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“Very good food in Ushuaia”

Tia Elvira Restaurante
Ranked #28 of 150 Restaurants in Ushuaia
Price range: $8 - $16
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Albany, NY
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“Very good food in Ushuaia”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Tia Elvira, Ushuaia

We went to this restaurant on the recommendation of our tour guide the first time, and the second time we went because adult son wanted a repeat. The restaurant is located on the street that runs along the harbor/waterfront in Ushuaia, Argentina and has large windows that provide diners with up-close views of the canal and the pier.

Although it has a big sign, it is really a very small restaurant. Lunch theoretically begins at noon, but when we got there at 11:45 customers were already seated. By 12:30 people were waiting out front for tables. Argentinians eat dinner late, so when we arrived at 7 PM we were the only people there. . .by 8:30 there was a que. Tables downstairs are VERY close, so if you have the option choose a table along the wall or window to avoid having to get up to let waiters and other guests through.

The walls of the restaurant are adorned by antique photos of the region and various artifacts collected by the owners during their 35 years in business. The menu features fairly straightforward Argentine dishes such as grilled meats (steak, pork and chicken) and several veal dishes, but the restaurant serves mostly simple seafood preparations, including king crab, scallops, squid, mussels, salmon, trout, sea bass, hake, pollock and cod in a variety of sauces, such as Roquefort or Parmesan. Homemade pastas include lasagna and stuffed cannelloni. There is an extensive wine list.

We had the king crab both times we visited. Somewhat disappointed that I could not get a nice whole boiled king crab with drawn butter, or even whole king crab legs with drawn butter (my favorite way to enjoy king crab) I settled the first time for the King Crab in oil, butter and garlic and the second time for the King Crab in a Parmesan cream sauce.

Dinner starts with a basket of very good bread, a crock of crab spread and a crock of butter. The crab spread was quite delightful on the bread, and we found ourselves knife dueling for the last bits. Soon after the crab arrived. Both times the crab was served in a medium size casserole dish that was chuck full of crab. Because the oil was a bit much for me (though it tasted wonderful) I took the crab out of the casserole and drained it on my plate. The crab is a much tastier version than its Alaskan cousin. Both dishes were very filling, though I must admit I personally liked the one with oil and garlic somewhat better. If you plan on having appetizers and side dishes, I would suggest getting one dish for two people. As with most restaurants in Argentina, side dishes are sold separately. The servings are quite large: we had one order of French Fries and it served all four of us. Both times we had very nice local Argentinian wines that complimented the dinner. Service was attentive though some tourists did not understand that they should signal the waitress when they were ready to order. In all dining at the Tia Elvira was an enjoyable experience.

Cost of dinner is highly variable depending on what you order. The most expensive dish on the menu is the King Crab at around $25 to$27 USD but some fish dishes as little as $6 USD. So no matter what your price range, go, enjoy the view and the ambiance of an Ushuaia institution.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Wonderful food but service a little slow”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 11, 2013

Enjoyed a lunch of Argentinian steak and a Gongonzola King Crab dish that was heavenly! The restaurant was packed so service was a little on the slow side, something that was not all that uncommon in Ushuaia. We would definitely come back if our travels brought us to Ushuaia in the future.

  • Visited January 2013
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Brooklyn
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“Great crab dishes and decor”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 31, 2013

Nice restaurant with a simple menu of great food. I think if you have only one major meal in Ushuaia, Volver is more interesting and better priced. We tried four different restaurants, and had this one for lunch. Pricier than others with similar menu, but we left full and very happy. Nice wine list as well.

  • Visited January 2013
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Wilmslow, United Kingdom
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“Great home-cooked food, worth the wait”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2013

We had a couple of hours to kill in Ushaia and were recommended this restaurant by our tour operator and our local guide. In fact it was so popular we had to queue to get in - along with people who'd eaten there before and thought it was worth waiting for. It's a tiny restaurant overlooking the harbour, with tables squeezed in to every inch of space. We both ordered the same dish - the Merluza Tia Elvira - hake cooked with mussels, king crab and cheese. It came in a single large dish like a lasagne dish, accompanied only by bread, and was absolutely delicious. The service was friendly but a bit overstretched given how busy the place was. Luckily things quietened down while we were there as they take last orders for lunch at 3 pm. We'd definitely go back again.

  • Visited January 2013
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“Great food and execellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2013

We came across this restraunt by chance down by the water front. Small and intimatebut not the cheapest. Was packed out with people waiting to get our table once we left. A real gem of a place. Execellent steaks cooked to perfection. The rest of the meal was great as well. Great wine list and a very attentive water. Great service.

  • Visited December 2012
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