My daughter lives in Santiago, and her boyfriend visited us here in the US for a month, this past June.
The food in Chile is awful. Although Argentina is right next, Chile doesn't import a lot of beef. Chilean cows are raised on mountains, and the meat is tough and stringy. You are more likely to see it served in "fine" restaurants as ropas viejas
rather than as steak.
A typical meal in a Chilean household is hot dogs cut up in buttered spaghetti. Chileans eat a LOT of hot dogs. Chile has a rate of obesity rivaling that of the US.
And those "fine" restaurants... an Applebee's would be a dress-up dinner, a night out. Chili's, TGIF... tops. Olive Garden and Red Lobster are cream of the crop.
Felipe was blown away by our choices here in the US. On the way home from the airport we stopped at a Chili's for lunch, because it was closest and he hadn't eaten since the day before, and he thought we were taking him somewhere special. A month later, after Roadfood places, Old Forge Philadelphia and New Jersey Italian, a couple high end steakhouses and home cooked grilling and barbeque, he wasn't sure he could go home!
(What he DID take home was a bag of my dry rub mix and the recipe for ribs and pulled pork, the indirect low and slow method.)