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

December 20, 2017 Marissa Gamble

The Maule Region (Spanish: VII Región del Maule, pronounced [ˈmau̯.le]) is one of Chile's 15 first order administrative divisions. Its capital is Talca. The region derives its name from the Maule River which, running westward from the Andes, bisects the region and spans a basin of about 20,600 km. The Maule river is of considerable historic interest because, among other reasons, it marked the southern limits of the Inca Empire.
Things to do in Maule Region

1. Miguel Torres

Panamericana Sur Km. 195, Curico, Chile Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Private Dining Wine Bar, Chilean, International, Contemporary Lunch, Dinner +56 75 256 4110
Excellent
71%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 199 reviews

Miguel Torres

Reviewed By Cristian G - Santiago, Chile

I travelled all the way from Santiago, 2.5 hour drive, to visit this vineyard maker of my favorite red wine, and it was worth it. It's a small place because it has offices in other Valleys and places in Chile in order to get the best wine. The cellar and Gardens are quite interesting to see. It's best if you book in advance if you want to eat at its restaurant since it is tiny, and rather expensiv. Nice wine tasting. Tour is not expensive at all

2. Soler

Longitudinal Sur Km.189, Curico, Chile Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Fast Food, Diner, Chilean Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$78 - HK$118 +56 75 254 5580
Excellent
50%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 412 reviews

Soler

Reviewed By Jannaqq - milwaukee, wisconsin

Our hosts recommended Soler for a casual yet delicious cafe serving outstanding sandwiches. So glad he did (thank you, Francisco!).
The Italian (red, white, green) Sandwich had the most tender and tasty pork, served with extra palta (I'm so glad I love avocados) and tomatoes (but not on mine). HUGE Sandwich, big enough to split.
Cafe felt almost like a diner. Very clean. Very friendly and efficient service, even for us extranjeros.
Conveniently located next to Route 5.

3. Brasas de Zapallar

Camino Zapallar, Curico, Chile Reservations Steakhouse, International Lunch, Dinner +56 75 32 4900
Excellent
57%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 68 reviews

Brasas de Zapallar

Reviewed By Adrian0902 - Zaragoza, Spain

I went on a day or was almost empty, but I think it is a quite busy restaurant. Beef was good and service very attentive. Pisco sour was really good, and price is not so expensive as someone said. 20000 for a sour, biffe (350gr) with potatoes, a small bottle of wine and an espresso. I recommend it

4. Rompe Olas Bar Pub Restaurant

Enrique Mac Iver 1145 | Enrique Mac Iver 1145, Constitucion 3560132, Chile Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Late Night +56 9 8201 3265
Excellent
76%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Rompe Olas Bar Pub Restaurant

Waves breaking Resto Lounge Bar, a restaurant that offers services for all types of private and corporate events. We are in the Constitution and pay attention to the whole region. We have extensive experience . We started as a pub in 1996 , its success led us to transform us into a restaurant since 2010 .

Reviewed By Dodis - Switzerland

Awesome Restaurant! First I must explain that Constitucion is a small coast city with the most extraordinary mountain rocks on the black sand Beaches. You can enjoy a wonderful view from all the Beaches on the way to the Fisherman Pier. As a city, it is not specially beautiful as it was on the past, but you will find wonderful landscapes all over. The Rompeolas Restaurant is one of the best in the region (7 Region). It is fancy and has a great atmosphere at any time. If you go for an apero, lunch, dinner or a late drink. The cava has an amazing rock wall and you can taste an excellent Chilean wine. Food is 100% gourmet (quite a surprise for a small town) they cook traditional Chilean recipes but with a fine touch (please do not forget the desserts) They can be proud not only for its food but also for its service, friendly and respectful in Spanish and English (!) The owners are always there, taking care of every detail. No doubt about it, simply the best!
(It is located next to the 1st Beach, so enjoy a walk there too)

5. Colo Colo

Romeral, Curico, Chile Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Chilean, South American Lunch, Dinner +56 75 243 1036
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
7%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 182 reviews

Colo Colo

Reviewed By Andy S - Curico, Chile

This place is constantly rated as the best Plateada (braised brisket) in Chile, which is a delicious and iconic plate here. You will also find all sorts of great Chilean meals here in a relaxed, family-style restaurant. Will be difficult to find if you are not a local however.

6. Ando Nikkei + Chifa Restaurant

Manso de Velasco #462, Curico 3340000, Chile Takeout, Reservations Japanese, Peruvian, Seafood, Sushi, South American Lunch, Dinner +56 75 226 0804
Excellent
57%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 134 reviews

Ando Nikkei + Chifa Restaurant

Reviewed By ChileCanada2014 - Curico, Chile

Good service and enjoyable garden setting in good weather. The food is good if you like the south american take on sushi - different but still tasty. Perhaps more cream cheese than is authentic but the portions are quite generous. The octopus in olive sauce is very good -imho.

7. Terra Costa

Echeverria 495 | Echeverria 495, esquina montt, in front of Maule River, Constitucion, Chile Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Chilean, South American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks +56 71 231 4415
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Terra Costa

Reviewed By globusat - Vienna, Austria

This is one of the nicest and best restaurants in Chile! The interior decoration is very stylish the food is excellent and the service second to none. A place worth visiting!

8. 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.

9. Restaurant El Tumbaito

Chacabuco 303 | Con Valentin Letelier, Linares, Chile Takeout, Reservations Chilean, South American Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner +56 73 221 8077
Excellent
34%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 94 reviews

Restaurant El Tumbaito

Reviewed By Marceboom - Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

The term "picada" means for Chileans a very traditional chilean food place, cheap and unique for its preparations, its location and its way to protrait local life. This is it the real deal for a "picada" and any traveler that apreciates more than food, the most intimate way of living of a country, will understand that El Tumbaito is the place. If you visit, ask for the Plateada with smash potatoes or Chilean pure. You´ll enjoy it!!!!!

10. Hestia & Bacco

Avenida Isidoro del Solar 177, Talca 3460000, Chile Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +56 71 268 0560
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 182 reviews

Hestia & Bacco

Reviewed By MonsieurLeNez - Talca, Chile

This place has become really popular with locals since it opened a few months back. On fact, it's become so popular that you will probably need a reservation on Friday nights.
Most new restaurants inTalca don't bother too much with decor, but this one is well designed, with matching colors for walls, napkins and even artwork. The food is well-prepared (you can tell that there is a trained chef in the kitchen) but it is by no means "special". The portions are huge.
Problems: It's noisy, very noisy. First, because the ceiling has a weird tent-like shape that throws noise all around the restaurant. And secondly, because the big portions tend to attract big groups of local business people and government agents, who seem to enjoy speaking as loudly as possible.

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