El Viejo Hobbit – Villa Gesell, Argentina - Gastro Obscura

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El Viejo Hobbit

Villa Gesell, Argentina

"Di amigo y entra" at this Argentinian Middle Earth-inspired pub. 


El Viejo Hobbit (The Old Hobbit) opened the round doors to its round room in 1997, a mere year after Geraldine and Juan Pablo started selling their homemade cheese and sausages out of their garage. The couple built the first iteration of the restaurant next to their home, and quickly had to expand into the two-story building with an adjacent garden that it is today. It also serves as the family’s home, embodying the legendary hospitality of hobbits. In the rear garden of the pub, there’s a hobbit-sized replica of the restaurant as a playground for children. 

The pub specializes in cheese fondue and beer brewed in house, along with charcuterie boards and classic pub fares. Every element of this eatery was created by the family that operates the restaurant, be it from the iron-wrought decorations and the water wheel made by the family patriarch or the cheesecake recipe created by Geraldine. You can buy their artisanal creations on your way out, as well as local products. 

Know Before You Go

Despite being off the main road, it is usually full during the high season and reservations are recommended. The pub is open only on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. 

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