When I started Guru’Guay a decade ago, I wrote “Uruguayans like their food plain, simple and meaty. Give them a well-cooked piece of beef and a mixta salad (lettuce, tomato and onion), and they will be happy.” My, how things have changed, and how happy you, dear reader, will be. The last few years have seen a boom in good eating and a focus on local, hand-crafted ingredients—captured in the second edition of The Guru’Guay Guide to Montevideo. Nowadays (shock horror) it is even relatively easy to be vegan.
Top foodie spots in Montevideo
Baco – Montevideo’s top wine restaurant
Cabaña Verónica – Great steak & Uruguayan asado
El Otro Es Mercat – Seafood tapas bar & restaurant
Es Mercat – The best fish restaurant in Montevideo
Escondite – The best Montevideo pizzas
Top foodie spots at the beach
Euphoria – Hot sandwiches & specials in Punta del Diablo
Il Tano Cucina – Pasta & seafood in Punta del Diablo
Lobo Suelto – Best little foodtruck in the East
Salón No. 3 – La Barra gourmet cuisine, cafe & deli
Top foodie spots in the interior
Cabaña La Mansedumbre – A feast of traditional food in Uruguay
Caliu Earthship Ecolodge & Restaurant – Unique Colonia del Sacramento hotel
Top wineries, wine stores & tours in Uruguay
Almacén de la Capilla – Carmelo winery cabaña among the vines
Alto de la Ballena – Pioneering Maldonado winery
Balbuena Wines – Wine tasting in Montevideo
Bodega Cerro Chapeu – Uruguayan wine legends
Campotinto – Carmelo winery & boutique hotel
Nakkal Wines – Minimal intervention wines
Pisano Wines Uruguay – Kings of Tannat
Varela Zarranz – Uruguay wine history & sparkling wines
What time do Uruguayans eat, how much does eating out cost, tipping etiquette and more.
Uruguayans love their beef but at the beach they’re partial to deep-fried white fish bites called ‘miniaturas’. Discover the classic Uruguay steak sandwich (el chivito) and other traditional drinks, desserts and seafood you must not miss.
Uruguay is the new world’s undiscovered wine gem. Plan your trip to Uruguay wine country. Tips to regions, wine tasting in Montevideo & private wine tours. Also why one out of every three bottles in Uruguay is a Tannat.
Don’t get tripped up.