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Top Choice Museum in El Calafate

Glaciarium

Unique and exciting, this gorgeous museum illuminates the world of ice. Displays and bilingual films show how glaciers form, along with documentaries on continental ice expeditions and stark meditations on climate c…
Top Choice Argentine in El Calafate

Mi Rancho

Inspired and intimate, with the owners themselves cooking and serving oversized osso buco, delicious braided pastas stuffed with king crab, divine salads and sweetbreads with wilted spinach on toast. For dessert, ch…
Top Choice Argentine in El Calafate

Buenos Cruces

The new sensation in town is this tiny family-run enterprise bringing a twist to Argentine classics. Start with a warm beet salad with balsamic reduction. The nut-crusted trout is both enormous and satisfying, serve…
Top Choice Argentine in El Calafate

La Tapera

With tender steak in balsamic reduction sauce, ultra-fresh trout from Lago del Desierto and red-wine glasses as big as your head, it is hard to go wrong at Chipo's place, reminiscent of a log cabin with open firepla…
Argentine in El Calafate

Pura Vida

Featuring the rare treat of Argentine home cooking, this offbeat, low-lit eatery is a must. Its longtime owners are found cooking up buttery spiced chicken pot pies and filling wine glasses. For vegetarians, brown r…
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Don Pichón

For dinner with a view, it’s hard to beat Don Pichón, perched high above the lake on the outskirts of town. The casual but classy lodge-style dining room features high wood-beamed ceilings and huge panes of glass re…
Argentine in El Calafate

Casimiro Biguá

With warm copper accents and a hustling staff, this chic eatery and vinoteca (wine bar) offers an impressive list of 180 Argentine wines. The chef creates wonderful homemade pasta, risotto, lamb stew, and grilled tr…
Argentine in El Calafate

Estepa

Local favorite Estepa cooks up consistent, flavorful dishes such as lamb with calafate sauce, trout ravioli or spinach crepes. Portions are small but artfully presented, with veggies that hail from the on-site green…
Argentine in El Calafate

El Cucharón

This sophisticated eatery, tucked away in a small space a few blocks off the main street, is a relatively undiscovered gem and an excellent place to try the regional classic cazuela de cordero (lamb stew). The trout…
Wildlife Reserve in El Calafate

Reserva Natural Laguna Nimez

Prime avian habitat alongside the lakeshore north of town, with a self-guided trail and staffed Casa Verde information hut with binocular rental. It’s a great place to spot flamingos – but watching birds from El Cal…