Santiago Restaurants

Santiago's restaurants offer from the cheapest meal in a napkin, the empanada, to upscale restaurants where delicately-prepared portions arrive on a giant expanse of white plate together with a set of cutlery fit for a king. Street food, like empanadas and the ubiquitous completo (hotdog with mayonnaise, tomatoes and avocado) rule the lower budget, while further along are hearty meat sandwiches like the chacarero (meat with stringbeans), or family favorites like pastel de choclo (like a shepherd's pie) and porotos granados (potage of beans, squash and ground corn). Tonier restaurants serve farther-caught food like tuna from Easter Island or king crab from the southern waters, or spit-roasted lamb from Patagonia. Food tends to follow the meat-starch-vegetable paradigm, where the vegetable is often potatoes. A fresh and occasionally spicy salsa called pebre is served alongside bread at the beginning of almost every meal. Chileans have long appreciated Peruvian food, and this specialty dominates the foreign-food trend, though sushi (occasionally with Peruvian sushi chefs) dominates of late, and is followed by a healthy set of middle-eastern restaurants and Thai food. Italian food is everywhere as well, but with varying degrees of quality. A set of very traditional restaurants which capitalize on the Chilean love of meat and the tendency to braise and then slow cook it abound, and fill up on Sunday afternoons for family get-togethers and days like Mother's day and Father's day.

Puerto Fuy

Avda Nva Cost, 3969

A world-class seafood restaurant in Santiago's tony world-trade center/Vitacura neighborhood... read more

Akarana

Reyes Lavalle 3310

Astrid y Gastón

Antonio Bellet 201

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Baco

Calle Nva de Lyon, 113

French Bistro that's got Chileans and foreigners swooning... read more

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Peluqueria Francesa

Calle Compania de Jesus, 2799

Quirky, antique-filled french bistro, teahouse and dining experience... read more

Aquí Está Coco

La Concepción 236

Resto-Bar Ky

Avenida Peru 631

Trendy, stylish restaurant good for dates or groups. A peek into what's cutting edge in Santiago, colorful walls, interesting architecture and grand spaces. Good Malaysian, Thai and Vietnamese-inspired food. Plan to make a night of it here... read more

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Bar Liguria

Avenida Providencia 1373
(Providencia)

Hip bar with great food in the heart of Manuel Montt (Providencia)... read more

Opera

395 Merced

Trendy French Cuisine... read more

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Las Vacas Gordas

Cienfuegos 280

Giant, tasty steaks in Barrio Brasil... read more

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Piola

Isidora Goyenechea 2926

An Argentine chain's crispy crusted pizza comes to Santiago with fresh toppings and a flavorful sauce... read more

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Yamandu

Cumming 90

Chilean/Uruguay food in a cute café run by its Uruguayan owners... read more

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Wonderful

San Sebastian 2727

Top notch coffee with delicious sandwiches, meals and sweets in Las Condes... read more

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El Arbol

Huelen 74

Fresh, veggie-friendly food in a peaceful setting on a side street in Providencia... read more

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Portillo Restaurant

164 km from Santiago, on Route 57, en route to Mendoza

Beautiful, delicious, lakeside dining at over 9,000 feet at Portillo's main dining room... read more

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Wonderful Cafe

Lastarria 90

Delicious, independent cafe with organic, shade grown coffee and cappuccino art to boot... read more

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Elkika Ilmeneau

Hernando de Aguirre 47

Santiago German classic, with cheap sandwiches and a few varieties of beer at a very popular watering hole... read more

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Urriola

Calle Lastarria 7

Valparaiso (port)-inspired food in the middle of Santiago's newest restaurant district, Lastarria... read more

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Wasabi

Manuel Montt 195

Convenient, minimimalist sushi bar and restaurant, steps from the Manuel Montt metro... read more

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Maiko

Barros Borgoño 88

Good sushi with great specials in Manuel Montt, a neighborhood in upper-middle class Providencia... read more
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