Finding place to eat can be a challenge, especially if you’re new in town or just passing through. I have tried a lot of different restaurants while living in Santiago, Chile, but these five restaurants are the ones that I keep finding myself going back to again and again. So eat and enjoy!
This Japanese restaurant serves up consistently good sushi. If you snag one of the spots at the counter you can watch the Japanese Chef preparing the fish as you enjoy your meal. If you’re looking for some spice in your sushi, they have spicy mayo (salsa spicy), but you need to ask for it, and for a small fee they will add it into your rolls or bring it on the side! The Miso Soup is a tasty starter, and their Ramen is great and very filling, try the Ramen Especial with the homemade noodles.
It’s also a good location for your non-sushi-eating meal companions as they also have many cooked dishes as well. The Katsudon pork dish is especially tasty. Do note that they have a habit of bringing out all the dishes as they’re ready, so eat them as they come out, and don’t be too surprised if occasionally your main course arrives before your appetizer. They have a couple Japanese beers on the menu, and a few local Chilean options on draft, or you can sample some sake or local Chilean wine with your meal. Its location right across from Bellas Artes Metro station makes it convenient no matter where you live in the city.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 1-3PM, 7:30-11:30PM, Friday & Saturday 1-3PM, 8:30-11:30PM, Closed Sunday
Black Rock Pub
If you’re looking for a different experience than your typical Chilean bar then head to The Black Rock Pub, owned by an Australian and a Chilean, it mixes the best of both worlds. It’s a great place to grab a beer, they have Stella on tap and a variety of Chilean micro-brew bottles for you to quench your thirst with, or if you want a taste of Chile, order one of their great Pisco Sours.
If you’re hungry for a snack, ask if they have their Empanadas. If they do, you’re in luck as they are some of the best I’ve had in Chile. Their meals are Chilean sized, as in huge, and the highly recommended Fish and Chips or Burgers are big enough to share between two diners. If you want something more Chilean, order the Chorrillana, but even the small portion is really meant to be shared! For a weekend breakfast try their Fry Up, a traditional Australian breakfast.
They are open for lunch every day during the week. Check out their Facebook page for the daily lunch specials, and if you head over after work their happy hour runs until 10pm. Going out alone? If there’s room, grab one of the few stools at the bar and chat with Shane; he’s been in Chile a while, and as a seasoned world traveler he’s always got something interesting to share with you. Alternatively you can grab a seat out on their large patio and enjoy the generally sunny and dry Santiago weather! Although located centrally right by Metro Tobalaba, its basement location can be easy to miss. Just walk down Avenida Providencia until you see the only huge palm tree, then turn into the galleria and you’re there.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 1PM – Midnight, Thursday-Saturday 1PM – 2AM, Closed Sunday
Happy Hour: Until 10PM (Daily)
This Mexican restaurant is easy to find, located just a couple blocks from Metro Manuel Montt, you can’t miss the colorful storefront. If you’re looking for some Mexican food in Santiago then head here; the food is good, with fresh ingredients you can really taste. They have a large variety of typical Mexican dishes, and in an often soup lacking South America, you can enjoy a tasty bowl of Chicken Tortilla Soup . Their food isn’t usually served Mexican spicy, but they do have spicy sauces. If you’re looking for something spicier (más picante), ask your waiter, you may have to request a couple different sauces to reach your desired heat level.
We’ve enjoyed the Taquitos Dorados, Queso Fundido con Chorizo, Enchiladas Rojas and Enchiladas de Mole to name a few. They have special breakfast options for those of you missing Huevos Rancheros, and a daily lunch special. They also offer a variety of tasty cocktails and a large variety of Tequilas, in addition to some typical Mexican beers and local Chilean favorites. If you’re there from 6-9pm you can take advantage of their happy hour prices!
If you’re looking to do some Mexican cooking at home, ask them about their to-go products, they sell some typical Mexican sauces and canned goods here as well as their own corn tortillas which can be hard to find in Santiago.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 12PM – 12AM, Friday-Saturday 12PM – 1AM, Closed Sunday
Happy Hour: 6PM – 9PM (Daily)
Located on the 3rd floor of the Unihogar building, Foodlays doesn’t look like a restaurant location, but it is. Go inside and just keep going up the escalators until you reach the top floor. It’s a huge space and looks more like an event hall, but don’t worry you’re in the right place. It’s our go to place to eat Chinese and Dim Sum. They have 3 different menus, a quick starters menu, a Spanish menu and a Cantonese menu, they all have different options so if you don’t see what you want, ask the waiter, they probably have it.
Some favorites are the Sopa Wantan (Wantan Soup), Wantan Frito (Fried Wantans), Arrollado Primavera (Spring Rolls), Pollo Con Pina (Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple), Chau Min Carne (Chau Min with Beef) and the Steamed Pork Buns. Everything we’ve tried has been good. It’s great for large groups as they have the typical large tables with the rotating center portion. They have a lot of family style menu options that you often find in traditional Chinese restaurants, but it’s easy to order smaller meals as well. They don’t do delivery but you can order food to go!
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 11:30AM – 10PM, Closed Monday
Our favorite pizza place is Signore in Las Condes, it’s easy to find located right near Costanera Center. They have consistently great pizza, but the Margherita Signore has always been my favorite. Every meal comes with a starter of freshly baked bread with dipping sauces, and a small bowl of their seasonal soup. It’s great for lunch, but go early since it’s small and can fill up quickly. They also offer freshly made pasta dishes, like a good Lasagna, and very large, tasty salads if you’re not in the mood for pizza. They don’t do delivery, but they do offer pizza to go if you want to pick it up and take it home with you!
Hours: Monday-Friday 12PM -11PM, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 1PM -11PM
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