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La Despensa de Rafael

#121 of 1,829 Restaurants in Bogota
Certificate of Excellence
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Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat 12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Petropolis, RJ
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131 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This is an excelent restaurant to enjoy Peruvian cuisine in a quiet, attractive setting. The variety of the offer makes you want to try all dishes, so it might be a good idea to share, at least, starters and desserts. Everything I tried was great. Maybe the perfect Pisco Sours influenced my judgement, though! I have been there twice and... More 

Thank DFM66
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

Food was incredible, a show. Definitely recommend the pulpo and the salmon. You should get lots of "appetizers" cause they're not that; they're heaven. About the wine, we had this Argentinian wine from Mendoza. Worth the price. A Malbec paradise. Lamb was also great. Our waiter was Alexander, a very nice guy. I hope I come back to this place.... More 

Thank Jose Crlos H
Boston, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

This place came highly recommended by friend and did not disappoint. It is a casual restaurant, but the food is first class!

Thank oli23148
Bogota, Colombia
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84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

It has a very romantic and cozy place! The service is excellent, the portions a adequate, the mixture of flavours and techniques are ideal.

Thank Maria V
Rome, Italy
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

I had been there last December and loved it. I went againg a couple of Sundays ago and what a change! The service was simply bad. The food was bland and has lost the spark of the Peruvian food. The selections of wine by the glass was poor. Very disaponting, particularly for me being Peruvian and knowing the other restaurants... More 

Thank carlossantistevan
Miami Beach, Florida
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199 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

We went to La Despensa a couple of times in one week, I guess was because of the dessert! The last time we went it was raining cats and dogs in Bogota but we sat outside, the waiters had a hard time keeping the floor almost dry! I like the octopus they serve! Its really tasty, not chewy. We were... More 

Thank Ramen163
Bogota, Colombia
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

If you want to taste de coisine of Rafael Osterling one of The best chefs in Perú and you don't want to pay a lot go to La Despensa. The food, the Pico Sour and the service are really good.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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52 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2016

We were a party of 5 and sat on the covered patio area, not inside. The lay-out and vibe was great and the service was excellent. Everyone had different dishes, and each one was very, very good. The pisco sours were average (better in the sister restaurant Rafael). Will definitely return.

Thank scubakjr
Toronto ON CAN
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70 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2016

This wasn't the restaurant my friend intended to go to, (it was supposed to the one 4 blocks down) there was some confusion as she didn't know there was more than one in the area by the same owner/chef, but we settled in and enjoyed our orders nonetheless. It was apparently cheaper than the correct one we were to go... More 

Thank herroyalmelness
Bogota, Colombia
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144 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2015 via mobile

If the service were a little better I would score it a 5 without a doubt. We were a party of 7 and we ordered 4 entres + 7 main courses + 3 desserts. Everything was amazing!, I would recommend the octopus and the chicken!. Service was horrible. We made a reservation and when we arrived they could not find... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $22
Peruvian, Latin, South American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
12:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle 70 A # 9-95, Bogota, Colombia
  • Location: South America  >  Colombia  >  Bogota
  • Phone Number: 00-571-2358891

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?