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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to Santiago is complete without tasting the traditional Santiago food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in Santiago to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Pebre: a spicy and piquant sauce prepared using coriander, chopped onions, garlic, olive oil and pureed aji peppers.



Main courses

  • Arrollado Huaso: Cocked wrapped in fat pork meat served with mashed potato.
  • Asado: consists of beef alongside various other meats, which are cooked on a grill.
  • Asado al palo: grilled meat.
  • Bistec a lo pobre: Beef bistec with rice and fries.
  • Ceviche: is a seafood dish popular in Santiago.
  • Curanto: shellfish, meat, potatoes, milcaos, chapaleles, and vegetables.
  • Machas: pink clams which is a sea fruits available at Chile.
  • Ostiones a la Parmesana: scallops on the shells in melted butter and covered with grilled Parmesan cheese.
  • Paila Marina: Santiago version of Spanish Paella. The Santiago food item resembles more like a bouillabaisse than paella.
  • Pastel de Choclo: Chopped meat with cocked eggs and chicken covered by a Corn pasta.
  • Pastel de jaiba: crab pudding.
  • Pastel De Papas: meat pie with potato topping.
  • Pulpo a Feira: also known as Polbo á feira, meaning "fair style octopus".


  • Chumbeque: a traditional sweet from Iquique.
  • Filloa: a fancy name for crepes.
  • Kuchen: a delicious pastry loaded with fresh fruits like raspberries and apricots.
  • Pie de Limon: popular lemon pie.
  • Semola con leche: yummy dessert.
  • Sopaipillas Pasadas: sopaipillas are immersed in a warm sauce that contains water, dark brown sugar, cinnamon and orange rind.
  • Torta De Hojas: literally translated as "cake of 1000 sheets".

Fast food

Street food

  • Empanada: Chilean fried or oven baked chopped meat bags.

Drinks (Non-alcoholic)

Drinks (Alcoholic)

  • Borgoña: cold red wine with chopped strawberries.
  • Casillero Del Diablo: the largest wine producer in Chile and one of the best in terms of consistent quality and good value for the price.
  • Chicha: is a fermented cider made from apples or grapes.
  • Cola de mono: is a traditional Chilean drink served around Christmas time.
  • Jote: red wine with coke; is also known as Kalimotxo.
  • Melon con Vino: Melon Tuna (a type of melon) with white wine poured inside of it.
  • Navegado: heated red wine with slices of orange and sugar; mulled wine.
  • Pisco Sour: pisco and lemon juice drink.
  • Piscola: pisco and coke.
  • Ponche a la Romana: is an aperitif for a warm day; champagne + pineapple ice cream.
  • Terremoto: also Earthquake.
  • Vaina: sweet cocktail drink.
  • Vino pipeño: is wine from Chile that is made from ordinary grape stock.

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