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Rooftop restaurants represent places with less dust as well as giving an overview of larger areas. Santiago has fabulous mountains in the vicinity. Rooftop restaurant are not easy to get by - simply because they often are not in plain sight.

I am looking for advice for a good rooftop (highrise level) restaurant or café in Santiago Chile.

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Santiago is a large city. Do you have a particular area you might be staying in? Or a particular view? Currently as per the faq, your question is merely polling, which is against the rules and at risk of being closed. –  Mark Mayo Apr 8 '13 at 17:30
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We have a similar question about New York (travel.stackexchange.com/questions/9364/…). I think this question is okay, since it is quite limited (rooftop, high security, ...) @ragnvald If you could add a little bit more information (e.g. prices) that would be even better. –  RoflcoptrException Apr 8 '13 at 17:34
    
As a traveller I am often looking for such restaurants. I like to get a view of the towns I am visiting. And just too often I get stuck on street level. Such places are surprisingly scarce. The area is really not an issue, since a high rise with a view anywhere would be ok for me. Should I still edit? –  ragnvald Apr 8 '13 at 21:42
    
The point was that the area may not be an issue for you, but you're asking for recommendations essentially (see the faq against them) and in a large region - the biggest city in Chile. Also - 'good' is subjective :/ I'd recommend having a read of the faq and reediting it to meet the requirements, as that may garner some useful answers. –  Mark Mayo Apr 16 '13 at 22:43

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The Costanera Center is the best future bet for such facilities. The tower itself is still under construction. It will be 300 meters high and South Amarica's tallest building. It seems likely that it will at least have an observation platform of some kind.

Currently available are several apartment hotels with rooftop swimming pools and lounges. You would of course have to stay in those locations to take advantage of the facilities. I stayed in a hotel where the breakfast lounge was in the 17th floor. 17th floor just don't impress much in this city.

Rather on random I found a hotel named W Santiago (link to a Tripadvisor review) which looks like it has relevant facilities. I have not been there myself, but the reviews are good and pictures indicate a very nice rooftop pool. I do not know if there is a general access restaurant.

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The bar at the top of the W is a cool place, and there are excellent restaurants in the lobby on the 4th floor. A little pricey, but the view is very nice. I don't think you need to be a guest at the hotel to visit the pool/bar area; I've been up there a couple of times. –  todofixthis Apr 17 '13 at 19:22

One idea that might be fun is to take the funicular rail to the top of Cerro San Cristóbal. You would probably have to bring food with you – there aren't really any restaurants at the top; just a few empanada vendors.

But there are tables and chairs set up there where you could look out over the city as you are enjoying your meal.

The funicular costs 2 lucas (2.000 pesos) for an adult round trip and 1.500 pesos for children and runs until 8 PM, or you can hike/drive up the side of the hill.

Note that you will get the best view after a rain; Santiago has a bit of a haze problem.

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I asked around on the InterNations Santiago community, and I came across a couple of additional suggestions:

Giratorio Restaurant is probably exactly what you are looking for. The restaurant is located in Providencia on the 16th floor, and it rotates to afford a 360° view of the city. According to SantiagoGourmet.com, it's rather pricey at about US$40 per person, but I think that's par for the course with these kinds of places. The location is very convenient to the Los Leones Metro station at 11 de Septiembre.

Street-level entrance to Giratorio Restaurant

The Tramonto Terrace at the Noi Hotel might also be a good option. It's really more of a bar than a restaurant, although there is also a restaurant located in the hotel, so they might let you order/bring food up there (although it might not be a family-friendly environment). The hotel is located in the Vitacura area to the northeast of Costanera Center.

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You should probably have this added to your original answer. –  Karlson Apr 20 '13 at 19:33
    
They're different enough that I figured it warranted a separate answer. –  todofixthis Apr 20 '13 at 20:28

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