Where to Eat in Asuncion: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 22, 2017 Yuk Petri

The "Mother of Cities" was founded in 1537, and declared independence from Spain in 1811. The charming historic section can be explored on foot. The friendly Paraguayan capital, gateway to the grassy Gran Chaco region, has long been a center of music, poetry and the arts, but only in recent years has Asunción been able to escape its long history of dictatorship rule. Sites to visit include Panteon Nacional de los Heroes, Casa de la Independencia and Catedral de Nuestra Senora de Asuncion.
Things to do in Asuncion

1. Restaurante Bolsi

Estrella 399 esq Alberdi, Asuncion, Paraguay Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Mediterranean, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$39 - HK$196 +595 21 491 841
Excellent
51%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Restaurante Bolsi

Bolsi is a third generation family-owned restaurant which opened in 1960.

Reviewed By Eulenspeegel - San Antonio de Pereira, Colombia

Our taxista dumped off in the middle of Centro Asuncion and pointed to Restaurante Bolsi and stated: "This is a very good restaurant." He wasn't kidding. In spite of the rough-around-the-edges neighborhood, and the modest trappings of this restaurant, Bolsi cuisine is gourmet quality. Bolsi offers an eclectic menu of international cuisine including local favorites and Mediterranean items. Bolsi is very popular with locals and tourists alike. The food quality is superb, and prepared with a lot of TLC. The dining area can accommodate large groups of up to 12 -15 people. The ambiance of the restaurant is soft and down to earth. Meals are moderately priced... and obvious bargains for visitors from Europe and North America.
My wife and I were starved when we arrived at Bolsi... so we did not hold back on the menu selections. I started out with a delicious cup of savory sarubi soup (sarubi is a native fish from the Rio Paraguay). Loved it... and probably could have eaten another cup. I followed up with a generous portion of roasted curry chicken breast which as garnished with chopped mangos and nuts and accompanied with a cup of steamed price. The dish was tantalizing and left a lingering pleasant taste in my mouth well after the meal. My wife could not finish her chicken cordon bleu, and left a small portion for me to sample. The cordon bleu was equally exquisite.
If in Asuncion, a meal at Bolsi should be on your culinary bucket list. My only regret, is that we did not have the opportunity to return for another meal. Highly recommended!

2. Taberna Espanola

Ayolas Juan de 631 | c/ General Diaz, Asuncion 1235, Paraguay Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$16 - HK$196 +595 21 443 798
Excellent
50%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 246 reviews

Taberna Espanola

Reviewed By JA Experiences N - Buenos Aires, Argentina

wide variety of authentic Latin America food. The Paella is the specialty and a very good choice. Be sure to accompany it with some of their sangria.

3. Bar San Roque

Eligio Ayala & Tacuary, Asuncion, Paraguay Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Soups, South American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +595 21 446 015
Excellent
48%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 271 reviews

Bar San Roque

Reviewed By Laura G

The architecture of the place is beautiful and the environment very chill. Waiters are nice specially if they know you're a tourist. Never the less, the food is pretty average and not a real competition to "Lido Bar" or "Bolsi".
It's a place to go once.

4. Paulista Grill

cnr San Martine & Mariscal Lopez, Asuncion, Paraguay Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Buffet Steakhouse, Brazilian, Latin, Barbecue, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Excellent
49%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 536 reviews

Paulista Grill

Reviewed By Matheus007 - Longwood, Florida

Great rodízio in the heart of Paraguay. In addition to the delicious selection of meats, there is an extensive salad and dessert bar. If you're hungry or just interested in an extended lunch with lots of people watching, Paulista is the place to be in Asunción!

5. Shangri-la

Aviadores del Chaco | and San Martin, Asuncion, Paraguay Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Buffet Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +595 21 661 618
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 196 reviews

Shangri-la

Reviewed By ChicaGuarani - Belfast, United Kingdom

I look forward to coming here every time I visit Asuncion, as it is a wonderful chinese. The staff are attentive and the food is very good quality, with a lot to choose from. Vegetarians even have a good choice! This was my fourth visit, and my only complaint is they don't give fortune cookies anymore! I recommend the agriculce (sweet and sour), it's better than any I've ever tasted! It is very expensive for Asuncion, but if you are a foreigner you will still find it cheap compared to Western prices.

6. Carmelitas Center

Avenida Molas Lopez | Esquina San Martin, Asuncion, Paraguay Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Bar, Pub Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +595 21 610 470
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 130 reviews

Carmelitas Center

Reviewed By JCW703 - Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Attended an event at Carmelitas Center this past weekend. The space is interesting and well laid out- three separate room culminating in a large ballroom. All have hardwood flooring for dancing, etc. Parking is problematic as there isn't any and the restroom could certainly use an update. The food was mediocre, but that may depend on the choices of the host. The audiovisual system was good, but, again, the music left much to be desired.

7. Mburicao Restaurante

Av. Del Chaco Prof. de Gonzalez 737, Asuncion 1749, Paraguay Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +595 21 660 048
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 255 reviews

Mburicao Restaurante

Reviewed By moonstoneBA - buenos aires

I visited this testaurant after Reading good comments on TripAdvisor.
The ambience was quiet since I was the first guest to arrive.
I ordered the Lamb, as the waitress recommended it to me, when I asked about several options within the menu. I expected a slow cooked lamb, but it was not. It was fatty and hard. The potatoes were very good, though.
I have only visited one other restaurant on my visit (located at the hotel I was staying) which was much better.

8. O Gaucho

General Pacheco 4444 | Esquina MacArthur, Asuncion 1801, Paraguay Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Steakhouse, Brazilian, Latin, Barbecue, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +595 608 596
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 721 reviews

O Gaucho

Brazilian style steak house. Telephone 595-021608596

Reviewed By Barry H

We visited this restaurant with members of our family, the food, wines and spirits are of a very high standard. The staff are constantly offering more freshly cooked meat, and the meat is cooked to perfection. This restaurant is well worth a visit if you are visiting Asunción.

9. Tierra Colorada Gastro

Santisima Trinidad Avda. 784, Asuncion 1732, Paraguay Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi South American, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +595 21 663 335
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 580 reviews

Tierra Colorada Gastro

Reviewed By marcos b

It was an amazingly beautiful restaurant with really good service, but the most important: the food. Complex technic mixed with really good local ingredients. Presentation of the plates was beautiful and to be honest the plate was big. I can come back a lot of times

10. Bellini

Calle Malutin, Asuncion, Paraguay Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +595 21 440 258
Excellent
42%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 312 reviews

Bellini

Reviewed By KANewYork - New York

Bustling lunch joint. It's a make your own pasta dish place. You can pick your pasta variety, sauce, anything else that you want in from the food bar. The concept is interesting, however having a long line of patrons can affect the chefs ability to boil the pasta to perfection.. my ravioli were overcooked and came in a too-loose mushroom sauce. There's also an a la carte service. The make your own pasta seems to be the focus here and a la carte ordering does not get as much attention from the servers.
I saw some good reviews on this place, but from what I got, I could have skipped it.

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