10 Best Restaurants in Buenos Aires That Don't Break the Bank

While top table restaurants abound in beautiful Buenos Aires, there is no need to fork out the big bucks to get a superb meal in the Argentine capital. There are plenty of cheap and mid-range restaurants that serve up tasty Argentine and international cuisine for lunch and dinner.

For some quality Argentine food without breaking the bank, head to 1810 Cocina Regional for savory turnovers (empanadas) and traditional stews, Guerrin for pizza topped with lots of warm cheese and Minga for Argentine-style grilled meats and a cool atmosphere. The way Buenos Aires is meant to be enjoyed.

When you get a craving for food from around the globe but don't want to spend a lot of money, Buenos Aires is up to the task too. Go grab Mexican burritos and tacos from festive Che Taco, Armenian and Middle Eastern food at ever-bustling Sarkis, contemporary sandwiches from San Telmo cool kid El Banco Rojo, and Indian-inspired fare from Gran Dabbang.

Read on for other suggestions and top tips for best value restaurants in Buenos Aires.


Vita is a charming, informal restaurant tucked a block away from the Plaza de Mayo. It provides respite if you need a break from BA's giant steaks and artery-clogging pizza. Vita focuses on healthier alternatives, like vegan, natural and organic...  Read More

Head to Gran Dabbang in Palermo for international small plates. The restaurant is simple, relaxed but well put together. Decor is modest but welcoming. The restaurant is small and can get rather busy, but coowner Philippa is friendly and...  Read More


Comfortable Juana M is not your typical parrilla. The restaurant is located in a spacious basement with contemporary art covering the walls and candles set on all the white tables. The menu consists of barbequed meats as well as pastas. The...  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


Located in Villa Crespo, Sarkis is an immensely popular Armenian and Middle Eastern restaurant. (Did you know that Buenos Aires has one of the largest Armenian communities in the world?) At Sarkis the food is tasty, the prices are reasonable and...  Read More

San Telmo

Ask the locals and the expats: they will all tell you that Che Taco is the best Mexican food restaurant in Buenos Aires. You'll find lots of taco, burrito, quesadilla, nacho and sandwich choices, as well as different sauces (including habanero)...  Read More


Thanks to the large waves of Italian immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, pizza is everywhere in Buenos Aires, but the quality is known to vary widely. However, Güerrín, opened in 1932, is one of the best of the old classics...  Read More

San Telmo

If you want good and fast with a side of cool, El Banco Rojo is your place in Buenos Aires. And as its name in Spanish suggests, you'll know you're at the right place when you see the red bench outside. This small San Telmo restaurant offers up...  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

While the Buenos Aires dining scene is often dominated by steak, pizza and pasta, there is more to Buenos Aires and Argentina; 1810 Cocina Regional is a good example of that. There you will find traditional Argentine fare like meat and vegetable...  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