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.