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El Claustro Santa Catalina - Restaurant Buenos Aires - Argentina

Are you looking for sinfully delicious food? Then try “El Claustro,” the restaurant inside the Convent of Santa Catalina. It is a true refuge of not only fine dining with a fresh take on modern Pan-Latin American cuisine, but also a cool break from the frenzied shopping on Florida Avenue, in the heart of Buenos Aires.


The convent is cloistered behind a twenty-foot high stucco wall, so the only sound you will hear as you dine alfresco in the Zen-like garden is the tranquil sound of falling water from the antique rain tank turned into a fountain and the soft rustle of palms blowing in the breeze. While you enjoy such mouth-watering starters as “terrine of rabbit on brioche toast, spinach salad and mango dressing” or “carpaccio with rucula salad and parmesan cheese.”


I loved the camembert cheese rolled in sesame seeds, served warm on a bed of greens, but also notable is the stuffed mushrooms filled with baby shrimp in a wine cream sauce. Priced from $15-26 pesos.


Chef Rolando Benitez Cuella offers a daily lunch special, a three-course meal, prepared with only the freshest local ingredients for $46 pesos. The regular menu boasts such creative choices as grilled chicken with feta cheese, capers, black olives in a red pepper sauce or smoked salmon salad with ciboulette cream dressing. For heartier appetites, try the locally raised braised leg of lamb with fine herbs; this is their signature dish. The menu changes seasonally and always includes a pasta dish, as well as delicious homemade desserts, and a good selection of wines by the glass or by the bottle. But make a reservation, this restaurant is only open for lunch 12-3 p.m., Monday-Friday.

El Claustro Santa Catalina

San Martin 705

Buenos Aires, Argentina
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina


Regulations: Yes

Dress Code: Dressy

Reservation: Recommended

Park Options: No

Contact Information:
Zip: 1004 Capital Federal
Phone: 4-312-0235

Other Restaurants in Centro that may be of interest: Café Tortoni, Granix, London City, Richmond, Pura Vida, California Burrito Company and Casa de la Cultura China.

By Antoinette Ford
I am a bold, fearless traveler with 33 countries under my belt. Not one to plow through the landscape, I prefer to take in the sights on horseback,...
03 Jan 2008

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