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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: Late Night, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 71
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 9
    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
Lovely ambiance and very good food

We were a party of 5 and sat on the covered patio area, not inside. The lay-out and vibe was great and the service was excellent. Everyone had different dishes, and each one was very, very good. The pisco sours were average (better in the sister restaurant Rafael). Will definitely return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
scubakjr
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of 5 and sat on the covered patio area, not inside. The lay-out and vibe was great and the service was excellent. Everyone had different dishes, and each one was very, very good. The pisco sours were average (better in the sister restaurant Rafael). Will definitely return.

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Thank scubakjr
Toronto ON CAN
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This wasn't the restaurant my friend intended to go to, (it was supposed to the one 4 blocks down) there was some confusion as she didn't know there was more than one in the area by the same owner/chef, but we settled in and enjoyed our orders nonetheless. It was apparently cheaper than the correct one we were to go... More 

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Thank herroyalmelness
Bogota, Colombia
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112 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Thank aje302
Cali, Colombia
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015 via mobile

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 

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Thank Ana V
Santo Domingo
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87 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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!

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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 

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1 Thank Kolombiana
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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.

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2 Thank Palle B
San Salvador, El Salvador
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114 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 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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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.

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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 via mobile

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