José Ignacio

José  Ignacio

Stunning beaches, sunsets, bohemian restaurants and boutiques and cool architecture.

Situated on a peninsula surrounded by ocean and sparkling Lagunas, José  Ignacio has a special, relaxed vibe. Long popular with Argentinians and Brazilians it is now gaining an international reputation as a haven to escape winter and enjoy a unique “barefoot, bohemian experience”.   Argentine chef Francis Mallmann first put the small fishing village of José  Ignacio on the map and since then it has become a thriving culinary centre, as well as hosting many relaxed cafes, pop up boutiques and art galleries. Yoga on the beach, horse riding, cycling and surfing, wine tasting at the famous vineyards are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. Two beaches surround the peninsula, Playa Brava the wild surfing beach and Playa Mansa the more tranquil swimming beach, famous for its incredible sunsets. During the summer months, José Ignacio and its surrounding are buzzing with art, jazz, film and food festivals. However, it always maintains a chilled and super relaxing vibe.  


José Ignacio is a food destination like no other in Uruguay, famous chefs serve regional and international cuisine using the best of meat, fresh fish, seafood, and seasonal organic vegetables.

Parador La Huella.

This famous South American restaurant is situated right on the beach with views over the Atlantic ocean. It has the appearance of a cosy, upmarket beach shack with a lovely chilled vibe.  Rated as one of the best restaurants in Uruguay, Chef Vanessa González and her team prepare  simple and sophisticated dishes, using the freshest local products
Parador La Huella: Los Cisnes – Playa Brava – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2279

Solera Bar de Vinos y Tapas.

One of our favourite places. Soledad and Fernando run this wonderful friendly wine & tapas Bar. All wines and products are carefully selected by Soledad, who has long worked as a professional sommelier in the wine industry. The home made tapas is excellent as well, using local fresh ingredients.  Highly recommend!
Solera Bar de Vinos y Tapas: Ruta 10 / Cno Saíz Martinez – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2167

La Susana Restaurant & Beachfront Club.

Located on the shores of Playa Mansa, La Susana is a perfect place to enjoy the incredible sunsets.  Chef Marcelo Betancourt’s has created wonderful flavours through his creative and delicious organic food. Meals are generally served under the shade of the bamboo pergolas with feet in the sand, all with the sound of the Atlantic Ocean.
La Susana: Ruta 10. Km 182 – Playa Mansa – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2823

La Excusa.

La Excusa is situated in the heart of Jose Ignacio and one of the few cafes open all year round.  Lovely garden to enjoy delicious coffee specialties, breakfast, seasonal cuisine for lunch, great pizzas, craft beers and cocktails! Come and enjoy one of their live concert too.
La Excusa: Las Garzas – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2703

Cruz del Sur Cocina.

Cruz del Sur offer incredible organic vegetable boxes and also a farm to table restaurant in Jose Ignacio. They seek for the balance between taste, colour and texture in everything they plant and cook. At Cruz del Sur Cocina you can try delicious seasonal  cuisine, or shop for organic veggies, fruits, olive oil.
Cruz del Sur Cocina: Las Garzas – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado -Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 9335 7571

Monstrador Santa Teresita.

Run by Chef Fernando Trocca and Martín Pittaluga ”  Monstrador Santa Teresita is a casual restaurant where locals and visitors come along for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, or special dinners hosted by famous chefs. Santa Teresita offers delicious dishes and homemade lemonades, seasonal salads, fish and seafood, variety of meats that are perfect for lunch or for picnics at the beach.
Monstrador Santa Teresita: Las Garzas – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2861

Il Faro Ristorante.

A few steps from the sea, in front of El Faro, the ” Lighthouse “, this Italian Ristorante offers the best fresh pasta, pizza and fish specialties all done in the Chef Alessandro’s  Napolitano Style. His tasty cuisine, wood fired oven, and warm personality are the reasons why people love this restarant in Jose Ignacio.
Il Faro Ristorante: Los Teros – 20402 José Ignacio – Maldonado – Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2444

The best restaurants just outside Jose Ignacio


Marismo is a unique place tucked away in the pine woods of the Arenas de Jose Ignacio. Federico the chef is a master with fire and he uses the best local ingredients, slow cooked over fire to a create delicious  menu, slow cooked lamb a particular favourite.  The romantic situation, in the woods, surrounded by enchanting lighting, fire pits and the stars make Marismo’s a unique experience.
Marismo: Ruta 10. km 185 – Calle La Farola – 20402 Arenas José Ignacio – Maldonado – UruguayContact & Booking: +598 4486 2273

La Olada

An old favourite  in La Juanita situated in a lovely garden with fire pits, candles and highly attentive staff. Lovely relaxing atmosphere with good organic food at a reasonable price.
La Olada: Hector Soria / Las Focas – 20000 La Juanita – Maldonado – Uruguay Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2745

La Juana

Tucked away down a gravel road in La Juanita is one of our favourite restaurants. Lovely warm atmosphere created in a cosy, wooden chalet with a cool style and interesting menu at a good price. Highly recommend.
Juana: Hector Soria / Atalaya – 20000 La Juanita – Maldonado – Uruguay. Contact & Booking: +598 4486 2639


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