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La Pena de Carlitos

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Lavalle 397 esq. Rivadavia, Tilcara, Argentina
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fun, Live music

There are a couple of resto-bars in Tilcara that have live music and this was one of them. You should catch the shows for an extra cultural blast. The food was good and typical Argentinian fare. They had some nice vegetarian choices including a good soup and squash dishes.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 15, 2015
David T
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

There are a couple of resto-bars in Tilcara that have live music and this was one of them. You should catch the shows for an extra cultural blast. The food was good and typical Argentinian fare. They had some nice vegetarian choices including a good soup and squash dishes.

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London, United Kingdom
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98 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014 via mobile

This place was packed! Attracted by the live, local music we enjoyed a good local food experience. They packed too many tables in though, meaning it was very tight moving around. Food was good and service was quick. We liked the selection of regional food and particularly enjoyed the llama empanadas and the quinoa stew.

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Tilcara, Argentina
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

My Boyfriend and I had a Stew and a Locro. The Locro was average-not good not bad, but you get better and a lot cheaper ones in the small street restaurants. The potato/quinoa/meat stew had a little weird taste and was below average. My boyfriend was sick with vomitting and diarrhea 5 hours later (and we hadn t eaten anything... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We liked this place so much we ate there twice, just so we could try more of the menu! Locro, meat empanadas, quinoa empanadas and the tamales were the best - authentic and homey. Service was always with a smile and loved reading visitors' messages from around the world covered very inch of the restaurant's walls.

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Assos, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2014

When we ate at this place, there was live Andean music which was pretty entertaining for a foreigner. Between the songs, they make many jokes and they talk to the guests but that's all in Spanish. The place was full and people were cheering and having fun. The food was also good. This must be a typical place to experience... More 

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Columbia, MO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

We had a nice dinner of salad, round tamale, stewed llama, and bread pudding. The bread pudding was quite dense, but everything else was very nice. The 3 piece Andean music band was excellent, performing a range of traditional selections. All the instruments were brilliantly played. The vocals were slightly coarse. We would have preferred the amplified sound to be... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2012 via mobile

This place is aimed at tourists. That is the bottom line and we accepted that before entering. Live music was indeed good (albeit so loud you could not hear yourself think) but the food was very poor. All our food was delivered within 10mins of ordering even though it was busy. Oh no! My mash potatoes were still cold and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I visited this restaurant on a Friday. We arrived at around 19.55 and there were quite a lot of free tables. Five minutes later the place was packed (right up until we left at 22.30) and there were people waiting outside also. There is live music on everyday and from what we saw and heard I would... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Lavalle 397 esq. Rivadavia, Tilcara, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Northern Argentina  >  Province of Jujuy  >  Tilcara

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Argentinean

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?