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Restaurant Bote Salvavidas

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Muelle Prat S/N | Piso 2, Valparaiso, Chile
(32) 251-477
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12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thu - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 25
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 37
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Bland institution.

The food is a bit bland and the service peculiar but this place is an institution. It's been here forever and from the balcony you can watch the busy port as well as the artesian fishermen and the tourist boats. There is so much to watch here that you might even forget about the boring food. In... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
PalomaFG
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Boulder, Colorado, United States
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English first
Boulder, Colorado, United States
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The food is a bit bland and the service peculiar but this place is an institution. It's been here forever and from the balcony you can watch the busy port as well as the artesian fishermen and the tourist boats. There is so much to watch here that you might even forget about the boring food. In fact I keep... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Heads up this place is only open for lunch. I've been to Valpo a number of times but have never checked out this restaurant. After you take a boat tour of the harbor make sure to come here (the large white building with blue trim by the port) and have some fish and a beer/pisco sour. We sat outside overlooking... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Sat overlooking the harbor. Had a great pisco sour, then a very good meal, followed by excellent coffee. If you are down by the harbor, consider this for a meal.

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We sat outside on the balcony overlooking the fishermen on the steps. Our order was taken by someone who spoke English but we were served by Spanish speaking servers which gave us a chance to practice our Spanish. Seafood pasta and soup were very good, nice sized portions. Not a cheap restaurant but pretty good value.

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Melbourne, Australia
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

we kind of stumbled into here after going for a stroll around the waterfront. From our verandah table, we were able to watch the harbour cruise boats coming and going and the crowd fishing off the dock in front of the restaurant. Did I mention the food was excellent. And the service was friendly as well, language barrier was no... More 

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Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I was impressed by the bread and the "pebre", then the crab soup. But the pasta was overcooked, and the sauce was not so tasty. Similar feeling with the risotto my girlfriend had, not so good. This was a dissappoinment, since the restaurant is very famous and expensive. The service was good.

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London, UK
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We walked down to the main harbour area looking in vain for a substantial restaurant with either a terrace or sun/views. In the main harbour, next to the port and the navy centre, we found the Bote Salvavidas which is on the first floor on top of the liefeboat HQ, hence its name. It has a lovely open-sided dining room... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Come for the view and the wine, and you won't be disappointed. This is because the chef had no influence over these two aspects. Unfortunately we took our dining experience one step too far, and decided to order food. I am not sure what was presented on my plate (I supposedly ordered the seared salmon fillet), but it can only... More 

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Gove, Australia
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41 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

On a cold miserable day we stopped in here for lunch. Warm welcome and friendly service, great views of the port, our entrees were main meal sized, so on the waiters advise we didn't order more and didn't need to. The grilled octopus was tender and delicious, the seafood garden was fresh. The waiters and decor initially appear very formal,... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Located on Muelle Pratt, facing the Pacific, this formal and traditional restaurant beautifully decorated has the best view from the harbour in Valparaiso. We chose to try different appetizers with pisco sour. Food was good but overpriced and it is a shame they charge twice the price for a pisco sour! Reading all the opinions my advice is: this restaurant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Muelle Prat S/N | Piso 2, Valparaiso, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Valparaiso Region  >  Valparaiso
  • Phone Number: (32) 251-477
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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