Santiago Restaurants

Menus cover the bases of international cuisines, but don't miss the local bounty—seafood delivered directly from the Pacific Ocean. One local favorite is caldillo de congrio, the hearty fish stew celebrated by poet Pablo Neruda in his "Oda al Caldillo de Congrio." (The lines of the poem are, in fact, the recipe.) A pisco sour—a
Menus cover the bases of international cuisines, but don't miss the local bounty—seafood delivered directly from the Pacific Ocean. One local favorite is caldillo de congrio, the hearty fish stew celebrated by poet Pablo Neruda in his "Oda al Caldillo de Congrio." (The
Menus cover the bases of international cuisines, but don't miss the local bounty—seafood delivered directly from the Pac

Menus cover the bases of international cuisines, but don't miss the local bounty—seafood delivered directly from the Pacific Ocean. One local favorite is caldillo de congrio, the hearty fish stew celebrated by poet Pablo Neruda in his "Oda al Caldillo de Congrio." (The lines of the poem are, in fact, the recipe.) A pisco sour—a cocktail of grape brandy, egg white, and lemon juice—is a great aperitif for any meal, especially when accompanied by a plate of machas a la parmesana, small razor clams served au gratin, baked in lemon juice or with white wine, butter, and grated cheese.

Tempted to try heartier Chilean fare? Pull up a stool at one of the counters at Vega Central and enjoy a traditional pastel de choclo, pie filled with ground beef, chicken, olives, and a boiled egg, topped with mashed corn. Craving seafood? Head to the Mercado Central, where fresh fish is brought in each morning. Want a memorable meal? Trendy restaurants are opening every day in neighborhoods like Bellavista, where hip Santiaguinos come to check out the latest hot spots.

In the neighborhood of Vitacura, a 20- to 30-minute taxi ride from the city center, a complex of restaurants called Borde Río attracts an upscale crowd, but other reservations-only restaurants worth a look are on Alonso de Córdova and Nueva Costanera. El Golf, an area including Avenida El Bosque Norte and Avenida Isidora Goyenechea in Las Condes, has numerous restaurants and cafés. The emphasis is on creative cuisine, so familiar favorites are given a Chilean twist. This is one of the few neighborhoods where you can stroll between restaurants until you find exactly what you want.

Santiaguinos dine a little later than you might expect. Most fancy restaurants don't open for lunch until 1. (You may startle the cleaning staff if you rattle the doors at noon.) Dinner begins at 7:30 or 8, although most places don't get crowded until after 9. Many eateries close for a few hours before dinner and on Sunday night. People do dress smartly for dinner, but a coat and tie are rarely necessary. Avoid shorts, sneakers, and athletic gear, and you should be fine in most places.

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  • 1. Azul Profundo

    $$$ | Bellavista | Seafood

    One of dozens of restaurants in trendy Bellavista, the two-level dining room—with walls painted bright shades of blue and yellow, and racks...Read More

  • 2. Blue Jar

    $$$ | Santiago Centro | Chilean

    Simple but creative dishes using the best and freshest Chilean ingredients appeal to local office workers and visitors alike at this popular...Read More

  • 3. Bocanariz

    $$$ | Bellas Artes | Chilean

    A haven with wine aficionados, trendy Bocanariz in Lastarria has Chilean fare, but it's all about the wine and thus is a great place to sample...Read More

  • 4. Boragó

    $$$$ | Chilean

    Concept meets Chilean products (which are foraged from the Andes and the length of the coast) at this minimalist space, where diners enjoy 6...Read More

  • 5. Colmado Coffee & Bakery

    $ | Bellas Artes | Chilean

    One of Santiago's original quality coffee purveyors, Colmado is where you order a Colombian Chemex teamed with gourmet bites such as Spanish...Read More

  • 6. Como Agua Para Chocolate

    $$$ | Bellavista | Chilean

    Originally inspired by Laura Esquivel's romantic 1989 novel Like Water for Chocolate, this Bellavista standout focuses on Chilean dishes made...Read More

  • 7. Confitería Torres

    $$$ | Santiago Centro | Chilean

    Opening in 1879, this restaurant remains one of the city's most traditional dining rooms, with red-leather banquettes, mint-green ceramic floors...Read More

  • 8. Europeo

    $$$$ | Vitacura | Seafood

    Seafood receives top billing at this trendy yet relaxed eatery on Santiago's swankiest shopping avenue. Try the shellfish risotto topped with...Read More

  • 9. La Mar

    $$$$ | Vitacura | Seafood

    Opened by Peruvian culinary legend Gastón Acurio, this restaurant with a busy road-site location is bright and airy, has turquoise chairs, and...Read More

  • 10. Liguria

    $$ | Providencia | Chilean

    This extremely popular restaurant and bar is always packed with a young crowd, so you might have to wait to be seated in the chandelier-lighted...Read More

  • 11. Patio Bellavista

    $$$$ | Bellavista | Eclectic

    This multilevel complex of bars, eateries, cafés, and souvenir shops is a Bellavista centerpoint. The patio houses a tourist office, free concerts...Read More

  • 12. Salvador Cocina y Café

    $$ | Santiago Centro | Chilean

    This tucked-away two-story downtown lunch spot offers unmissable weekday set menus with appetizer, main dish, iced tea, and choice of coffee...Read More

  • 13. Anakena

    $$$$ | Las Condes | Thai

    Thai favorites like pad thai curries are the mainstay at this Mandarin Oriental–located restaurant. Enjoy the elegant dining room overlooking...Read More

  • 14. Aquí Está Coco

    $$$ | Providencia | Seafood

    Though a bit kooky, with a variety of themed dining rooms, such as one where diners eat at a boat-turned-table, this intimate seafood spot pleases...Read More

  • 15. Barandiarián

    $$$ | Bellavista | Peruvian

    Originally founded by a chef to the Peruvian embassy, Barandiarián serves traditional favorites, like ají de gallina , a mild creamy chicken...Read More

  • 16. Bristol

    $$$$ | Santiago Centro | Chilean

    This restaurant inside the sophisticated Hotel Plaza San Francisco serves creative seafood dishes like marinated scallops over octopus carpaccio...Read More

  • 17. Café Clementina

    $ | Providencia | Eclectic

    Perfect for a quick coffee stop or a picnic, this tiny café-bakery makes sweet and savory treats. Have lunch on the grassy Padre Letelier plaza...Read More

  • 18. Castillo Forestal

    $$$ | Parque Forestal | French

    French fare is on the menu at this spacious national heritage converted castle with a turret room and gorgeous terrace. At lunch, sample the...Read More

  • 19. Coquinaria

    $$$ | Las Condes | Café

    Whether you want a full English breakfast, weekend brunch or lunch on a shady terrace, or a good cup of tea to linger over, this restaurant...Read More

  • 20. Divertimento Chileno

    $$$ | Providencia | Chilean

    A favorite with Chilean politicians, journalists and, on Sunday, local families, this restaurant serves both homemade pasta—the spinach and...Read More

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