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“Rather mediocre” 2 of 5 stars
Review of El Bote

El Bote
Calle Bulnes 380, Puerto Natales, Chile
0612410045
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Cuisines: Chilean
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Ghent, Belgium
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189 reviews 189 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 143 cities Reviews in 143 cities
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
“Rather mediocre”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

The numerous praising reviews lured us to this place. What we found was a half empty comedor with unenthusiastic waiters. I asked for the house beer (indeed brewed by themselves) which was excellent, but arrived in a bottle. Other people got the draft version, but the waiter didn't seem to bother telling me that was a possibility too.

The first course (deer carpaccio) was okay, but not worth the 8000 they charged for it. My main course (rodobalo) was tasteless. The side dish (a few sauteed vegetables) cost as much as the fish and was certainly no value for money. The pizza my companion had was downright greasy (comparable to Pizza Hut stuff at home).

The meal left us disappointed, after reading all those cheering reviews. We immediately asked for the bill and left.

Compared to what this city has to offer (Aldea is excellent and Kaiken's a terrific option as well) this restaurant is just one of the many and should be avoided by travelers who care about a tasty dinner at the end of the day.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“excellent food, excellent service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

we visited this restaurant a few times while our stay in Natales- ate the Paila Marina, Crabs with Avocado, Salmon stake and the daily special menu and everything was delicious! service was wonderfull and gracious.
Prices are very reasonable for something so good.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Bodmin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Just passing through”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

We were lateish in Puerto Natales, and just looking for a restaurant that took credit cards and had wifi. There were lots to choose from but we liked the look of El Bote. When my husband discovered they brewed their own beer, he was more than ready to pop in. He votes it literally one of the best beers he has ever had anywhere. Food great too - we had the special spaghetti and avocado and king crab (shared - the portions are enormous) for starters. We also had a brilliant bottle of wine.

All this made up for the accommodation ….. of which more on another review. If you get the chance, give El Bote a go.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Idaho, USA
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Outstanding”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014 via mobile

We had 3 meals here out of the 3 we ate out in Natales, it was so good. Fish at lunch was excellent, fresh and simply prepared. At dinner we had cordero (lamb chops), asparagus, and crab. The lamb was awesome. Cooked perfectly and ample portios. Crab was extremely bland compared to NW US dungeness.
Service is great!
Downside: this food deserves a good wine and it is overpriced.

Visited January 2014
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San Fernando, Trinidad
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 32 cities Reviews in 32 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Great restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

The king crab pizza here and the salmon are great! Service is excellent and ambience is really nice after a long day outdoors.

Visited November 2013
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