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Pacena La Saltena

Loayza 233 Edif. Mcal. de Ayacucho | Sopocachi, La Paz, Bolivia
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Ranked #17 of 222 Restaurants in La Paz
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Cuisines: South American, Fast Food
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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This little restaurant one and a half blocks from El Prado specializes in saltenas, better known as empanadas in other countries. These ones are amazing. They even have a vegetarian option! It's only open for breakfast and lunch, so get there early.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I am very picky of where I go to eat salteñas but Pacena never fails to disappoint me. Amazing quality and a very homey environment. Best salteñas ever!!!! I wish I could go back.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you're familiar with La Paz, you know that there are many chances to sample Salteñas. I've tried my fair share of street salteñas but finally checked out Paceña La Saltena with a friend. I was extremely impressed by the fair prices and great service, and even more impressed by the food! make sure you try the fresh fruit juices... More

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11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Great place for a quick snack or lunch.. Found that 2 per person was about the right amount, and at just around $1USD (5.5Bs) each, I am not complaining. The pollo (chicken) salteña was drier, but still very flavourful, while the carne (beef) had more gravy - a bit messier but nice and spicy! Also service was quick and salteñas... More

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Auckland, New Zealand
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74 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Definitely a must. The saltenas are delicious and with lots of sauce inside (be careful though, the little pot of peppers they give you to go with it are not peppers, they are chillis so go easy!). Good service but shuts at 2pm - you can get takeaway though.

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La Paz, Bolivia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I keep coming back for the authentic salteña flavor. Paceña knows how to combine the adequate amount of gravy (watch out non-experts in the arts of eating salteña), and a thin and a nicely roasted dough. I particularly recommend chicken salteña and the vegetarian one. Service is quick. Juices are also not bad at all. Definitely a must when visiting... More

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La Paz, Bolivia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

It os for sure a very good salteña!!! Pay attention that the right time to eat salteña is it between 10:00 to 14:00. After that it closes.

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83 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

Pros: Fast, cheap, and delicious saltenas. Above average saltenas. Cons: Sometimes it is too crowded. Not much more special then some of the other fast saltena to go places you find all around La Paz. Summary: If you really want a saltena and you are near you should go to this place. If you are far away and you want... More

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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

Salteñas are Bolivia´s answer to an empanada, but with a sweeter pastry shell. They´re inexpensive and will fill you up fast and the service is fast here.

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Georgia
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5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Often hard to find yummy saltena's past the morning, this a great find. The place is clean, and the saltenas are fresh and delicious!

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