Where to Eat in Jose Ignacio: The Best Restaurants and Bars

January 15, 2018 Tonie Szymanski

Discover the best restaurant in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay including La Huella, Barra Alta, Sarava, Lucifer, La Caracola, La Olada, Francis Mallmann - El Garzon, Marismo, Carniceria Manolo, La Susana
Things to do in Jose Ignacio

1. La Huella

Playa Jose Ignacio, Jose Ignacio 20402, Uruguay Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, Sushi, Argentinean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +598 4486 2279
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

La Huella

Reviewed By dostrovs - NYC

Jose Ignasio is a tiny ritzy town and beach about 20 miles east of Punta del Este. The home town of, the only ranked in Pellegrino’s List of 50 Best Latin restaurants in Uruguay, Parillla la Huella. I went alone, because my party lost any hope of finding digestible food in Uruguay. I still kept my hope alive. It was rather cruelly crashed right in this establishment. It started with the host very ungraciously assigning me the most inconvenient seat in this half-empty at the time restaurant, for which I had reservation. I took a liberty of taking a different seat. Unfortunately being alone has restricted my choices. I picked: rabas (breaded fried calamari) - good texture but very salty, deep-fried pejerray (small and usually tender fishes) - hopelessly over-fried preventing me from taking more than one bite, cold apple and cucumber soup (soup of the day) - they simply forgot to bring me one. I have requested a plate of sashimi of local fish. I was brought bizarre combination of raw mushrooms, salmon (which is native to northern hemisphere), over cooked salty shrimp and some local seabassish tasting fish. The service was deteriorating by the minute, as the restaurant was getting busier. I have not seen the same waiter at my table more than once. In summary: I am clueless how they got nominated or included on any of the lists. Underperformed in all areas. They do not seem to care. They are busy anyway…

2. Barra Alta

Ruta 10 Km. 161, Jose Ignacio 20402, Uruguay Lunch, Dinner +598 4277 1938
Excellent
32%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
5%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Barra Alta

Reviewed By lechuzon - Sherborn, Massachusetts

convenient location for us since we can walk from our home; on busy main street, no view other than people and cars. Fresh, unpretentious décor. Food can be very good. Good wine selection. When it's busy, waitresses tend to get overwhelmed. If you get the owner, she doesn't mind voicing her opinion (which is useful if you are not sure what to order) but when the staff tries to do it, too, it doesn't work as well, they lack the je-ne-sais-pas that you need to get away with it. All in all, I would recommend the place to friends.

3. Sarava

La Farola, Jose Ignacio 20402, Uruguay Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$549 - HK$1,177 +598 4486 2826
Excellent
58%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
9%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 122 reviews

Sarava

Sarava by Dante Liporace offers the very best in Local and Meditarranean cuisine on offer in Uruguay. Located in Arenas De Jose Ignacio on Ruta 10, KM185

Reviewed By Wilacho T - Buenos Aires, Argentina

We had dinner (late, late dinner...) at this charming restaurant witha group of friends and honestly it was amazing!!!
First of all, the building itself is extremely nice, as it is divided in different spaces that surprise you and completes the dining experience, and even if they did not spend a lot of money it has charm and zero pretentiousness. Great lighting and music also
The food was really good, and even if we were 14 people at a big round table I was able to taste so,e of my friend's food and we all have a blast, even if we are a tough crowd to please. The gazpacho was tasty and the tuna was sublime.
Our waitress was the sweetest and most polite girl ever, and like the rest of the staff coming from Spain
We definitely be back

4. Lucifer

Camino a la Estacion Custiel, Casi al Final, Garzon 20401, Uruguay Reservations Argentinean, South American Lunch +598 99 255 249
Excellent
68%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 25 reviews

Lucifer

Reviewed By RomeLorenzo - Rome

This truly magical place has become even better than last year. Improvements made to the property but it's simplicity remains. Attention to detail without fussiness is sublime. Augustina's cuisine divine as always, sourced from the freshest local produce. Frankly this place is rather off he beaten track by I'd go there from the North Pole just to keep the warmth of the memory for the rest of the year.

5. La Caracola

Jose Ignacio, Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio, Uruguay Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, Barbecue, Argentinean, South American Lunch, Dinner +598 94 223 015
Excellent
83%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 46 reviews

La Caracola

Reviewed By Jose K - Sao Paulo, SP

I am starting to have doubts about this place, once among my favorites in the world. Food is still good- smaller portions,it's true. Drinks are a lot worse than in the past, as is the limited wine selection. But service has really deteriorated a lot: toilets had no water and/or were dirty, they were poorly prepared for rain, the awnings were full of holes and could not properly protect clients from the water. Additionally, the manager wanted to leave the place before the clients. As $160/person, I would (and do) expect a lot more. Maybe they should get back to basics and do an internship with La Huella folks!

6. La Olada

Ruta 10, KM 181 50 | La Juanita, Jose Ignacio 20402, Uruguay Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$235 - HK$392 +598 4486 2745
Excellent
54%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

La Olada

Reviewed By Alex L - San Isidro, Argentina

They have several good dishes, but their Rack of Lamb is super !!! Great local fish is also a good choice. The service was great and the place is full of locals

7. Francis Mallmann - El Garzon

Costa Jose Ignacio 20401, Garzon 20401, Uruguay Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Argentinean Lunch, Dinner +598 4410 2811
Excellent
46%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 187 reviews

Francis Mallmann - El Garzon

Reviewed By SandSS - Florida

It is hard to believe that you drive 30 minutes down a dirt road to find this gem and not only is it the best, but also the most expensive, meal we ate in all of Uruguay. It is literally in the middle of nowhere but Frances Mallmann lives up to his reputation in this quaint poolside restaurant serving top notch gourmet food. Truly worth the visit!

8. Marismo

Ruta 10 Km 185 | 200 Mts a la Izquierda, Jose Ignacio 20402, Uruguay Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar International Dinner, Late Night 42 4486 2273
Excellent
56%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 297 reviews

Marismo

Reviewed By BushFreak - Johannesburg

Great atmosphere in this fire inspired restaurant. The food was really good, I went twice and both times went for the lamb. Service friendly and professional.

9. Carniceria Manolo

Calle Las Golondrinas y Calles de Los Cisnes, Jose Ignacio 20402, Uruguay Lunch +598 4486 2089
Excellent
60%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 44 reviews

Carniceria Manolo

Reviewed By Sergio D

This market is very interesting, and useful
José Ignacio is small and far from Punta
Só Manolo you can buy, meat, Sandwich , freschly maded, also you can have wine, liquor and beer.
If you are hungry, go there and have a special Sandwich eita good juice or beer

10. La Susana

Ruta 10 km 182 5 | Ruta 10 Km 182, 5, Jose Ignacio 20402, Uruguay Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, Seafood, Mediterranean, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +598 95 192 555
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 364 reviews

La Susana

Reviewed By TereBA - Buenos Aires

You won't get such an experience at a beach area in a sauvage environment. A good idea built on the sand overseeing a very nice beach close to Jose Ignacio. Chapeau to an investment like this. Usually crowded during season so highly recommend a reservation and ask to be seated on the sand front. The service while hectic make the point to make sure you are well treated. Rather limited options of plates. Desserts are all good.

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