Don Julio, the award-winning Palermo parrilla, is continuing to rack up prize after prize.
Barely a week after going viral online, thanks to a not-so-secret visit from superstar football and national team captain Lionel Messi, Don Julio has been named the 2023 global winner of the World's 101 Best Steak Restaurants.
It’s yet another crown for the popular parrilla, which late last year finished second in the rankings of the 50 Best Restaurants in Latin America and was named the Best Restaurant in Argentina.
The judges for this latest prize described Don Julio an “exceptional and forward-thinking dining experience,” and praised its “extensive selection of beef cuts, including ribeye, sirloin, and tenderloin but also secondary cuts like skirt or short ribs from regeneratively farmed Aberdeen Angus and Hereford cattle.”
“The restaurant has gained worldwide recognition for its outstanding grilled meats, excellent service, and warm and inviting atmosphere,” they added.
They also offered generous praise for the “variety of organic side dishes” available and its “impressive” wine list, which is curated by owner Pablo Rivero, who recently won the Beronia Latin America’s Best Sommelier Award.
“Parrilla Don Julio is a must-visit destination for every meat-lover and foodie visiting Buenos Aires, and the spot to experience the traditional Argentine parrilla culture,” concluded the judges.
They’re not the only ones in agreement with the praise showered on Don Julio. Among the famous faces who have dined there in recent years are Matt Damon, Angela Merkel, Robert Pattison and Messi, whose visit last week prompted hundreds of football fans to descend on the restaurant.
However, the restaurants doesn’t just cater to the stars – it is known for attracting locals regularly, while also appealing to tourists.
“In Argentina, we all know something about football, something about politics and a lot about grilling and roasting. Being Argentine means being in love with the asado and the parrilla. It's all in our DNA," said Rivero, the face of the family-run restaurant.