"Less visited than its cosmopolitan competitor over the river, Buenos Aires, Montevideo has charm in spades and a dining scene that’s getting more exciting by the month," says Uruguay-based travel writer Nell McShane Wulfhart. While the laid-back capital city is still somewhat under the radar of American tourists, it's a popular destination for Argentinians and Brazilians, who come to enjoy the architecture, beaches, and chilled-out vibe.
When it comes to dining, meat lovers are in for a treat. "Eating in Montevideo means going hard on the steak: This is a city that loves barbecue more than almost anything, and the ratio of beef quality to price means you’ll be tempted to get steak every single night," says McShane Wulfhart.
But, as in all things, at Montevideo restaurants, you get what you pay for. "While there’s no such thing as very cheap food in Montevideo, there aren’t too many places with astronomical prices either — most restaurants are somewhere in the middle," says McShane Wulfhart. "You can eat a mediocre sandwich for $10, but you’re better off forking over a few extra dollars and dining on some grass-fed beef at a steakhouse or sampling some creative pastas."
Here now, in geographic order, the 18 places that define dining in Montevideo.
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Price per person, excluding alcohol
$ = Under 400 pesos (15 USD)
$$ = 400-800 pesos (15-30 USD )
$$$ = 800-1,400 pesos (30-50 USD )
$$$$ = 1,400 pesos and up (50 USD and up)