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Restaurant Casa+Lastarria is one of the first buildings you come across as you walk to the Lastarria District from Santiago's Universidad Católica metro station. The castle-like building has an arched doorway and tables topped with flickering candles. The outdoor seating is some of the nicest in Lastarria because it's on a cobbled terrace away from the cars.
But the best al-fresco seating at Casa+Lastarria is found on the upstairs terrace. With so many ground-floor tables you could easily miss it, but venture up the staircase and you will find one of the best restaurant rooftop terraces in the city.
Overlooking the bustling, boho streets of Lastarria (Santiago's answer to Palermo in Buenos Aires) you can sit like a princess in a tower enjoying the view. There's a charming black-and-white harlequin floor and some of the best tables are in the little turret-like enclaves - try and get a seat by the balcony to make the most of people watching.
As for food and drinks, the Gran Ceviche goes down very well with a Ginger Pisco Sour. The ceviche comes in a large bowl and is great for sharing - there's salmon, pippin and squid in there. For main course, the salads are, again, generously proportioned and the steak is very tender. For pudding, the ice cream or pancakes go down very nicely with a good strong espresso.