15 Best Restaurants in El Norte Grande, Chile

El Nuevo Arriero

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Popular with locals, this unassuming restaurant may have simple decor, but the food is excellent. The serving staff bring out endless plates of steaming seafood and barbecue delights. The fettuccini a la mancha is as good as anything you'd get in Italy (perhaps a little spicer though!). Prices are a little steep but fair for Antofagasta, which is a pricey town. 

La Mulata

$$ Fodor's choice

This hip eatery creatively combines Peruvian, Japanese, and Chilean flavors in dishes served straight on the waterfront. You can expect Chilean classics like ceviche and empanadas as well as Peruvian and Nikkea staples of lomo saltado and rich seafood broth. The cocktails are also a highlight, and often use local fruit and herb mixers.


$$$$ Fodor's choice

Wicker furniture enhances the cool South Pacific atmosphere of this pleasant, open-air restaurant that literally sits above the water on stilts. The seafood, lauded by locals, is always fresh; ask the waiter what the fishing boats brought in that day. House specialties include octopus grilled in lemon and olive oil, and sea bass in the pineapple-flavored salsa amazonia.

Av. Comandante San Martin 0321, Arica, 1000000, Chile
Known For
  • seaside views
  • international cuisine with a focus on seafood
  • sea bass with pineapple

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Amares Costafusion

This trendy bistro is a top spot for fusion food that mixes local seafood with different international cuisines. Try the crab lasagna, grilled octopus, Asian-style tuna, or tempura shrimp. Ceviche is also a staple of the menu, and the young owners always recommend you start your meal with a classic pisco sour.

Babalu Heladeria


The altiplano sun burns bright and hot in San Pedro, so stop in at Babalu Heladeria to sample one of 52 flavors of ice cream.

Caracoles 160, San Pedro de Atacama, 1410000, Chile
Known For
  • refreshing pick-me-up
  • 52 flavors
  • quick stop

Café Adobe Restaurante


One of the most popular restaurants in San Pedro, Adobe gets extra points for its atmospheric fire pit and local Andean band. The food reflects international and local tastes with quesadillas, salads, and pizzas, alongside the calorific Chilean favorite of steak a la pobre (topped with fried egg, onions, and fries). You'll also find more tasteful Atacama-inspired fusion dishes like Patagonian lamb kofte with local broad bean hummus and rica rica (a local herb) raita. Don't leave without trying a coca leaf or rica rica pisco sour.

Carcoles 211, San Pedro de Atacama, 1410000, Chile
Known For
  • cozy outdoor fireplace
  • Atacama-fusion dishes like roast lamb kofte
  • pisco sours with local ingredients
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch Wed.



While you may not have come to San Pedro to eat pizza, this busy joint serves respectable thin-crust pies. The restaurant itself is not classy, but if you’re looking for a bit of home comfort or takeout for your hotel patio, Charrua is the place. Note that they don't have an alcohol license, but service is speedy and friendly.

Tocopilla 442, San Pedro de Atacama, 1410000, Chile
Known For
  • decent pizza
  • quick meals
  • small setting

Club Nautico Cavancha


Located away from the center of the city, this seafood restaurant treats you to views of Playa Cavancha. Try the sole in Cleopatra sauce, with shrimp, capers, and olive oil; the Thai-style sautéed shrimp; or the paella for two, served by friendly bow-tied waiters.

Los Rieles 110, Iquique, 1100000, Chile
Known For
  • great views
  • local seafood
  • hearty stews
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Reservations essential

Delicias de Carmen


Owner Carmen has managed to attract locals and tourists alike with her immensely popular restaurant that serves affordable, typically Chilean home-style dishes, ranging from soups and stews to roast meats and fish. Warm bread is served with a killer pebre (spicy salsa), and the lunch specials are the best value in San Pedro.

Calama 360, San Pedro de Atacama, 1410000, Chile
Known For
  • Chilean comfort food
  • local favorite
  • affordable lunches

Don Pollo


This rotisserie restaurant prepares some of the best roasted chicken in Chile—a good thing, because it's the only item on the menu. The thatched-roof terrace is a great place to kick back after a long day of sightseeing. Known for: chicken, fast service.

El Pomelo

You'll find simple, homemade food at good prices here at El Pomelo. The fresh juices are particularly worth trying.
Maipu, Pica, Chile
Known For
  • tasty fresh juices
  • good value Chilean food
  • large portions

El Rey de Mariscos


Locals love this seafood restaurant, and for good reason. The corvina con salsa margarita (sea bass in a seafood-based sauce) is a winner, as is the paila marina, a hearty soup stocked with all manner of fish. The dreary fluorescent lights and faux-wood paneling give this restaurant on the second story of a concrete-block building an undeserved down-at-the-heels air.


This might be a bit out of town, but the volcanic views and delicious Chilean cuisine are worth the trip. Part of the Cumbres Hotel, Kunza is open every day so you can enjoy interesting dishes like guanaco carpaccio, llama jerky, and fish cooked in Atacama salt served with a traditional corn tamale. The bartenders make a wicked pisco sour, perfect for enjoying by the outdoor fire pits under the stars.
Cumbres, Las Chilcas s/n, San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
Known For
  • local cuisine that takes risks
  • tasty pisco sours
  • outdoor fire pits great for star-gazing



Decked with historic memorabilia, Patagonia is best known for its steak—large slices of steaming beef, cooked on the grill. Most people don't stray too far from the classics and it's probably best not to, as this is what Patagonia does best. Order a bottle of good Cabernet and a steak, and experience a carnivore's dream.

Granaderos 2549, Calama, 1390000, Chile
Known For
  • huge, juicy steaks grilled to perfection
  • wooden decor
  • nice wine and beer lists
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner Sun.


Abundant dishes of northern Chilean cuisine at Yatiri make for a great and affordable meal in Pica. Expect roast meats, colorful salads, and fresh seafood.
Balmaceda 319, Pica, Chile
Known For
  • standard northern Chilean cuisine
  • rich stews
  • friendly service