La Otra: Hip, Bustling Neighborhood Parrilla
La Otra is a hip, neighborhood place. All the waiters look like they've just finished a day of surfing and they hustle through the crowded restaurant serving food as if they were being paid by the plate. The restaurant is simple, but nice with wooden tables and a large grill as the centerpiece. There are additional tables outside and upstairs as well.
Salads are large and demand sharing. The steaks are very good and cooked to order. They have a good selection of different sausages. The only disapointment was the mollejas (sweetbreads) which were overcooked and dry. They have a decent wine list and their prices are very fair.
Favorite Dish: Carne Asada was very good as were all of the sausages.
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Mercado del Puerto: what a great place
Mercado del Puerto is such a wonderful place to taste local specialities, just follow the great smells and take a seat directely at the food-stands or out in the garden-restaurants.
What a pity that I had a bad stomach in Montevideo, "Montezuma's revenge" had caught me 2 days before we came to Montevideo, I had to skip Buenos Aires but here I could at least do some walking again.
Favorite Dish: Take a look at my last photograph : that is a kind of ham that will be cut directely from that large piece, it was interesting to watch how they did it !Related to:
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Palenque Restaurant y Parrilla: The Best of the Best
This is it! We all agreed, this is best restaurant (parilla) we patronized in Buenos Aires or Montevideo, where there are many great places to eat. Inside dining consists of a row of stools around three sides of the grill (parilla - par ee jhaa), while outside you will find more extensive seating in a white tablecloth environment. Everything we had was to brag about. The vegetables were perfect. The service was excellent. While it is possible to eat for a modest price, we were there to support the local economy to the best of our appetites, no holds barred. We had everything from soup to dessert. The spinach side dish alone would have made the reputation of any restaurant in the Eastbay. The "fried" cheese dish (mozzarella - manchego ?) was delicious though the very sight of it would make a cardiologist faint. Be careful ordering a large beer, they are liter sized. All the beef dishes were tender for grass fed beef (healthier and tastier than grain fed). There was no down side to this place. Enjoy the art galleries and antique shops in the area as part of the experience. If you can not find a seat, there are many other restaurants cheek-by-jowl that looked superb. The Palenque has a great reputation for fish, but we could only get to so much in one sitting.
Favorite Dish: We shared all dishes, all were excellent. The lamb steak was the best we ever had, anywhere, anytime, anyplace. The only way to eat fresher salad would be to lay on your belly in the field with a carafe of dressing in one hand.Related to:
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Arcadia: Views and Fine Dining
Serving an international menu, this sophisticated dining room offers a romantic setting and world class cuisine. The interior space provides secluded tables and large windows that proffer great views from the 25th floor of the Radisson Montevideo Victoria Plaza Hotel. Crystal chandeliers, fresh flowers and lovely tableware pamper guests and set the stage for outstanding dishes such as rack of lamb and duck confute.Related to:
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Cafe Bar Tabare: One of the greatest Cafe's in the South America
This restaurant is very special because there is an unique environment, I was very well treated and the food and wine are excelent!
The restaurant was qualified by "Business Week" as one of the best Cafe's in the world, exactly because of the wine, the good music and environment.
The restaurant is frequented by famous artists like the brazilians Caetano Veloso, Milton Nascimento and artists in the past like the tango dancer Carlos Gardel.
I strongly recommend this Cafe, it really worths, it's not so expensive and you'll have a great impression from the Cafe's of the region.
Favorite Dish: I tried a local wine "Don Pascual" made by the famous local grape "Tannat" and chocolate founde with whisky.Related to:
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Mercado del Puerto
VT member ´mcaffa´directed me to this former railway station for lunch during my stay. It was a great place to eat! There are several cafe´s, restaurants and grills to choose from.
So much Meat! I don´t know if anyone can be a vegetarian in this country.....
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Los Navegantes: True Turkish food. But main clients are Jewish
This is actually a local food restaurant, but the owner has been everywhere in the world, and the food is very varied. Her husband is from Turkey, so, of course, they have Turkish food.
However, It's mainly supported by the huge Jewish community of the area. So, I suppose Uruguayan Jewish people, even if they are far from their true traditions and food, are satisfied.
Many Americans around (in the summer, of course)
Favorite Dish: Haven't had it yet, but I promise I will. I went too late tonight, and their kitchen was closed. Wine is out for me right now, so I had a delicious multi-fruit mix.Related to:
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Don Garcia: Meat and More Meat
We didn't set out to go here, it was a place that seemed crowded enough to be good, but not so jammed packed that we couldn't sit down.
It was sooooooooooo good.
Favorite Dish: Meat. Got to order the meat. Had some special rolled beef thing, stuffed with cheese and olives, etc. Great chorizo, and provolenata (grilled cheese). Fine local house wine. Fine and cheap.Related to:
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Cafe Misterio: New trendy restaurant in Carrasco
Cafe Misterio is in the upscale Carrasco neighborhood, around a 20 minute cab ride from the center of Montevideo. It is very trendy and offers an eclectic mix of food.
It also is a nice change from all the churrascarias in the older part of Montevideo
Favorite Dish: Sushi was quite good
Don Koto: "Where the artists have dinner"
Despite this is a quite traditional restaurant, I had never been there till last night... and now I am sure I will be back!
"Where the artists have dinner" is this restaurant slogan, because it is located quite close to two important theatres (El Galpón and Stella), so after the play, some actors go there to have dinner (believe me, last night it was true!!!)
It is a small, cozy place, unassuming, with a very friendly staff and an undeniable familiar ambience.
Open from Monday to Saturday, from 12:00 to 3:30 PM and from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM; Sunday, from 12:00 to 4:00 PM
A pesar de que este es un restaurante bastante tradicional, nunca había estado allí hasta anoche... y ahora estoy segura de que volveré!
"Donde cenan los artistas" es el slogan de este restaurante, porque está ubicado muy cerca de dos teatros importantes (El Galpón y el Stella), por lo que después de la función, algunos actores van allí a cenar (¡créanme, anoche fue verdad!!!)
Es un lugar pequeño, acogedor, sin pretensiones, con un personal muy amable y un innegable ambiente familiar.
Abierto de lunes a sábados de 12:00 a 15:30 y de 20:00 a 1:00; domingos, de 12:00 a 16:00
Favorite Dish: Parrillada, chicken, pasta, fish... you can choose!
I had fish, a tasty hake "caprese" (mozzarella cheese, fresh tomato and basil) with potatos seasoned with garlic, a delicious pear pie with almonds, and rosé wine.
Parrillada, pollo, pasta, pescado... Pueden elegir!
Yo comí pescado, una deliciosa merluza "caprese" (con muzzarella, tomate fresco y albahaca), con papas al ajillo, una rica tarta de peras copn almendras y vino rosado.Related to:
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El Palenque: Amazing food
This restaurant is fantasitc with excellent steaks and great seafood. The serves are huge and all the food is delicious.
The price is high by Uruguay standards but well worth it for the experience.
Favorite Dish: Try the Baby Beef....amazing
El Abasto: El Abasto
A good place to go and have seafood, thats their speciality. Honestly i dont like seafood so I had pasta, which they also serve, It was excellent. I definitely recommend it.
The place is a little house, very cozy feeling.
Gran Bar Retiro: Gran Bar Retiro
Nice restaurant to have international food. It is located on a not so new building but inside is totally refurbished getting a modern look. The food is very good and reasonably prices...you can try a wine too.
Il Mondo della Pizza: Cheap Pizza
If you like pizza or just something filling and cheap, you may try this place. Actually, I think this is part of a chain of pizzarias around town.
Both indoor and streetside seating are available. The service is good and friendly.
Here you can get a big slab of pizza for 34P/$1.36USD. The best part is that they were offering two for the price of one, so we each got a plate for just 34P. Not bad. Don't know if this 'deal' is an ongoing thing, or we were at the right place at the right time. A coke cost 35P. Lots of locals here; always a good sign. It wasn't the best pizza I've ever had, but it sure wasn't bad. Total cost for a lunch for two was 106P/$4.24USD.
Montevideo offers lots of options that cost a lot less than going to a nice restaurant. Just hit the main streets and go into any crowded place you see.
Favorite Dish: Pizza I guess.
Locos de Asar: A Good Parrilla
This restaurant is almost across the street from the El Fogon parrilla. At 2:00PM, this place was very busy. The wood fired grill was going and the meat was flying on/off of it.
There was a salad and dessert bar. A very nicely done interior. The cooks at the grill and the waiters were all cheery and welcoming. There was a menu of the day as well as the regular menu.
My bif de chorizo (165P/$6.60USD) was tender and flavorful with no gristle. The wife's chicken dish (135P/$5.40USD) was tasty. A fine meal that totaled 360P/$14.40.
My steak included potato and 'noquis' so it may have been from the menu of the day. They are generally a better deal.
Favorite Dish: The food was all pretty good and having a salad/dessert bar was a bit unusual. I would definitely go back to this place.
We were told that the name basically means,
"Crazy About Barbeque".
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