Fodor's Expert Review El Rincón del Poeta

$$$$ Isla Negra Seafood

Inside the entrance to the Neruda museum at Isla Negra, this small restaurant has a wonderful ocean view, with seating both indoors and on a protected terrace. The name translates as the Poet's Corner, a theme continued in the small but original menu filled with classic Chilean dishes. One of the house specialties is oda al caldillo de congrio Nerudiano (literally, Neruda's ode to conger eel chowder). Neruda, who had a penchant for transforming the mundane into the beautifully poetic, often waxed poetic for the Chilean culinary dish. The menu is decidedly fish-heavy, but also offers some meat and poultry options and specializes in some of Neruda's favorite dishes, such as fried conger eel with creamed corn and steak cooked in dark beer. Lighter fare includes a range of sandwiches.

Seafood Views Intimate Lunch $$$$

Quick Facts

Isla Negra, Valparaíso  Chile

35-246–1774

www.elrincondelpoeta.cl

Known For:
  • Another ode to the poetry of Pablo Neruda
  • Excellent seafood, including Neruda's favorite fried conger eel
  • Lovely views
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Mon.

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