Wine lovers: whether you’re a die-hard oenophile or just a general grape enthusiast, you’ll be thrilled by the vineyards and cellars of Santa Cruz. This Chilean city makes a great base for exploring the Colchagua Valley, a wine region that’s loved for its full-bodied reds. Before you embark upon a day of tastings, be sure to explore Santa Cruz’s charming colonial architecture and cultural museums.
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4 based on 196 reviews
The lomo imperial was very flavorful and tender. The atmosphere is very charming and comfortable. The service was excellent. The pisco sour was very good
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Specializing in an Italian cuisine with Mediterranean and American touches, Ristorante Vino Bello is set in a restored foreman's adobe building in the heart of the Colchagua wine valley. Surrounded by the beautiful Laura Hartwig vineyards and the snow-capped Andes in the distance, Ristorante Vino Bello was originally the first Italian restaurant in the Santa Cruz area and after over five years, continues to serve exquisite plates, from homemade pastas to artisanal pizzas to specialty meat. So come enjoy a glass of wine from our extensive wine list and indulge in our delicious homemade tiramisu!
We found our dinner very pleasant, with a nice view of the vineyards. Similar to Casa Colchagua, we found the food good but not great and with a rather limited wine selection by the glass. Meals in Santa Cruz definitely seem to be better during lunch at the vineyards (Clos Apalta, Casa Silva, Montes), but the food here was good and the environment was romantic and relaxing.
4 based on 197 reviews
it was great discovery during the tour to Colchagua valley and short visit to Santa Cruz town. Restaurant offers buffet lunch, which is diverse and with wide variety to choose from. Salad bar, grill station and also enpanadas and sure thing nice stand of desserts. sure thing, you need to ask a wine, while you are withing the valley of vineyards.
4.5 based on 846 reviews
Viña Viu Manent is home to the beautiful and welcoming Rayuela Wine & Grill.Under the direction of Chef Cristian Adrian, Rayuela’s menu features meats and fish grilled over a vine shoot fire and accompanied by the guest’s choice of side dishes. We have oysters, and of course the menu is paired with the winery’s finest wines.Open for lunch year round. En la viña Viu Manent se encuentra el acogedor y bello restaurant Rayuela Wine & Grill . A cargo del chef Cristian Adrian , Rayuela ofrece una carta basada en el uso de leña de parra para grillar carnes y pescados los que se combinan libremente con acompañamientos a gusto del comensal . Hay ostras y por supuesto la carta esta maridada con los mejores vinos de la viña. Abierto al almuerzo todo el año
We had lunch there after touring the winery. The view from the patio is beautiful. The staff is friendly and helpful, and the food is very good. It got very busy after we were seated, so time your arrival. Most people seemed to come (for lunch) close to 1400 hrs. Service can be leisurely, so don't be in a hurry. We recommend it highly.
4.5 based on 187 reviews
We took the 10:30 AM tour which takes you around the vineyard in a horse drawn carriage. Our guide was very knowledgeable. Once indoors, we tasted wine directly from the steel vats as part of the tour. The tasting that follows was quite informative. Following out tour, we stayed for lunch. The food was delicious with excellent service.
4.5 based on 455 reviews
We sat on an outside Terrace for dinner. The staff were very attentive and the food was well cooked and presented. The restaurant was a couple of miles from where we were staying but the restaurant collected and returned us to our hotel, free of charge.
4.5 based on 63 reviews
Here right now (Nov. 2013) and just had a huge sandwich--more than big enough for two people. I had the marinated chicken. Comfortable Seating, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. A good spot to relax and catch up on the Internet during your travels to Santa Cruz.
I'd recommend sharing as the sandwiches are not cheap, but huge.
4.5 based on 45 reviews
Brewery, Irish Pub, over 50 premium beer from Germany, Belgium, U.S.A., hamburger, pizzas and lunch.
If you wanna chill and relax come to this place .... The service is outstanding, the music is great, they have a wide selection of national and international beers, more than 60 choices! ... Pizzas are great (they might take long sometimes but it is worth the wait) awesome sandwiches at very reasonable prices! with U$15 you can have a tasty Sandwich and a cold craft beer ... I really recommend the "Paper's Sandwich" It is delicious! The place is located a couple of blocks away from the Santa Cruz main square!
4.5 based on 54 reviews
Prape's is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Colchagua Valley. Everything I have got from the menu has been delicious! It is a hidden gem in Colchagua. The prices are very reasonable, actually I would rather say cheap in relation to the high quality food it is offered. The service is very good and the staff very friendly. The owners are there most of times always taking care of the customers. The setting is really nice and cozy, in summertime you can eat at the Terrace which is lovely! Im a big fan of Japanese food and I can say that after eating in many sushi places Prape's is definitely my favorite one,
Totally recommended! Closed on Sundays and open late at night on fridays and saturdays. No parking area so you can walk from the main square (Plaza de armas) around two blocks right next to the Casino Colchagua.
4.5 based on 65 reviews
Husband and I stumbled upon this place and managed to get the last table for lunch one day, and were happy we did!
The daily menu offers a variety of mains, but each person receives bread, salad, main and dessert for around $7500 CLP (or approx $15).
Not only was the food amazing, authentic and prepared as though you'd made it at home yourself, but the portion was so large and filling that we did not need to eat for the remainder of the day. The staff, although they spoke little English, were amazingly patient and helpful with our broken Spanish.
They were even able to accommodate my food allergy.
Well worth the drive!!
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