12 Best Restaurants in Puerto Natales and Torres del Paine, Chile, Southern Chilean Patagonia

Afrigonia

$$$$ Fodor's choice

The idea of a "taste of Africa in Patagonia" might sound unusual, but the fusion menu here is well rehearsed and flavor combinations are well-tuned and tasty. With bamboo shoots adorning the walls, you might forget you are in Puerto Natales, but then you'll see the local seafood, Patagonian lamb, and king crab on the menu, presented with enticing ingredients like masala curry, mango, and coconut cream. Top it all off with a Calafate sour.

Magallanes 247, Puerto Natales, 6160000, Chile
61-241–2877
Known For
  • Spicy flavors
  • Friendly service
  • Dressed up Patagonian dishes
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed May--Aug.

Santolla

$$$$ Fodor's choice

This trendy restaurant inside a funky shipping container is almost always packed, and for good reason. Their menu is an ode to the centolla (king crab), the rare, highly prized crustacean which is caught in the frigid, turbulent waters of the region's fjords. The crab legs (served in a delectable sauce of white wine, merkén, and parsley) and the chupe de centolla (savory crab cake cooked with white sauce and cheese) are both outstanding, or you can opt for an entire king crab served cooked in its shell.

The Singular

$$$$ Fodor's choice

An evening dining at the Singular is a quintessential Puerto Natales experience where old-world charm meets modern Chilean cuisine in a stylish and historical setting. Smartly dressed and attentive waiters welcome you with a long list of aperitifs and hand you fur-bound menus that list exquisitely original Patagonian dishes like ceviche of fresh king crab and seafood; guanaco steak with native cracked wheat; and locally caught rabbit with homemade pickles. The historic and handsome setting, along with roaring fireplaces and sultry jazz, make the Singular an unforgettable visit.

Puerto Bories s/n, Puerto Natales, 6160000, Chile
61-272–2030
Known For
  • Unforgettable food
  • Stylish setting
  • Exceptional overall dining experience
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed May–Sept., Reservations necessary

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Asador Patagónico

$$$

This restaurant is zealous about meat; so zealous, in fact, that there's no seafood on the menu. Great care is taken with the excellent lomo and other grilled steaks, and the room is filled with the smell of roasting meat. The place used to be a pharmacy, and much of the furniture is still labeled with the remedies (catgut crin anyone?) they once contained. There's lively music, dim lighting, an open fire, and a friendly buzz; wear removable layers since it can get warm when the grill is cranking.

Prat 158, Puerto Natales, 6160000, Chile
61-241–3553
Known For
  • Hard to get a table
  • Mouthwatering meats
  • Cozy open fire
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed June

Cangrejo Rojo

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A bit off-the-beaten path, but only about a 10-minute walk from the center of town, this is an excellent nautical-chic café. The tasty, feel-good food prepared lovingly by the marine biologist owners, Francisco and Nuriys, is well worth the effort to get there. Good music and a maritime vibe provide the backdrop as you chow on a plethora of sea dwellers, which is their specialty. You'll also find lamb and other meats on the contemporary menu. Add organic wine, homemade waffles, and nice loose leaf teas, and you are onto a winner.

Santiago Bueras Av. 782, Puerto Natales, 6160000, Chile
61-241–2436
Known For
  • Excellent king crab
  • Homemade waffles
  • Organic wine menu
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

Espacio Ñandu

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Right on the corner of the plaza, this superb souvenir and bookshop doubles as a restaurant, bar, café, post office, and the best Wi-Fi spot in town, where you can surf on your own computer or rent one of theirs. With empanadas, tacos, seafood, and salads, you've got all bases covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just coffee and a snack. In addition to hot beverages, the bar also stocks local beers and a decent wine selection.

Eberhard and Arturo Prat, Puerto Natales, 6160000, Chile
61-241–5660
Known For
  • Quick bites
  • Souvenir shopping over lunch
  • Local beers

Kosten

$$$

You'll watch the wind whip the Seno Última Esperanza from a comfortable lounge in front of the fireplace at this modern bar and café in the hotel NOI Indigo Patagonia. It is a nice spot for a Calafate sour, and when you're ready, just amble downstairs to the small restaurant where they have an excellent menu with a little bit of everything, including organic salads made with veggies from their very own huerto (garden).

Last Hope Distillery

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After falling in love with Patagonia while doing the famed W trail, Australian tourists Keira and Matt decided to stay, and opened the world’s southernmost distillery and whisky and gin bar. Local cheese platters and home-smoked jerky mean you can spend most of the evening here imbibing. Last Hope has one of the best stocked whiskey and gin bars in Chile. First-timers to their stylish bar are given a tasting of the two house gins (a standard dry and a Calafate gin, colored and flavored with local Calafate berries) before diving into a creative and versatile cocktail menu that reinvents classics like the gin and tonic. They have new concoctions monthly and sometimes weekly.

Esmeralda 882, Puerto Natales, Chile
9-7201–8585
Known For
  • Creative cocktails with Patagonian spirits
  • Great selection of world gins and whiskey
  • Good bar food
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues.

Mesita Grande

$$$

It’s not a backpacker town without a great pizza joint, and this one is Puerto Natales's, located on the Plaza de Armas. Diners eat together at long, open tables on classic pies and more creative offerings heaped with cordero (Patagonian lamb), merkén (a spice similar to smoked paprika), or local smoked salmon. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, their pasta menu is equally delicious.

Restaurant Última Esperanza

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Named for the strait on which Puerto Natales is located, Restaurant Última Esperanza is perhaps your last chance to try Patagonian seafood classics in a town being overrun by hip eateries. This traditional restaurant is well known for attentive, if formal, service, and top-quality, typical dishes. Poached conger eel in shellfish sauce, king crab stew, and cordero are specialties—dishes served with plenty of flavor and little fuss. The room is big and impersonal, and for this reason alone the restaurant may be losing ground to new arrivals more focused on atmosphere and comfort.

The Coffee Maker

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This coffee bar is the best spot for a steaming cup of joe in Puerto Natales, thanks to its well-sourced beans, expert baristas, and some of the best views in town. The Coffee Maker also sells sandwiches, salads, vegetarian options, delicious cakes, and has a daily set menu. It's a good spot to hang out, enjoy the view, meet fellow travelers, and take advantage of the Wi-Fi.

Wine & Market Patagonia

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If wine tasting at the end of the world is what you are after, this smart wine bar and shop offers personal wine tastings to get to know all the main valleys and varieties of Chile. Select a bottle from the excellent range of Chilean wines and brews, and enjoy it at the informal bar with some of the local delicacies and nibbles on sale in the shop. A relaxed atmosphere, Wi-Fi, and large communal tables make this a great stop anytime of the day or evening.

Magallanes, Puerto Natales, Chile
61-269–1138
Known For
  • Best wine selection in Puerto Natales
  • Local cheeses and cold cuts
  • Artisan beers
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.