As with other Latin Countries, Argentineans take Siesta which often runs between 1 and 4 to 5pm. All shops will close including many restaurants. Most restaurants (aside from some of the main tourist ones) will reopen in the evening around 8pm.
You typically won’t find restaurants crowded until at least 10pm and its not uncommon to see families with children dining at this “late” hour! We found restaurants to be quite crowded on the weekdays as well – but Saturday was by far the worst. Some of the restaurants had lines out the door at 11pm – and the local restaurants were a hub of activity at this hour.
The food in Argentina is delicious and extremely affordable. You can eat a decent meal for several US Dollars or splurge for up to $20+ per meal. We opted to splurge as the prices for what we paid in Mendoza would have been significantly higher in our home countries.
Argentina is famous for its steaks and Mendoza does not disappoint! We have eaten at most of the following restaurants.
Ana Bistro is a hip urban tastefully decorated setting which appeals to a younger set. It is casual yet slightly elegant. The prices are very reasonable and the service is extremely fast. Excellent salads and empanadas. They are located at Av. Juan B. Justo 161 and are open Tuesday to Saturday for Lunch and Dinner. Phone: 425 1818
Azafran is located at Av. Sarmiento 765 in Mendoza. As with other popular Mendoza restaurants, Azafran really starts to fill up around 10pm and reservations are recommended. They serve a variety of eclectic dishes using ingredients from all over Argentina including deer and lamb. They also have a good local wine list. Website: www.azafranresto.com/en
Bistro M is located in what is currently the fanciest hotel in Mendoza, the Park Hyatt. This restaurant is very centrally located as the Park Hyatt is located right on the city’s main plaza. As you enter the main entrance the restaurant will be found on your left. For reference, the bathrooms are in an unmarked corridor all the way to the right of the main entrance. We had several lunches here. The weekday lunch is Prix Fix (fixed price) and at press time was about 50 pesos per person. It included the appetizer, glass of wine, main dish and desert. This is a very good deal for the money – their kitchen was the first major kitchen in South America to be completely open to the diners – you see everything the chefs are doing from your seat. Exquisitely prepared salads and nice meats also. Weekends are not fixed price and the cost is a bit more, but the main course portions also tend to be larger. A very extensive wine list. Average price for lunch will run 50 to 60 pesos without wine. Located at Chile 1124 – open everyday for lunch and dinner.
Alliin Resto Bar (Dasani) is a very touristy restaurant among other touristy restaurants located at 26 Sarmiento Street. They serve a wide range of Salads, Pizzas and Pastas. Sometimes the employees will give you discount cards for approximately 20% off the entire meal. This restaurant has average food but along with several other touristy type restaurants, is usually open during the Siesta time each day.
Choquequirao Restaurant is located at Calle Don Bosco 218 in Mendoza. Have the urge for some Peruvian food during your stay in Mendoza? Then try this restaurant! They also have a good wine list. Phone: 423-7978 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don Mario . Ask the locals what is the best steakhouse “in town” and they invariably will tell you it is Don Mario located at 25 de Mayo 1324 about 20 minutes by car from the center of Mendoza. This restaurant is not really in town – rather its located in the outskirts district. There however, *is* a street in Mendoza with the same name as the one this restaurant is located on, so don’t make the same mistake we made! Web: www.donmario.com.ar
La Escala Cafe & Restaurant is located on Sarmiento near many of the other tourist type restaurants. This restaurant has outdoor and indoor dining – outside is much preferable if the weather is good. Nice selection of meats, salads and coffees.
Their pepper steak is among the best we tried in Mendoza and is very reasonably price.
La Sal is located upstairs at Belgrano 1069. This is an elegant restaurant serving delicious foods especially their salads and meats. The chefs change their menu every few months so if you revisit this restaurant chances are you will find new dishes. Freshest local ingredients are always used here. You can’t go wrong with the food! Also, they have one of the best wine lists in all of Mendoza – there is a wine on their list to satisfy even the most sophisticated wine connoisseurs! Live ambient background music is played Wed through Friday – usually violin or guitar and the music doesn’t overpower the eating experience. All dishes are very tastefully and delicately prepared – the flavors just flow together and don’t overwhelm your palate. Website www.lasalrestaurante.com
Los Rodeas Restaurant is located at San Juan 973. Phone: 423-9367 They specialize in traditional Argentine cuisine especially their grilled meats. Also a good wine list.
Ruca Malen – this is a five course lunch, each course paired with a glass of wine. Lunch is served at this winery. See our Wineries Page for more detailed information.