The Vines of Mendoza

Four Restaurants to Visit When in Mendoza City


Mendoza has long been the land of rich soil and fine wine, but during the past decade, the local cuisine has evolved considerably and is increasingly paired with the varietals and blends produced here, which it rivals in both variety and quality. In this way, the list of restaurants and gastropubs to recommend to year-round visitors to the Mendoza City is rapidly expanding. Whether you’re looking to enjoy a full-course dinner for two or a light lunch with friends and family, there are excellent options to suit every occasion and taste.


Over the years, this restaurant has succeeded in reinventing itself, preserving its reputation as a tourist favorite. You can enjoy a lunch, mid-afternoon snack or dinner, either on the sidewalk café or in the warm and inviting main dining room. However, for a truly unique experience, your best bet is to make a group reservation for the wine cellar.

The menu includes daily specials that can be paired with wines, or guests can order à la carte and request wines by the glass. The meats—as well as the salads and local favorites—are all exceptional. The traditional cuisine achieves a harmonious blend of the typical flavors and aromas of Mendoza. 

1884 by Francis Mallmann

This is the most elegant restaurant in the city and one of the few to appear on the prestigious list of Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants. Not only is the service excellent, with a beautiful dining room and garden, but the menu options are truly unforgettable.

It was founded in 1996 by the country’s most celebrated chef, Francis Mallmann, along with oenologist Nicolás Catena Zapata, to pay tribute to Andean cuisine and the wines of Mendoza. Here, diners can enjoy typical gastronomy, whether a good cut of meat or a traditional pasta dish, all prepared using simple, time-honored cooking techniques. There are also clay oven and open-flame menu options. 

Siete Cocinas / Zampa

Siete Cocinas is a sophisticated, innovative restaurant with a healthy dose of mystique. It recently reopened its doors with a new concept: on one side is the restaurant with its elegant, classic style, while on the other is Zampa, a bar where they serve crafted cocktails and a delicious assortment of tapas.

In charge of the kitchen is Chef Pablo del Río, who offers a selection of traditional dishes, featuring the very best cuisine each region of the country has to offer. As a result, visitors to Siete Cocinas can take a full tour of Argentina without ever leaving their table, pairing their selections along the way with fine wines. 

María Antonieta

Few restaurants combine such good cuisine with such a warm and inviting atmosphere as this one, owned by Vanina Chimeno. Whether during breakfast, brunch or dinner, the place is always packed, and it’s easy to understand why. The servings are hardy and the rich offering of dishes varies according to the products in season.

Guests can enjoy everything from an unforgettable pasta dish to a filling, satisfying salad with Burrata cheese. At noon, they generally serve a tart of the day, as well as a selection of sandwiches, all of which make a perfect choice for a quick snack. The wine list is quite extensive, offering a number of wines by the glass in addition to classic cocktails.


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