- Recoleta food tour in Buenos Aires
- Visit three local restaurants with an English-speaking guide
- Enjoy appetizers of empanadas
- Dine on Argentinean steak at a parrilla grill
- Savor home-made ice cream topped with dulce de leche
- Food and wine tasting included
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This tour is a great way to explore Buenos Aires' Recoleta neighborhood while tasting authentic Argentinian cuisine!
What You Can Expect
Fun to experience BA with a local. We had never done a food tour before and it was interesting to see what they really eat and where they really go. Not your local tourist stops. Great fun with lots of background.
Like going to lunch with a new Argentinian friend. We had a charming young guide who spoke excellent English. She was chatty and happy to discuss life in Argentina with us honestly and without resorting to a script. The food was outstanding. We had been in Argentina a few days and had already had all of the dishes, but each one on this tour was the best. All at local establishments, not touristy locations. The Recoleta district is charming, but don't expect a tour of the sights, this is really about food and conversation. Had a little problems spotting our guide at the meeting point. Look for someone in a red t-shirt with the name of the tour company on the front, outside of the cemetary entrance. A relaxing and thouroughly enjoyable experience.
Barbara C USA
The tour was very well done and Candy was exceptional.
I did not feel that this tour was a good value for the money. The food that we ate on the tour was nothing special. I could have gotten the same things much cheaper by simply going to one of the restaurants around Recoleta cemetery. The guide tried hard to make this fun, but she spoke very poor English and had a hard time understanding and responding to our questions. My husband and I felt that we would've had a better time simply going out for dinner on our own.
This is the first Viator I have not rated as superior. Disappointing. Marcella (guide) was good providing basic info but she is learning English and did not have the vocabulary to answer foodie questions - how foods were prepared, ingredients, origin of foods, etc. We also were surprised that we had to buy water to drink with the empanadas and side dishes to go with the steak. The tour included steak as an entree but nothing else. Also each participant ordered a side dish but they were so large 1 order would have been enough for the table. This tour has the potential to be stellar but fell short on multiple levels.
A terrible experience - don't waste your money. The restaurants chosen were inferior quality and I had a tough chewy steak and what tasted like watered down wine. Worst experience of my Argentinian trip.
We met at the Recoletta cemetery which was an odd place to meet especially since we do not go in. The tour was 4 people and a guide. We walked from the cemetery through the streets of Recoletta (an area of Buenos Aries). This area is the more upscale section of BA and, we were told to hide the jewelry we were wearing. I did not see a threat anywhere and felt safe however.
The tour guide was not very good. She spoke in broken English, very difficult to understand. The language issue along with the street noise and small sidewalks made hearing anything very difficult. Much of the value of this tour was simply lost.
We walked for a substantially longer time than we ate. Our fist stop for Empanadas was fine, very tasty. The restaurant however did not have most beverages and water was the best choice. Anything other than Empanada cost.. and cost plenty. Do not forget the tip. Lesson learned.
The main course was a steak house and, I am generous in that description given we are from the USA. The food quality was poor, the lighting was garish and the decor was 1960s USA stuff on the walls. We had to pay for some items and, the tip. The beef was Argentine, not up to US standards.
There was alos some confusion in ordering. Our guide seemed determined to take our order and relate it to the waiter who, spoke enough English to take an order directly. The guide kept butting in and each time, got it wrong (her English was not that great). Inevitably, the food ordered was not what was delivered. one member of our party ordered the pasta. Well, why one would order pasta in a steak house is a mystery to me and, he paid the price.
You would be better off finding a nice place to eat our, take a Tango Dinner tour instead.
I would recommend Viator customers avoid this food tour as it is a rip off and my husband and I felt completely cheated at the end of it. This so-called tour consisted of a poorly trained ill-formed guide taking us to 3 mediocre restaurants in the Recoletta neighborhood that we could have pretty much found ourselves. We were taken to the main tourist street and made to visit 2 tourist oriented eateries and 1 ice cream chain! (so much for the promise of home-made ice-cream). They were in fact visits to tourist traps with fixed menu dishes served without sides or even a bottle of water (those were extra that we had to pay for). It all felt like being taken to a pizza place on Times Square - and being made to sample pizza there. With soda not included the pre-fixed arrangement ! What made things worse was that the poor guide - a well meaning young man - did not eat a thing throughout the walk and informed us he had never tasted the food in any of the recommended joints! According to him it was a 'company policy' that the guide could not share the meal. He was not a particularly knowledgeable local foodie or anything similar either- and was in fact hired a few days prior to the trip and basically tasked with shepherding folks like us to these 3 places every time a booking comes in. The price of $74 USD is extremely over-priced. Buenos Aires indeed a foodies paradise with many lovely local restaurants with very reasonable prices that we later discovered on our own - but no thanks to this tour!