Both Valparaiso and Santiago share the unique blend of cooking of Chile's heritage from the Spanish and indigenous Indian people, so you will find a variety of seafood dishes, stews, lamb, and beef on most menus. Valparaiso, nicknamed for years as the Jewel of the Sea, is more than just a picturesque city as it has the distinction of being Chile's most important seaport. -And Santiago, roughly an hour and half more inland, is this country's capital. Such accolades for two Chilean cities can translate into wonderful opportunities to literally savor a wonderful cultural experience. Chilean sea bass, empanadas of shrimp and cheese, seared grouper, and an array of fresh vegetables number among these delights. For the brave of heart and diet, Chorrillana -fries topped with sauteed onions, meat, and fried eggs- mau have appeal. -And there are always those opportunities to enjoy pisco sours, local beer, and those Chilean wines that have understandably become increasingly more popular world wide. The cultural influences in these cities includes a growing number of venues where you can find international fare, and the "down home" comfort of a traditional American breakfast!
Popular Restaurants in Valparaiso:
La Concepcion, located in Cerro Concepcion, offers spectacular views from its terrace and is well worth considering for a memorable evening. Open for lunch and dinner, you'll find wonderful salads and fresh fish entrees, both of which typically receive superb reviews. Prices range from 26 to 40 USD. La Concepcion is located at Papudo 541, Cerro Concepcion. Their phone number is (56-32) 249-8192.
Casino Social J Cruz serves two entrees for lunch and dinner... Chorrillana and desmechada (stewed beef). An extremely cozy place located in a walk way in El Plan, graffiti suffices for restaurant décor, and, since the selections are but two, there's no menu. That said, if you're in the mood for some authentic Valparaiso fare, you'll be served enough food for two people! Don't be surprised if you're treated to live music until late in the evening on weekend nights! Food cost is around 10 USD. Casino Social J Cruz is open from 10:00 AM to 1:00 AM Sundays through Thursdays, and from 10:00 AM to 4:00 AM Fridays and Saturdays. The cafe's address is Condell 1466 El Plan, and their phone number is 32-221-1225.
La Deportistas gets rave reviews for steaks, salads, grilled salmon, and incredibly thick fries! On average, prices are at about 18 USD. Open for lunch and dinner from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM and 8:00 PM to 11:30 PM Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM Sundays through Tuesdays, you'll find this restaurant at Colo-Colo 1217, Barrio O' Higgins. Their phone number is 032-237- 5159.
The Bijoux Restobar
offers you a unique dining experience in Valparaiso, as the owner-chef creates entrees just for you based on daily market delectables. This restaurant receives great reviews for food quality! We understand the prices for this experience are quite reasonable! You'll find the Bijoux at Abtao 561-A, Cerro Concepcion. Contact information consists of their telephone number, 56-9- 9548 -2321, and e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org