This is our selection of best restaurants in Mar del Plata, including coffee, ice-cream, pastries, beer and more. To have a better idea about Argentinean food, you can read about its traditional cuisine in this post.
Sarasa Negro: the most sophisticated and expensive on the list, but also one of the best in the country. Extensive wine selection with a cellar in the basement.
Quba: amazing place facing the sea, the best view among the restaurants on the list. Great food, atmosphere and terrace.
L’Epoque (at Hotel Sainte Jeanne): a delicate fusion of French and Argentinean cuisine. Classy atmosphere, ideal to stop by while walking/shopping along Guemes Street.
Corte y Confeccion: great ambiance, service and delicious food in a restored house. Booking required.
Lo de Lopez: located in the close town of Chapadmalal, this is a real hidden gem offering delicious local food in generous portions. I would recommend trying local fish as Chernia or Lenguado. It is normally a set menu and you can choose fish or meat. Booking required
Sur: my favourite on the list, they offer much more than fish, but I recommend a good grilled “Chernia”. Quite busy, especially in the summer, so you should book in advance.
Lo de Fran: outstanding seafood, with generous portions and always fresh food from the port, which is 100 metres away.
Viento en Popa: great fish of all kind. Quite popular and extremely busy during summer. I recommend their “rabas” (fried calamari).
Justiniano: excellent seafood at affordable prices. I suggest trying their scallops and “Chernia”.
Dei Fiore: probably the best Italian restaurant in the city. Their Tiramisu is unforgettable.
Tisiano: great place near trendy Guemes Street. Their pasta and pizza are both quite good.
El Rey del Calzone: authentic and traditional restaurant in Mar del Plata, offering delicious pasta, but also pizza and calzone.
Meat / Steak / “Asado”
La Mulita: quite small place, but excellent “asado” (barbecue) and steak. If you only want the latter, I would go for a “bife de chorizo” (sirloin steak). The portions are large, so you may want to share.
Los Toldos Viejos: meat cook to perfection, good service and great value for money. I suggest the “entraña”.
La Guapa: slightly more sophisticated (and expensive) than the other two, but high-quality food and a good variety of wines.
Timoteo: my favourite pizza. Thick crust and plenty of toppings. They also have “Pizza rellena” (stuffed or filled), and it is also a restaurant (excellent “Caya Chilena”).
Don Joe: another traditional place, offering a fair amount of varieties of pizza and generous portions and toppings.
La Negra Simona: superb “empanadas”. They have oven baked or fried, although the latter are the best ones. You can buy them to bake at home as well. It is a takeaway only shop.
La Lucila: another excellent option, I recommend their “canastitas” (basket-shaped).
Pastelmar: they offer very original flavours, such as “jamon crudo, cebolla y queso cheddar” (parma ham, onion and cheddar), “molleja al verdeo” (sweetbreads with spring onions) and “chorizo a la pomarola”. It is a takeaway only shop.
La Hamburgueseria: great variety of burgers with an Argentinian style and a delicious bread. They also offer good local draft beer.
El Viejo Dave: craft beer and excellent home made burgers. Generous portions, that can even be shared. You can choose among plenty of toppings (~30), sides, type of meat, and sauce. It is quite trendy at the moment so it gets crowded.
Mambru: delicious burgers, with large portions in general, and high-quality toppings. Their pizzas are excellent as well.
Crip: traditional shop in town, well known for its huge burgers and “lomitos”. Kind of pioneers in the subject, long time before the new “burgers and craft beers” movement/wave in Argentina.
Coffee / Pastries / Bakery
Boston: most traditional “confiteria” in the city. Excellent pastries and biscuits of all kind. They have probably the best “medialunas” (Argentinean croissants).
La Fonte D’Oro: a newer chain that has become quite popular and has opened shops all over the city. First-rate coffee and pastries, and also salads and sandwiches.
Via Appia: another great bakery, high-quality pastries and bread. I recommend their “Valentinas”.
La Cabaña del Bosque: traditional “Casa de té” (tea shop) in “Bosque Peralta Ramos” (the closest to a forest you have in town). Great variety of cakes, biscuits, cookies and tea.
Manolo: probably the best “churros” in the World. You cannot leave Mar del Plata without trying them, you can easily get them warm and filled with “dulce de leche”.
Lucciano’s: best (and newest and trendiest) ice cream in town. Outstanding variety of flavours. They have tasty icy pops with lots of shapes (i.e. Minions), which are fun for children as well.
Italia: more traditional, but equally outstanding. They offer a variety of “cannoli”, which is a stick of ice cream with fruit and other toppings (cereal, almonds, etc) coated with chocolate. But I need to highlight their best flavour by far, which is “Super Sambayon” (Zabaione: made with egg, yolks, sugar and sweet wine).
Antares: one of the first and best craft breweries in Argentina, now with pubs all over the country. I recommend their Honey and Barley Wine varieties.
Cheverry: a newer brewery which is now trendy and highly respected. I recommend their English Brown.
La Paloma Brewing Company: trendy and cool brewery, good vibe and a modest but nice patio at the back. I suggest trying their Cream Ale.
La Tartería: sweet and savoury quiches of all kind. It is a takeaway only shop.