popular upmarket parrilla, La Cabrera's crisp white table cloths and black and white floors give it the feel of a classy French bistro, but the menu is certainly 100% Argentinian. Portions of juicy steak are giant-sized (big...  Read More

San Telmo

This budget San Telmo parrilla serves great meat in a fun and slightly uproarious atmosphere. The décor here is simple cantina style; if you're looking for fancy, you'd best keep on walking to another part of town. El Desnivel's big steaks are...  Read More


For a hip, subtly innovative take on the traditional parrilla, look no further than Miranda, an industrial-chic steakhouse located on a corner of two cobbled streets in Palermo Viejo. Settle in on one of their wooden bench-seats and prepare to...  Read More

San Telmo

Located in the neighborhood of San Telmo along lovely Caseros street, La Popular is a steakhouse restaurant that serves good and traditional Argentine food like steaks, pastas and omelets for lunch and dinner. For breakfast, you'll find things...  Read More

Though they also take great pride in their meats, Club El Don Steak House isn't like a traditional Argentine parrilla. This restaurant means serious business, happily serving high quality meats in an elegant atmosphere that is classically...  Read More

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Cabaña Las Lilas

It might be a pricey and heavily touristed choice, but Cabaña Las Lilas is still near the top of the league when it comes to serving the very best of Argentina's world-famous beef. Every cut comes from the restaurant's own award-winning ranch,...  Read More

Don Julio

This Palermo Soho steakhouse stalwart hasn't been much swayed by the trendification of the neighborhood and continues to serve choice cuts without gimmicks in a comfortable, traditional space. Think rustic style but still charming. Service at...  Read More

El Trapiche

Buenos Aires' legendary mega parrilla El Trapiche was serving up grilled bifes de lomo and matambritos (thin cut of pork) long before the area in which it is located became known as "Palermo Hollywood" (because of the number of film companies...  Read More


While traditional-style parrillas offer much to love, when you want a change from the rough and ready decor and barbecue fumes, the minimalist but stylish Minga, located in pole position on the plaza in trendy Palermo Viejo, fits the bill quite...  Read More


Meet Sarah Rogers

Born and raised in northern California, Sarah grew up to become an expat, traveler and wordsmith. She spent seven years in Madrid, Spain and now calls Buenos Aires, Argentina home. She has had...  More About Sarah

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