Best Place to Enjoy Bife de Lomo
Boliche de Alberto’s (Steakhouse) – Multiple Locations Undisputably the most famous restaurant in Bariloche; now with four locations, including one specializing in homemade pastas. The grillmaster (asador) comes to your table and takes your order personally for prime cuts of beef and other Argentine grill specialties. Come right when it opens (8PM) to avoid the typical 1+ hour wait nearly every night. Great value for the quality. Honorable Mentions: Rodeo (below) and Parrilla de Tony
Best Restaurant at Cerro Catedral
Rodeo (Steakhouse) – Cerro Catedral Base By far and away the best food while staying walking distance to your cushy on-mountain SASS accommodations, this place dishes up fantastic steaks and Argentine grill specialties. Served in a “mountain casual” environment in the base area of Cerro Catedral. Open for lunch and dinner.
Best Downtown Bar
La Cantina (Bar/Club) – Downtown Famous reggae bar on the shores of Lago Nahuel Huapi in downtown Bariloche. Open Thursday, Friday and Saturday starting around 2AM with happy hour from 2-3AM. While other night clubs have huge lines, cover charges or only cater to students — La Cantina is serving up cheap beer, great music and good times. Things start getting really busy around 4AM until the sun comes up. Hit up the popular lakeshore bar at Hostel Patanuk just next door for drinks before things get going at La Cantina.
Best Fine Dining
Butterfly (Fine Dining / Farm-to-Table) – Downtown Flying just under the radar of the tourist-eatery scene in Bariloche, this hidden gem dishes up exquisite cuisine from local farms on a prix-fixe menu determined by the chef each day. The small number of tables dictates a strict reservation policy. Call well in advance.
Best Locals’ Eatery
La Fonda del Tio (Local Fare) – Downtown Locals favorite serving up the largest milanesas (fried steaks) in the region. Located between downtown and the bus station, finding this gem is worth the trek to the opposite edge of town. Beware going on weekends — this place gets busy and doesn’t take reservations.
Best Place to Party with Brazilians…
Wilkenny (Bar/Club) – Downtown Bariloche’s most established nightclub and bar anchors the downtown scene nearly every night. Ostensibly an “Irish Pub” — expect large tourist crowds, loud music and a cover charge; but when everything else downtown is quiet on a weeknight, something’s happening at Wilkenny.
Best On-Mountain Lunch
Tage (Snack Bar) – Cerro Catedral To call Tage a “snack bar” is almost insulting, but its hard to describe an institution that’s nearly as old as the ski area itself — and perhaps even more loved. Blasting polka music, Brothers Diego and Ernesto serve delicious steak sandwiches, choripans, milanesas, beer and much more. Even more impressive, they manage the throngs of customers with astonishing efficiency with beautiful presentation in each plate.
Mute (Restaurant/Club) – Cerro Catedral Mute — pronounced moo-tay — has been the place to party after your ski day for years. Located in the main village across from Shopping, its hopping from 3PM onward. After midnight, DJs start spinning and it becomes the only legit nightclub in the village.
Best “On-Mountain” Bar
El Cabo (Restaurant/Bar) – Cerro Catedral With the most laid-back vibe on the mountain, El Cabo is the perfect place to sit out on the deck at the top of the Tram with an ice-cold Quilmes. Great music and better scenery.