Top Choice Seafood in Santiago

Mercado Central

Santiago's wrought-iron fish market is a classic for seafood lunches (and hangover-curing fish stews like the tomato- and potato-based caldillo de congrio, Pablo Neruda's favorite). Skip the touristy restaurants in …
Top Choice French in Santiago

Peluquería Francesa

This is one of Santiago's more innovative dining experiences. The name means 'French barbershop,' and that's exactly what this elegant corner building, dating from 1868, originally was. Decorated with quirky antique…
Top Choice Chilean in Santiago


Without a doubt one of the most unique culinary experiences in Chile, this Bellavista upstart is innovating Chilean cuisine by looking back to the culinary roots of the Mapuche, Easter Islanders and Quechua.
Middle Eastern in Santiago

Ali Baba

The tented ceiling, Persian carpets and minaret-shaped mirrors tick all the right boxes in tasteful Middle Eastern restaurant decor. The really authentic part is the food, which goes from classics like falafel and M…
Peruvian in Santiago

Astrid y Gastón

The seasonally changing menu of Peruvian haute cuisine has made this restaurant (a spin-off of the Peruvian-based juggernaut) one of Santiago's most critically acclaimed eateries. The warm but expert waitstaff happi…
Seafood in Santiago

Azul Profundo

Step into the deep blue for fabulously fresh and inventive seafood. If you're up for sharing, order the delicious ceviche sampler and a round of pisco sours; the colorful (and oversized) platter might be one of the …
Chilean in Santiago

Bar Nacional

From the chrome counter to the waitstaff of old-timers, this fuente de soda is as vintage as they come. It has been churning out Chilean specialties like lomo a lo pobre (steak and fries topped with fried egg) for y…
Cafe in Santiago

Café Melba

Eggs and bacon, muffins, bagels and gigantic cups of coffee are some of the all-day breakfast offerings at this cozy cafe run by a New Zealand expat. Well-stuffed sandwiches and heartier dishes like green fish curry…
Chilean in Santiago

El Caramaño

An extensive menu of well-prepared Chilean classics like machas a la parmesana (gratinée razor clams), merluza a la trauca (hake baked in chorizo and tomato sauce) and oreganato (melted oregano-dusted goat cheese) k…
Cafe in Santiago

El Huerto

This earthy restaurant's healthy, vegetarian-focused fare is a big hit with both hip young things and ladies who lunch. Come for egg-white omelets, strawberry smoothies, quinoa salads and wonderfully rich desserts w…