Talca Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Talca

December 15, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Talca (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈtalka]) is a city and commune in Chile located about 255 km (158 mi) south of Santiago, and is the capital of both Talca Province and Maule Region (7th Region of Chile). As of the 2012 census, the city had a population of 201,142.
Things to do in Talca

1. Cafeteria La Papa

1 Sur 1271, Talca, Chile Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Brunch (071) 216 238
Excellent
28%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
28%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 135 reviews

Cafeteria La Papa

Reviewed By annebliss - Talca, Chile

If you only make one stop for coffee and beautiful, delicious pastry, this is the place. Situated on the main shopping mall downtown, La Papa prepares Arabian desserts, amazing tortes and pies, cookies of all sizes and shapes, and my personal favorites, chocolate "danes"--which in other areas are known as chocolate croissants...oh, my...they're so addictive! The staff is also so fun and warm...this is a very popular cafe, and for good reason. Don't miss La Papa!

2. Las viejas cochinas

Talca, Chile Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Chilean Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$39 - HK$78 71216621
Excellent
22%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
27%
Poor
6%
Terrible
9%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 458 reviews

Las viejas cochinas

Reviewed By mike b - Talca, Chile

Though a very popular and typically Talquina restaurant with a good atmosphere, reflecting the artisan culinary tradition of Maule, over the last few years from been a place of consistently served good food ,the management has some what took the eyes off the ball. These days the quality of food and the customer can be some what random. Where some days you will be served excellent food to others, when it would be charitable to call the meals mediocre. Customer service can also be very random, with the majority of the waiters for what can be presumed to be some sort of macho pride, will refuse write down even the most complicated order, rather they commit the order to memory , with the predictable chaos when "your order" arrives. When the restaurant is busy it is not uncommon for your table to be completely forgotten by the waiting staff.
For the visitor to Talca this is "THE" restaurant for those who want to experience the most typical Maulinian "Huaso" dining experience with it's raucous, phonetic atmosphere, For those looking looking for guaranteed good food reliable customer service and a relaxing atmosphere this is probably not the restaurant for you

3. Ventura

Avenida Circunvalacion Oriente 1055 | Mall Plaza Maule, Talca 3480374, Chile Reservations, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi South American, Peruvian Breakfast, Late Night
Excellent
35%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

Ventura

This restaurant is part of a Casino/Hotel complex but open to the general public.

Reviewed By jr10275 - Santiago, Chile

Having had already enough quick lunches at the Mall whenever we're in Talca for business, we decided to make a quick stop for lunch here. The food was nothing less than fantastic: The clam chowder was phenomenal, and the arroz con mariscos exquisite. The service was spotless; the prices OK. They offer a luch menu for about $6.500 pesos and it looked quite appetizing. I'd definitely stop by again, only next time with a bit more time to enjoy it the place even more!

4. Carnes y Pastas

1 Sur 848 | entre 1 y 2 Oriente, Talca 3460000, Chile Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations Italian, Grill Dinner, Lunch HK$78 - HK$118 +56 71 221 7320
Excellent
34%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 111 reviews

Carnes y Pastas

Reviewed By Wineprof91 - Davis, California

I asked about pasta and the helpful waiter suggested a mixed pasta and meats, but I should have ordered a loin or filet at this place. The prices are very good for beef and that is what you should order here. I was told they are moving in the next month or so. Check the website for the address as it is not at Calle 2 Norte 515, but on 4 W. The (Chilean) papaya dessert was also very nice. Love the Austral beer.

5. Donde Alex

1 Oriente 16 Sur #0112, Talca 3460001, Chile Lunch, Dinner +56 71 253 3559
Excellent
40%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 138 reviews

Donde Alex

Reviewed By Carolina p - Punta Arenas, Chile

Buena atención, fácil de llegar, se preocupan por tener el local siempre limpio, un perfecto lugar para degustar en familia de unos ricos completos, Sandwich, pero lo que la lleva son los completos, exquisitos y súper recomendable

6. Vina Corral Victoria

Km 11, Route to San Clemente, Talca 3461942, Chile Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Barbecue, Grill, Chilean Lunch, Dinner +56 9 4057 2736
Excellent
57%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Vina Corral Victoria

The most typical restaurant of the Maule Valley. With all the ancient recipes of our land and the most traditional environment with a exposition of pictures of the old city, ancient working tools and much more. This restaurant is also the headquarters of the Maule Valley wine route. In here you can find wine tastings and offers. Also we have tourist information of the entire region and free wifi.

Reviewed By Iliterati - Brisbane, Australia

My accommodation recommended this place. It didn't disappoint (after an hour's cycle). The service was attentive, the food 5 star, the wine unbelievable, and the price comparable to a cheap takeaway back home. After dessert, I wandered the vineyards and then bought four bottles of wine at prices that were basically giveaways. No visit to Talca is complete without this amazing destination!

7. Gelateria Via Lactea

1 Sur 1339 Local 10, Talca, Chile Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night 71-230156
Excellent
30%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
22%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 204 reviews

Gelateria Via Lactea

Reviewed By PUMBRIDGE - London, United Kingdom

They love their ice cream in Talca. And with a place like the Gelateria Via Lactea to enjoy the impressive array of flavours, no wonder.
Located within a slightly old-fashioned, somewhat down-at-heel shopping mall (compared to the glitzy new ones which have sprung up in town), this is a traditional centre which is very dear to locals' hearts.
The menu is daunting - so many flavours, so many options.
Of course, it's a multi-purpose restaurant, serving meals in large seated areas (including an outdoor section, which allows smoking - so if you don't like that, you have to eat in), but the real draw is the ice cream.
I ordered a 'fruit of the forest' (frutos del bosque) for 4,950 pesos (about £6). My friend went for After Eight, similar price.
Both thoroughly enjoyable. This is an ice cream parlour which is well worth a visit.

8. Peru Fusion

1 Sur #499, Talca Maule, Chile Reservations Peruvian, South American Dinner, Late Night +56 7122223612
Excellent
45%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
4%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Peru Fusion

Reviewed By Josep P - Barcelona, Spain

I was taken there by my wife and we enjoyed it very much. The waiters are good, the food excelent and the atmosphere is well set. Strongly recommendable!!

9. Toro Bayo

Camino Las Rastras 2,3, Talca 3467900, Chile Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Grill, Pub, Gastropub, Chilean, South American Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +56 71 224 7643
Excellent
38%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 126 reviews

Toro Bayo

A wide range of fine seafood and tables, followed by main based on meat as lomo a lo pobre or pasta and homemade desserts adapted to our culture , have enabled its owner, Miguel Angel Abasolo Russo , keep a food with a high standard quality , but still give the taste to their customers, who can put together a plate with the products they want.

Reviewed By Marceboom - Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

I enjoyed a nice dinner there, very well presented food in a cossy restaurant that is more intimate that I though is going to be. Good food not brilliant but worth a visit not matter to reach the restaurant we needed to get a taxi from the city center and back.

10. Casa Alameda

4 Norte 1065, Talca 3460000, Chile Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Bar Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$16 - HK$31 +56 71 268 0592
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 181 reviews

Casa Alameda

Casa Alameda is a Bar where you can discover new flavours within and amazing environment, relax and get comfy with a brilliant costumer service, enjoy our terraces and spaces in the green heart of the city.

Reviewed By Monique K - Santiago

Great staff, good food, I highly recommend the ceviche roll, really delicious. Also, you must try their mojitos, seriously the best!! I highly recommend this place. Mostly for sushi fans, not much else on the menu.Thank you very much for your comments. I also think that the mojito is one of our best cocktails I hope you can return to Casa Alameda!

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