Restaurants

Top Choice Steak in Puerto Montt

Cotelé

This quincho (barbecue hut) steakhouse has a long-standing reputation for its meticulous grillmen who honor the meat with Picasso-level focus. Julio, who has been manning the open hearth here through various changes…
Top Choice American in Puerto Varas

La Gringa

Evoking the rainy-day cafes of the American Pacific Northwest, this charming spot run by an adorable Seattleite dishes up scrumptious muffins and baked goods, creative sandwiches (pulled pork with coffee glaze) and …
Top Choice Chilean in Puerto Montt

Chile Picante

Chef Francisco Sánchez Luengo is on to something at this intimate and playful gourmet hotspot that's ambitious (uphill) walking distance from most of the budget sleeps. With expansive city and sea views as the backd…
Top Choice Resto-Bar in Valdivia

La Última Frontera

You'll find one-stop traveler nirvana at this bohemian resto-bar with a vibe unmatched in the whole of Sur Chico. Hidden quietly away in a restored mansion, you'll find a load of outside-the-box sandwiches, fresh ju…
Top Choice French in Pucón

La Fleur de Sel

Basque-country chef Michel Moutrousteguy offers a Mapuche-infused French menu that's well-worth the trip to Termas Peumayen (for the food, not the service), 32km east of Pucón, even if you don't plan on getting wet.…
Top Choice Chilean in Curarrehue

Cocina Mapuche Mapu Lyagl

Mapuche chef Anita Epulef turns seasonal ingredients into adventurous vegetarian Mapuche tasting menus. You can sample such indigenous delicacies as Mullokiñ (bean puree rolled in quinoa), sautéed piñoñes, the nut o…
Top Choice Pub Food in Puerto Varas

La Jardinera

Featuring one of the most eclectic menus in town, the friendly Chilean couple running this cozy spot in a transformed home learned the art of fish and chips, shrimp green curry and – wait for it – warm sticky toffee…
Top Choice Steak in Puerto Montt

Fogón del Leñador

The menu at the best parrilla in Sur Chico states that all meat takes a minimum of 40 minutes to cook. That says it all, really, and it isn't exaggerating. Sopapillas are served with four house-made sauces, all of w…
Top Choice Resto-Bar in Villarrica

The Travellers

Chinese, Mexican, Thai, Indian, Italian – it's a passport for your palette at this resto-bar that is ground zero for foreigners. A makeover marries classic album covers and postcards from amigos the world over with …
Top Choice Chilean in Puerto Octay

Rancho Espantapájaros

The most famous restaurant on the lake is 6km outside Puerto Octay on the road to Frutillar, and packs in the crowds for the main attraction, succulent jabalí (wild boar, fatty but fantastic) cooked on 3.5m spits ac…