Austin >Food & Dining > Buenos Aires Cafe
2414 South First St, Austin, TX | Directions 7870430.241572 -97.759980
MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT – Okay so, forgive me if I gush, but I love Buenos Aires. A co-worker introduced me to this place and it has been my favorite ever since. The lunch and dinner menu are completely different. Lunch has lighter dishes like sandwiches, salads and empanadas. For dinner is is completely gourmet and much pricier. The chef is a grad from Le Cordon Bleu - the highest certification for a chef - and it shows! Try the Spinach Salad and Veradura Empanada or whatever they?re offering as the special for the day. Before you eat, take a peek at the freshly made pastries. The fruit tarts are to die for.
Outstanding cuisine! – This was our first time to this restaurant. Everything was excellent! The wines were exactly as advertised - full-bodied but incredibly smooth. The salads were plentiful and not overdone with heavy seasoning or dressing. The snapper/shrimp entree melted in my mouth. The sponge cake was to die for. The service was very attentive without being obvious and the courses were delivered quicker than any other high-quality restaurant I've ever visited. Minor negatives - they were out of several of the wines that we wanted to try, the seating was very European (bordering on crowded), and the cost reflected the quality of the cuisine - $120 for a party of four, excluding tip. Also, the entrees were quite adequate but not enough for anybody to leave anything on their plate. Even so, we expect to return many times!
Best Lamb Chops I've EVER Had! – My boyfriend and I love to try new places to eat. We'd never been Buenos Aires because it's on the other side of town from us. But a couple of weeks ago we decided to try it. WOW... it was delicious. WE both ordered the special which as Lamb Chops and we were so glad we did. They just melted in your mouth. We are still talking about them. They were served with huge spicey shrimp that were fresh and perfectly prepared! The only problem is that we both wanted MORE! We started with salads that were both served fresh and beautiful and very GREEN...no iceberg! YEA!. The service was great too. We had a great waiter, but they all did a good job of tag teaming to make sure everyone was well taken care of.
Great Little Cafe – A nice cozy little cafe... the best soup (spinach and mint--may sound strange, but was delish!) The only downer to the experience was the waiter. We could tell he was busy because he was the only one, but no excuse for his attitude; not the friendliest--- perhaps he does not realize it. We asked if we could sit outside and he replied with, "if you want to." Now, why would we have asked if we did not want to? I understand he didn't want to be running back and forth, but the place really isn't that big. the pastries were yummy... we tried them in the car, and I would have run in to get more if it weren't for the waiter; I really did not want to deal with him any longer. Why else would we have enjoyed dessert in the car?
Great Food – I've spent a lot of time in Argentina, so I know the food well. Buenos Aires Cafe is a nice representation of Argentinean food. I have been twice and have enjoyed my meal each time. There are few places I've eaten at in BA that were better than this place. This is a great place to go try something different than American & Tex-Mex at a reasonable price.
Unique South American Experience – We went here one evening after reading the reviews on Citysearch and trying to find something new. What a wonderful surprise! The food was very good. Started with empanadas and then we had the butternut squash gnocchi which was the special of the evening and another dish that is the house favorite (there is a spanish name I can't remember) that was similiar to shepard's pie. All the above were fantastic. We also tried one of the many freshly made in house pasteries for dessert. We were pleased with everything including the charming atmosphere and service.
One disappointment: After reading the review(s) listed on Citysearch we took some time to stop and select a bottle of wine to bring only to find out they do now have thier liquor license and were going to charge us a $15 corking fee to open our bottle. Hopefully the information is updated here soon, but in the interum it would have been more appropriate to wave the fee as we pointed out to our server that the information provided by Citysearch stated to byob otherwise we wouldn't have bought/brought it (they didn't).
Otherwise, we enjoyed our whole experience.
Big surprise! – This was a great find. It is very unassuming on the exterior but dont judge a book by its cover or in this case a resteraunt by it's icicle lights. It was delightfully charming and immaculately clean. My friend and I went to catch a World Cup game and we were extremely impressed that we weren't rushed at all through our meal. The waiter was very attentive and approachable and the cuisine was different and refreshing and very affordable. Best kept secret in austin.
Love this place – This is just the most adorable place- the pastries are homemade and to die for. The tres leches is some of the best! It is very stylish and everything is fresh and delicious. I highly recommend this place.
Was good at first but they couldn't keep up – I have been there a few times and I always wonder why there's never an Argentine eating there? Maybe because of the high prices? the bad service? the fact that no-one there has any idea of what an Argentine place should feel like?
Almost $3 for one (1) empanada is unheard of, not to mention $10 choripan??? (that's just bread, and sausage). The milanesas are decent, but when I asked for a fried egg on top they looked at me like I was a madman. I don't blame the waiters for that, it is just a matter of not being able to build an authentic menu: No fried egg option, no grill meats, no fernet con cola. Well, that explains why there is NEVER and Argentine person eating there.-
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