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

December 21, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Discover the best restaurant in La Serena, Chile including Tololo Beach, Resto-Bar Huentelauquen, Pica Mar Adentro, Bakulic, Porotas Restaurante, Ayawasi Organico y Natural, Jack Fish, Quai Thai, Rustico sangucheria, Burger Club
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1. Tololo Beach

Avenida Del Mar 5200 | Nex to Tololo Beach, La Serena 1710620, Chile Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Chilean, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$157 - HK$196 +56 51 224 2656
Excellent
40%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
5%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 579 reviews

Tololo Beach

Reviewed By olofink - Dusseldorf, Germany

the restaurant is located directly on the beach. we had a great family lunch, on a quiet Monday afternoon. the place was only 10% occupied - which made it a super experience - great attention, quick service, no rush... The fish platters are great, try them with one of the additional sauces, e.g. 'salsa de camarones'. the view from the Terrace is relaxing (see pictures). not sure how crowded it can be in summer time / long weekends, but in off-season it's a 'must' location to visit!!

2. Resto-Bar Huentelauquen

Ave de Mar 4500, La Serena, Chile Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Pizza, Seafood, Pub, South American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$8 2 233707
Excellent
33%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
18%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 969 reviews

Resto-Bar Huentelauquen

Reviewed By Bernardo R - Santiago, Chile

The restaurant is open all day (11AM until the midnight during the summer time) A lunch for 4 persons (2 adults, 2 kids) is near of 70 USD. The most important dish is the pizza in different flavours and size.Please taste the homemade beer, nice option.

3. Pica Mar Adentro

Avenida Costanera 20 | Peñuelas, La Serena, Chile Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Latin, Seafood, Soups, Chilean, South American Lunch, Dinner HK$63 - HK$157 +56 51 224 0121
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 668 reviews

Pica Mar Adentro

Reviewed By SheriffSantiago - Santiago

Pica Mar Adentro doesn't look promising from the road, but once you are in there is a clean, modern restaurant, professionally-administered with quite good seafood. It's important to realize that the portions are really quite large and you should look for opportunities to share. The...MoreThanks for your opinion welcome back any time

4. Bakulic

Avenida del Mar 5700, La Serena, Chile Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Chilean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (051) 24 5715
Excellent
51%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 411 reviews

Bakulic

Reviewed By quijoteSantiago - Santiago

I went there in early September I enjoyed very much the sea food I had. It was well prepared, excellent taste and well presented. Main dishes have fancy names so you need to request description. The service was also very good. I highly recommend it when you are visiting La Serena

5. Porotas Restaurante

Avenida del Mar 900 B | A 100 metros del faro de la serena por la avenida del mar, La Serena, Chile Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Seafood, Mediterranean, Chilean, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +56 9 8289 4875
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 460 reviews

Porotas Restaurante

Reviewed By CoeKel2016

Great seafood restaurant. They definitely don't skimp on the quantity of fish you get in each dish. Although there were a few ' lost in translation' moments the very helpful waiter produced a special gringo menu. Very pleasant experience and can definitely recommend.

6. Ayawasi Organico y Natural

Pedro Pablo Munoz 566, La Serena 1701074, Chile Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 - HK$78 +56 51 240 6028
Excellent
65%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 240 reviews

Ayawasi Organico y Natural

We are organic and natural food restaurant and coffee shop, listing vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options with some choice of seafood and fish meals. Also offering wide range of local and world beers. Wonderful garden to be enjoyed with plenty Sunshine and Wi-Fi available. (Transbank Sistem Card Payment available)

Reviewed By Leon034 - Groningen, The Netherlands

We are not vegetarians, but got tipped on this restaurant with recent new French owners. The food was delicious and we got a starter on the house. It's not cheap, but really good.

7. Jack Fish

C/ Juan de Dios Peni 508, La Serena, Chile Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian, South American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +56 51 221 9711
Excellent
68%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Jack Fish

Reviewed By Eric K - Fribourg, Switzerland

We discovered the Jack Fish by following another excellent recommendation recommendations of the "Primera hacienda" owners (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g303674-d8132721-Reviews-Primera_Hacienda_Hotel_Boutique-La_Serena_Coquimbo_Region.html)
This a tiny place, 4-5 tables inside, 2 outside, and the first thing you discover is that the place is Rock'n'roll. The menu is based on famous rock/hard-rock bands, there's rock music on the TV and the staff are of the same material.
We got an amazing contact with the waiter(owner ?) and ended up by returning two more times.
I'll definitely recommend the Ceviche's which are famous
Wonderful time here !
Gracias amigo

8. Quai Thai

Balmaceda 432, La Serena, Chile Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner +56 9 7756 8638
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 107 reviews

Quai Thai

Reviewed By kLou_travels - Ashland, Oregon

My boyfriend and I popped in here for a quick bite before a theater show and were pleasantly surprised by everything! First, the location is off the main road, inside a quiet patio. The service was efficient, and the food of good portion, executed nicely. Good Piscos, great price....highly recommend!

9. Rustico sangucheria

Los perales 825, La Serena, Chile Takeout Lunch, Dinner +56 51 229 0987
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Rustico sangucheria

Reviewed By imunno1 - Penticton, Canada

The Sandwich was intense and huge. Okay, I have seen other big sandwiches here in Chile but most don't have a lot of flavour and the food tends to be a little bland and pedestrian at most establishments. Hold your horses though, this place was awesome. Good price, delicious Sandwich. Intensely huge. Jugo Natural piña was delicious too! Second best overall meal I have had in Chile and definitely by far the best Sandwich, relaxed atmosphere and great service. Gracias!

10. Burger Club

Avenida Gabriela Mistral # 3504 | Sucursal 2 I Jumbo Ulriksen, La Serena 1721198, Chile Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +56 51 252 7077
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 206 reviews

Burger Club

Reviewed By M Alfredo G - Svendborg, Denmark

In general, the place is one of the two best options for hamburgers in town. Compared to Ciudad Capital, I'd say these hamburgers are look better and are more stable in quality. Great service, food arrives fast and tastes as good as it looks, which is great. There's not much other than burgers here, there are some veggie options, meat or chicken (haven't tried those). Dessert options are limited, as well as drinks and juices. The place looks well kept and clean, though it does feel more like a fast food place (get in, eat and leave) than Ciudad Capital (where the environment is more welcoming and homey), which is the obvious competitor. Like burgers, you can't go wrong with Burger Club.

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