The majestic Andes display a stunning landscape in the province of Mendoza, Argentina, in which the climate and altitudes bring the elements to create worldly awarded wines. Travelers from all around the globe are attracted to this amazing region for both the natural beauties and the wine.
And Mendoza welcomes them with a vibrant gastronomic scene that can suit the palate of any food lover - from historic wineries that match gastronomic adventures to the quality of the wines, to smaller venues that tell a story of traditional flavors, there is always a meal to taste the spirit and the culture of this province.
If you are ready to open your senses to a new culinary adventure, take a look at the best 10 restaurants in Mendoza.
1. Azafrán Restó
What used to be a local meat deli has been reinvented into one of Mendoza’s finest restaurants. Azafrán Restó presents local flavors and ingredients shaped with recipes and techniques from around the globe. Chef Pablo Ranea’s imagination goes beyond limits to deliver incredible plates, like the steak wrapped in pastry with blue cheese and mushrooms or the tenderloin steak with prawns and a soy reduction, wasabi mash and sweet chili sauce. Another stunning option is their ahi tuna tartare appetizer.
Prior reservation is a must, and for a one of a kind experience you can make yours in the wine cellar - with more than 500 labels from Mendoza’s finest wineries and the advice from sommeliers Fernando Szczurowski and Facundo Balverde, you will have all the elements for an unforgettable meal.
Address: Sarmiento 765, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina
Website: Azafran Restó
2. María Antonieta
You can head to María Antonieta restaurant at any time and get a superb culinary experience. Located in one of Mendoza’s loveliest streets, this space created by the renowned international chef Vanina Chimero has delicious options for breakfast, lunch and dinner in a modern French bistro style venue.
While having a strong local identity with deep roots in fresh and simple ingredients from the Cuyo region, the Mediterranean and French influences are unquestionable. The great service of the staff can be appreciated from the open kitchen and in the suggestions provided by hosts, sommeliers, waiters and even the chefs. Some of the dishes that stand out are the Patagonian lamb chops with caper sauce or the pork shoulder with crispy pesto.
Address: Belgrano 1069, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina
Website: María Antonieta (in Spanish)
3. Josefina Restó
Praised as one of the restaurants with the best decoration in Mendoza, Josefina Restó is a place where the passion of the owner is mirrored on the space: details of steel, wood, interesting art and a wine cellar suspended over the bar create a dreamy location to enjoy a superb meal.
The menu is elaborated with seasonal products that create unique dishes, which match perfectly with the wines - the cellar has over 180 of the best labels. While lunch and dinner at Josefina Restó are a culinary dream, it is a fantastic place for tapas and appetizers in the evening too.
Address: Aristides Villanueva 165, Mendoza City, Mendoza, Argentina
Website: Josefina Restó (in Spanish)
4. Brindillas Restaurant
Almost hidden in the middle of a large plantation of cherry trees, Brindillas Restaurant stands about 20 minutes from downtown Mendoza to provide an intimate, relaxed and discrete climate to 18 guests per service. The simple decor allows the attention to be focused mainly on the food, which changes like the seasons, as the menu is adapted for seasonal ingredients.
Brindillas Restaurant is the result of owners Mariano Gallego and Florencia D’Amico’s personal reflexion and experience: they have worked and studied in Japan and Europe. Whatever the menu is when you make your reservation, you can be sure that it will be filled with sophistication and modernity.
Address: Guardia vieja 2898. Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina
Website: Brindillas Restaurant
5. 1884 Restaurant
Francis Mallman is Argentina’s best-known chef and has his signature restaurant, 1884, in Godoy Cruz. It is Mendoza’s most talked about restaurant and is also considered one of the best in the world, so reservations are essential if you want to know what the fuss is all about. 1884 is located in an old vineyard and keeps the original checkerboard floors that, together with the candle-lit outdoor area, create a climate of elegance and romance.
The dishes created by chef Mallman are an homage to Argentine roots, to the gaucho ways of Patagonia. His technique of fire-based cooking and clay oven delivers rustic wonders, like the ojo de bife steak for two or the slow-cooked lamb with grilled seasonal vegetables. Classic Argentinian food makes for a great entrance as well - provoleta or empanadas would be a wise choice. As 1884 was created by Mallman to celebrate Mendoza’s wines, the wine cellar is infinite. You can ask the sommelier for advice in which label goes best with your meal.
Address: Belgrano 1188, Godoy Cruz, Mendoza, Argentina
Website: 1884 Restaurant (in Spanish)
6. El Palenque
If you want to experience what a “pulpería” is like, El Palenque is the place to go. People would meet, drink house wine, and catch up on the daily gossip and news in these sort of taverns. And nothing honors that vibe more than the use of “pingüinos”, ceramic wine pitchers shaped like a penguin that are used in El Palenque.
The style of the food is simple and delicious. You can order popular dishes that go well with beer and friends, like fried calamari, or taste a classic “matambre a la pizza” - a very thin cut of beef, similar to flank steak, that is served with cheese, jam and salsa.
Address: Aristides Villanueva 287, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina
Facebook: El Palenque
7. Cordillera Vinos y Fuegos
One of Mendoza’s best-kept secrets is Cordillera Vinos y Fuegos, tucked just off the main strip of restaurants. This is a typical Argentinian “parrilla” grill house, but with a modern twist: it is an open space that goes round the grill, with stylish leather upholstery and tables and floor-to-ceiling windows.
With a simple and short menu that features great appetizers, main dishes, beef and sides, you can’t go wrong if you order the rib eye with roasted potatoes. And, since Cordillera Vinos y Fuegos is located in Mendoza, the highlight of the service lays in the wines. Instead of including a wine list, you will be invited to the cellar to pick your bottle.
Cordillera Vinos y Fuegos
Address: Belgrano 1028, 5500 Mendoza, Argentina
Facebook: Cordillera Vinos y Fuegos
8. Casa El Enemigo
The wine label El Enemigo was born as a personal project of Alejandro Vigil and Adrianna Catena to be quickly recognized and awarded by the most prestigious experts and critics. Vigil’s personal philosophy regarding wine is that it is a 24/7 passion, so it is natural that this extraordinary space is located in his own house, where guests can appreciate the intimacy and professionalism applied to the production.
A visit to Casa El Enemigo is the opportunity to taste what is considered the best wine in Argentina, produced by an incredible oenologist. With a prior reservation you can have lunch, dinner or special tastings in different rooms of the house, which gives an intimate and special atmosphere. Traditional picadas, salads and grilled meats are available in this space where the unquestionable star is the magnificent wine.
Casa El Enemigo
Address: Videla Aranda 7008, 5509 Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina
Website: Casa El Enemigo
9. Bodega Lagarde - Restaurant
As one of the oldest wineries in Mendoza, Bodega Lagarde is a superb choice if you want to experience the history and tradition of the region through wine. This family-owned institution offers guided tours around the vineyard so you can learn all about the wine making process before enjoying your meal.
The Andes mountains in the background are the perfect scenery to enjoy the four course lunch that has been inspired by family Sunday meals that the Argentinians are so fond of. Informality and laughter fill the air are you taste a cuisine based on different fire techniques and fresh products - salads come straight from the Lagarde kitchen garden and the olive oil is produced in the facilities. Since the focus is on local seasonal ingredients, the menu changes, but always follows the Italian structure of starters, pasta, meat and dessert.
Bodega Lagarde - Restaurant
Address: San Martín 1745, Mayor Drummond, Mendoza, Argentina
Website: Bodega Lagarde - Restaurant
10. Anna Bistro
Being a true oasis just meters away from the busy Independencia square in the city of Mendoza, Anna Bistro is a space to relax and enjoy. All details have been taken care of to create a harmonious climate, like the music or the beautiful garden.
The menu is a blend of Argentine tradition and European flavors that aim to express the owner’s passion for food, where dishes like the slow-cooked Malben lamb or the smoked salmon delight customers. Another highlight is, of course, the over 100 year old wine cellar but, while ordering wine while in Mendoza is mandatory, the stylish cocktails should not be missed either.
Address: Av. Juan B. Justo 161, Mendoza City, Mendoza, Argentina
Website: Anna Bistro (in Spanish)
Fine wine and exceptional dining
From traditional every day meals to sophisticated dishes by famous chefs, Mendoza offers many options to learn about its cuisine and keep the traditions that go from one generation to the other. These are flavors that will remain in your memory and your heart, just like the fantastic people who create them. ¡Buen provecho!
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