Fodor's Expert Review El Mercadito

$$$ Castro Contemporary Fodor's Choice

With a fresh, creative approach to traditional Chilote cuisine, this restaurant is a nice change of pace in the island's restaurant scene—and, most importantly, it serves up really good food. El Mercadito is in a restored house overlooking the waterfront in the historic Pedro Montt barrio. Exciting dishes include "Mi Borrachito," a spicy conger eel stew with choritos and fried native potatoes, and "Bombas de Jaiva," a breaded, fried appetizer stuffed with chupe de jaiba, a typical crab stew in Chiloé. Be sure to start your meal off with an icy pisco sour.

Contemporary Service Lunch Dinner Fodor's Choice $$$ Lively

Quick Facts

Pedro Montt 210
Castro, Los Lagos  5700000, Chile


Known For:
  • Spicy conger eel stew
  • Waterfront setting
  • Tradition with a twist

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