Restaurants in Chile
Whether highlighting an insider hot spot, a celebrity chef’s newest restaurant, a hip coffeehouse or the best place for cheap eats, our guide takes you there with the best Chile restaurant listings. Chilean cuisine has a large array of seafood offerings due to its position along the coast. It is known for its world-famous wines, and typical dishes like empanadas, humitas, and stews. Native Andean cuisine uses llama, shellfish, and rice bread. Beef is now popular in Chilean dining as well, as well has lemons, onions, mayonnaise, yogurt, and beer, all brought from Europe by colonists originally. Local markets serve up fresh produce, and the best time to eat out is during lunch, for their menú del día (fixed-price menus).
Chilean restaurants are as diverse as its cultural backgrounds. You can find great Japanese, German, Spanish and Italian cuisines. For traditional cooking at a Chile restaurant, Café Adobe in San Pedro de Atacama is a local favorite. Try the lomo a lo pobre, a traditional dish of grilled beef served with crispy French fries, sautéed onions, and fried eggs. Pasta e Vino in Valparaiso is an Italian restaurant in Chile that serves 30 types of gnocchi and coveted ravioli creations. Other notable Chile restaurants include Sukalde in Santiago, which uses regional ingredients, and Tierra Noble for its upscale Chilean barbecue. Below find more of T+L’s top picks for where to eat in Chile.
Chilean chef Manuel Subercaseaux turns out a short but spectacular menu, showcasing local ingredients like palometa (a tuna-like whitefish) and physalis (a tart yellow berry), in a 19th-century residence converted into a culinary hideaway.
For dinner, head to the nearby Asador del Valle, a rustic restaurant where three chef brothers roast Patagonia lamb whole on the spit.
Make a reservation at the restaurant in the genteel new boutique Hotel Casa Higueras, once a palatial house at the end of a quiet street. The setting is chic, with a sun-drenched terrace, and the menu (fig-stuffed lamb with garbanzo purée) mixes Mediterranean flavors and Latin ingredients.
Great pizzas, pasta, and fresh salads (a rarity in Patagonia).