Where to Eat in Tarija: The Best Restaurants and Bars

October 28, 2017 Janean Rudisill

Tarija or San Bernardo de la Frontera de Tarixa is a city in southern Bolivia. Founded in 1574, Tarija is the largest city & capital and municipality within the Tarija Department, with an airport (Capitán Oriel Lea Plaza Airport, (TJA)) offering regular service to primary Bolivian cities, as well as a regional bus terminal with domestic and international connections. Its climate is semi-arid (BSh) with generally mild temperatures in contrast to the harsh cold of the Altiplano (i.e., La Paz) and the year-round humid heat of the Amazon Basin (i.e., Santa Cruz de la Sierra). Tarija has a population of 234,442.
Things to do in Tarija

1. Cafe Mokka

Calle 15 de Abril | Plaza Sucre, Tarija, Bolivia Reservations, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, American, Bar Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$55 +591 4 6650505
Excellent
42%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 49 reviews

Cafe Mokka

Cafe Mokka, since 2001 the best coffe in the city!

Reviewed By Irishcolleen49 - Dublin, Ireland

Fantastic coffee and beautifully presented. It has great 4g wifi which is strong enough for a reliable Skype call. They do snack foods as well but not meals. Great value pricewise and it has only been open about a month...very modern for Tarija!

2. Churrasqueria El Rodeo

Oruro E 749 | Parque Bolívar, Tarija, Bolivia Steakhouse
Excellent
32%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
5%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 37 reviews

Churrasqueria El Rodeo

Reviewed By Hgmnz - Chicago, Illinois

Food: On a good day, it is the best steak/beef in Bolivia, on a bad day, your meat will taste like lemon, added to cover up other things.
Service: Usually bad.
Is it worth it? If you consider yourself lucky, yes, because you might have a taste of splendid meat, and like I said, if it is a good day, this overcomes the bad service.
About the pricing: Yes they do charge you if you go to the salad bar, even if it is just for peas, I do not consider it cheating, but they should tell you in advance (they do not).
When you ask for the bill, ask for it "detallada" or broken down.

3. La Floresta

Carretera a San Jacinto, Barrio German Busch, Tarija, Bolivia Lunch +591 4 6642894
Excellent
31%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 16 reviews

La Floresta

Reviewed By churaTarija - Oxford, United Kingdom

Good to feel well away from the bustle of the city. On the lunchtime when I invited my colleagues to join me there was no grilled meat dishes but the range in the serve-yourself area inside was fine. Food nothing special but locale and atmosphere fine.

4. Mercado Central

Sucre & Domingo Paz, Tarija, Bolivia Seating Latin Lunch, Breakfast
Excellent
39%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 60 reviews

Mercado Central

Reviewed By jamama3 - Bolivia

If you want a local experience there are plenty of other nice Pensiones to eat at. Eating at the Mercado Central is, well, let's just say demoralizing. Not to mention filthy. So it has been torn down and a total overhaul has been promised. Hopefully Tarija will get on par with Santa Cruz and get something decent to do shopping and eat like a local.

5. Gattopardo Taberna

Town Center, Tarija, Bolivia Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards International, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast +591 4 6630656
Excellent
34%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 211 reviews

Gattopardo Taberna

Reviewed By dkbe - Walldorf, Germany

Right at the plaza, the location is hard to beat for the outside Seating, having a coffee and watching people.
We also had dinner there (inside, too cold in the evening), and were happy with the main courses (stroganoff and fillet with pepper sauce). The olives and cheese starter was below average. Service was OK but not outstanding.
The coffee and crèpes can be recommended, and on the Terrace during the day service is great.

6. La Cocina Ristorante

General Trigo 719, Tarija 000, Bolivia Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Italian, Pizza Dinner HK$24 - HK$71 +591 4 6663426
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

La Cocina Ristorante

Reviewed By Fouad A - Prague, Czech Republic

Excellent deal. Highly recommended!
Great ambiente, spacious, high ceiling, potted palms
(Ignore the unrepresentative photo of a side room)
Owner-managed and it shows!
Great dishes and wines, and all at unbeatable prices!
Attentive service, great downtown location.
Even has vegetarian options! <almost unheard of in Bolivia!>
On a value-for-money basis, definitely the best deal in town!
Note: Open only for dinner except on Sundays <lunch only,
family restaurant in the Fellini tradition>
Closed on Wednesdays. No CCs apparently.

7. El Fogon de Gringo

La Madrid 1051, Tarija, Bolivia Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Steakhouse, Barbecue, Argentinean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +591 4 6643399
Excellent
66%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

El Fogon de Gringo

New restaurant (2009), very good food, certainly for Boilivian standards!

Reviewed By dkbe - Walldorf, Germany

We had the super bife for two, preceded by some mollejas, and accompanied by some Bolivian wine. All was very good.
Next day, we went again and tried the parrillada especial para 2. As expected, this is not for the faint-hearted, with different intestines, tira and other very intensive stuff.
The salads and sides on the buffet change slightly each day and are good as well.

8. Gloria Helados Artesanales & Cafe

Gral Trigo entre Ingavi y Madrid, Tarija, Bolivia Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Peruvian, South American, Cafe Late Night, Drinks, Breakfast +591 69322200
Excellent
72%
Good
7%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 14 reviews

Gloria Helados Artesanales & Cafe

Reviewed By lilitabarre

Besides having a great taste, the flavors of blueberry and blackberry have a lot of whole fruits which are really healthy. Combat cancer and are powerful antioxidant.

9. Cabana don pedro

Puente Bolivar s/n, Tarija, Bolivia Reservations Steakhouse Lunch
Excellent
30%
Good
57%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 36 reviews

Cabana don pedro

Reviewed By HH922 - Greeneville, Tennessee

Came for Sunday lunch. Packed with people... many families enjoying the delicious assortment of food. Meat was overcooked for me as I like really rare but everything else was prepared excellently. Dessert table is to kill for... YUMMY ! Modern and clean with cheerful & helpful staff.

10. El Marques

La madrid 372 | Frente a la Plaza Principal, Tarija, Bolivia Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar South American, International, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Excellent
44%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

El Marques

Reviewed By GlobalRunaways - Perth, Australia

The first visit to El Marques was for breakfast. American style with toast, jam, juice, coffee, bacon & eggs for 38 Bs. Food was great and excellent coffee.
Te second visit, I went alone for lunch, ordering Vegetable Tortellini with 4 cheese sauce (36 Bs.). Was served with crusty, stale bread and the sauce really only tasted of blue cheese.
Our third visit was for dinner. We ordered pizza and a bottle of wine. The pizza had sufficient toppings but the base was soggy. Tasted better cold the next morning.
Service is friendly and the cafe isn't as busy as the others around the square but the food is hit and miss.

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