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Aug 18, 2011 01:53 PM

Best restaurants in Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile?

My fiancee and I will be Chile in November and were wondering what readers here recommend in Santiago and Valparaiso?
Money isn't too much of an issue but quality is. Nice ambiance wouldn't hurt either.
Some restaurants I have shortlisted in Santiago are:
Aqui Esta Coco
Le Bistrot
Baco Vino y Bistro,
Ostras Azucar.

and in Valpo:
La Colombina

Any thoughts?
Would also love a great Peruvian that isn't part of a chain.
Thanks in advance for any feedback!

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  1. My favorites in Santiago:

    Le Flaubert
    La Mar
    Ana Maria
    Puerto Fuy

    Morande ( in Casablanca near Valparaiso)

    1. It may be too late for you but . . . . I had dinner at Aqui Esta Coco in Santiago three nights ago. Loved the atmosphere. Thought the food was very good, but not great. Excellent service.

      Had dinner last night at La Concepcion in Valparaiso and was thrilled. Great house special pisco sour; excellent home-made warm breads in the bread basket; terrific abalone with cilantro and aioli sauce for an appetizer; and one of the best-cooked pieces of fish I've ever had for a main, a Chilean deep sea grouper with blueberry sauce accompanied by a lovely risotto. Dinner wasn't cheap. At least, not with a cocktail and two glasses of wine. Maybe that's why the waiter insisted on bringing me, gratis, a lovely Chilean dessert wine. Gorgeous views of the harbor, to boot. All in all a great meal and a lovely evening.

      Having dinner tonight at Altzaga, which isn't on your list for Valparaiso but has lots of very positive reviews online. Will report back.

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      1. re: JoanN

        JoanN - awesome! Let me know! We are staying 3 nights in Valpo. And we hope to make it for lunch at El Chiringuito in Zapallar too.
        Thanks for the feedback!

        1. re: winner917

          Altzaga is currently the number one ranked restaurant in Valparaiso on Trip Advisor and I just returned from one of the more horrendous dining experiences of my life. I won't go into the details because it's too depressing, but from the inept service to the only barely edible food it was a disaster from beginning to end. Avoid at all costs.