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La Despensa de Rafael

Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
00-571-2358891
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Ranked #173 of 1,009 Restaurants in Bogota
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $22
Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
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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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Sydney, Australia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Every time I have passed this restaurant it is packed with people...and now I know why. The food was delicious and features Peruvian-inspired dishes (especially for entrees) and a european-inspired selection of main meals. We all ordered something different - the fish, chicken, the lamb. My friend who was a little less hungry ordered the pork sandwich. Everyone was really... More 

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Bogota, Colombia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

I went with my wife on August 02nd. We reserved 2 days before and it was a good detail I was called back to confirm assistance. Place is well decorated. Terrace is a good place to stay, though tables are very close and furniture is not so comfortable to stay for periods longer than 2-3 hours. We were very curious... 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

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