Top 10 Restaurants in South America

South America has plenty of culinary delights to offer diners everywhere. Looking for the best restaurants? Here’s our top 10: (not in any order)

1. D.O.M.

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Alex Atala, famous in Brazil, is the chef of D.O.M.. A restaurant located in São Paulo which offers food in a contemporary Brazilian style made with Amazonian ingredients. In order to search for new ingredients Alex Atala often travels to the Amazon where he gains inspiration. The chef’s creations are exquisite with precise presentation and sense awakening flavours. D.O.M. has a great ambiance, superior service and friendly staff that can explain everything to you in English! As can be expected in a high quality restaurant like this, it is quite expensive to dine here.

2. Central

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Central Restaurante, located in Lima the capital of Peru, is the 4th best restaurant in the world and with good reason. Chefs Virgilio Martinez and Pia León create unique dishes by continuously searching for native and new ingredients from all over Peru in order to provide guests with a sensational dining experience. The style of the food can be described as avant-garde Peruvian and their most outstanding dish is octopus in purple coal. The prices are quite high, however each dish is extremely creative, prepared with great precision and definitely worth trying.

3. Astrid y Gastón

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If you want a great culinary experience, have dinner at Astrid y Gastón, a restaurant focused on modern Peruvian food based in Lima, Peru. The restaurant is in a beautiful old building which has a relaxed atmosphere. The staff is attentive and the décor, menu and serving ware change every few months, a guarantee for a unique dining experience! They offer a 30-course tasting which can be accompanied by a wine pairing, a great opportunity to experience new wonderful flavours that the restaurant has to offer. The prices of Astrid y Gastón are pretty steep, but you get great value for your money!

4. Maní

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In a former house in São Paulo you will find Maní, a Brazilian-European restaurant led by chefs Helena Rizzo and Daniel Redondo. An elegant and charmingly decorated restaurant with a cosy atmosphere. Created with Brazilian ingredients, the dishes are beautifully executed and delicious. Maní is a high-end restaurants with prices to match, but a dining experience not to be missed.

5. Maido

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Located in Peru’s capital, restaurant Maido is one of the culinary highlights to visit in Lima. Different from most restaurants, Maido serves Nikkei style food, a cultural blend of Peruvian and Japanese influences. Chef Mitsuharu Tsumura uses Japanese techniques combined with Peruvian ingredients to create incredible dishes. Not only rich in taste but also well presented. The pleasant and knowledgeable staff and the Asian interior created a special ambiance. For about US$100 you can experience a culinary dinner in this world class restaurant.

6. Boragó

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Boragó, that’s the name of a Chilean restaurant situated in Santiago, Chile. The restaurant is led by the highly skilled chef Rodolfo Guzmán who creates ultra-contemporary Chilean cuisine. Unique is the restaurant’s emphasis on sustainability and seasonality and the menus can change suddenly depending on availability of locally sourced ingredients. The 6- or 10-course tasting menus with extraordinary meals of great quality will enlighten your senses. You can enjoy a 10-course menu from around US$150.

7. Tegui

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Named after its head chef Germán Martitegui, Tegui is one of the most popular restaurants in Buenos Aires. Eclectic international dishes are served in a restaurant with comfy sofas from where you can enjoy a view of the kitchen, which allows you to get a look behind the scenes. As chef Martitegui continually changes his cooking style, the menus can change from one week to the other and offer many different styles of food. Excellent service and the waiters explain the elements of each dish at the table. For a dining experience at Tegui you can expect a price from US$100 per person.

8. Parador La Huella

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In José Ignacio, Uruguay, Alejandro Morales and Santiago Garat are the chefs in a restaurant called Parador La Huella. This very charming restaurant is located on the beach, has a burning fireplace, a nice atmosphere and provides you with an incredible ocean view. The chefs’ focus is on seafood and grill, they serve different dishes from grilled octopus to perfectly cooked steak. The prices of La Huella are reasonable and fair for the quality of the food.

9. Criterión

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In the centre of Bogota, Colombia you will find Criterión, a restaurant run by the famous Rausch brothers. With Jorge as the executive chef and Mark as the pastry chef they create delicious dinners for their guests. Criterión’s cuisine is French with international influences, there’s a great ambiance, and the food is spectacular. Great value for your money, you can enjoy a 3-course meal from around US $55.

10. Alto

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Carlos García is the chef of Alto, he has trained and gained experience at several Spanish restaurants and his cooking is regarded among the best in Venezuela. Alto is located in Caracas and the style of food served in the restaurant is contemporary Venezuelan, with an international touch. The ingredients used to prepare the dishes come from local producers and an important ingredient to García is cacao. The chef incorporates cacao into every type of dish, from entrees to desserts. Attentive staff and nice décor, it is quite expensive but a great restaurant for an evening out.

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