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Cafe Journal

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub, Chilean
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Agua Santa 4-10, Valparaiso, Chile
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Valparaiso, Chile
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53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed May 1, 2016

I have been there a couple of times for a beer. A lively place, I went to a meeting on the rooftop where people can smoke. The beer was cheap, but the selection was not great.

Thank Stuart J
Temuco, Chile
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52 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed February 27, 2016

The one in Viña is nice too, but it is better for night outs. The one in Valparaiso, on the other hand, is great for lunches and dinners. During weekdays they offer three corses munus at excellent prices. But you can always try their excellent Peruvian food.

Thank javiernandez
Melbourne Australia
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594 reviews
370 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 212 helpful votes
Reviewed August 15, 2015

A large group of us had lunch at Journal the there day. A lovely old building, lots of space, nice Cuban music and a decent selection of Chilean and Peruvian food. The people around me ordered papas a la Huancaina as a starter (delicious) and then gallina al ajillo (also delicious). The portions, as always in Chile, were huge. There... More 

Thank MelbourneOztraveller
San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2015

Very close to the port if that's where you're working! Limited menu of daily options, but well executed. Rather good espresso. Would recommend during the day - seems like it might not be very safe at night for foreigners.

Thank jimfazzone
Santiago Metropolitan Region, Chile
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed April 28, 2014

Ground floor is more of a bar while the first floor looks like lounge and has an enormous outdoor section! Better use toilets on the first floor.

Thank sok-ok
Boa Vista, RR
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2014

Good place to meet other backpackers / travelers. good service, good pizza, music, good service, good location, diversity of people.

Thank JoseniltonCarneiro
Aalborg, Denmark
2 reviews
Reviewed December 22, 2013

Nice music, very beutifull terrasa on the second floor, good service. The only thing i didnt like, there were no soap in the bathroom.

Thank Laura M
Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 13, 2012

A few people in my study abroad group said that they had okay experiences with Cafe Journal, but the two I had were absolutely TERRIBLE. The drinks are WAY WAY WAY too expensive for the quality, the food is not at all good (do not even try the spinach and goat cheese empanada), and while the service at the bar... More 

Thank orangeladym
Valparaiso, Chile
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58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Nice place to hang out in an old traditional building. Quite noisy, though.

Thank Frenchilean
Santiago, Chile
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2012

I've lived in Chile for a little over three years total with many trips to Viña del Mar, but this was my first time in the well-known Café Journal. We were pleased with the individual-sized seafood pizza we ordered, that was literally large enough for 2-3 people for only 3,500 CLP (about 7 USD). The decor and music is similar... More 

Thank sarainsantiago

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Bar, Pub, Chilean
Lunch, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Agua Santa 4-10, Valparaiso, Chile
  • Location: South America  >  Chile  >  Valparaiso Region  >  Valparaiso
  • Phone Number: 4-56-32-262-9482

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