South America Living

La Bourgogne

Punta del Este, Uruguay

A piece of Burgundy planted in the Uruguyan forest


Over 30 years ago, French chef Jean Paul Bondoux and his wife travelled to South America, landing up in the exclusive resort of Punta del Este on Uruguay’s south coast, where they subsequently opened this idyllic restaurant. Little has changed from the early days – the chef still recreates sublime dishes from his native Burgundy, often featuring his own home-grown vegetables and herbs. But over the period, the reputation of La Bourgogne has grown steadily, and the Bondoux’s mini-empire has expanded across the water to Argentina and beyond to Chile.

Hidden in a pine forest, the original restaurant is set over two floors with antique wooden furnishings and tiled flooring, but its membership of the exclusive Relais & Chateaux collective signals its high-end gastronomic pedigree. Dishes include sautéed scallops and oysters, stuffed zucchini flowers and roasted duck confit with spiced port wine. The in-house breads and pastries are also rightly famed – and can be bought separately in the adjoining bakery.

On the pass:

Jean Paul Bondoux

Style of food:

Classical French

Standout dish:

Sauteed frogs’ legs in parsley and basil butter


Pedragosa Sierra y av del Mar 20100, Punta Del Este

+598 42 4820 07


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