Some of Mendoza’s best restaurants, often with outdoor seating and lively young crowds, are along Av Arístides Villanueva, the western extension of Av Colón. West of Plaza Independencia, Av Sarmiento is lined with the city’s most traditional, albeit touristy, parrillas (steak restaurants), while east of the plaza along the Sarmiento peatonal (pedestrian street), you’ll find numerous sidewalk cafes with outdoor seating. Belgrano, between Gutirrez and Zapata, is another good stretch of restaurants.
- If you want to bring your own bottle of vino into a restaurant, most have a corkage fee (look for 'no incluye descorche' on the menu) of around AR$170.
- Tap water is safe to drink. It comes from the same source – Andean snowmelt or mountain springs – as bottled water. However, most restaurants in Mendoza do not provide it. Even upon asking, they tend to be resistant. Be persistent and you'll save big pesos.
- To save money at lunch, go with the plato del día which usually includes a side and drink along with the entree, usually a small piece of meat.