Best restaurants in Uruguay

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Montevideo

    Escaramuza

    Tucked into a beautifully restored Cordón home, Escaramuza impresses on many levels. Cross the threshold to discover one of Montevideo's most attractive bookshops. A few paces further and you've entered the seductive high-ceilinged cafe and back-patio restaurant, where patrons linger over superbly prepared, reasonably priced Uruguayan specials with health-food overtones; milanesa s (breaded cutlets) and buttery mashed potatoes, meet kale salad!

  • Restaurants in Montevideo

    Foc

    After nine years honing his culinary technique at Michelin-starred restaurants in Catalonia, chef Martín Lavecchia returned to Montevideo to open this divine restaurant. Five- to seven-course menus feature seafood delights like mussel-squid risotto or shrimp in coconut milk with cilantro, lime and guindilla peppers, followed by flamboyant desserts such as lemon mousse with mandarin ice cream and Pop Rock crumble.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Montevideo

    Candy Bar

    At this cool corner eatery, colorful folding chairs fill the sidewalk beneath a spreading sycamore tree, while the chefs inside mix drinks, whip up meals and juggle fresh-baked bread behind a countertop overhung with artsy lampshades. Reasonably priced tapas and burgers (carnivorous and vegetarian) rule the menu, complemented by artisan beers and mixed drinks. Sunday brunch is especially popular.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Colonia del Sacramento

    Don Joaquín

    After 13 years in Europe, Colonia natives Yancí and Pierina returned home with a genuine Neapolitan pizza oven in tow. The result is this cheerful eatery where diners can watch the pizzaiolo (pizza chef) creating thin-crusted beauties with superb homemade sauce. Don't miss the carbonara with cheese, egg and delicately crunchy bacon, or the pescatore with mussels and shrimp.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Colonia del Sacramento

    Charco Bistró

    Outstanding both for its location and its food, this bright and airy eatery with a contemporary aesthetic is tucked down a cobbled side street with a spacious deck overlooking the Río de la Plata's grassy shoreline. Tantalizing treats such as steak with chimichurri, grilled salmon and homemade ravioli come complemented by superb mixed drinks and ample glasses of local tannat wine.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Montevideo

    La Fonda

    Grab a table on the pedestrianized street, or enter the high-ceilinged, brick-walled interior to watch the wild-haired chefs bantering to cool jazz as they roll out homemade pasta, carefully lay asparagus spears atop risotto or grab ingredients from the boxes of organic produce adorning their open kitchen. The ever-changing chalkboard menu always includes one vegan option.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Piriápolis

    Café Picasso

    Down a residential backstreet several blocks from the beach, septuagenarian chef-owner Carlos has converted his carport and front room into an informal, colorfully decorated restaurant with an open-air grill. Locals chat astride plastic chairs and listen to tango recordings while Carlos cooks up fresh fish and homemade pasta, along with paella (UR$930 for two) on Sundays.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in José Ignacio

    Parador La Huella

    For a classic taste of José Ignacio’s rarefied atmosphere, drop in at this chic beachside eatery, where you can mingle with José Ignacio's beautiful people over sushi, grilled fish and clay-oven-fired pizza, all served up with dreamy ocean views and a soundtrack that ranges from Leonard Cohen to David Byrne.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Montevideo

    Estrecho

    Grab a seat at the long stoveside counter and watch the chefs whip up delicious daily specials at this cozy Ciudad Vieja lunch spot. The international menu includes baguette sandwiches with steak or smoked salmon, a variety of salads, fresh fish of the day and divine desserts.

  • Restaurants in Montevideo

    Sin Pretensiones

    Enterprising Argentine owner Guillermina has created this pleasingly unique cafe-boutique on Ciudad Vieja's main pedestrian street. The wide-open space invites people to settle in over breakfast pastries, glasses of wine or grappamiel (honey-infused grape brandy), afternoon tea or maté, and light meals any time of day (a real boon to foreigners who still haven't adjusted to Uruguay's late-night dinner schedule).

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Carmelo

    Bodega y Granja Narbona

    Set amid vineyards and orchards 13km from Carmelo, this restaurant in a restored 1908 farmstead serves gourmet pasta, Uruguayan beef, organic vegetables and fabulous tannat and grappamiel (honey-infused grape brandy) from Narbona’s award-winning cellars. Inside, browse shelves stacked floor-to-ceiling with local olive oil, peach preserves and dulce de leche (milk caramel). The adjacent Narbona Wine Lodge offers luxurious overnight accommodations.

  • Restaurants in Carmelo

    Comedor Lo'Korrea

    On Sunday afternoons, families flock to this quintessentially Uruguayan eatery in Carmelo's wine country to linger over Lo'Korrea's fixed menu of homemade ravioli, pâté and wine. Depending on the weather, people gravitate towards the cavernous interior dining room or install themselves at picnic tables on the lawn, while kids go wild on the adjacent bouncy castle.

  • Restaurants in Montevideo

    Casitanno

    With its colorful cocktail list, intimate bar area and street-facing front deck, this lively corner place draws a youthful late-night crowd for designer comfort food and drinks. Gourmet chivitos (Uruguay’s classic fillet of beef sandwich with cheese, tomatoes, bacon, olives and mayonnaise) are the star attraction, served on ciabatta bread with tasty add-ons like arugula, caramelized onions and roasted peppers; vegetarians can sink their teeth into a meat-free version.

  • Restaurants in Cabo Polonio

    El Club

    This colorfully decorated, eco-conscious eatery combines the creative efforts of Colombian artist Camila, her Uruguayan partner Fernando and various local chefs. Specialties include grilled fish, artisanal beer, wood-fired pizza and fondue cooked atop recycled tin cans. It doubles as a social club where people gather to play chess and enjoy live music. Platos del día (UR$420) include some vegetarian options.

  • Restaurants in Colonia del Sacramento

    Lentas Maravillas

    Cozy as a friend’s home, this is an agreeable spot to kick back with tea and cookies, or savor a homemade lemonade accompanied by soup, sandwiches or goulash. Flip through an art book from owner Maggie Molnar’s personal library and enjoy the river views, either from the upstairs living room or the chairs on the grassy lawn below.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Punta del Diablo

    Resto-Pub 70

    Run by an Italian family from the Veneto, this portside eatery serves divine, reasonably priced homemade pasta such as lasagne alle cipolle (veggie lasagna with walnuts and caramelized onions), accompanied by UR$50 glasses of house wine. Afterward, don't miss the cantucci con vino dolce (almond biscotti dipped in sweet wine) and limoncino (an artisanal liqueur made with fragrant Uruguayan lemons).

  • Restaurants in Montevideo

    El Club del Pan

    After deriving inspiration from bakers around the world, Gonzalo Zubirí returned home to Montevideo to open this sweet corner spot, a stone's throw from Parque Rodó, in 2017. A cornucopia of sublime baked goods – croissants to focaccia to pain au chocolat (chocolate croissants) – emerges daily from the oven. At lunchtime, don't miss its daily sandwich specials, which range from vegan to carnivorous.

  • Restaurants in Punta del Este

    El Chancho y la Coneja

    Owners Horacio (the pig) and Karina (the rabbit) named this rustic backstreet hideaway for their Chinese zodiac animals. Well-chosen blues and jazz numbers, yellow brick walls, artsy light fixtures and distressed-wood benches set an atmospheric backdrop for delicious grilled meat and fish, homemade pasta (try the ricotta, basil, walnut and bacon pierogi, inspired by Karina's Polish grandmother) and more.

  • Restaurants in Montevideo

    La Perdiz

    Reserve ahead for this ever-popular parrilla, one block from the waterfront near Punta Carretas Shopping. Enjoy the best of Uruguay's carnivore culture at a fireside seat by the open grill, or spread out at one of the larger tables around the periphery. Save room for trademark desserts like dulce de leche (milk caramel) mousse and frutillas con nata (strawberries with whipped cream).

  • Restaurants in Punta del Diablo

    Il Tano

    Punta del Diablo's classiest restaurant is this cozy house with a wraparound porch, overlooking a pretty garden whose veggies and herbs complement the Italian-influenced menu of pasta, meat and seafood. Specialties include homemade shrimp-and-zucchini ravioli, ham-and-cheese agnolotti with a creamy wild-mushroom sauce, and pork shoulder with a sweet-and-sour sauce featuring fruit from local butiá palms.