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So good food is one of my favorite things in life. Give me some good Indian food, a cat on my lap, and Survivor on the TV and I’m happy as a clam. That being said, the food in Santiago was disappointing during my first trip here. Because of that, I’ve put in a lot of effort and research into finding the best food in Santiago. Santiago is quite a large city, and there are more and more restaurants opening all the time, so of course I haven’t tried everything. But I have definitely found some gems that make me quite content with my time living in Chile. I have also noted whether each of these recommendations are good for tourists, residents of Santiago, or both.

Krossbar
(Tourists & Residents)

I LOVE Krossbar. The first couple of times I liked it, but I wasn’t blown away. But the more I go and the more of the menu I try…guys, I’m impressed. Most things on the menu are creative spins on Chilean classics. Nothing too crazy but definitely more interesting and higher quality than your average bar food. And the price point is fine – not too expensive. I would advise though, if you are going in a group and want to try something, I wouldn’t recommend getting the tablas of meats/cheese. It not that they’re bad, but it’s predictable meat and cheese. Something you could get anywhere. I also find this is often the common theme in negative reviews or people who aren’t super impressed with Krossbar. I can’t honestly understand how anyone who has been adventurous and tried several different things on the menu, could come away and not like the place. Like, if you try a bunch of things at Krossbar and you come away from that telling me that it’s not one of the best places in Santiago, I don’t know if we can be friends.

Meatballs from Krossbar

Millesime
(Tourists & Residents)

I discovered this place through and InterNations event, and at first just thought it was another fancy expensive place with overpriced food. I was wrong. This place is amazing and has the best food I’ve had in Chile. It’s whole idea is that there is some elite food club with private rooms (and they have a location in Mexico City), but I don’t really know anything about it because anyone can go and eat in the restaurant. It’s not a cheap restaurant, but for the quality of food and how nice the place is, I think it’s very reasonably priced. Prices start at around $8.000 CLP so if you’re trying not to spend a lot of money on dinner, with careful choices it can be done for a reasonable price. I would suggest trying a few different things on the menu and don’t be afraid to be adventurous! I ordered a truffle mushroom pasta once, and when it came out I saw that the mushrooms were raw and that made my heart sink a little because I wouldn’t put raw mushrooms on a list of things I’ll eat. But I tried it anyway and that dish was seriously one of the best meals I’ve ever had. The locos papas mayo is also a tasty appetizer that I’d recommend (but don’t expect a giant plate of locos…just enjoy it how it is). So if you’re looking for a nice fancy meal, skip all the touristy recommendations on Trip Adviser and come here. Tip: It’s hard to see from the outside, and the hours seem to vary so call first.

Almond lava cake (volcano) – must try!!

La Yunta
(Tourists & Residents)

There are no shortage of Sandwich restaurants in Santiago (and good ones at that) however La Yunta stands out to me. The whole idea is that all the sandwiches are inspired by ingredients found in different parts of Chile – North, Center, and South. If you prefer boring food, this might not be the place for you, but there should be at least a couple options for the less adventurous eater. But there are some very interesting sandwiches…ones with blood sausage, guanaco, octopus, crudos (raw fish or beef preparations)…just to name a few. It’s definitely unique and I would highly recommend it for travelers looking to get an idea of the different types of things Chilean food can offer in different parts of the country. It’s also available on delivery apps if you don’t feel like leaving your dwelling.

Mestizo
(Tourists & Residents)

Mestizo is located at the end of Parque Bicentenario in Vitacura. If you sit on the patio (or near it) you have a nice pretty view of the park while you’re eating. This place isn’t cheap, but it has good quality Chilean food in a nice environment. I would definitely recommend trying the locos (Chilean abalone) appetizer, because locos are unique to Chile. Also don’t expect English menus here (some people complain about that). After eating you can take a nice walk through the park and even feed some flamingos. It’s just an overall nice experience and the food is good, although it’s best for special occasions since the price tag is a bit high.

Chipe Libre
(Tourists & Residents)

This place isn’t cheap but it’s pretty good. It’s a great place to take your visiting family. It’s in Barrio Lastarria so it’s full of tourists, but it’s a nice upscale place with Peruvian options as well as a huge menu of pisco. If you haven’t tried pisco this would be the place to go since you can do flights.

Venice
(Residents)

This is a good place for burgers and fries. It’s in a little food truck outside of metro Escuela Militar. Nothing too fancy, just good burgers. They also have hot dogs (which I haven’t tried) and Beyond burgers for vegetarians. I wouldn’t recommend something like this to tourists, but rather for people living here and miss a good American style burger and fries.

El Zocalo
(Residents)

Good Mexican food isn’t easy to find in Chile, but I actually really like this place. Again, I probably wouldn’t recommend this to tourists but only because you can have Mexican food in other countries. But for people living in Santiago this is a good choice for a Mexican dinner. This place appears to be a small Central/South American chain, but the food quality is pretty good. Don’t expect it to be something straight out of Mexico or the US, but it’s still an enjoyable experience. They also have deals for tacos a luca ($1.000 CLP) during certain hours, and also drink specials.

040
(Tourists & Residents)

040 is one of those “molecular gastronomy” restaurants, where they bring you 8-10 small courses. This restaurant is also on the list of the Top 50 Restaurants in Latin America. Each course is super creative and most have unusual ingredients with unique presentations. It’s like art you can eat. Santiago has several of these types of restaurants, but this is the only one I’ve tried. This place is very expensive, but if you can swing it it’s a really cool experience. To make it cheaper, skip the wine pairings. Also at the end they will take you to a speakeasy type bar that you can only have access to by either dining at 040 or by becoming a member of the bar. It’s super cool and reminded me of speakeasy bars in the US – so don’t skip this part if you have the time!

Himalaya
(Residents)

So Himalaya is basically my dream come true. I spent 7 years in England, and from my first bite of Indian food there I was hooked. When I moved back to the US I noticed Indian food there, while still good, tasted different. There’s just a certain style to the Indian food in England…it’s like it has a sweetness and/or a coconut flavor to it. Himalaya is the closest thing I’ve found in both North and South America. This place isn’t fancy, but the prices reflect that. Dishes are generally between $6.000-$8.000 CLP, which is better than many of the Indian restaurants in Santiago (which I’ve tried most of them). I’ve tried the majority of the dishes on the menu, and most of them have been really good. Also a bonus is that this place actually gives you rice (regular, not basmati) with your order, while other Indian restaurants make you order it and pay extra (something people in the US may not be used to). This is also one of the few Indian restaurants I’ve been to that after branching out from the safe tikka massala or korma, I’m happy to report that most of the other dishes are better than those two. I could list recommendations, but that would be a long list. Maybe avoid dishes with the mixed vegetables though – while I haven’t tried it the picture looked like a standard frozen mixed vegetable mix which offends me. But there’s no reason to even order that considering they have other vegetarian options. Also this place is on Rappi and Uber Eats, which definitely means I get it delivered (living the dream!!) once a week. As should you.

El Honesto Mike
(Residents)

This place is really popular so either be prepared to wait for a table, or get there right when it opens. It’s basically just burgers and drinks, but the burgers are really good. This place frequently shows up on lists about the best burgers in Santiago, and I can see why. Check out their Facebook page for some mouth watering pictures.

Ramen Kintaro
(Residents)

This is a good ramen place, and have heard people who really like ramen say good things about it. I’m not a ramen connoisseur, but I thought it was just as good as one I had in New York City.

Mama Chau’s
(Residents)

This place is small (and with a small menu) but it has some quality food. The baos and dumplings are pretty tasty, and they even have a delicious dessert (pastel de nata).

Baos from Mama Chau's in Santiago

Royal Pie
(Residents)

Tucked away in a little outdoor mall near metro Tobalaba, these British pies will certainly satisfy your hunger. Both the dough and the filling are delicious. You can even buy them frozen to eat later (which I do about once a month).

British Pie from Royal Pie in Santiago, Chile

Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any other recommendations for me to try! I’m always on the hunt for the best restaurants in Santiago.