Must see restaurants in Santiago

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    El Huerto

    This earthy restaurant's healthy, vegetarian fare is a big hit with both hip young things and ladies who lunch. Come for seaweed ceviches, fresh fruit…

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    Emporio Zunino

    Founded in 1930, this classic bakery makes fantastic empanadas – Chilean food journalists recently voted them among the top 10 in a contest for the best…

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    El Naturista

    A downtown vegetarian classic, El Naturista does simple but filling soups, sandwiches, salads, tarts and fresh-squeezed juices, plus light breakfasts.

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    Sur Patagónico

    The food is slightly overpriced and service is notoriously slow, but if you can score one of the pretty sidewalk tables on this well-traveled corner, you…

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    Retro signs adorn the wood-backed bar at this long-running local favorite, usually packed with noisy but appreciative crowds. It's easy to see why: unlike…

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    Bar Nacional

    From the chrome counter to the waitstaff of old-timers, this fuente de soda (soda fountain) is as vintage as they come. It has been churning out Chilean…

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    This location of Dominó – a contemporary take on the traditional fuente de soda – is hopping at lunchtime with good-looking young office workers. The cool…

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    El Caramaño

    An extensive menu of Chilean classics like machas a la parmesana (gratinée razor clams), merluza a la trauca (hake baked in sausage and tomato sauce) and…

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    Café Melba

    The king of Santiago brunching in the late aughts, Café Melba (now a small chain) has long since been eclipsed by tastier and more atmospheric cafes in…

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    Fast-Food Stands

    Some of the cheapest meals in town come from the string of food stands that line the Portal Fernández Concha, the arcade along the south side of Plaza de…

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    Voraz Pizza

    This hole-in-the-wall spot serves great-value thin-crust pizzas and craft beers at sidewalk tables; it will happily deliver too. An added bonus for non…

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    Plaza Garibaldi

    From the bright walls and saloon-style doors to the tacos, quesadillas and chimichangas (fried burritos), Plaza Garibaldi turns out classic Mexican dishes…