Backed by majestic snow-capped mountains, Chile's buzzing capital city offers a huge variety of cuisine and South American wines. See Alistair Cooper MW's top 10 places to dine.

Boragó

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Dessert as you’ve never seen it before at Boragó… Credit: Boragó Facebook

Rodolfo Guzmán can take credit for the reinvigoration of Chilean cuisine. Foraging from the Atacama down to Tierra del Fuego, expect surprises galore in the 20-dish tasting menu. Book now

Ambrosia

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Tired of the hustle and bustle? Ambrosia offers a peaceful place to sit, eat and have a glass of wine. Credit: Ambrosia Facebook

Located on a residential street in Vitacura, Ambrosia has a wonderfully tranquil, laid-back and zen feel, particularly in the courtyard area. Chef-patron Carolina Bazán effortlessly fuses Chilean ingredients with a distinct French twist in dishes that are unpretentious yet sophisticated. Varied wine list, with a good French and Italian selection too. Book now

Salvador Cocina y Café

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Great value Chilean classics in a laid-back, rustic setting. Credit: Salvador Cocina y Café Facebook

A gem in downtown Santiago, open weekdays only. Rustic yet funky, with a simple wine selection, and a menu of market-fresh food. Daily changing set menus often feature unique takes on Chilean classics. Exceptional value. Find out more

José Ramón 277

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The ultimate Chilean sandwich joint, add a pint of craft beer and get stuck in. Credit: José Ramón 277

Funky Lastarria venue with craft beers on tap and cracking sandwiches. Try the classic churrasco Italiano steak sandwich or black pudding with chilli. Chileans take sandwiches very seriously!

Etniko

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Buzzy Etniko is a great place to start your night with sushi or end it with cocktails. Credit: etniko.cl

A long-standing favourite. Tricky to find, no sign and you must knock to gain entry. Great sushi, excellent cocktails and a funky vibe. DJs get the party started, making this a great spot to finish your evening. Book now

Bocanáriz

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Over 250 wines to choose from in this famous hub for wine lovers… Credit: bocanariz.cl

Santiago’s most famous wine bar is located in the heart of Lastarria, and offers more than 250 wines, including a huge selection by the glass and wine flights. The food selection is varied and excellent, and the daily lunch menu is great value. Book now

99

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Restaurant 99 claims it is ‘neither grand nor elegant, but it is considered the best in Chile’.Credit: 99 Restaurante Facebook

Located in the heart of Providencia, 99 oozes cool, with an open kitchen and extensive natural wine list. Chef Kurt Schmidt has worked at Boragó (above), Noma in Denmark and Azurmendi in Spain. Lunchtime is a relaxed set menu, while dinner is a six- or nine-course tasting menu. Book now

La Bodeguilla de Cristóbal

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Bring your own bottle of wine to enjoy with classic Spanish fare for only £5. Credit: La Bodeguilla de Cristóbal Facebook

For unpretentious, home-cooked Spanish food look no further than this little-known delight. Spanish owner Cristóbal is always present, with a big smile on his face. There is very little corkage culture in Santiago, yet here for just £5 you can bring your own if you like – though the list is pretty good anyway! Find out more

Chipe Libre

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For lovers of pisco and ceviche, Chipe Libre is a must. Credit: Chipe Libre Facebook

‘The Independent Republic of Pisco’ – this specialist bar and restaurant is a must-visit. Try Peruvian and Chilean piscos, great ceviche, empanadas, seafood and more. Find out more

La Vinoteca

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Head to the Vitacura branch of La Vinoteca for casual tapas or high-end Chilean cuisine. Credit: La Vinoteca Facebook

There are two branches of the excellent Vinoteca. The Vitacura site houses a deli, a casual dining room with great tapas and a high-end restaurant serving modern Chilean dishes. All wines from the on-site wine shop are available with no corkage. Find out more


Alistair Cooper MW spent years working for wineries in Chile and Argentina. He is a regular Decanter contributor and wine judge, and the resident wine expert for BBC Radio Oxford.


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