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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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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice restaurant with friendly atmosphere

We ate here twice and really enjoyed it. The beer was good, the wine as well, the place looked really nice and the food was good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 24, 2015
joke d
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

We ate here twice and really enjoyed it. The beer was good, the wine as well, the place looked really nice and the food was good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

The food was delicious. They make their own beers and they have loads of fun decor items to look upon. The lentil stew was especially good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

We went here because it was close to where we were staying and the reviews seemed pretty good. And it was! Veggie mousakka was great as was the lamb ragu/pasta. Prices are in between - $485 pesos all in with a pint of draft each. Not a bargain meal but we left full and satisfied. If you skip the drinks... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

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 15, 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 24, 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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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