Restaurants in Uruguay
Restaurants in Uruguay tend to serve foods packed with butter, fat and grains, without many seasonings or spices. The country – a traditional ranching nation – is renowned for the quality of its beef, and many Uruguay restaurants serve delicious, mouth-watering tender steak at very reasonable prices. Meat-lovers can’t visit Uruguay without trying the chivito. Affectionately nicknamed the “cholesterol bomb,” the chivito is a sandwich packed with skirt steak, hard boiled eggs, ham, bacon, tomato, lettuce, onion, a heap of melted mozzarella, all slathered in mayonnaise.
Other popular local dishes include empanadas, typically packed with cheese and meat, gramajo (a fried potato and ham egg scramble), and dulce de leche, a milk caramel dessert.
Visitors looking for a more upscale dining experience have a wide selection of Uruguay restaurants to choose from, but you can’t go wrong at Bodega y Granja Narbona. Located amongst rural farmlands, vineyards and orchards, Bodega y Granja Narbona is considered to be one of the best restaurants in Uruguay, and serves up a constantly rotating menu of handmade pasta, organic vegetables and fine vintages.
Trust Argentine chef Francis Mallmann to create a dining destination worth the detour. Five handsome guest rooms appeal to those who want to linger over the smashed gigot of local lamb.
This funky restaurant—filled with brightly painted chairs and bold paintings—specializes in Spanish-style gambas al ajillo (garlic shrimp) and other tapas. For fun, patrons can dine inside a black 1929 Ford A, one of two vintage cars parked outside.
A cozy riverside teahouse that serves house-made carrot cake, apple tarts, and brownies, plus Italian espresso and a variety of loose-leaf-tea infusions.
Chic South Americans congregate amid the dunes for languorous midday meals that can last until dusk. Keep things simple with sea bass cooked over coals and a pitcher of clericó.