Food & drink in Uruguay

Unique Uruguay restaurants—including 'Disneyland for carnivores'—for steak, drinks, gourmet chivito, wine, vegans & lots of fresh veggies.

Food & drink in Uruguay

Unique Uruguay restaurants—including 'Disneyland for carnivores'—for steak, drinks, gourmet chivito, wine, vegans & lots of fresh veggies.

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

Índica Beer – Great little Montevideo bar & brewery

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

Verne – Fine dining in an aromatic herb garden

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

Estación Penitente – Magical hill-top restaurant in Minas, Uruguay

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

Nakkal Wines – Minimal intervention wines

Pisano Wines Uruguay – Kings of Tannat

Sacromonte – Landscape hotel & vineyard

Varela Zarranz – Uruguay wine history & sparkling wines

Wine Explorers – Private Uruguay wine tours

What you should know about eating out in Uruguay

What time do Uruguayans eat, how much does eating out cost, tipping etiquette and more.

Uruguay’s national dishes

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 wine country

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.

Tipping and credit cards

Don’t get tripped up.

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