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La Despensa de Rafael

#202 of 1,112 Restaurants in Bogota
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Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
00-571-2358891
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12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 52
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Nice taste of Peru in Bogotá

Great environment, friendly service, and nice outdoor seating area. We had the sopa de tomate, ceviche, and ensalada de pollo con curry. All dishes were excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
PVJH
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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Great environment, friendly service, and nice outdoor seating area. We had the sopa de tomate, ceviche, and ensalada de pollo con curry. All dishes were excellent.

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Bogotá, Colombia
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Rafael Osterling is one of the best Peruvian Chefs, this restaurant further proves the point. To me is just as good as Rafael, but significantly cheaper. There is really not a bad dish in the menu, my recommendationa are the cebiche, tiradito and octopus Definitely worth a visit...

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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Perfect spot for a several hours lunch enjoying good company, food, and wine. Nice environment and great attention. Wilton is a great waiter and Sandra a good host. Strongly recommended.

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bogota
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

Omar the chef left for new york, he is cooking at Le Bernardin these days, Paula & Monica the two hostesses quit and the result is that my favorite restaurant in Bogota is not the same any longer. Service went down the drain all together and the kitchen is a mess. This is no longer the best restaurant in Bogota

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Sao Paulo, SP
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Some people don't like coriander... but probably they didn't eat the most exquisit rice with seafood I have ever tasted. In this restaurant you can eat a wonderful menu for an affordable price but, most important, a very new and local menu by an emerging and clever chef. The starters are very delicious and give you a surprise in every... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

One of the best place in bogota great services good food and a very local experience for a Peruvian restaurant well balance between food and price

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New York City, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

Enjoyed recent group dinner at Despensa. While not the very best Peruvian fare that have tried, including in Colombia, the dinner was wonderful overall - stylish atmosphere (we sat outside), helpful and friendly service, balanced pisco sours, etc. Despensa offers a varied and interesting menu and serves relatively generous portions. We tried ceviche, tiradito, a salad, and various mains. The... More 

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I have to admit the pulpo, which is octopus, grilled in this case was amazing. Probably one of the best I have ever had. But that is as far as it goes. At least for me. The waiter recommended we have a yellow fin tuna bruschettas for an appetizer in addition to the octopus. It was not on the menu.... More 

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Utrecht
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

You can spend a week in Bogota and not cover all the stylish, new and sexy places this city has to offer. Rafael is one of those. The crowd comes to be seen as much as to see. As with many of the finer place in Bogota, the cuisine is Peruvian inspired and excellent. Funny style-mix of the baroque and... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

The occasion was a birthday celebration, we had made a reservation which had been confirmed, but when we arrived the place was full. The hostess asked us to give her "a few minutes" to set up our table, but we ended up waiting for two (yes, two) HOURS! The only apology we got was that "internet reservations are sometimes overbooked"... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bogota
  • Phone Number: 00-571-2358891

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 22
Open Hours
Monday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?