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El Hoyo

#147 of 4,114 Restaurants in Santiago
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Latin, Chilean, Spanish
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Gorbea 3201 | San Vicente, 363-375, Santiago, Chile
+56 2 2689 0339
11:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 23:00
Sat 11:00 - 20:00
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Austin, Texas
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the place to try a terremoto- its strong and tasty. Best one we had on our trip. The food is traditional Chile. They bring generous rolls to the table and a pabre that is a bit spicy even for this Texas girl and Im used to hot sauce. Add some butter and you will be ok. I had... More 

Thank Terri11556
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I ate at this place with my local friend. We ordered all their traditional food and it tasted really good. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. I had a great time eating at this place. The downside is that, it was hard to find and probably impossible for me if it weren't for my friend.

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Sydney, Australia
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a place near the central station where you can get a simple restaurant dinner. There were places nearby on Conferencia street that we would have liked to try but they were shut in the evening. Conferencia looked spookily deserted. Other than the joints along Libertador O’Higgins, this was one of the few options for dinner. The meat was... More 

Thank calgert
Carpentersville, Illinois
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Recommended by our Patagonian tour guide, we stopped in and had a fantastic meal. The terromoto was like a spiked dole whip and he food was very flavorful. So glad we ventured off the beaten path and tried something local!

Thank goillini34
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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63 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

This is a good no frills restaurant to try traditional Chilean food. It is a 7 minute walk from the Estación Central metro station on line 1. Upon reaching the station, I plugged the address into google maps on my phone and found the location. It is a crowded place. We ordered the pork dish, the arrollado and Morcilla (blood... More 

Thank thecaribou
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

This is the best place in santiago for eat Chilean typical food and taste some dishes like the "Lengua en el hoyo (It is a dish with cooked tongue of cow with potatoes)", "Prietas con pure picante (It is a dish with sausage of cow with mashed potatoes", "Costillar con Papas Fritas (It is ribs of cow with french fries),... More 

Thank Claudio M
San Jose, California
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188 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

If your Spanish is as poor as ours, they have an English menu with photos of their popular dishes. Bread was brought to our table with a mildly spicy salsa. We opted for two glasses of the Terremoto ('earthquake') cocktail, a Chilean drink made with a white sweet wine with a scoop of pineapple ice cream making it look like... More 

1 Thank alviemsw
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182 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2016

I know Chilean food. I grew up with it. I love it. The people at El Hoya know what they're doing. Yes, there's a lot of tourist hype about this place, especially after Bourdain visited some time ago. But the food is really good. Try the blood sausage with puré picante. Also, the arollado huaso is one of the best... More 

1 Thank Huasobruto
New York
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2015

I thought this was the one of the best meals I had in Chile. Prices are reasonable, USD 8-15 per plate, and the servings are huge. Hands down the best terremoto(s) blancos I tried. Not that easy to find, but I am glad I did. Go hungry!

Thank Patrick F
Santiago, Chile
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2015

Visited it with a friend and my sons -- idea was to repeat Anthony Bourdain´s visit and check what it´s like. Service is good, not too quick but well intentioned (kudos to Ignacio Vasquez). Food is ugly, too strong and extreme, nothing gourmet at all, for the prices they charge; it´s not cheap anymore. Hundreds of better places in Santiago... More 

Thank Cristian M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Latin, Chilean, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gorbea 3201 | San Vicente, 363-375, Santiago, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Santiago Metropolitan Region  >  Santiago
  • Phone Number: +56 2 2689 0339

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?