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Tio Lucho

#168 of 4,048 Restaurants in Santiago
Certificate of Excellence
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Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile
09:00 - 17:30
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Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:30
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75 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amusing time finding this place based on Google Maps which led us to the market across the street from Mercado Central (where all the fabric shops are). We went back into the fish market and a gentleman asked if we wanted to try their seafood and long & behold it was Tio Lucho - perfect timing! We... More 

Thank Shumon K
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best seafood restaurant in Santiago. Good food and the owner is very kind! I would recommend for any seafood lover.

Thank Cristal C
Santiago, Chile
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

We visited a Wednesday. The place was full so we thought we'd have to leave but the owner welcomed us immediately and we only waited a few minutes and he found us a table. The food was delicious and the service was great. I strongly recommend it!

Thank cjsf89
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55 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2016

Despite it is not on the menu, if you ask them nicely they will make a "jaiba" or crab meat empanada for you. Have a white wine with it, honest price too. The price-taste relationship is soooo good at this place, that I came back 3 times during the very same trip. It is a Must-Go! Gracias Tio Lucho

Thank Tiago N. C
Atlanta, GA
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111 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015 via mobile

We wanted to try one of the restaurants at the market but there are soooo many options and we weren't sure what to choose. We figured we should avoid the touristy restaurant in the center, and after wandering around we were approached by the proprietor of Tio Lucho. He was very friendly and showed us several positive reviews of the... More 

1 Thank valdeac
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015 via mobile

My sister and I chose this place as it was out of what we considered the tourist trap. Food was awesome!! Great aperitifs and the owner told us how to properly eat our food, offering friendly advice. 10/10 would dine again. P.S. Would recommend the Paila Marina!

1 Thank Jeffrey L
Sydney, Australia
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276 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

It was very small, but authentic. When we got there there was a table of four and we made 6 altogether, but but the time we finished it was almost full. The food was fresh, tastey and readily served. We ordered two dishes ... Paila marina (a broth of mussels, small squid and oysters) and ceviche (1/2 serve). While we... More 

1 Thank Sasha M
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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127 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

Most of the restaurants at the Mercado are rather expensive. We almost decided to leave, but then we saw this nice little place. It is small but cosy and staff is very friendly. The food was good, nice fresh fish, and it's very affordable.

1 Thank JAB2405
Feltham, United Kingdom
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188 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is very small, but the atmosphere is very cosy and the owner is very welcoming. The food is very tasty and reasonably priced. Try to sit downstairs if you can.

Thank toandfromtheairport
Knoxville, TN
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52 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2011

In doing some research on Santiago's Mercado Central, I noticed little in the way of information about specific restaurants aside from the touristy places that are located in the middle. Having read some advice to check out some of the smaller places in the secondary ring of interior stores, we happened upon this place. By way of location description, I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Chilean, South American
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
09:00 - 17:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mercado Central, Santiago, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Santiago Metropolitan Region  >  Santiago

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?