The Adventure

The asado is a time when families and friends get together to share and experience the great food they have created. This is the complete essence of an Argentine asado: a cultural dining tradition handed down from generation to generation.

The Argentine asado represents a national identity
and a unique culture with its own customs and rituals.

The Buenos Aires AsadoAdventure is an open invitation to become part of the family and experience creating an Argentinian asado. Our food tour is organized into small intimate groups (up to 10 people), where you will be guided through the cooking and social traditions of the Argentine asado.

Tour & Demonstration

We will invite you into a private residence where we’ll get to know each other a little and then head off to visit the local butcher, baker, and wine merchant. We’ll buy our ingredients just like a local would go about organizing their own Argentine asado. You will also be getting a walking tour of the very hip and trendy Palermo Viejo neighborhood and enjoying some street art along the way.

Tours run from 10:30 am to about 3:30 pm in Palermo Viejo.

If you wish, we can arrange private transportation from your accommodation or any address within the city limits, including the Cruise Port Terminal, to our home, as a purchasable option.

Bring a hat, sunglasses, and comfortable clothing and shoes for a day of walking, cooking, drinking, and eating. The walking tour is about two-hours long, but that also includes the little wine tasting so it’s not as much walking as it sounds (about 1.5kms). We can stop for a bottle of water along the way for anyone who would like one.

Prices

US$120
per adult for the full shopping tour and asado lunch/dinner
OR
US$100
per adult for asado lunch/dinner only

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I am also offering custom food tours and craft beer tours for other days of the week. I can also give you recommendations for other tours that specialize in street art, soccer, or tango.

If you are a solo traveler, please write to ask if you can join an existing tour or if we can create a custom food tour for you.

You can use the following online form to book your tour or if you would like to ask further questions or the date you would like isn’t available, please contact us.

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You can get your money back by canceling with 1 week’s notice. Please review our cancellation policy for further details in our FAQ page.

About us

I’m Frank Almeida and I will be your host. I’m originally from Chicago. I created Argentina’s first gourmet cookie brand in 2002 and now with this tour I created I want to share Argentina’s love of asado through local customs and traditions that visitors to Argentina don’t get to experience. I based this tour on the types of tours that I look for when I travel. I have grilled in the middle of the Amazon jungle; ran across the Andes in a three-day race from Chile to Argentina; cooked in Florence and the Italian countryside; picnicked in the South African bush; as well as completed several food tours all across Europe. Let’s have an amazing lunch together!

I’m Max Carnage. I currently work at Strange Brewing, one of Buenos Aires’ trendiest micro breweries, where I’m in charge of the kitchen. I love to grill meat, “It’s part of every Argentine’s DNA”. The asado is a language of friendship, of family and camaraderie; it’s a perfect excuse to meet up with those closest to you, to meet new friends, share some wine and forget for a moment the stress and problems of everyday life.

FAQ

Since this is a private home, we will give you the address once you book. We will send you the address and a Google map link for your convenience. If you tell us where you would be coming from we can give you directions.
We can even send you instructions in Spanish so you can print them out to give to your driver, but finding us is very easy since we are located in the heart of the very fashionable Palermo Viejo barrio (neighborhood) of Buenos Aires.
If you choose private transportation through us, your driver will already know how to get here.

Within our tour prices, you will see an option to include private transportation to our home. Otherwise, we will send you instructions on how to arrive and even give you instructions in Spanish in case you would need to give them to your taxi driver. Once the tour is over, we will help you get private transportation back to your hotel, or provide directions on public transportation, whichever you prefer.

If you decide to cancel with at least 1 week’s notice, or if the tour can’t take place for reasons beyond our control (e.g. heavy rainstorm or flooding) then you will receive a full refund.
If you cancel with less than one week, but more than three days before the tour, then you can have a refund of 50% of the cost of your tour.
There will be no refunds for cancellations within 72 hours of the tour date, except if you arrive in the city on the day of your tour, and your flight or cruise ship is late, in which case we will try to reschedule. If your flight or ship is canceled altogether, then we can give you a full refund provided you notify us at least 2 hours before the tour starts.

You will have a full meal: wine (or beer), water, appetizers, first course, salad, main course, and dessert. Before the meal, there is a shopping tour to select the main ingredients with expert guidance. Usually, we visit the butchery, the bakery, and the wine shop. If you purchase our transport option, then your initial transportation would be included in the tour price.

Yes! We offer 50% discount for children ages 6 to 10 years old, and we do not charge for children under 6.

We don’t offer a separate kids’ meal. We offer them the same delicious, amazing lunch that the adults will have. For drinks, we can offer water and juice. We could also have Coke and a variety of other soft drinks that they can choose from.

Transportation is not included unless you purchase the transportation options. Your transportation at the end of the tour is also not included. We could organize a taxi for you at an additional price or we can give you directions and suggestions for how to get back home on your own or how to further explore the area.

Our guides are bilingual, Spanish and English, and the tours are conducted in English. If someone attends that only speaks Spanish we will give the tour in both languages.  Somos bilingües y podemos hacer el recorrido en Ingles y en Español.

Yes! If someone in your party wants a vegetarian option we can accommodate that and plan an individual delicious alternative meal for them. You can ask us about our vegetarian option beforehand via email.

We will end the tour with a cultural class on how Argentines greet and say goodbye to each other. If you require assitance in obtaining transportation we can help.

These are semiprivate group tours that are limited to no more than 10 people. If you would like a private tour, we may be able to arrange one for an additional fee. If you have a group size larger than 10 we could also arrange a tour for you. Please contact us at contact@asadoadventure.com for more information.

Things do happen and we realize this. Please try to let us know if you would be coming in late. If you get here after we have left the house someone at the house will call us and we can coordinate to meet in the neighborhood. This whole tour happens within the same neighborhood so we are never too far away.

Yes, and we don’t cancel for rain either unless it’s very heavy. An Argentine asado doesn’t cancel for anything. This does take place in a private residence so in the case of inclement weather we could eat indoors.

It never hurts to ask. If you have a group of at least 4 people and you wish to tour on a different day other than a Friday, please write to us and ask. We just might be available on the day that you desire.

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Customer Testimonials

Asado Adventure is consistently rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor

“Loved ‘living like locals’ for an afternoon!”

Our teenagers LOVED this experience. We ‘lived like locals’ for an afternoon and enjoyed every minute. Frank and his staff were terrific and very hospitable. We started with an intimate tour of Palermo, as we chose our meats at the butcher and wines at the wine shop and breads at the bakery. Our host then prepared the meal and we sat under a grand tent in a lovely brick backyard with lime and avocado trees shading us. Truly memorable.

Read on TripAdvisorAlan and Sandra Swirski, Virginia, USA.

“Great food and much more”

Frank and his staff could not have made our experience more enjoyable. The food and wine was great but we also learned so much about the Argentine way of life that we will always remember.

Read on TripAdvisorJoel Beckoff, Connecticut, USA.

“Buenos Aires lovelier because of Frank’s hospitality”

My third visit to Buenos Aires was just a one-day, one-night stop but felt like I lived there. I learned a lot not just about Asado but also about graffiti, mate, meat cuts, knives, wine and a lot more. Highly recommended! Any questions I had, Frank and Agustin gladly answered. Well worth our time. Thank you very much.

Read on TripAdvisorNelia Laborte, Manila, Philippines.

“Great Experience”

Frank’s Asado Adventure is a real experience. Not only do you learn how to make a traditional Argentine barbi, you learn about Argentine customs and culture. It was great to see where the produce is bought, and talk to the local suppliers. The added bonus for me was learning more and seeing the local street art.
Would highly recommend this tour, and look forward to the boutique beer tour starting up.

Read on TripAdvisorYvette Park, Wellington, New Zealand.

“Outstanding Asado Experience”

We had the privilege of being hosted by Frank for our entire day. If you are looking for a “tourist food tour” type of activity, try one of the other commercial tourism companies. This is an inclusive, hands-on and educational cultural and culinary experience that provides a deeper understanding of Argentine asado traditions.

Read on TripAdvisorJulian Robinson, Sydney, Australia.

“Hands down, best meal of our trip!”

We were looking for a unique experience, an atypical tour to accommodate a larger group with diverse interests and needs and Asado Adventure exceeded all our expectations! Frank was extremely attentive to details and made and clearly communicated all of the arrangements for us from transportation to special accommodations which allowed us to relax and enjoy the experience.

Read on TripAdvisorDaniel Racenet, Connecticut, USA.

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