Restaurants

Top Choice 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…
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 International in Esquel

Legua 50

Considered Esquel's best restaurant, Legua 50 is certainly the city's most elegant address, with ivory leather booths, cascading lights and stained glass in the bar. Extraordinary rib-eye steak, green salads and moi…
Top Choice Argentine in El Calafate

Buenos Cruces

This dynamic family-run enterprise brings a twist to Argentine classics. Start with a warm beet salad with balsamic reduction. The nut-crusted trout is both enormous and satisfying, as is the guanaco meatloaf or the…
Top Choice Italian in El Chaltén

Maffía

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…
Top Choice Argentine in Trevelin

Nikanor

A welcoming husband-and-wife team serve up excellent home-cooked meals at this historic 20th-century house. Think ravioli stuffed with local lamb, homemade pickled vegetables and pâté, and flambé crepes for dessert.…
Argentine in El Chaltén

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…
Cafe in El Calafate

Olivia

This adorable coffee shop does croque monsieurs (grilled ham and cheese), fresh donuts and espresso drinks in a loungy pastel setting. It also uses whole-bean Colombian coffee. Want to take the chill off? Try the ch…
Italian in Esquel

Don Chiquino

Of course, pasta is no novelty in Argentina, but the owner-magician performing tricks while you wait for your meal here is. The ambience is happy-cluttered and dishes such as sorrentinos with arugula prove satisfyin…
Argentine in El Calafate

Mi Rancho

Inspired and intimate, Mi Rancho serves up oversized osso buco, delicious braided pastas stuffed with king crab, divine salads and sweetbreads with wilted spinach on toast. For dessert, chocolate fondant or passion-…