Whether you’re in the mood for delicious cheap eats, authentic local dishes or a taste of international flavor.
As much as Mendoza is world-renowned for its delectable wines and gorgeous vineyards (and for good reason), Argentina’s wine capital is also becoming well known as quite the foodie destination, as well. Perched along popular pedestrian streets such as Avenida Sarmiento, and Avenidas Las Heras and San Martín, are a slew of remarkable restaurants known for its wonderful variety of international cuisine options and people watching opportunities, too. Whether you’re in the mood for delicious cheap eats, authentic local dishes or a taste of international flavor, here are five restaurants you need to try in Mendoza!
1. María Antonieta, $$$, International
Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-12 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Call: +54 261 420-4322
For a beautiful culinary experience, María Antonieta delivers on all fronts. Known for its unique blend of Italian, Mediterranean and Argentinian cuisine, this restaurant serves truly delicious and mouth-watering dishes inspired by international flavors, natural herbs and fresh ingredients. Coupled with its stylish modern interior design and delectable selection of wines and desserts, Maria Antonieta delivers a complete dining experience that’s well worth the price.
2. Patancha, $$S, International
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m.
Call: +54 261 578-2590
Patancha is an internationally inspired restaurant that is simply can’t-miss for any visiting patron to the city. Along with traditional Argentinean favorites such as humitas – tasty dough cakes stuffed with ground corn, onions, garlic, cheese and eggs, similar to Mexican tamales – the restaurant serves a delicious seafood stir-fry is highly recommended. Lunch offers the best bang for your buck with AR$55 (USD$3.25) lunch specials.
3. Anna Bistró, $$, Fusion
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-1:30 a.m.; Sunday 5 p.m.-12 a.m.
Call: +54 261 425-1818
Located in the heart of the city, Anna Bistró is one of Mendoza’s most popular restaurants and for good reason. Featuring beautiful décor, lovely garden area, great music, relaxing atmosphere, seductive ambience, and wonderfully prepared and gorgeously presentable fusion-inspired dishes, it’s easy to see why so many tourists and locals flock to this restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant does accept table reservations or you can walk in, too.
4. El Palenque, $$, Argentine
Hours: Mon-Sun 12 p.m.-2 a.m.
Call: +54 261 429-1814
El Palenque is an incredibly popular restaurant that serves superb Argentine cuisine in an old school tavern (known locally as a pulpería). A casual restaurant known for its house wine, served in pinguinos (traditional white ceramic pitchers shaped like penguins), the food is quite delicious and the outdoor setting provides a fun atmosphere for a long lunch or dinner with friends. You may want to arrive early or reserve a table ahead of time, as the restaurant can get quite full.
5. Mercado Central, $, Market
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; Sunday 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Call: +54 261 425-6904
As a popular food stop in the city, Mercado Central is the place to grab some really great and tasty cheap eats, including pizza, empanada, sandwiches and local delicacies. Frequented by locals and tourists alike, you really can’t go wrong with any of the food options here. Meals tend to range around AR$25-$50 (USD$1.50-$3) per dish, and for prices like this, it would be crime not to eat here!
Where’s your favorite place to eat in Mendoza? Share with us in the comments.