Located off the tourist trail in leafy and residential Belgrano (which is a bizarrely low-key address for such a high-concept restaurant), Sucre is at the cutting-edge of modern Argentine cuisine. Though there are plenty of fusion accents and foams and frills, the innovation invariably works; the chef stops well short of frivolity and always uses the finest ingredients (with an emphasis on seasonal and local). A fantastic wine list, creative cocktails and an impressive industrial-chic interior design make this one of Buenos Aires' top tables. Top off a meal with one of their coffee drinks. You can make reservations online at least 24 hours in advance.
Opened in 2006 and located in Puerto Madero, Chila is considered one of the best restaurants in Latin America. Chila serves modern Argentine cuisine, including steak from Buenos Aires, trout from Bariloche and vieras from Usuahia, but the menu changes each season, incorporating different local products. Many of the dishes are beautifully presented. The restaurant's decor is modern and upscale; it is not minimalist per se but they keep it simple and classy, paying attention to textures. Ask to sit by the window to enjoy a view of the water. While Chila is only open for dinner, it is open every day.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Chila is a great place to experience modern Argentine cuisine with your partner.
Sarah's expert tip: For a special occasion or if cash isn't a problem, try Chila's three or seven course tasting menus. They also do a grand New Year's Eve dinner.
iLatina is a restaurant that combines the style of a fine dining experience with the flavors of northern South America (think Colombia, Venezuela and Peru). The restaurant artfully presents a seven course menu paired with Argentine wines for an experience you will not soon forget. Factor in the good service and an intimate setting, and iLatina has got a winning combination. The restaurant is run by a trio of Colombian siblings. Santiago is the chef, while Camilo and Laura are the knowledgeable hosts. In fact, the service is one of the highlights of iLatina. The staff is warm and attentive, and each course is explained as it is served.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: At iLatina you will find creative dishes and good service, as well as candles.
Sarah's expert tip: iLatina is a romantic place to dine, but not overtly so. If you are looking to impress a date without setting off all the romance alarm bells, then iLatina is a good choice.
With a distinctly New York feel, Basa Basement Bar & Restaurant is a cool upmarket place for a meal and a drink in Recoleta. The music tends to be fast and furious with lots of drum and bass and the gourmet food – think tapas, pastas, grilled meats and heavenly desserts – skews Mediterranean. Though their cocktails are good and the wine list is extensive, you can find many types of liquor there that other places in Buenos Aires lack. Once you descend the steps you'll find a dining area towards the front, seating with low couches in the middle and the bar towards the back, but this is one basement you won't want to leave.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Basa is a cool, upscale place to have dinner and drinks in Recoleta. It feels intimate even in a crowd.
Sarah's expert tip: Basa can get packed on weekend nights, but as long as you have a seat, it's all good. Dinner reservations are generally recommended; however, they are essential on weekends.
Named after a famous Parisian bar, the Buenos Aires version of Bar du Marche is a small but exceedingly charming French-style restaurant. Open all day and specializing in wine and cheese, Bar du Marche is as good an excuse as any to while away the afternoon over a great bottle of wine and some fantastic food. If you don't feel like a full meal (even though their multi-course meals are quite excellent), try their cheese and charcuterie plates. When the weather is nice, you can sit at one of the French-style cafe tables outside. Bar du Marche also does a nice brunch.
Frequently cited as the city's best restaurant, Osaka, part of a six-location chain that began in Lima, specializes in Peruvian-Japanese fusion of the highest order. (In fact, this was their first one outside of Peru.) Here you can expect exquisite presentation and execution – the philosophy of cooking as art. The menu emphasizes both ceviche and sushi, but you'll also find dishes like ishiyaki, spicy sour shrimp, udon and seaweed salad. The decor at Osaka is sleek and chic and destined to impress. Advance booking is essential. Besides the Palermo location, you can get another helping of Osaka in Puerto Madero.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Dining at Osaka is regularly considered one of Buenos Aires' best culinary experiences.
Sarah's expert tip: If you have a small party, try dining at the beautiful bar. Of course, once you're there, it will be impossible to resist a cocktail with your sushi.
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 don't like spicy food, be absolutely sure to inquire before settling on a particular dish. The food presentation is good and overall the restaurant's Asian-style décor is tasteful and well put together. When the weather is nice, eating on Lotus Neo Thai's second-floor terrace is a real treat. You will no doubt feel like you have been transported to a romantic spot in Asia.
L'Atelier de Celine is a charming French restaurant set in a large 19th century colonial house with a Mediterranean feel located in the San Telmo neighborhood. You can choose to dine inside or on the outdoor terrace. However, here the star is the food. The menu features meats, fish and pasta, as well as the not-to-be forgotten desserts like lemon tart and créme brulee. True to Celine the owner's French roots, all the food is delicious and high quality. Most of the wines are from Argentina, but a handful hail from France. L'Atelier de Celine also does a nice Sunday brunch.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Good French food and laidback charm are a recipe for romance in San Telmo.
Sarah's expert tip: While L'Atelier de Celine's atmosphere is nice, the key to romance here is actually through the stomach: the high-quality French food accompanied by good wine.
Krishna is a vegetarian restaurant (but not a Hare Krishna one) facing Plaza Armenia. It tends to draw a younger crowd and is creative and eclectically decorated around a central Indian theme. The vibe is relaxed and, in the evening, romantic with its dim lighting and candles. With the long padded benches strewn with pillows, it is just as easy to sit decorously as lounge with your paramour and give in to the public displays of affection you will regularly see around Buenos Aires. Some of the menu items you will recognize as Indian, such as chai and thali, but the menu actually skews more Argentine with options like vegetarian milanesas and cannelloni.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Romantic does not have to mean fancy or stuffy. Krishna is proof of that.
Sarah's expert tip: If you don't like spicy food, there is no need to shy away from the Indian-style dishes and opt for the Argentine ones instead. None of the dishes are spicy.
Walk into Green Bamboo and you will find yourself a world away from Buenos Aires. This Vietnamese restaurant decorated with deep red walls and exotic decor exudes South Asian charm and sets the stage for a fun and romantic night. The lighting is dim and atmospheric, and you can choose to sit at a regular table or a low table with pillows. The food is tasty, Vietnamese-inspired fare, but the portions are not generous. Don't be shy about trying some of their tropical cocktails, or ordering dessert, which reveal French leanings through chocolate mousses and crepes. Make a reservation if you can.
Recommended for Romantic Dining because: Green Bamboo is a fun and romantic place to dine with your significant other.
Sarah's expert tip: Sitting at one of the low tables with pillows on the floor can be fun, especially on a first date, but probably not for someone with long legs.