There are plenty of decent restaurants in Punta Arenas, most of which serve local fare such as lamb, king crab, and shellfish. The best strip of tourist-friendly restaurants is along O'Higgins. The major hotels have decent restaurants, if you feel like dining in. For a quick bite, head to a local favorite, the slightly overpriced diner-style El Mercado, Mejicana 617 (tel. 61/247415). For pastas at a good price, try O Sole Mio, O'Higgins 974 (tel. 61/242026). With a big menu and a lively bar, La Luna, O'Higgins 1017 (tel. 61/228555) is laid-back and friendly. The liveliest cafe for drinks or sandwiches is the Pub 1900, at the corner of Bories and Colón (tel. 61/242759); it is the social center for townsfolk here and it has giant windows for people-watching. The best casual spot for dinner and a pint of beer is Santino, Colón 657 (tel. 61/710882), a spacious pub/restaurant that is the happening spot at night; they have sandwiches and simple Chilean dishes such as lomo a lo pobre, that heart-attack-on-a-plate dish of steak, fries, and a fried egg.
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