Santiago is a sprawling metropolis where contemporary glass-and-steel skyscrapers compete with the Andes for attention. And as one Latin America’s most important hubs, it’s also a mecca for foodies as well.
This upscale French brasserie is a local favorite for its extensive and expertly chosen wine list (with emphasis on wines by the glass) and airy, cheerful atmosphere. Expect well prepared classics such as boeuf bourginon, onion soup, and steak frites with béarnaise, as well as fish and vegetarian options. There is also a good selection of cheese and charcuterie for those seeking a light meal. 113 Nueva de Lyon
MESTIZO Neighborhood: Vitacura This modern restaurant, which opened at Parque Bicentenario in 2008, is the perfect spot for savoring upmarket takes on classic Chilean cuisine. Its stunning, museum-like stone and wood building, designed by the acclaimed architect Smiljan Radic, has glass walls that open completely during the warmer months. The kitchen, visible against the back wall, adds a lively preview of the flavors to come. Start with a light, perfectly prepared ceviche and then choose from an excellent selection of pastas, meats and seafood. Mestizo’s take on the beloved pisco sour is served in a lowball clay cup with a splash of bitters on top for a refreshing variation on Chile’s cocktail. Be sure to request a table with a view of the beautifully landscaped park below or drop in for a drink at the popular outdoor bar. 4050 Avenida Bicentenario
Often rated the top restaurant in Chile, Boragó is an exploratory introduction to the flavors and textures of local Chilean ingredients that are little-known even to Chileans themselves. Rodolfo Guzmán, one of Latin America’s most promising and talented chefs, offers cuisine predominately based on local products that he and his staff of 30 have personally foraged from Chile’s forests, valleys and coastline, along with the country’s wealth of seafood, and meat, both domestic and wild, producing more than 700 original dishes per year. Boragó is open for dinner only and offers two tasting menus of six or nine courses, with a wine or juice pairing for an additional cost. 3467 Avenida Nueva Costanera
PEUMAYÉN Neighborhood: Bellavista This folksy, wood-and-brick restaurant is located within a century-old home in lively Bellavista, with indoor and outdoor seating. Peumayén is popular with travelers for its “Ancestral Food,” which is better described as cuisine using indigenous Chilean ingredients like quinoa, alpaca, Araucaria pine nuts, Easter Island seafood and Patagonian lamb. If Boragó is high concept, Peumayén is decidedly earthy and low-key, and while the service is pleasant, it is definitely relaxed. The wine list highlights little-known vintners and serves regional craft beers. 136 Constitución
BOCANARIZ Neighborhood: Lastarria When Bocanaríz opened in 2012 in the charming Lastarria neighborhood, it was immediately apparent what the Santiago dining scene had been lacking all along: a wine bar celebrating the vast variety of Chilean wines, including boutique labels and little-known varieties from regions not normally promoted or known by foreigners. Bocanaríz, which translates as “mouth-nose,” is ideal for travelers who lack the time to visit Chile’s wineries, or for those who want to sample a variety of wines in one go: order a bottle, glass or one of the restaurant’s flights of four tastings grouped by region or wine variety. The food is fresh and creative, with a menu divided into nine categories (smoked, sweet, and light, for example) that are designed as main courses or small plates to be shared. English-speaking sommeliers are on hand to help you choose. 276 José Victorino
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