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Esquina Varela

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Argentinean, South American
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Puerto Deseado 22 | (esq. Puerto San Julián), El Calafate, Argentina
054 02902 490666
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food and a nice bar atmosphere

The lamb stew was excellent and overall the food and atmosphere is worth a visit. If you're happy with a casual bar atmosphere then you won't be disappointed.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Nick D
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

They were about to close when I got there but the staff was nice and the food we ordered was good. The only bad thing was that when we ordered the artisanal beer Chopen it was tasting a bit sour. I had the same beer at another place and it was totally different (better).

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The lamb stew was excellent and overall the food and atmosphere is worth a visit. If you're happy with a casual bar atmosphere then you won't be disappointed.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Had two course and one starter salad. The veggie moussaka was great (coming from a vegetarian) and the lamb stew with potatoes was perfect. The place has a 'pub' feel to it and is slightly out of town bit I would recommend it. The service was good and the cost came to 500 peso including a bottle of wine and... More 

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El Calafate, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

More like a bar that offers really good food, I've been to Esquina Varela a couple of times, always when I wanted to hang out with some friends. The food there is actually really, really good, especially the lamb stew (Cazuela de Cordero). We also shared an an other occasion a picada (a mix of different hams and cheeses) that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Had too much meat in Argentina and decided to try the vegetarian moussaka (A$125) here, it's great! The egg custard (A$45) was average though. Friendly staff and reasonable price, the location is a bit tricky so make sure you have a map with you.

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Otorohanga, Waikato, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This place gave out complimentary small bread rounds with dip. The food was tasty and this place had a great atmosphere. The bonus was it was just a few hundred meters away from my Hostel. The staff were very friendly and spoke English which helped me a lot.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I stopped at this place when I saw Vegetarian Moussaka on the chalkboard menu outside. It was fabulous. Tasty and generous, served piping hot. The atmosphere is wonderful, as you feel you are in a neighborhood corner bar. There was a delicious appetizer of bread and olive tapenade. I also highly recommend the Antares Porter, which they serve.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Close to many hostels and up the hill away from the town. Great place to relax after a long day. Very cozy feeling and friendly staff that speak English. The empanadas are so dang good- best I had in Argentina. The stew also very good. Very reasonable prices.

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

In Argentina there's almost the obligatory basket of bread varieties and dips served before the meal. Here we had nuts and toasted bread rounds served with a very nice curry eggplant sauce......AS WELL. The meals are Huge and ordinary. We were so pleased we refused the bread on this occasion Service is very slow. Located uphill from town centre, the... More 

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Rosario, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

During our trip to El Calafate we had dinner twice at this restaurant, even during New Year's Eve. Great food, service and ambience, definitely recommended.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Puerto Deseado 22 | (esq. Puerto San Julián), El Calafate, Argentina
  • Location: South America  >  Argentina  >  Patagonia  >  Province of Santa Cruz  >  El Calafate
  • Phone Number: 054 02902 490666

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Argentinean, South American

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