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Salón No. 3

La Barra

Welcome to La Barra, Uruguay and a new restaurant out back of a vintage furniture store.

Pull up a chair in the kitchen and chat to the chef who grows his own vegetables and sources fish one by one from hobbyists.

In Salon No. 3 it’s all about the ingredients – and Uruguay has got GREAT ingredients. Cooked with a minimum of intervention, Salon No. 3 showcases local meat, seafood, fish–caught by hobbyists who’ll call up to offer what they just hooked–, locally-milled grains and organic vegetables and olive oil from the nearby sierras.

The vibe is informal–literally pull up one of the two chairs stationed in the huge kitchen for guests–and almost homely. If your home was an antique store styled by an internationally renowned vintage-chic designer.

The proprietors are Gonzalo, a chef from Argentina, together with his partner Paola. They worked in Australia for five years and returning in 2011 chose La Barra, a small, but cosmopolitan beach town close to Punta del Este, Uruguay’s biggest beach resort, as home for their new family. Since arriving, they have cooked meals at two local schools, teaching the children about good food, how to discern freshness, and to broaden their palates. They invite parents to join the children for lunch (how come that’s not the norm, right?). One of the parents, the afore-mentioned designer invited them to host a weekly dinner event at his hotel throughout the winter of 2019. It was a huge hit and both parties really enjoyed the collaboration. So much so, that Aaron basically built a restaurant at the back of his antique store and invited the couple to start cooking there. How could they say no?

What you should know

 100% produce from the surrounding area Gonzalo and Paola grow their own vegetables in the kitchen garden that they have now set up in the school–where they continue to cook during the day. Fish may be on your plate two hours after the catch. Premium wine by the outstanding Los Nadies.

Dishes change every 3-4 days Gonzalo says this keeps his ingredients, techniques and ideas fresh.

There’s open air dining when the weather permits.

They speak great English Paola doesn’t translate the menu though because she wants to have the opportunity to go over it with you personally in English.

The restaurant will open year round We are delighted that Salon No. 3 plans to open all year round from April 2020 (if you’ve read The Guru’Guay Guide to Uruguay you’ll know that this is not the norm). Days and times to be announced – watch this space!

Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.


Salon Nº 3
20001 El Tesoro, Maldonado Department, Uruguay

Reserve by calling or send a WhatsApp message to Paola on +598 97 106648

Opening hours

Saturday 8 p.m.

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