José Ignacio is a honey pot for the world’s chic jet-setters and there is no better time to go that during Uruguay’s hot summer months. From luxury beachside vacation rentals and the hottest New Year’s eve parties and from picturesque beaches to some of the best restaurants in José Ignacio, this sleepy beach town transforms into one of the must-visit destinations in South America.
Our on the ground team have painstakingly tasted and sampled dishes small and large, sweet and savory to uncover the best restaurants in José Ignacio. Tuck in and enjoy.
1. La Huella
Perfect for: Long boozy lunches with friends
By far the king of the best restaurants in José Ignacio La Huella is not only the place to be and be seen, but it offers top notch cuisine too. Sitting on the edge of the beach with a picture perfect view, the impecable service and chic beachvibes makes this the perfect spot to dine. Booking in advance is a must, even in low season as its reputation draws diners from far and wide. On cooler nights you can cozy up to the fireplace in the half light and pass the night away with a glass of their famous clericó (Argentina fruity alcoholic drink) before you wonder home to your chic José Ignacio villa.
Calle de Los Swan, 20402 José Ignacio.
2. La Olada
Perfect for: Romantic dinner for two
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a cosy candlelight log cabin; perfect for a romantic meal in José Ignacio. The delicious Mediterranean menu is all cooked with organic food and the complimentary bread is to die for. We recommend the Lamb that melts every bite and the tasty sweet milk pudding for desert. It may not be the most famous, nor the most trendy of the best restaurants in José Ignacio but it is one of our favorites.
Ruta 10, KM 181,50 | La Juanita, José Ignacio
3. La Susana
Perfect for: It’s time to splurge
La Susana Restaurant & Beachfront Club has masterfully brought together the best in fresh and seasonal, local ingredients, some even grown in their own garden with a lively, beachside-chic environment. Opened in 2013, the menu brings a modern twist to the traditional Uruguayan cuisine, including the iconic Uruguayan barbecue (asad0), with a delicious paring of wines and speciality cocktails.
Ruta 10 km 182,5, José Ignacio
Perfect for: Strictly Alfresco
Marismo is one of the best restaurants in José Ignacio - maybe even the world. Tucked away in the middle of nowhere, down a beachy road flanked by pine trees you would be forgiven for thinking you made a wrong turn. But quite the opposite – you’ve made a very wise choice. Escape from your luxe José Ignacio vacation villa to the completely outdoors restaurant. With no roof and a carpet of sand under-foot, the tables are light by candlelit with small bonfires dotted around the restaurants toasting your toes. The entire menu is cooked on an authentic wood-fired grill giving everything that tasty chargrill accent. This dining experience is one you will remember for the rest of your life.
Ruta 10 Km 185 | 200 Mts a la Izquierda, José Ignacio
Perfect for: Sushi