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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.

Back in 2016, I wrote “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), and they will be happy.”

My, how things have changed, and how happy you, dear reader, will be. The last 5-6 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.

 

Where to eat – Guru’Guay’s Top Picks

Montevideo

Wineries

At the beach

The interior

  • Home cooking with spectacular sierra views 360 degrees – Estación Penitente
  • High tea in the former hide-out of British spies during World War II – Hotel Solís

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.

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

Do you know a restaurant serving such great food with such dedication that they deserve to be a Guru’Guay Top Pick? Tell us all about it.

Travel Guidebooks

With passion & soul

Written by a Brit with all the contacts and knowledge accrued over almost twenty years living in Uruguay, these guidebooks will ensure you have an unforgettable time in one of South America’s least-explored destinations. Carefully selected foodie recommendations guaranteed. 

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

More foodie tips. Free download.

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