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Posted on 01/25/2019 Foodies' Guide

The ‘Secret’ Closed Door Restaurants of Buenos Aires

Imagine walking into a stranger’s home and sitting down for dinner. And rather than being pushed out by the residents, being treated like royalty and served a full course meal instead. Sounds weird, right? But this is a typical culinary experience in Buenos Aires. Known as “Restaurant  A puertas cerradas” ‘the closed-door restaurants’, there are chefs interspersed throughout the city who will willingly make an elaborate and delicious dinner for you and a couple of other strangers.

They will open the doors of their house and warmly welcome you in for a delightsome dinner shared over light banter and interesting conversation. You might even meet a couple of other foreigners as well. Although the dishes can range from traditional Argentine food to exotic and adventurous specialties depending on the chef, you can rest assured to have a culinary experience you won’t soon forget. Following are some best closed-doorrestaurants we recommend you try out. 

La Pasionaria

Situated in an old train warehouse in Palermo, La Pasionaria is a closed-door restaurant run by an Argentine antique collector. With an assortment of items collected from immigrants all around the world over decades, the place has a unique mix of past and present ambiance, besides a four-course menu that will leave you craving for more.

Casa Saltshaker

One of the city’s oldest Puerta cerradas, Casa Saltshaker is situated in Recoleta. Their food style is mostly Mediterranean-based South American, using ingredients from Peru, Chile, and Bolivia.
If you are an energetic person who loves socializing, then Casa Saltshaker with their ten-person communal table for a shared-dining experience is the place for you.

Casa Felix

With an atmosphere highly similar to that of an actual restaurant, head here if you want to enjoy Latin American dishes cooked from spices which are grown right there in their backyard! The place offers a six-course menu that changes every season. You won’t be bored even if you visit the place twice, owing to how much its chef loves playing with the visitors’ palates.

I Latina

As the name suggests, Latin-American cuisine is the place’s specialization. It is run by three Colombian siblings who serve a seven-course meal that changes every season. Be sure to check it out. As unconventional as it may sound, these ‘secret’ restaurants are guaranteed to provide you with a truly enjoyable and unforgettable experience you are bound to cherish forever. Just be sure to carry cash for payments instead of credit cards.


Tegui is a distinguished, high quality, signature restaurant, in the heart of Palermo Hollywood. The chef Germán Martitegui invites to taste an impeccable cuisine. Its menu, with European nuances, varies constantly to surprise its visitors. The cava is incredible, the service is friendly with a cozy green view environment. The prices are high but at the level of the gastronomic quality of the place.

Steaks By Luis

Perfect spot for an asado baptism: Luis makes you feel welcomed as if you were friends, explains it all for first time eaters and provides the familiar asado experience, seems like an intimate dinner party with a gourmet touch. It’s a five courses meal: starts with an Argentine picada (olives, cold meat, empanadas and morcilla bruschettas), followed by a traditional mixta salad, Argentine grilled starters (a little bit of everything) and a huge steak; dessert is the last course, international and local at the same time. All this goes paired with an amazing selection of wines, personally selected by Luis, the chef. You can choose your grilling point and they have vegetarian options.

Have a savory, secret closed-door dining experience! Check our tours in Buenos Aires to taste one of these fantastic places, and other experiences in Argentina and Chile.

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