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La Despensa de Rafael

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Peruvian, South American
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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: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 60
    Excellent
  • 36
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 4
    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
Really Good Peruvian Food

I like Peruvian food and I always try different restaurants in all the cities that I visit, Bogota it is not the exception, they have LA DESPENSA DE RAFAEL, with a nice atmosphere this is a really nice restaurant, fresh food, nice decoration, good prices and excellent service. Highly recommended!

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
jcmartinez777
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San Salvador, El Salvador
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

I have previously had the hamburger here (which I liked), but this time my friends and I opted for the steak and frites dish. It was a very disappointing experience. When you pay 55000 for meat in Bogota you expect quality. But all 4 steaks were hard like rubber and difficult to chew. Beautiful place, though.

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San Salvador, El Salvador
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

I like Peruvian food and I always try different restaurants in all the cities that I visit, Bogota it is not the exception, they have LA DESPENSA DE RAFAEL, with a nice atmosphere this is a really nice restaurant, fresh food, nice decoration, good prices and excellent service. Highly recommended!

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Bogota, Colombia
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

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
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 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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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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Additional Information about La Despensa de Rafael

Address: Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
Phone Number: 00-571-2358891
Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bogota
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
Average Prices: USD 8 - 22
Cuisine: Peruvian, South American

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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
  • Cuisine: Peruvian, South American
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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