Chipe Libre – Barrio Lastarria – Santiago

Chipe Libre – Barrio Lastarria – Santiago

If we had to choose one place to go for food and drinks in Santiago it would surely be Chipe Libre. Great decor. Very good service. Unique experience. Sample several shots of the huge variety of pisco and a variety from the menu of the restaurant’s takes on Peruvian and Chilean classics. It is a “must-go” in Santiago.

Aquí Esta Coco – Providencia – Santiago

Aquí Esta Coco – Providencia – Santiago

Santiago’s premier seafood experience. Fabulous ambiance and consistently good food. There are perhaps more impressive gourmet options in Santiago. But none that speak “Santiago” more distinctly than Coco Pacheco’s Aquí Esta Coco. If we had to choose two restaurants on the must go list for Santiago this one and Confitería Torres would most likely be those two restaurants.

Da Carla – Santiago – Vitacura

Da Carla – Santiago – Vitacura

This is not your typical Italian restaurant. It’s Italian cuisine to the nth degree in an elegant setting. A great experience, whether you choose to dine indoors or on the glassed-in terrace. Superb execution and service.

Baco – Providencia – Santiago

Baco – Providencia – Santiago

Bistro-style restaurant where the young and friendly waiters (and waitresses) are serving up French classics at reasonable prices in a casual, contemporary atmosphere. Expansive wine list. When I was living in Providencia this was my “go to” place for a nice dinner in a relaxed setting.

El Ranchero – Vitacura – Santiago

El Ranchero – Vitacura – Santiago

This is about the only viable choice for “almost-authentic” Mexican food in Santiago. Very reasonable prices and a darn good Margarita. Worth the drive if you get the craving for jalapeños and corn chips.

Confitería Torres – Las Condes – Santiago

Confitería Torres – Las Condes – Santiago

Confitería Torres is one of the oldest restaurant franchises in Santiago. The location on Alameda near La Moneda has been serving Barros Lucas sandwiches for more than century. The Las Condes location has gone a bit more contemporary without losing the traditional elements. Argentine classic menu items are served up at reasonable prices. Sidewalk Terrace is great for people-watching. Good Food. Go

Margó Gourmet – La Dehesa – Santiago

Margó Gourmet – La Dehesa – Santiago

You don’t hear a lot of culinary chatter about this place, perhaps because it’s located way out in La Dahesa. But this is creative and well executed food in a casual and sophisticated setting with admirable service which is rare in Santiago.

Prix Fixe Lunch at Coquinaria – Las Condes – Santiago

Prix Fixe Lunch at Coquinaria – Las Condes – Santiago

Prix-Fixe menu at lunch with three course and beverage for US$25 (CLP$15.250). Bistro style restaurant with gourmet cooking and food shop on site. Adjacent to W Hotel. Good food and service at an unbeatable price. More expensive dining in the evening. Also, our top pick in the city for Sunday brunch or breakfast. Also a location in Vitacura with equally good food and service.

Don Carlos – Las Condes – Santiago

Don Carlos – Las Condes – Santiago

Rating: Stars . Restaurant Type: Steakhouse . Grilled Steaks . Cost: . High quality Argentine-style steakhouse on restaurant row (Isidora Goyenechea) in Las Condes.

Bellavista Grill – Bellavista – Santiago

Bellavista Grill – Bellavista – Santiago

Dry aged steaks at almost half the cost of an inferior steak at almost any steakhouse in Las Condes or Vitacura. Modern, tasteful decor. Good service and side-dishes. Same owner as Tierra Noble in Las Condes but much less expensive. One of our top picks in the city. A great value.

Nolita – Las Condes – Santiago

Nolita – Las Condes – Santiago

Nolita has 2 locations. Las Condes and Lastarria. Decor is dated in Las Condes. So is the food. Service was acceptable. Nolita barely rated a review with a dismal 3 star rating, overall.

Prix Fixe Lunch at Osadía – Vitacura – Santiago

Prix Fixe Lunch at Osadía – Vitacura – Santiago

This where the “old school” wealthy residents of Vitacura go with their families to dine. Regarded for years as the pinnacle of fine dining in Santiago it has since lost a bit of its luster. There seems to be more culinary chatter recently about upstarts Bodegó and Ambrosía and Gaston Acurio’s La Mar nearby.

Boragó – Vitacura – Santiago

Boragó – Vitacura – Santiago

Multi-course tasting menu featuring foraged produce and herbs. They never brought the change when I paid the bill. Guzman’s little army of gnomes does an admirable job of taking tidbits they found on the forest floor and turning them into food. But I’d rather have had a burger and Mr. Jack for a fifth of the price.

Kilometro 0 (KM 0) – Las Condes – Santiago

Kilometro 0 (KM 0) – Las Condes – Santiago

Best location for a restaurant in Santiago, adjacent to the W Hotel. Nouvelle cuisine adequately executed but lacking the pizzazz we’d like to see from a restaurant so masterfully decorated. Menu is reasonably priced considering the prime location.

The Burgers at “It Sandwich and Bar” – Las Condes – Santiago

The Burgers at “It Sandwich and Bar” – Las Condes – Santiago

Bistro-style restaurant on Isidora’s restaurant row in Las Condes. Caters to lunch crowd working in nearby office buildings and tourists staying in hotels close-by. One block from The W Hotel. Pretty good assortment of gourmet sandwiches, burgers and excellent salads.

The Burgers at Hard Rock Café – Providencia – Santiago

The Burgers at Hard Rock Café – Providencia – Santiago

Perfect example of form over function in a Restaurant. It has the catchy Rock Memorabilia theme and is popular with tourists as well as locals that buy into the marketing hype. But of all the burgers we sampled in our Burger Joint Face-off these were the worst despite being the most expensive.

The Burgers at La Burguesía – Providencia – Santiago

The Burgers at La Burguesía – Providencia – Santiago

Acclaimed Burger Joint that somehow one a spot as one of the top Burger Joints in the world in American Airlines’ Encounters travel magazine. Slightly overrated. Burgers are good … but not spectacular. Outdoor seating online. Better hope it doesn’t rain.

The Burgers at California Cantina – Providencia – Santiago

The Burgers at California Cantina – Providencia – Santiago

Very popular bar in heart of Providencia. Once primarily an ex-pat bar and hang-out for flight crews laying over in Santiago but now catering mostly to young locals. Lots of beers on tap and lots of bar food including favorites from the Southwest U.S. Really good burgers, burritos and the best “pil-pil”in the city.

The Burgers at Danés – Vitacura – Santiago

The Burgers at Danés – Vitacura – Santiago

Tables upstairs. Cooks serving up burgers and hot dogs to customers sitting at the counter. Reminiscent of the classic American Diner. I’d heard the burger was something special. Not really. Barely average. Fries from a bag. At least they were hot.

The Burgers at Mr Jack – Las Condes – Santiago

The Burgers at Mr Jack – Las Condes – Santiago

Darn good burgers and fries. The decor is a bit sterile. Chrome with black and white tile like a subway station. There are dozens of locations throughout Santiago so there’s bound to be one close to you. Unless you’re wanting to drive to Bellavista or live there this is a pretty good choice for a burger if you have the greenbacks … cause these are pricey.