Guru'Guay Top Picks Map

Introducing our carefully selected top picks. Guru’Guay only recommends restaurants, hotels and people who absolutely love Uruguay & what they do. TripAdvisor we ain’t.

Baco Vino y Bistró

Baco is a neighborhood French bistro with fine dining flair, featuring an extensive wine list and varied by-the-glass choices

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Il Tano Cucina

This charming family-run restaurant in the forest opens year round to serve home-made pasta and the freshest local seafood

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Estancia El Ceibo

El Ceibo is a typical, South American sheep and cattle ranch set in farmland amid the gently rolling plains of Uruguay.

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Sendas

Chic and cozy, these renovated train wagons make a perfect escape from summer crowds, tucked away in El Chorro, a relaxed beach community ten minutes drive from Jose Ignacio.

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Casa Flor

Treat yourself to the Casa Flor experience. A boutique beach hotel whose well-connected owners will introduce you to the secrets of Uruguay’s natural beauty with access most can only dream of.

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Academia Uruguay

Academia Uruguay is a small language school right in the heart of Montevideo’s historic neighbourhood.

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Estación Penitente

Estación Penitente is an enchanting hill-top restaurant housed within three restored 1950s-era train cars.

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Es Mercat

The Guru will wager that this is the best fish and seafood restaurant in Montevideo. The merluza negra (sea bass fished in the South Atlantic) seasoned solely with rock salt is particularly amazing. 

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Bar El Mingus

A cool, contemporary neighbourhood restaurant with classic old world charm and the intimacy of a classic Rio de la Plata-style bar.

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Cabaña de Verónica

Welcome to the Montevideo’s Port Market, though we call it Disneyland for Carnivores. It’s hard to choose where to start. Especially if you want the best beef in Montevideo.

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Posada Lune de Miel

The prettiest red cabins clustered around a small swimming pool in a bougainvillea and palm filled garden may be the best value accommodation you’ll find in hippie-chic Punta del Diablo

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Artesana

Artesana is a young boutique winery run by two women wine-makers. The twenty-hectare vineyard is delightful, set on a slope close to the Santa Lucia river and a protected wetlands reserve.

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Los Nadies

Manuel Filgueira is an obsessive wine-maker who makes magnificent, complex, aged wines. He’s been known to abandon an entire harvest if the grapes are not up to standard.

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Alma Histórica

Alma Historica –which means “historic soul”– is a luxury fifteen-room boutique hotel set on Plaza Zabala, Montevideo’s most romantic park.

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Adriana Rossi

Boutique wines, hand picked by a sommelier, delivered at retail prices–we have to admit we are totally in love with this service 

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Arazá Cocina Nativa

This tiny restaurant in the Prado tells the story of Uruguay’s little-known culinary heritage through fine food

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Lobo Suelto

A little foodtruck on the roadside between the airport and Punta del Este is the best place to stop for Uruguay street food with.. organic ingredients.

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Big Bang Nature Stays

On the edge of the Atlantic Ocean on a deserted beach, your stylish dome nestles amongst acres of virgin pine forest

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Doña Martina Empanadas

A traditional street food in Uruguay is the empanada. This is the very best empanada place we’ve found with a mind-blowing 50+ fillings to choose from.

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Haras Las Tordillas

A luxury lodge nestling in the hills of Eden. A secret spot for horse-riding in Uruguay. For horse lovers, wine lovers & lovers of peace & tranquility.

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Salon No. 3

New La Barra restaurant in a vintage furniture store. Pull up a chair & chat to the chef as he cooks fish just out of the ocean & veggies he grows himself.

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Hotel Solís

Be a part of history. Once the best hotel in Uruguay-and British spy HQ in WW2!-, nestling by beaches, wineries and trekking, and being lovingly restored.

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Team Haverkate

Most realtors in Uruguay have a dual interest – representing the buyer AND the seller. Team Haverkate, based 20 years in the US, only represents buyers.

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Remanso del Diablo Boutique Hotel

Your private terrace at Remanso del Diablo, a nine-room boutique hotel, looks directly out onto the ocean at this magical boutique hotel nestled amongst the sand dunes on Playa La Viuda, one of Uruguay’s most secluded beaches. It’s one of the most amazing Uruguay hotels on the beach.

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Maralto

Maralto comprises five rental homes in a private compound steps from two of the best beaches in Rocha. The spacious top level rentals have ocean views from inside and out. The ground floor rentals have direct access to the gardens. 

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Il Tano Suites

Il Tano Suites is most probably the most valuable Punta del Diablo hotel, with many of the comforts of a four-star hotel. The location is away from the town centre, tucked away in pine woods, the closest beach–Playa Grande–is the most secluded.

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