Best International food near Cafayate, Province of Salta, Argentina

April 24, 2020 Natalie Tallman

Reviews on International food in Cafayate, Province of Salta, Argentina. Cafayate (Spanish pronunciation: [kafaˈʒate]) is a town located at the central zone of the Valles Calchaquíes in the province of Salta, Argentina. It sits 1,683 metres (5,522 ft) above mean sea level, at a distance of 189 kilometres (117 mi) from Salta City and 1,329 kilometres (826 mi) from Buenos Aires. It has about 12,000 inhabitants (2001 census [INDEC]).
Things to do in Cafayate

1. Pacha Cocina De Autor

Avenida Martin Guemes sur 143, Cafayate A4427AEB Argentina International, Contemporary Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +54 3868 42-6033 http://www.pachacocinadeautor.com
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4 based on 392 reviews

Pacha Cocina De Autor

Tomás’ creativity adds up innovative techniques, such as the sous vide cooking, to the basics of the traditional gastronomy. Regional products are the protagonists of the menu, which changes with the seasons, and their peculiarities stand out in each reci

Reviewed By 134gunnhildurg

The lighting and sound was attractive. The waitress greeted us immediately, she spoke perfect English - from Italy, she said. Red wine and glasses of water were brought to the table immediately. The bread and accompanying dip (made from lentils, olive oil, parsley and garlic) was really well made. For entree we shared grilled goat cheese with spinach and a sort of marmalade and walnuts, then shared "false" risotto with rare strips of beef as a main course. Both were excellent! The owner / chef brought the main course himself.Not only is the food really well made, but the staff and atmosphere are impeccable.We walked out with a big smile. I do like it when all my needs are met! :)

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2. Bad Brothers Wine Experience

Calle C Quintana de Nino 63, Cafayate A4427AXA Argentina International, Wine Bar, Argentinean Dinner, Drinks Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +54 3868 42-6039 http://www.badbrotherswe.com
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4 based on 512 reviews

Bad Brothers Wine Experience

Bad Brothers Wine Experience is the wine lover's headquarters in Cafayate. A vibrant wine bar and full service restaurant serving international and Argentine cuisine. Bad Brothers is dedicated to celebrating the regions high and extreme altitude wines. We

Reviewed By kuechenbalance

We visited the place twice, because we really liked it. It‘s kind of a tapas concept where you can share different plates if you want. The menu offers different food options than in other places, but still traditional, which is a good change. Service is very friendly. If you have the chance to visit in summer, you will enjoy a beautiful backyard area. We would definitely come back!

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3. Clubhouse Restaurant

Ruta Nacional 40, KM 4340 Inside of La Estancia de Cafayate, Cafayate 4427 Argentina Argentinean, International Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service [email protected] +54 3868 42-8707 http://www.lec.com.ar
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4 based on 50 reviews

Clubhouse Restaurant

The Clubhouse boasts excellent service and food. Offers amazing 180 degree views of the majestic mountains. The Clubhouse is the iconic building within the property and is the destination for weddings, birthday parties and gatherings.

Reviewed By Kelly C

First of all, I just want to make sure that it's understood that this review is for the food only. We did not golf or go to the spa, we just had lunch and that is what I am reviewing. So, I actually went to Cafayate because I'd heard about the Estancia through Doug Casey, a financial analyst that I read. He's published glowing reports about the estancia and I wanted to drop by while I was in Argentina. So all of my initial presuppositions about it were positive. Unfortunately, the rest was negative and left a bad taste in my mouth literally and figuratively. First of all, we got to Cafayate and pulled up the website and looked at the menu. The site said that it was open 7 days a week, so we didn't have to worry about when we went. Wrong. We also were excited to try a restaurant that didnt' have the same old, same old bland and boring South American food, but that catered to tastes that actually like flavor. Wrong again. The menu looked at though it was all the same boring South American food that we'd been eating the last 6 months in South America and for which we simply stopped eating out entirely. But we were willing to give it the benefit of the doubt. We also noticed that the menu was translated into English extremely poorly. Surprising with a native English speaker as a cofounder and investor, and that the Estancia was being promoted to Americans for a great place to live. It made us wonder about the rest of the details. So we stop by the Estancia on a monday afternoon before a day of exploring. We had been by there several times and there were no signs that they'd be closed, nor did their website say anything about it. .But, inexplicably, the clubhouse was closed all day for food. We had also wanted to have drinks at the clubhouse in the evening to watch the valley. But that was our last night, so we wouldn't be able to. If there had been a sign at the front, or a notice on their website, we would have done that the evening before. But nope. No notice. No signs. Just random closure without notifying customers. This is typical in South America, to just have to guess at when things will be open or closed. We expected more from the estancia than to close randomly and not have any notices, like the rest of South American businesses. The next day, we unexpectedly didn't have to leave Cafayate until the afternoon instead of the morning like we had planned, so we stopped by for lunch and they were open. The Estancia itself is PICTURE PERFECT and gorgeous. The winding drive through the vines is precious. But we were greeted at the clubhouse with gigantic Shwepps and Coca Cola signage. I mean signs that were 5 foot by 15 foot long and right in front of the front door. Were they poor? Did they need to have sponsors to pay the bills? It seemed out of place and gauche. We then were greeted with a beautiful dining room and seated on the open-air patio with a spectacular view of the valley. Beautiful. Everything was beautiful. We ordered a hamburger and a beetroot lentil salad (see menu photos). We were suspicious immediately when the burger came with a whopping 7 or 8 french fries, but it also didn't say it came with any sides on the menu. Why not give a choice of sides? And the salad just came with oil and vinegar without any choice of dressings. Again, typical of bland South American food. But I was still thinking that the salad would be so good it wouldn't need dressing. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I thought the ingredients in the salad sounded good: roasted beets, arugula, broad beans and lentils. But unfortunately, they simply didn't work together, and none of them were cooked with any flavor, and there were no herbs or seasonings in the salad. So it was typical bland South American salad with no hope of recovery via a nice dressing. The hamburger, in the words of my partner, was, "A hamburger made by people who don't know what hamburgers taste like". And I agreed. He also ordered it with Cheddar cheese rather than the goat cheese it came with (which was an option on something else on the menu and the server stated no problem with the substitution). But it came with goat cheese anyway. He didn't send it back because there was so little cheese on it that it didn't matter anyway. The bun was the same bread that was brought before the meal, and it was bland, uninspiring white bread that was not even warm or toasted. Just dry bread. The meat was somewhat insufficient amount of meat compared to a US burger, but not bad. What was bad was that it was so dry and flavorless that I could barely choke it down, and I had to have water to swallow it. Ugh. I only took one bite. The burger came with 'crispy pancetta' according to the menu. It was more like 'pancetta jerky' and was inedible because it was so hard. My partner will almost always finish a dish even if he doesn't like it just because he hates food to go to waste. But he only ate about 4 bites of his burger. I ate about 1/2 the salad. The server gave the 'rote' response when picking up the dishes as to whether I liked my salad. I shook my head no. She didn't even bother to ask my partner as to whether he liked his burger. She didn't offer to do anything about our full plates, and simply brought the check like in virtually every other South American restaurant that doesn't particularly care about their food or the happiness of their clients. We'd give it one star, but the views were stunning. Don't go for the food it's awful. You may as well spend 1/2 the price at one of the restaurants in town and get the same bland food by cooks who have no idea what food should taste like. Extremely disappointing. It shocks me to see that others thought the food here was good, although I noticed that a lot of the good reviews were simply people having wine on the patio after a lovely day of golfing. Just doing that, I'd have given it 5 stars. But when you come for lunch and get bland, overcooked, boring food without attention to detail or any flavor, it gets 2 stars. I wish it were not so. I really wanted to like the Estancia and had high hopes they catered more to American/European palates that enjoy flavor rather than bland Argentinian palates. But I was wrong.

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4. La despensa, cocina y cultura

Calixto Mamani esquina Salta, Cafayate Argentina International http://www.facebook.com/La-Despensa-cocina-y-cultura-906735182708763/
La despensa, cocina y cultura

Reviewed By Gisemig2013

Hermoso lugar y muy buena comida. Platos gourmet con un toque regional, comimos una picada excelente y abundante, a muy buen precio. Como era la semana del Malbec nos ofrecieron copa de vino gratis. El resto- bar pertenece al Hotel Vieja Posada. Tambien se puede comer en la galeria o el jardin, decorados amorosamente con objetos de epoca. Ambiente muy romantico, y cuidan todos los detalles. Atencion y calidad impecables

Top 10 Things to do in Cafayate, Argentina

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