10 Best Places to Dine Outside in Buenos Aires

When the Argentine weather is beautiful and the sunshine is calling your name, there is no reason to be cooped up inside. Not even when you are hungry. Buenos Aires has a number of great restaurants where you can enjoy dining in the open air, including eating outside near the water, on the rooftops and on the city sidewalks.   

For a special meal, head to one of Buenos Aires' waterfront restaurants, like the picturesque El Muelle Restaurante for plates of fresh Mediterranean food and panoramic views of the river, or the dockside Cabaña Las Lilas for a good cut of meat and a glass of wine in Puerto Madero.

If you prefer eating outside with a dose of people watching, opt for a table on the sidewalk at eateries like 1810 Cocina Regional for its delicious Argentine empanadas, Tiendas Naturales with its international flair and Cafe La Poesia for its local bohemian charm.

However, if you seek ambiance and a bit of sky with your meal, try some rooftop dining at Lotus Neo Thai, which will temporarily transport you to Asia, or Decata, for urban lounging and cake next to the fairgrounds. Or read on to discover other recommendations for great places to dine outside in Buenos Aires.



Cafe La Poesia is not fancy, but it is seriously charming and has lots of personality. This place pays homage to its predecessor – a gathering place for local Argentine writers and musicians after the military dictatorship – with a decor...  Read More



Casual but upmarket, Tiendas Naturales is an organic cafe and restaurant located in the Palermo neighborhood. Tiendas Naturales is open throughout the day (in fact, every day from 8 am to midnight) and serves baked goods, sandwiches, salads,...  Read More

Puerto Madero


Located beside the water in Puerto Madero, Asia de Cuba is a stylish (and pricey) restaurant and nightclub. Every day of the week diners come to enjoy the slick, Eastern-themed ambiance over sushi and sake as well as Argentine inspired dishes....  Read More



Named after a famous Parisian bar, the Buenos Aires version of Bar du March� is a small but exceedingly charming French-style restaurant. Open all day and specializing in wine and cheese, Bar du March� is as good an excuse as any...  Read More



Temptation lives on at Decata. The wide selection of cakes, pies and cheesecakes in the deli case is a sight to behold, and when you succumb, the slices are generous. Otherwise, this is a cool cafe located across the street from the Dorrego...  Read More

Puerto Madero
Cabaña Las Lilas


It might be a pricey and heavily touristed choice, but Caba�a 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...  Read More



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



Located in the Belgrano neighborhood's small Chinatown area, Lotus Neo Thai is an elegant and romantic Thai restaurant where you can feast on delicious Thai-style curries and stir fries. Vegetarian options are available too. However, if you...  Read More



El Muelle restaurant is a treat. It sits inside the historic Fisherman's Club, a beautiful Buenos Aires landmark, that stands on a pier in the Costanera Norte. The food focuses on Mediterranean-inspired seafood dishes such as garlic-sauteed...  Read More


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