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Esquina Varela

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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, great service, very good prices !

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Maxime A
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El Calafate, Argentina
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El Calafate, Argentina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

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 via mobile

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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7 restaurant reviews
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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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4 reviews 4 reviews
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

After returning from El Chalten on a night bus, I had my dinner at the restaurant due to the close proximity of about 2 minutes to my hostel, America Del Sur. The restaurant has a good feel to it and the waitress promptly served me. I already have a notion of what to have for dinner prior to going to... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Cozy place, staff is very friendly and happy to explain/reccomend dishes. 10 mins walk from the center of town, but worth a stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We tried the Argentinean Sorrentino and Locro..they were amazing!Great ambience and friendly waitress too! Will revisit from sure!

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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

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