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La Despensa de Rafael

Peruvian, South American
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Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
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12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good Trendy peruvian

Went for lunch it is very pleasant ambiance. Decor artsy chic. All the appetizers are amazing especially the ceviches. Located in a very nice neighborhood. Desserts also a must!

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015
Santo Domingo
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English first
Bogota, Colombia
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101 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If the service were a little better I would score it a 5 without a doubt. We were a party of 7 and we ordered 4 entres + 7 main courses + 3 desserts. Everything was amazing!, I would recommend the octopus and the chicken!. Service was horrible. We made a reservation and when we arrived they could not find... More 

Thank aje302
Cali, Colombia
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

A friend told me about this place. We loved it¡ the good atmosphere with the lovely old Quinta camacho arquitecture and fantastic music that blends in on a Friday night, no booking but we got a table, amazing service from Mauricio the waiter ended up in great food: Grilled octopus & tempura seafood for entries; Harissa lamb meatballs to die... More 

Thank Ana V
Santo Domingo
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68 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Went for lunch it is very pleasant ambiance. Decor artsy chic. All the appetizers are amazing especially the ceviches. Located in a very nice neighborhood. Desserts also a must!

Thank HelenBorda
Bogota, Colombia
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

I was invited to go to La Despensa de Rafel for a birthday and farewell reunion at nightime. I thought the general environment was nice and romantic - we stayed at the secluded terrace - with candle lit tables. I ordered the roasted salmon with noisette butter emulsion and it was absolutely lovely. The salmon was cooked perfectly and you... More 

1 Thank Kolombiana
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

2 Thank Palle B
San Salvador, El Salvador
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 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!

Thank jcmartinez777
Bogota, Colombia
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 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.

Thank Jeff H
Bogotá, Colombia
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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...

Thank Leopoldovas
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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.

Thank olaurido
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58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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

Thank bonimba55

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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
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm

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