Top Choice Argentine in El Chaltén

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's hard to go wrong at Chipo's place, reminiscent of a log cabin with an open firep…
Top Choice Italian in El Chaltén


Bring your appetite. In a gingerbread house, this pasta specialist makes delicious stuffed panzottis and sorrentinos, with creative fillings like trout, eggplant and basil or fondue. There are also homemade soups an…
Argentine in El Chaltén


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…
Cafe in El Chaltén

Techado Negro

With local paintings on the wall, bright colors and a raucous, unkempt atmosphere in keeping with El Chaltén, this homespun cafe serves up abundant, good-value and sometimes healthy Argentine fare. Think homemade em…
Vegan in El Chaltén


With an avid following, this vegan, gluten-free cafe does mostly takeout, from adzuki-bean burgers to whole-wheat pizzas, stuffed eggplant with couscous and arugula. Salads, coconut-milk risottos and smoothies are r…
Pub Food in El Chaltén

La Cervecería

That après-hike pint usually evolves into a night out at this humming pub with simpatico staff and a feisty female beer master. Savor a stein of unfiltered blond pilsner or turbid bock with pasta or locro (a spicy s…
Grill in El Chaltén

La Oveja Negra

In a pleasant wooden house, a classic Argentine grill cooks up butterflied lamb over wood fires, plus beef and sausages. Vegetarians will have to satisfy themselves with grilled vegetables. There's artisan beer on t…
International in El Chaltén

Don Guerra

Patagonian to its wooden bones, with sheepskin stools that wrap around an island bar and cozy booths. There are Esquel microbrews on tap and a variety of worthwhile dishes, from milanesas to stir-fries and fajitas.
Pizza in El Chaltén


Serving 20 kinds of pizza, salads and wine at sturdy wood tables surrounded by huge picture windows, Patagonicus is a local favorite. Cakes and coffee are also worth trying.
Ice Cream in El Chaltén

Domo Blanco

Excellent homemade ice cream made with flavors like lemon ginger and berry marscarpone, with fruit harvested from a local estancia and calafate bushes in town.