Eating Out

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Eating Out

The restaurants that we list are the cream of the crop in each price category. It is customary to tip 10% in Chile; tipping above this amount is uncommon among locals. Credit cards are generally accepted in big cities (although the tip should preferably be left in cash), but when visiting smaller towns and rural areas, always bring enough cash.

Chileans like to eat three staple meals a day, if not more. You can expect a typically light breakfast to be served between 7 am and 10 am; lunch is usually eaten between 1 pm and 3 pm; and dinner won’t usually be served before 8 pm, often running till midnight. Reservations are advisable but generally not necessary unless you are visiting a popular restaurant or are taking a large group.

The dress code for lunch is fairly casual, but eating out in the evening is often a special occasion for locals. You should dress like you care. Chileans can be conservative with dress; if you bare too much flesh you might attract scornful looks or meandering gazes.

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