La Bourgogne, Buenos Aires
Tel: 54 11 4805 3857
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Alvear Palace is the grande dame of Buenos Aires's luxury hotels, and La Bourgogne, the magnificent restaurant headed by chef Jean-Paul Bondoux, is universally regarded as the best French dining in South America. Accessed via a separate entrance and spiral staircase adjacent to the hotel's eye-popping lobby bar (all Breccia marble and towering columns), La Bourgogne's dining room is all about understated elegance. So are Monsieur Bondoux's creations: ravioli d'escargots, châteaubriand béarnaise, and sublime cassis-laced wild boar.
Open Mondays through Fridays noon to 3:30 pm and 7:30 pm to midnight, Saturdays 7:30 pm to midnight.