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Caleta Portales Restaurant

Caleta Portales, Valparaiso, Chile
32 262 5814
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Ranked #94 of 208 restaurants in Valparaiso
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Seafood
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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English first
Sydney, Australia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

My wife ordered the salmon a la plancha which was over cooked, dry, tasted like smoke and had a fishy aftertaste. The waiters, who hovered around us like they were micromanaging our meal couldn't care less. After our meal, we complained to the manager who escorted us to the door and essentially kicked us out of the restaurant. This place... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Caleta portales is a pretty upscale place for the area but the food is totally worth it. I've been there a handful of times, but my most memorable experience was with an ex-girlfriends family. We tried many different wines and enjoyed all of our starters. But my main dish was a salmon dish covered in a seafood medley of mussels,... More

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Nottingham, UK
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46 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Our relative who lives in Vina del Mar rates this as the best fish restaurant in the area, and he may be right but it's a bit out of the way (definitely off of the tourist trail) and has an odd decor. The choice is excellent and the service good. I was a bit disapponted as the congar eel I... More

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Boulder, Colorado
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31 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2013

I found our meal here typical of the many meals we had in Chile. While the quality and variety of food available in Chile is excellent, the preparation is bland and uninspired. Very little spice is used, even salt and pepper, as with the fish we had here. Sadly, it was also overcooked, diminishing the benefit of its' freshness as... More

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Valparaiso, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

I stopped in for a late lunch, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that ceviche comes as a accompaniment to the bread, butter and pebre sauce. The ceviche was delicious (I would have happily consumed a gallon of it) and the service was excellent. The waitstaff were extremely attentive and courteous- I was the only one sitting outside and... More

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Viña del Mar, Valparaiso, Chile
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012

Old, dated, unexciting decor and the first impression matches the food. Service was acceptable, but not good. I paid approximately $18 USD ($8,700 CLP) for the smallest piece of fish I have ever been served anywhere. The mushroom and shrimp sauce consisted of 4 mushrooms halved and a small handful of clearly frozen, store bought shrimp. The fish was overcooked... More

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Fort Worth, Texas
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74 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

Our driver dropped us off at this place and it did look very promising being right next door to the fish market [worth a tour], and the fishing pier. The interior had a very nautical theme that was well done with great views of the ocean and fish market. I ordered the congria frita [fried conger eel] and a side... More

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New York City, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

I went for lunch with my family and I was very surprised by the excellent service. The appetizers were on time, a few minutes after we finished them our entrees came and the server knew where every plate was supposed to go. Even thou we were party of eight. Food was amazing. The place is located between Vina del mar... More

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Danbury, Connecticut
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5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

We go to Chile at least once a year. Whenever we go to Viña del Mar, we always stop to eat at this restaurant. It is reasonably priced, and the sea food is great, so it is one of our favorite restaurants in Chile. Try the “Machas a la Parmesana” (razor clams a la parmesan). Fish is caught fresh every... More

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Valparaíso, Chile
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2012

This is my husband's and my favorite fallback restaurant in Valparaiso/Viña del Mar. It's close to home, unpretentious, comfortable, and clean. We've been at least half a dozen times and the service has always been excellent. The decor is not elegant and the music is not the best, but the views are beautiful and the fish is practically jumping off... More

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