Where to Eat in Santiago: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 8, 2017 Kandra Bartel

Discover the best restaurant in Santiago, Mexico including El Mexikanissimo, El Traspatio, Restaurante Terrazas, Las Palomas de Santiago, California Prime Rib, La Fabrica de Chocolate, Mia Italia, La chalupa, El Zaguan, El Perro Caliente, La Piazzetta
Things to do in Santiago

1. El Mexikanissimo

Carr. Nacional km 254 Los Rodriguez, Santiago, Santiago, Mexico Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$118 +52 81 8266 2450
Excellent
57%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

El Mexikanissimo

Reviewed By MGMaxwell - Santiago, Mexico

It's hard to say what we like best about this family-run restaurant: the food, the attractive surroundings, or the wonderful proprietor. But, to be perfectly frank, it's the food that keeps us coming back.
Most often my wife and I order the Mexikanissimo special huevos rancheros, which are smothered in the best huevos sauce we've encountered after years of taste-testing in both the southwestern U.S. and in Mexico. This dish has that Chile heat necessary to make it truly Mexican, but the spices don't overwhelm our Gringo tastebuds. We order our eggs ciego (blind) -- that is, with a white surface covering the yolks. Otherwise the eggs are more runny than we like.
We have experimented with other menu items, but so far we haven't strayed too far from the ranch(eros). My wife found her divorced eggs to be quite good despite their marital troubles. Our friends tell us Mexikanissimo has the best chilaquiles they've tasted after two years living in Mexico. We've heard the menudo is outstanding.
This restaurant closes at 6pm daily, so it is a good place for breakfast, for lunch and maybe for an early dinner. Be aware that Sunday mornings can be crowded, so we usually visit on Saturday mornings, which are less busy. As you can see from the attached photos, the restaurant is attractive both inside and in the outdoor Seating area. There is even a play area for the kids.
Without a doubt, one of the big attractions of this place is jovial owner C.P. Jose de Jesus Jaubert Davila. We like to call him Jose de Jesus Jaubert Davilla for short. His warm smile and welcoming ways never fail to brighten our day. He speaks pretty good English too, which helps make us feel at home. We really like the waiters here; they're personable, professional and helpful.
Some driving tips. Mexikanissimo is located on the right side of the Caretera Nacional (highway) as you drive south from Monterrey toward Santiago. Despite it's big sign, the restaurant is easy to miss because it is hidden from view by the neighboring Nubes event center. So, as you're driving down the highway, look for the Nubes sign. When you see it, slow down, and make a right turn just past the Nubes sign into the Mexikanissimo parking lot. There will probably be a handsome young man there to flag you in.
When you see C.P. Jose de Jesus Jaubert Davila, tell him the Gringos sent you.

2. El Traspatio, Restaurante Terrazas

Carretera a Cola de Caballo No. 109, El Cercado 67321, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican, Latin, Mediterranean, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +52 81 2285 5974
Excellent
86%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 179 reviews

El Traspatio, Restaurante Terrazas

Also known as El Traspatio, Restaurante Terrazas

Reviewed By Alfredo M - Monterrey, Mexico

I was delighted to visit this restaurant yesterday. Went with all the familiy and it was a great experience. Love the house-restaurant atmosphere, where you are greeted and served by the owner. The kitchen is 100% open, so you see how clean, and how fresh the ingredients are. They service a lot of different options. From pasta, seafood, to an awesome steak I had. Perfect medium-rare, great taste, just wonderful. They do have an full bar as well so that never hurts! You will not go wrong with visiting this place. Its small, maybe 5 tables, so make sure to book a table in advance!

3. Las Palomas de Santiago

Abasolo 105 | Villa de Santiago, Santiago 67300, Mexico Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Full Bar Mexican, Latin, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +52 81 2285 4332
Excellent
48%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 142 reviews

Las Palomas de Santiago

Reviewed By uvamon - Cancun

I went in with a local friend who recommended this place. I was accompanied by my service dog Toyo, properly identified and with papers on hand. Manager refused service alongside the "dog" tried to educate him about service animals but he still denied. To bad they have such manager under such beautiful venue.

4. California Prime Rib

Bernardo Quintana, Centro Sur, Santiago, Mexico Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner +52 442 229 1244
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

California Prime Rib

Reviewed By VictorMiyagi - Reno, Nevada

The service was excellent, the salads are prepared at your table (pictures attached), and the meat is delicious. I do, however, think that it may be a bit overpriced. I definitely recommend it, though.

5. La Fabrica de Chocolate

5 de Mayo, Santiago, Mexico
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

La Fabrica de Chocolate

Reviewed By J_MartinGZ - Reynosa, Mexico

The place is quaint, the food offering is somewhat limited, but expected due to the nature of the place. "Chocolate Factory" they focus in different chocolates from different regions of the world, and prepared in different ways.
I had the churros with 2 different sauces, the traditional hot dipping chocolate and the Moka 85%... one thing I didn't get is why they only offer the Mexican sauce hot, while the rest are cold, like gelato or ice cream... anyway, both were really really good...
the churros were delicious thin crispy on outside, soft mushy on the inside... I also had the chocolate water, which is an ancient Mexican beverage with a spin, using corn "pinole" and Mexican chocolate on a base of water, it was very refreshing for a really hot day.
my only complaint would be the service, you have a bunch of young kids running a business, I don't know if the manager was on vacation or what, but service really sucked... I would just give very good since the churros were magnificent...

6. Mia Italia

Calle Jose Maria Morelos 104, Santiago 67300, Mexico Italian Brunch 24514519
Excellent
32%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
31%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 29 reviews

Mia Italia

Reviewed By Adriana B

Great pizzas, great pastas. Nice atmosphere but avoid the meat dishes. Meat is too dry. Also avoid visiting in very busy days, the service suffers a lot. For the rest is a good place to visit and enjoy good Italian food for a good price.

7. La chalupa

Morelos 108, Santiago, Mexico Mexican Brunch +52 81 2164 5151
Excellent
55%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

La chalupa

Reviewed By Arnoldo84 - Mexico

Unfortunately we had an extreme slow service. Tables around us received their food earlier an that is pretty frustrating. Flavor on both dishes could be improved a lot. Our experience: pozole was flavorless and enchiladas were so so. We went there because it looked nice.

8. El Zaguan

Calle Zaragoza 106, Santiago 67300, Mexico
Excellent
66%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
23%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

El Zaguan

Reviewed By Petra C

Delicious traditional restaurant, simple but tasty. Tipical regional food, enchiladas, flautas, tacos, and traditional asado de puerco (pork stew) and the best chiles rellenos. You can order to go.

9. El Perro Caliente

Carretera Cola de Caballo 250 | Pasando Puerta de Mano, Frente a Abarrotes Tito, Santiago 67320, Mexico Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mexican Dinner HK$39 +52 81 1293 0474
El Perro Caliente

10. La Piazzetta

Calle Morelos 114, Santiago 67300, Mexico Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mexican Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$31 - HK$149 +52 81 2285 1325
Excellent
90%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 18 reviews

La Piazzetta

Reviewed By JesusFK - Monterrey, Mexico

This is an old colonial house in the magic town of Santiago. The food and service are great, because the owner also owns to other very successful places I have been to. Try the risotto, the steak in red wine sauce and almost any pasta!

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