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Top 10 Romantic Restaurants in South America

Destination(s): Lima

La Bicicleta

La Bicicleta

Owners and propietors Romina and Beto have created a cozy café that feels like being at a good friend's house,  if your good friend was a good baker and could offer you two different types of espresso, either stovetop or machine-made, depending on how strong you like it.

This surprising cafe, which is right off the corner of Diagonal Oriente and Simón Bolivar is in Ñuñoa, a little-touristed part of the city with stately old homes and trees and a burgeoning nightlife surrounding the plaza. Café La Bicicleta is smoke free, has WiFi, offers both vegetarian and meat soups and sandwiches, and during the month of August (the coldest month), hosts an all-you-can-eat soup Saturday (cuchara libre) for those who pack a hearty appetite. They also host a book exchange and have installed a dance floor in the back room where salsa and cueca (the Chilean national dance) are taught for a nominal fee (see website for details on schedule and pricing)

How to get there: Walk about 10 minutes from either the Plaza Egaña or Simón Bolivar metro stations on the blue line, or ride your bike, which you can store inside while you eat.
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Azul Profundo

Azul Profundo

  • Constitución 111
  • (Providencia)
  • tel:+56 2 738 0288
  • Santiago, 9

Cutesy but tasty Azul Profundo is in the "bohemian" section of Santiago, in Bellavista, just a showr walk up the street Constitucion from the Baquedano Metro, and a few steps beyond the famous Patio Bellavista with its shopping, live music and restaurant options. Azul Profundo's menu is based on fish dishes where you select the sauce, and can choose from French or other European style sauces such as one made with capers, or Chilean favorites. The cute part of the restaurant comes from its nautical motif, including a siren, nets and other sea-based items. Caldo de congrio (conger eel soup) is a favorite, and people swear by the ceviche. There are lunch specials for the business set on work days, with a main course, dessert and coffee. Wine is available by the glass or by the bottle. 
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Japón

Japón

  • Baron Pierre De Coubertin 39
  • tel:2/222-4517
  • Santiago

This is one of Santiago's top restaurants for sushi, and the most typically Japanese, including a tatami seating area where you store your shoes in a little cupboard. The food is fresh, and there are more varieties of hard-to-find fish here, though typically in Chile most of the sushi fish is salmon, tuna or another whitefish.

It's also Santiago's oldest Japanese restaurant, and dates back to a atime when not everyone and their brother were selling sushi out of a storefront. The food is good, and includes udon soups and other warming and tasty dishes alongside the sushi.

Japón is frequented by Japanese visitors, who sometimes stay in the Japanese hotel across the way. The restaurant is conveniently located just a few blocks from the Baquedano metro which serves the green and red lines.

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Rafael

Rafael

Malabar

Malabar

  • 101 Avenida Camino Real
  • tel:+51 1 440 5200, 4405300
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  • San Isidro, Lima 27
Panchita

Panchita

  • Dos de Mayo 298
  • tel:+51 1 242 5957
  • Lima, Lima18

A bit pricey for local standards but with a superb cuisine and a lovely, charming place, Panchita, owned and run by Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio, seeks to raise the bar and set new standards for popular creole cuisine. The star of the list are the anticuchos, but there are many other delicious options, such as the tacu-tacu (beans and rice), the cochinillo de 21 dias (21-day-old suckling pig), or the  Aji de Gallina for example, or the the Lomo Saltado: you may spend some US $25 per person for a complete meal. And remember to try the Limenian dessert, the picarones (a kind of fried doughnuts).

The restaurant offers valet parking.
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Freud & Fahler

Freud & Fahler

  • Gurruchaga 1750
  • At El Salvador
  • tel:54 11 4833 2153
  • Buenos Aires, C1414DHC
Café Tortoni

Café Tortoni

  • Avenida de Mayo 825
  • At Esmeralda
  • tel:54 11 4342 4328
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  • Buenos Aires, 1084
Bar do Arnaudo

Bar do Arnaudo

  • Rua Almirante Alexandrino 316, loja B
  • tel:55 21 2252 7246
  • Rio de Janeiro, 20441-260

If you're looking for good food that will fill you up without blowing the budget, Bar do Arnaudo is the place to come. This traditional, homely restaurant (no, it's not actually a bar…) serves delicious food from the North East of Brazil in absolutely enormous portions. The set meals for one easily serve two or even three – take your pick from sundried meat or queijo coalho (a hard white cheese, similar to halloumi, served grilled), with brown beans, yucca, rice and pumpkin farofa (toasted seasoned yucca flour). Wash it down with a large, ice cold bottle of beer to share, or - even better – a delicious coconut or passionfruit batida. These creamy drinks are made with fruit, condensed milk and cachaca, the sugar cane rum that is Brazil's national drink. Beware, however, that although they may taste innocent they really pack a punch! read more about Bar do Arnaudo

Espirito Santa

Espirito Santa

  • Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 264
  • Santa Teresa
  • tel:55 21 2508 7095
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  • Rio de Janeiro, 20241-260

The antique street car that rattles through Rio's Santa Teresa district passes right in front of this bar/restaurant serving terrific pan-Brazilian dishes. Much use is made of ingredients native to the country - most notably Amazonia. If piranha soup sounds a little too adventurous, try the mixed entree which combines tasty nibbles such as fresh palm heart and acai (Amazonian berry) chutney. Alongside excellent fish, seafood and meat dishes are some good vegetarian options - try the mixed root vegetables topped with abobora (similar to pumpkin) and melted cheese. Chef Natacha Fink has picked up a string of awards for her work here, and it's not hard to see why. The wine list is also decent, and the caipirinhas made with passionfruit are delicious. read more about Espirito Santa