Bellavista is not short of places to wine and dine – with restaurants and bars on every corner there’s plenty of variety, from hearty Chilean cuisine to European and Japanese fare. Walk the colorful streets laden with street art and take your pick of Bellavista’s many fine restaurants.
Restaurant, South American, Vegetarian, Fusion, $$$
Azotea Matilde, Providencia | courtesy of Azotea Matilde
Watch the sunset over Santiago from Azotea Matilde’s terrace with a fruity cocktail in hand. The panoramic view adds to the charm of the restaurant, named after Neruda’s last great love. Why not order some mini-empanadas and ceviche to start, followed by the mouthwatering seared tuna on quinoa, which is highly recommended.
Silverside fish | Courtesy of Peumayen Ancestral Food
This restaurant is extremely special, recreating ancestral food from the Aymara and Mapuche indigenous population. Peumayen uses many styles and techniques that have almost been forgotten, alongside local ingredients and native plants. Why not try something a little different, whether its alpaca, horse, or araucaria araucana (nuts from the monkey puzzle tree).
Brits will be happy to know that they can find their beloved fish & chips here, which really are delectable. The menu is international, with favorites such as tacos, burgers, mac-n-cheese and bagels alongside a tempting cocktail list. On the weekends, you choose from a variety of poached eggs for brunch.
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Restaurant, Wine Bar, South American, Wine, Seafood, Chilean, $$$
Barrica94 | Courtesy of Barrica94
Barrica 94, inside Patio Bellavista, offers some of the finest wines from Colchagua, Maipo and Casablanca. You will not struggle to pair them with perfect cuisine, with many dishes typical to Chile as well as European classics.
This classic Chilean eatery is a well-known establishment, with 41 years under its belt. Its authentic style and menu is where you should go for a little taste of traditional Chile. From porotos (a Chilean bean dish), lomo a lo pobre (steak with two fried eggs and fried onions) or prietas (black sausages).
Nikkei is a term used for Peruvian-Japanese fusion, combining the best of both cuisines. Panko also incorporate many Chilean ingredients into their sushi, such as merken (smoked chilli pepper) and pebre (coriander, olive oil, chopped tomatoes, garlic and ají peppers).
Spanish chef Sergio Barroso infuses European technique with the freshest local ingredients, creating a tasting menu with either 10 or 12 courses. With co-chef Raúl Yañez, they featured on Diners Club 50 Best Discovery Series, and here you can enjoy a variety of seafood, such as sea urchin, locos (large sea snails) and picoroco (giant barnacles).
In the heart of Bellavista you can eat fresh fish while surrounded by art and poetry, Azul Profundo’s interiors having a similar theme to Pablo Neruda’s coastal houses. Why not taste some of the delicious local fish, including ceviche, chupes (South American fish stew), locos (Chilean abalone) and machas a la parmesana (saltwater clams with melted parmesan cheese).