Specializing in regional foods and using lots of local ingredients, this place is a good bet anytime, but Thursday to Saturday nights feature live trova (folk) bands, making it even better.
El Rincón del Paraiso, about 400m from the Reserva Natural de Merlo entrance, is a beautiful, shady restaurant in the middle of the park – a great place for lunch or a couple of drinks.
The confitería at Mirador del Sol is good value with breathtaking views, and if the wind is right, you can watch the parasailing maniacs taking off from the nearby launchpad.
Excellent home-style cooking in a cute corner location. The homemade pastas are the standouts, but make sure you leave room for dessert.
Ignore the flashing fairy lights – there are some good-value eats on offer here, and an excellent set lunch or dinner for AR$46.