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La Marmita

This classic bistro enjoys wild popularity for its lovely, casual ambiance and tasty fare. Besides fresh salads and hot bread, hearty dishes such as casseroles or seafood hark back to grandma’s cooking, Chilean styl…
Sandwiches in Punta Arenas

El Mercado

This local institution serves an assortment of seafood specials, from scallops stewed in garlic sauce, to baked creamed centolla to mussels a la parmesana. There's a full bar, English menu and cheaper sandwiches.
Chilean in Punta Arenas


An innovative mainstay with homey atmosphere. Garlic soup made with fragrant beef broth is a good starter, even shared. Game dishes are the house specialty, but the delicate merluza negra (black hake) shouldn’t be m…
Supermarket in Punta Arenas


A large, well-stocked supermarket.
in Punta Arenas


Lacking pretension, this cozy second-story restaurant serves up hearty Chilean fare, grilled fish, pasta and seafood stews to a full house. Skip the house wine but don’t miss the machas a la parmesana (razor clams b…
in Punta Arenas

La Luna

This local favorite, known for fresh seafood dishes and a lively, colorful atmosphere, is becoming a little too touristy – but non-Spanish-speaking travelers will appreciate the multilingual staff when trying to dec…
Seafood in Punta Arenas


This seafood institution is popular with moneyed locals and cruise-ship travelers in search of a classy king crab feast. The decor may not be inspiring but the cuisine doesn’t disappoint. The upstairs room has an ex…
Chilean in Punta Arenas

Damiana Elena

This elegant restaurant is in a romantic old house, off the beaten path in a residential neighborhood. The detour is usually worth it.
in Punta Arenas

La Chocolatta

Serving bite-sized chocolates, tea and coffee, this granny-style café stays bustling with families and laptop addicts.
Diner in Punta Arenas


Chile’s answer to the sidecar diner is this atmospheric cafe where cooks flip dripping made-to-order burgers at a center-stage griddle. Portions are generous but the service dallies.