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Reviewed March 1, 2020

We spent a nice time a the restaurant Damiana Elena. The staff is kind and the atmosphere very special. It is like in a typical house... They have a nice variety of wines & elaborated vegeterian dishes :)

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 30, 2020

An excellent gourmet restaurant with excellent food and wine! Very professional staff. We missed our flight from Punta Arenas to Santiago due to the cruise ship, Australus, had the docking by 6 hours. We requested a gourmet restaurant recommendation from our Hostel manager. She recommended...Damina Elena. What an incredible gourmet experience.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 19, 2020 via mobile

Our last night in Punta Arenas our friends recommended Damians Elena. Situated downtown in an old house each room had unique table settings. Because we didn’t book at least 2 days in advance we were in the main pass through for all the tables. Not...the best situation. However the food made up for the table placement. We started with a pisco saur and then tuna carpaccio and snails. Both delicious. For our main course we split guanaco. Ours was over cooked which resulted in being dry. The vegetable served with it was good. Dessert was a raspberry custard. Very sweet so shared with all four. If you want a seat with a window and out do the traffic pattern be sure you call at least two days in advance.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 8, 2020

I loved the experience of eating here. This restaurant is tucked away in an unassuming street outside of downtown Punta Arenas. Going inside you walk into another time and into an old world atmosphere similar to being at Grandma's house. The food is excellent. The...variety of the menu is great, serving many local and international inspired plates. You have to listen though, because as the menu changes daily, menu items are read aloud by the house personnel. Speaking of which, the service is excellent. From when you are greeted at the front door, until the end of the evening, you know you are enjoying yourself in Punta Arenas when you are here.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 19, 2019

We had a wonderful meal here which started with an El Calafate rather than a pisco sour. Server was very attentive. Atmosphere is very homey inside a Victorian house. Highly recommended for a couple or family while in Punta Arenas.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 10, 2019

The food at Damiana Elena restaurant is terrible, do not go here. It is a total waste of money. If you have 40 euro's to spend in an irresponsible way in Punta Arenas, go to a casino, or the horse raises, or just fold it...into a paper plane and try to fly it across the straight of Magallanes. All of which will be more satisfactory than dinner at Damiana Elena. Short description: The food is pre-cooked and then heated when it is brought out. They do not use fresh produce, even when they say they do. The food you are served uses cheaper products than what they tell you is on the menu. The food is not spiced at all and the owners of the place are rude. They have no menu and do not tell you in advance that the dishes run European prices (i.e. 20 euros for a main), which is overpriced given their mediocre quality. Their owning redeeming quality is the nice interior design, which is not edible. Detailed description Starters: We had a starter of what was called "local clams" and "fresh squid". The speed with which the dishes were served after our order indicated the plates had been pre-prepared. The clams were clearly not fresh, as they tasted like brine. The squid was served as a thinly sliced ham mixed with other foods (unclear which) and drenched in olive oil topped with capers. When I complained about the clams, the owner of the place came out to our table with the pot of brined clams shoving them under my nose and shouting at me that this meant they were still fresh. I guess they operate under the notion of fresh as "anything with an expiry date of before December 2020" or "anything considered fresh on a boat trying to explore Patagonia in 1520". When my husband mentioned that he did not like the octopus because it was covered in olive oil and vinaigrette (from the capers) the owner snapped at him that it did not contain vinaigrette, strategically ignoring the fact that capers are kept in..vinaigrette. We sent the food back without barely eating it. Mains: I had the "sword-fish" and my husband had the tuna. We were told both fishes were fresh, locally caught and cooked as we waited. Again, the food was brought out way too fast to be freshly prepared. My "sword-fish" was layered with cheese and almonds which were burned (probably from being under a food heating lamp for too long). My sword-fish was also not swordfish, which has a rich consistency, even when poorly prepared. This was clearly its cheaper and outcast cousin: the tilapia. The tuna was not prepared as we had ordered it (red) and was not fresh at all. It has that distinct grey colouring that frozen tuna has when heated up. Dessert: we didn't even bother. If there is anything positive to say about this place, it is that they did not charge us for the starters and that the ambience of the restaurant is nice. However, going home hungry and feeling cheated by the bill isn't quite off-set by some nice inedible lamps.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019 via mobile

This place makes it out to be what it is not. This restaurant to me is a huge Scam, if you know anything about food at all you will agree with me. The restaurant itself is quaint, well decorated, and cosy, i will give them...that point, and the fact that the staff were very attentive and friendly. First off, no fresh home made bread or butter, rather just pre-packaged, that is already showing defect in something...We order shrimp and scallops, was “ok” nothing great. No flavour to it. Wine is not of a well selected wine, rather any wine you find in the local Chilean supermarket but except more than double the price. If you live in Chile you will understand what I mean, regarding price, because Chilean wine in general is good, which makes it more important to have a great wine selection, especially if your charging high prices. The food: i had the cannelloni which was definitely NOT cannelloni, but rather a warmed up thick raw pancake type dough of some sort with cut up pieces of “ham chunks” with some sort of “cold blob of pesto” on top of it. I could not even eat it, husband had lamb and gnocchi...Lamb was OK, not badly cooked but definitely just warmed up with gnocchi that was slimy and not even gnocchi, i do not really even know what it was... no flavour at all. Food came out way too fast to be that freshly cooked. To spend 120 dollars or more on food that is as if they went to the frozen food section at a walmarts and warmed it up is Highly disappointing not to mention annoying! It has all the advantages to be a great place, but sadly does not deliver. When we first arrived early they made it seem that they could not receive us because they were all fully booked and made this big fuss, then they are like okay you can have dinner...all just odd. We were there oven an hour and never saw that many people. Owner did not even seem to care less about whats happening or if guests are happy with their food or not. I will definitely never be going back - sad because there is a lot of potential. Great staff, is all it seems to have really.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed March 13, 2019

We went to this charming old Victorian house on the recommendation of our hotel. No menu. The waiter read out the choices - difficult to choose from so many without seeing the menu. And of course no prices...... Wine - we were taken upstairs to...the wine cellar - they were all priced. Food excellent. Cost -2 courses with wine 50USD a head.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed February 27, 2019

Close to the main areas of town yet amidst a residential area, there is a great restaurant FIND - Damiana Elena - several generations of chefs/hosts makes this a unique destination. The food is exemplary, the wine list provocative and the service top-notch. What a...delightful evening for our group of five. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 17, 2019

Nested in an old cottage style house, it offers dishes prepared with fresh seasonal ingredients. The menu changes daily.. The staff is attentive and speaks English well.The atmosphere is classy but not pretentious. A must try!

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 20, 2018

My friend and I stumbled upon this restaurant thinking that it was closed. You have to walk and there's a side door (which is the main entrance). I believe they are closed on Sundays and Mondays. We went on a Tuesday and had a great...dinner. I was not a fan of many restaurants in this area and this was by far the best. With a classic decor and great staff. I would recommend anyone, especially English speakers, to request for Azael as their waiter. He was extremely sweet and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Also he is fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. He made this dining experience that much more memorable.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed March 7, 2018

This ultra stylish, fine-dinning is a must visit when in Punta Arenas. The food is exquisite, and the diversified menu includes lots of local delights, as well as touches from other places. The desserts are absolutely fab and the service equally attentive and cordial. HIGHLY...RECOMMENDEDMore

Date of visit: February 2018
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Reviewed January 24, 2018 via mobile

If you want the coles notes version, title says it all. For more info, please read on. Gorgeous setting. We walked in without rez. The staff were friendly and fit us in, for as the staff put it, a dining experience we’ll never forget. That...much was accurate. We were sat down and then waited for about 15 minutes for someone to wait on us. As previous mentioned, no menu so you need to wait for it to be dictated to you. Awesome in theory, pain in the bum if you’re waiting, and waiting zzzzz. I ordered the cannelloni while my gf ordered the Tilapia. The food arrived without much wait. That’s the good news. The meals themselves were between average to low average. Cannelloni was drowning in pesto sauce, quite salty, but to be fair, perfectly cooked. Trying to stay objective here. I was able to consume ½ prior to calling it quits. It was an average effort but could be eaten. The tilapia Very salty, oily, served on a bed of Asian noodles, which were heavily influenced by ginger and salt. We struggled with it until we found a thumbnail sized piece of clear plastic. Brought to the attention of the waiter and asked for the bill. There was no further mention by the staff relating to the plastic. No apology or reduction on the bill. We paid and left. Im beginning to think good food is a rare find in Chile. Over priced, disorganised staff, and very average food. Do yourself a favour, find the nearest empanada shop and enjoy. You’ll also save yourself time and $$More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 11, 2018 via mobile

We went to Damiana Elena last night on the recommendation of a friend from PA and the great reviews on TripAdvisor. Unfortunately we had a very disappointing experience- which seemed to be mostly the management and service, although the food was not as good as...we expected. The first clue was booking. I had booked via Facebook, but not received a response. So as soon as we arrived in PA and they opened last night, I telephoned. They only speak Spanish but fortunately mine was good enough. The woman who took my call said they do not check email or Facebook messages as they are far to busy for that. So I made a reservation for 9pm last night. We arrived on time to find the restaurant in a charming Victorian era house, in a residential area just out of the CBD. The ambience is very nice. The restaurant was about half full. The Maitre D explained that they do not have a written menu as it changes every day, that the waitress would be over soon to go through the menu of the day. Cool idea, but they would have been better with a blackboard menu or printing it out every day because it was complex with at least 8 starters and 14 mains (as far as we could tell). Too many to easily recall without the waitress having to go over it. Not just for us, but for the other tables too. But she was very patient. We ordered drinks: Calafate Sour and a Pear juice. - both delicious. For starters, we ordered the Huanaco Jamón (more like a jerky) and the Smoked salmón. Both good but simple dishes which surprisingly took over an hour to arrive (so now 10:20 pm). That’s too long for such simple dishes. During this period no-one came back to us to ask if we wanted a drink or to tell us about the delay. But we were entertained as we watched with interest the wait staff ( about 4 for approx 20 diners at say 8 tables so should be enough) racing around without apparent co-ordination or a system. I eventually attracted a waiters attention to order a glass of wine. For mains, I had a traditional pork dish and she had a second starter (fortunately not hungry) of prawns al pil pil. Both good but not outstanding- which was a pity. The pork was smoked which was interesting- but as a result a bit dry. The advertised sweet potato mash mysteriously became billed potatoes, the apple and cabbage sourkraut was average. But the portions are enormous! Not just ours but the other tables too. We were aware the pasta is the house specialty but had decided to try something more traditional. Perhaps we should have had the pasta. We also overheard several tables also grumbling about the slow service, or food not quite up to par. So it was not just us. Then we went to leave. By now it’s well after 11pm. We asked the waiter to order a taxi, he was very unhelpful - saying that will take at least half an hour. He suggested we go out and wait in the street. After waiting for a while we decided to walk back to the hotel, which was about a mile away. Fortunately we both had comfortable shoes on. So overall a 4 for ambience, a 3 for the food and 1 for the service so I am giving them a 2 which is the lowest TripAdviser score I have given in a long while. That’s a pity, because I do think it has the potential to be an excellent restaurant, but it needs a little less pretentiousness and a little more thought about the guest experience. Simplification of the menu and speedier service would be a start.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

We did not have a reservation and were seated upstairs in the "Vinoteca". The wine selection is great and you can pick your bottle from the shelves yourself! What a great idea and the prices are on the bottles as well. Food is well prepared...and comes from the kitchen downstairs where the main restaurant is. To sit here you have to book! It was packed. Very good experience and worth it.More

Date of visit: December 2017
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Before we left on our month long trip I had an e-mail from our hotel to say that they had contacted Damiana Elena who would confirm our reservation (with the hotel) a few days before 18 February. We arrived in Punta Arenas... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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