Chile’s capital is like no other; the bustling metropolis is a vast mosaic of winding streets and tall buildings, surrounded by the towering white peaks of the Andes. The cuisine, equally as exciting, mixes international influences with native techniques and recipes, the freshest of ingredients with exotic fruits and fish, offering tantalizing combinations. All of which are best enjoyed with a glass of one of the many fine Chilean wines.
Restaurant, Japanese, Peruvian, Chilean, $$$
This Vitacura restaurant transports you to the seaside, with an abundance of local specialities and fresh fish dishes you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Infusing Japanese and Peruvian cuisine into this Chilean menu, you can expect to find ceviche nikkei, as well as nigris and makis alongside the usual Chilean fare like locos, picorocos and machas.
Recently remodelled by chef Francisco Mandiola, the place has had a little spruce up. The elegant space is now lighter and overlooks a small garden and has more space for diners. With 100 percent Chilean ingredients, the tempting menu includes picorocos (giant barnacles), cow’s tongue, seasonal mushrooms, as well as fresh meat and fish. The tasting menu has nine courses and can be complemented with a wine pairing.
Combining the freshest regional produce with a perfected European technique, Spanish chef Sergio Barroso showcases his skills and provides a menu with a sublime variety of seafood, such as sea urchin, picoroco (giant barnacles), and locos (large sea snails). You can choose a tasting menu of either 10 or 12 courses. Disfruta (enjoy)!
You will find this restaurant in the Plaza San Francisco Hotel on Santiago’s main boulevard, in the heart of downtown. Opened in 1990 and specialising in Chilean cuisine, you will have an incredible choice of local catches, which include boar, deer, rabbit, picorocos, oysters, barnacles, conger eel, and many more.
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Bringing the Chilean countryside to our table, this restaurant oozes traditional Chilean fare, and for this reason it is extremely popular. With a menu boasting a selection of Chilean-infused fish and meat dishes, why not try the pescado al fuego (fish on fire) or ternerita al Carmenere (veal firewood-cooked in Carmenere wine, spices and sweet honey). Then to finish, why not try a pisco sour mousse or a torta de tres leches (three-milk pudding).
Hidden away in between the many arcades in Barrio Italia is this quaint and quirky up-cycled bistro renowned for its quality of food and its fresh produce. Sitting among what could be considered a garden shed, the menu del dia here is said to be the best in Barrio Italia.
This health food restaurant is one of the new trendy places in Las Condes, with quirky interiors and delicious and nutritious dishes, so no wonder they’re causing a raucous. As you enter what looks like a nightclub door, you will then be seated in a bright and airy room decadent with foliage, and handed a divine menu to choose from, which is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free-friendly.
Bringing you simple yet provocative food, De Patio want to tease you with gourmet cuisine while using local ingredients and produce in season. The idea is that the food is made to share, sparking conversation between diners, whether you choose the à la carte menu or the tasting menu is up to you!
You will locate Mestizo in Parque Bicentenario opposite the lake, which adds to the serenity of the place. Take a leisurely stroll around the park before dining here, with ceviche, locally-sourced meat and fish, as well as a great selection of Chilean wines. Why not try the homemade flan with manjar sauce for dessert?
This restaurant found in the heart of Santiago focuses on healthy, sustainable, and attractive gastronomy, composed of super foods, vegetables, fruits, and fresh seafood. They don’t contribute to the contamination or suffering of the meat industry, nor do they use paper napkins or plastic straws. This restaurant is perfect for pescatarians and vegetarians.