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“Great Menu but Food only So-So” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Puntamai

Puntamai
Av. del mar 1366, Maitencillo, Chile
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Ranked #4 of 24 Restaurants in Maitencillo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Santiago, Chile
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“Great Menu but Food only So-So”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Visited Maitencillo with the intention of dining again at a favourite, Unicornio Azul. But had read so much about Puntamai ( which in fact is next door ) and how it was the best in town, that we decided to give it a try. There is no doubt that it is VERY popular as both levels and the terraces were fully occupied at 3pm on Saturday in mid-winter. Very spacious and accomodating of noisy children. Has a privileged location with a great view of the ocean. Service was prompt with warm homemade bread and pebre immediately available. The menu is very extensive with many seafood and fish dishes as expected. For appetizer we decided on Ostiones Parmesan to share. These arrived on a sizzling plate for our enjoyment. Unfortunately they were rather bland in taste and certainly were a disappointing start. For main dish I ordered the Pastel de Centolla. Once again I was disappointed as it was too heavy and gluey rather than light and flavorful. Usually I finish a plate entirely but this time it was not sufficiently appealing. My wife though had the Reineta with creamed spinach. Both were delicious. For a sweet option we chose the Kuchen de Manzana (Apple Pie). Very disappointing again. Dry and quite hard, even seemed that it may have been in a fridge for 3 days. Not a good option. I rate the place overall as average only because of my wife's dish and the friendly atmosphere, location and service but the other food choices were not even average.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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“Awesome restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

Great food, great location and patio, helpful and friendly staff, good service. The seafood was prepared very well, we had conger eel with a caper butter sauce and crab claws which were fabulous. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Visited February 2013
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“really good food, no complaints at all - right next to the beach.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

sea food - obviously - next to the beach. so why not give it a go? not cheap but very nice. winr food location service. all good.

Visited December 2012
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dragones
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“Probably the best option in the Maitencillo, Cachagua and Zapallar area.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013 via mobile

I've had lunch and dinner (twice).

Food is very good with a large list of options.
I eat 10 different plates and salads, plus at least 4 deserts. Everything impressed me.
Machas a la Parmesana, Pastel de Jaiba, Pastel de Langosta and Corvina con alcaparras were my preferred ones.
Suspiro and the Fruit plate are awesome here.

Service was very good.

Price paid was very reasonable.

Location in beach front is great. Best place in restaurant is in 2nd floor.

Something that bothered me a bit was the fact that some areas of restaurant were some kind warm.

Overall, after visiting more than 6 restaurants in this beaches area, this was my #1 choice. No wonder why it's always almost full lotted.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Nice location”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We went to Puntamai for dinner one winter night. Nice place, the food was ok, nothing extraordinary. The old chilean classics, only three fishes that night, (corvina, reineta, congrio). We received nice polar shawls outside on a cover terrace. The seafood soup was nice. I asked the waiter for extra cilantro for my soup (it came with parsley!) and he brought nicely to the table. Another surprise, no chilean chili, just tabasco.The price is reasonable.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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