As you might expect, a bourgeoning tourism industry in Bariloche has spawned a demand for a variety of dining options, with everything from high end Michelin quality to budget friendly at a traveler’s disposal. Because the town is still relatively small, there’s really no such thing as a “hidden gem” here, which means finding a quality eatery that fits your style and finances isn’t particularly hard to do. Still, absent a knowledgeable local, it’s not a bad idea to know where to start looking.
The priciest and most ambient restaurants will be located just outside the city along the shores of Lake Nahuel Huapi. Upscale establishments like Butterfly and Hueli grace this stretch of gastronomic real estate (westward along Av. Bustillo, although this road also has plenty of more casual dining options closer to the city), offering truly beautiful vistas, expertly made cuisine, and hefty bills. In town, however, you’ll find it’s pretty easy to ingest great food at low prices provided you don’t mind saving the scenery for the slopes. Either on or just off of 20 de Febrero (one of Bariloche’s main north/south drags) there are a plethora of tasty options to choose from, including Kandahar and Tarquino. You’ll also find a ton of inexpensive bar/restaurants surrounding the hotels and hostels on San Martin.
And just in case the “American Switzerland” really had you disoriented geographically, there is still plenty of Argentinean steak here to keep you carnivores duly satisfied. You’ll most likely hear about the price/portion ratio at El Boliche de Alberto (Villegas 347), so check it out if you’re not opposed to dining with other tourists (which will probably be the case anywhere you go, really). There’s honestly nothing to it in a town this size. Have a stroll. Enjoy the scenery. Sample the food. In town, it’s one of the best values you’ll find on your trip to Bariloche.