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Experience amazing cuisine in Uruguay

Specially selected best Uruguay restaurants —including the infamous Mercado del Puerto for steak, tiny places where staff worked at La Huella—for drinks, a gourmet chivito, Uruguay wine & fresh veggies

It’s not just the beef, stupid… though there are 3.5 cows to every Uruguayan. Until just a few years ago “Uruguayan cuisine” was principally a slab of grass-fed beef accompanied by a simple lettuce, tomato and onion salad. Things have really changed in the capital of Montevideo and along the coast with a boom in gourmet but still affordable eateries. When I wrote the first edition of The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo back in 2016, I commented that Uruguayans like their food plain, simple and meaty. Give them a well-cooked piece of beef and a mixta (the preferred salad of lettuce, tomato and sliced onion), I said, and they will be happy. My, how things have changed, and how happy you, dear reader, will be. The last five years has seen a boom in good eating and a focus on local, hand-crafted ingredients. Nowadays it is even relatively easy to be vegan.

Where to eat


At the beach

  • Amazing foodtruck on the coast – Lobo Suelto (amazing foodtruck)
  • Seafood specialities in Punta del Diablo – Il Tano Cucina
  • 100% local and organic fine-dining – Salón No. 3
  • Fine-dining just outside the capital – Verne

The interior

Our favourite Uruguay restaurants, bars and services

Look no further for the most creative fine-dining in Uruguay—down an urban backstreet or hidden in a leafy suburban park—, to the best food truck & local cuisine, to the juiciest steak in Montevideo.

Would you like to be part of the Top Picks? Let us know

Guru’Guay only recommends eateries and Uruguay restaurants that we absolutely love, who love what they do and demonstrate consistently excellent quality.

Unfortunately consistent quality is not all that common in Uruguay, which is why a great recommendation from someone who knows is sooo important. We’ve visited every one of our Top Picks multiple times.

Karen A Higgs

CEO, Guru'Guay

Craft beer

When The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo was published in January 2016, there were 21 craft breweries in the country. By the time we published the second edition three years later there were over 250 producers.

Travel Guidebooks

With passion & soul

Written by a Brit with all the contacts and knowledge accrued over almost twenty years living in Uruguay, this guidebooks will make your holiday planning stress-free and ensure you have an unforgettable time in one of South America’s least-explored destinations. Buy the Guru’Guay guidebooks for your tablet, kindle and phone or get the paperback versions.

The Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay

Beaches, ranches and wine country

The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo

All you need to know about Montevideo

Your handy directory to Uruguay travel & living

Free download

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