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. Grill maestro Julio Elgueta, who has been manning the open hearth here t…
Top Choice Chilean in Frutillar

Se Cocina

Se Cocina is hit or miss, but even when it misses, this beautiful 1850s farmstead 2km from Frutillar is one of the most interesting foodie destinations on the lake. The daily changing menu marries Nueva Chilena cuis…
Top Choice Chilean in Puerto Montt

Chile Picante

Owner Francisco Sánchez Luengo is on to something at this intimate and playful gourmet hot spot that's an ambitious (uphill) walk from most of the budget sleeps. With expansive city and sea views as the backdrop, Lu…
Top Choice Chilean in Ensenada

Awa

Awa has a sommelier poached from Borogo and a chef from La Percanta – two of Santiago's finest foodie destinations – so you'd be right to expect big things. Thankfully, it delivers. With waves of just-picked produce…
Top Choice Steak in Osorno

El Galpón

Tucked away around the side of Hotel Waeger, you'll find dark flooring and a rustic, barnyard vibe (old-school metallic buckets as lampshades) complementing the main event: perfectly grilled steaks for devout carniv…
Top Choice Steak in Puerto Varas

La Marca

This is the spot in Puerto Varas for devout carnivores to delight in seriously outstanding slabs of perfectly grilled beef. You won't find any obnoxious rancho decor here – it's all very subtle and stylish with swee…
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 house-produced bread and pastries, hearty sandwiches (pulled pork with cabbage) a…
Top Choice Chilean in Puerto Varas

Costumbrista

This little, unassuming, Chiloé-inspired eatery is Puerto Varas' secret gourmet cocinería (kitchen). It's a two-man, eight-table show among aqua clapboard walls with a limited menu of fish and heartier dishes – a pe…
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…
Steak in Frutillar

Cocina Frau Holle

Don't let the name evoke garden gnomes and lederhosen – this is a dead-serious steakhouse tucked just enough inland from the lake that most folks don't know it's here. No béarnaise, chimichurri or green-pepper sauce…