Cafayate restaurants

Top Choice Argentine in Cafayate


The indoor-outdoor setting overlooking picture-perfect vineyards at this upmarket, yet slightly corny, winery 3km from Cafayate makes a fine lunch stop. The sophisticated food doesn't disappoint. A range of internat…
Top Choice Fusion in Cafayate


A lovely bistro, half a block off Cafayate's main plaza. The Buenos Aires–trained chef sources ingredients (and wines) carefully and crafts a menu with welcome departures from traditional Argentine fare. Hits includ…
Parrilla in Cafayate

Parrilla Restaurants

A long way from the mannered tourist scene around Cafayate's plaza, this string of no-frills grill houses makes a worthwhile dinner escape. The Gallito is locally renowned, but adjacent Parrilla Santos – just a conc…
Empanadas in Cafayate

Casa de las Empanadas

Decorated with the scrawls of contented customers, this no-frills place has a wide selection of empanadas that are all delicious. Local wine in ceramic jugs, and humitas (stuffed corn dough, resembling Mexican tamal…
Argentine in Cafayate


With a lovely setting in the inner courtyard of Nanni winery, Retoño has a romantic, old-world interior. The menu is short, but features mains such as roast trout, and sweetbreads in a creamy torrontés sauce. As it'…
Empanadas in Cafayate

Casa de las Empanadas II

A larger affair than the original Casa de las Empanadas, this branch has shady patio seating, a wide menu of regional dishes, and live music on some weekend evenings.
Ice Cream in Cafayate

Heladería Miranda

A frequent dilemma in Argentina is whether to go for a rich red malbec or a white torrontés, but it doesn’t usually happen in ice-cream parlors. It does here: the Miranda’s wine sorbets sparked a trend that has take…
Argentine in Cafayate

El Zorrito

A notable plaza bar and grill – in addition to typical Argentine offerings it has a nice range of vegetarian fare, including wok-fried vegetables, vegetarian stew and build-your-own veggie sandwiches. It also does w…
Argentine in Cafayate

El Terruño

Plaza-side seating and polite if scatty service presents inventive seafood-based salads, and well-prepared mains, including plenty of fish dishes and a veal house special. It's pricier and a touch better than other …
Argentine in Cafayate

El Rancho

Among the string of hit-and-miss options around Cafayate's plaza, this place has a short, simple menu of local dishes, including locro (spicy stew), plus decent meat and chicken plates. The house specialty is rabbit…