Top ChoiceInternational in Vicuña

Chivato Negro

Two blocks east of the plaza, Chivato Negro has a bohemian, vintage vibe with a spacious patio hidden in back. There's a wide-ranging menu of sandwiches, pizzas and regional dishes (like grilled trout), plus a...

Top ChoiceChilean in Parque Nacional Pan de Azúcar

Club Social Chañaral

A surprising find in the small town of Chañaral, this exceptional restaurant serves excellent fish (try the pejegallo with capers and beurre blanc) as well as grilled sirloin steaks and budget-friendly lunch...

Top ChoiceChilean in Vallenar

Nativo

On a leafy block a 10-minute walk east of the plaza, this bohemian bar and eatery has earthy decor of wood and adobe, snacks, and pizzas with unusual toppings like goat's cheese and charqui (jerky). Excellent...

Top ChoiceCafe in Caldera

Cafe Museo

Head to this cute little cafe with old posters and newspaper clips, adjacent to Casa Tornini, for its delicious cakes, sandwiches and real espressos on wooden tables inside and a couple more on the sidewalk.

Chilean in Elqui Valley

El Bosque Horcón

An enchanted setting for a meal, El Bosque ('the forest') lives up to its name with outdoor tables surrounded by greenery beside a gurgling river — indeed you'll have to cross a footbridge over the Rio Claro to...

Asian in La Serena

Lemongrass

Tucked away in a residential neighborhood 1.5km south of the plaza, Lemongrass has a loyal local following for its delicious pan-Asian cooking – a rarity in these parts. Grab a table on the small front terrace...

Chilean in Vicuña

Delicias del Sol

Don't miss lunch at this restaurant 5km southeast of Vicuña, where a group of women discovered a groundbreaking way to cook with sunrays instead of hard-to-find firewood. It's the best of Villaseca's...

Vegetarian in Vicuña

Govinda's

In an airy upstairs space across from the plaza, Govinda's serves up delicious and hearty vegetarian fare, with a menu that changes daily. Spaghetti with vegetables, flavor-packed paella and juicy veggie burgers...

Chilean in La Serena

Donde el Guatón

One of La Serena's best restaurants, Donde el Guatón has a covered courtyard with beautifully tiled floors and an aesthetic of rustic elegance – a fine setting for grilled meats and seafood, plus traditional hits...

Seafood in Guanaqueros

El Pequeño

Across from the waterfront, this popular spot serves up some of the best grilled fish in town. There's a happy buzz to the place, with locals and out-of-towners feasting on plates of crabs, shrimp or seafood...

Chilean in Pisco Elqui

La Escuela

For a memorable night out, head to this polished restaurant on the main road leading south of town. Grab a fireside seat in the courtyard and linger over grilled salmon, oven-baked kid or tender lamb raised...

Chilean in Cochiguaz

Restaurant Borde Rio

Amid lush foliage beside the gurgling Rio Cochiguaz, this entirely outdoor spot has the most enchanting setting for kilometers around. Start with ceviche or ostiones a la parmesana (scallops with Parmesan) before...

International in Bahía Inglesa

El Plateao

The best-loved dining spot in town is this laid-back, art-filled dining room right on the main street. The wide-ranging menu features Thai-style seafood soup, Indian tandoori, shrimp lasagna and straight-up...

Chilean in Limarí Valley

Cabildo Abierto

In the tiny village of Barraza, Cabildo Abierto serves up delicious home-cooked Chilean fare, which you can enjoy in the rustic back garden. Afterward, be sure to a pay a visit to the 17th-century church across...

Italian in La Serena

La Terrazza

This polished, high-ceilinged space is a great spot for pizzas, panini, gnocchi and other Italian fare; or you can stop in for an afternoon pick-me-up (cappuccinos, wines by the glass). The prime place to be is...

Italian in La Serena

La Mia Pizza

Out on La Serena's oceanfront, La Mia Pizza has a solid reputation among locals for its excellent Italian fare (pizzas, pastas), plus top-notch seafood. It's a classy spot with big windows and a deck overlooking...

International in Pisco Elqui

El Durmiente Elquino

Sample the tasty tapas, pizzas and interesting mains, like quinoa risotto, in the all-natural interior of this restobar full of wood, bamboo, clay and pebbles. Sip an artisanal beer or a glass of organic wine on...

Fusion in Bahía Inglesa

Punto de Referencia

Chic choice tucked inside a side street just off the waterfront, this place specializes in sushi and sashimi. It also has some beautifully executed cooked dishes, including grilled meats and fresh pastas. It's a...

Chilean in Copiapó

Legado

Copiapo's best restaurant for a splurge, Legado serves up beautifully grilled black steaks, creamy scallop and shrimp risotto, and mouthwatering fresh fish amid a series of elegantly set dining rooms. Service is...

Cafe in Copiapó

Diventare

A short stroll from the plaza, Diventare is a charming, sun-drenched cafe with outdoor tables perfect for enjoying quality espressos, yogurt with granola, and baguette sandwiches. The gelato counter is a big draw...