Where to Go for a Wine-Paired Lunch or Dinner in Mendoza

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Mendoza is one of Argentina’s most prestigious wine regions, and also one of our favorites to visit. We’ve been a few times now and every time we go it just gets better and better. What makes it so great? Well, aside from the stellar wine and amazing views, you can indulge in numerous wine-paired lunches all over the region, and finish your day with an incredible multi-course meal as well.

As you explore the vineyards and wineries nestled in the foothills of the Andes Mountains, you absolutely must indulge in a wine-paired lunch experience. There are dozens to choose from. While you really can’t go wrong no matter where you choose, we think there are some standouts that warrant a recommendation from us.

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Lunch at Zonda

A number of wineries in Mendoza have mastered the art of pairing their wines with local flavors. These gastronomic experiences are thoughtfully crafted to enhance both the wine and the food, bringing out unique regional flavors.

It’s not just for lunch, however. If you can’t fit some of these into your daytime schedule, you can book at many of them for dinner. I would also suggest that the best way to book your schedule is to hire a guide who can do it all for you. That makes it so much more enjoyable and relaxing.

Book a Tour With Borravino

To easily get around Mendoza, and still be able to enjoy the plethora of amazing wine, I recommend booking a wine tour with a reputable tour company, like Borravino. The owner of this company, Damian, was born and raised in Mendoza and has a deep knowledge of the wine regions. On his tours, you’ll meet passionate winemakers, explore boutique wineries, and savor the region’s best wine and food.

When you work with Damian, you can decide where to go or have him take care of all the details for you – transportation, appointments, and everything. Book a one-day tour or go to each of Mendoza’s 3 regions. It’s entirely up to you. I personally recommend booking 3 days. We went on a tour with them in 2024 and had a fanastic time.

If you do contact Damian, please let him know that I referred you or use coupon code SJWINE on his website checkout page. Doing this will earn you free perks like visiting an extra winery or olive mill (for a 1-day tour) or free transfers from airport to hotel (for a 3-day tour).

*We’ve partnered with Borravino to give you a great wine tour option that we know and trust. If you book with them, we will receive a small commission.

Selecting the Best Winery Restaurants

When you visit Mendoza, booking the perfect winery lunch experience is key. Here, you’ll find our curated list of the best places to eat in the wine regions of Uco Valley, Lujan de Cuyo, and Maipu. We have personally eaten at all of these restaurants and the photos are all our own.

Monteviejo

Monteviejo was one of the wineries recommended most highly to us for lunch. It’s located in the Uco Valley and is part of a collective of wineries, including Monteviejo, Cuvelier los Andes, DiamAndes and Bodega Rolland. These four distinct wineries have make one shared wine called “Clos de los Siete”. The wine that isn’t used for the flagship are used for their own wines.

Monteviejo is one of the most architecturally stunning of those wineries. The restaurant is on the top floor with an amazing view of the Andes surrounding you through the tall windows that give almost a 180° view. The restaurant design is gorgeous with lots of interesting artwork.

They offer a 4-course lunch paired with wines from the estate, that takes about 2 hours to complete. It was well paced and the flavors were all very good. Though there were a few misses for us, I’d still definitely recommend this lunch if you’re in Uco Valley.

Open for lunch only.

Martino Wines

One of the top choices for lunch in Lujan de Cuyo is Martino Wines, a winery that was built in 1901 and is still making incredible wines to pair with incredible food. We really loved the garden atmosphere that surrounds you on the patio. It was relaxing and a perfect way to enjoy a meal on a nice day.

They offer a 4 and 7-course lunch menu. We were only a few courses in when we decided to switch to the full menu, because the first few bites were incredible. They maintained that level of deliciousness throughout the courses. We didn’t have a single bite that wasn’t savored.

The flavors are on point, the service is great, and the timing of the meal was very good. After a few multi-course meals in Mendoza, we noticed that not every restaurant has the timing dialed in this well. Be prepared for more wine than you can imagine drinking in one setting.

Open for lunch and dinner.

Zonda Restaurant at Lagarde Winery

A major highlight of the restaurants we visited in Mendoza was Zonda Cocina de Paisaje within Lagarde Winery, which was awarded one Michelin star in 2024. It’s definitely an unforgettable lunch in Lujan de Cuyo.

You won’t find this kind of creativity with flavors and textures at any of the other spots listed in our guide. It was a step above the other menus in that regard. I won’t spoil it for you, but you can see the artful, creativity displayed in our photos above. They offer a few different experiences, like a morning welcome, walk though the gardens and lunch. We just did the 7-course lunch at 1pm.

The restaurant itself is a bit of a masterpiece as well. The open design is very inviting. You can watch the chefs at work nearby and see how much work goes into perfecting these dishes.

Open for lunch and dinner.

Fogón, Cocina de Viñedos

We went to Zonda for lunch, so we wanted to try Fogón Cocina de Viñedos for dinner. It’s located right on the same property, just steps from each other. Both have their merits, but Fogón is just on another level at night, as the tables are all spread under a gorgeous tree with twinkle lights. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting.

The server and the sommelier were really enhanced our dining experience. Their passion and knowledge of food and wine we very good. We had a seven course meal, paired with wine that just kept getting better with each course.

Open for lunch and dinner. 

Casa Vigil

Located in Maipu, Casa Vigil offers an award-winning dining experience, with one Michelin star to boast. I would say this is one of the most beautiful properties we visited, with a few different dining possibilities, both inside and out. However, I would strongly suggest asking to sit outside as the main restaurant space is a little lacking in character.

We weren’t able to fit this in for lunch (for a few different reasons), so we went for dinner. We had the 10-course menu paired with the lovely El Enemigo wines. The table was so full of wine glasses, it was hard to find a place for a dish. I thought the food was very artfully prepared and the timing was good, until the end of the meal when it started to fall apart a little. There was more than enough wine flowing to make up for it.

I would suggest if you want to try El Enemigo’s award-winning wines that you go to Casa Vigil for dinner rather than doing a tasting at the winery. The price was around $130 for 10-courses and more wine that we could even consider drinking.

Open for lunch and dinner.

Ramos Generales at Kaiken

Ramos Generales is a Francis Mallman restaurant that is located within Kaiken Winery in Lujan de Cuyo. I was blown away by the atmosphere at the restaurant. It was very romantic and unlike anywhere else I’ve had the pleasure of dining, with tables and couches spread out around the properly under canvas tents, surrounded by vines. It was absolutely gorgeous.

Again, we went here for dinner because our schedule was packed with eating options. I almost liked it better at night, though because the surroundings are just so magical in the dark.

The food was fantastic. This was the only restaurant we didn’t get a pre-set menu. We ordered a la carte. The Argentinian steak and tomato starter were fantastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back.

Open for lunch and dinner.

Ruca Malen

Ruca Malen
Ruca Malen

We didn’t visit Ruca Malen on our most recent visit to Mendoza but we’ve been before and the food was incredible, as was the experience. It’s one of the top places to go for lunch in Lujan de Cuyo. The views are incredible. If you can be there on a clear day, you’ll get the best view of the Andes. We really love that you can do a tour and tasting, then stay for lunch.

Open for lunch and dinner.

Finca Minimal

Finca Minimal
Finca Minimal (photo by Damian Pinon)

Finca Minimal is another option for lunch in the Uco Valley. It prides itself on small-batch wine production and a culinary journey. The lunch you’ll have here is as thoughtfully crafted as their expressive wines.

Unfortunately we weren’t able to make it here for lunch, but we heard about it from several different people while we were there. And our tour guide, Damian, also highly recommends it. Next time we’re there, we’ll definitely go.

Open for lunch.

La Azul

La Azul
La Azul (photo by Damian Pinon)

Another Uco Valley great for lunch is La Azul. It’s more modest than many of the others, yet it’s a remarkable winery offering an authentic Argentine lunch. Bold flavors and hearty dishes characterize their menu, perfectly mirroring their wines’ robust nature.

The dining experience is outside on their patio and it can get quite crowded at times, but the service is still very good. It’s a great restaurant in Tupungato in a beautiful location, with plenty of good wine and a great menu with traditional Argentinian food. 

Open for lunch.

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Where to Go for a Wine-Paired Lunch or Dinner in Mendoza

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